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Alex de Sherbinin, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Sustainability Science; Associate Director for Science Applications and Senior Research Scientist, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

Alex de Sherbinin is a lecturer in the Sustainability Science masters program, and the associate director for science applications and a senior research scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), an environmental data and analysis center within the Columbia Climate School and its Earth Institute. Dr. de Sherbinin is a geographer whose research interests focus on the human aspects of global environmental change and geospatial data applications, integration, and dissemination. He serves as deputy manager of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), coordinator of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN), lecturer in the Earth Institute’s Sustainability Science master’s degree program, and an author of the biennial Yale/Columbia Environmental Performance Index. He has published close to 60 peer reviewed articles, and he has managed projects under contract with NASA, USAID, The World Bank, UN Environment, and UNDP’s Global Environmental facility. Prior to CIESIN he served as a program officer at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a population geographer at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). He received his PhD from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente (Netherlands), his MA in geography from Syracuse University, and his BA in geography from Dartmouth College.