Kevin Vranes joined the Center in January 2006. Kevinís background is not atypical of individuals working in the science policy field. As an undergraduate he studied geology, water and dams. While working on his Ph.D. at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in physical oceanography and climatology, he took policy classes at the School for International and Public Affairs and later became a Fellow of the Public Policy Consortium. He served as the 2003 - 2004 Congressional Science Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, working as a legislative fellow for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Kevin taught undergraduate and graduate courses in geology, oceanography, climate change, and science policy in the Geology Department at the University of Montana (Missoula) before joining the Center as a CIRES Visiting Fellow.
In the following essay Kevin describes his path to science policy.