James Buizer

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Deputy Director, Institute for the Environment, University of Arizona
  • Director, Climate Adaptation and International Development Institute for the Environment, University of Arizona
  • Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona

University of Arizona
845 N. Park Ave, Ste 549D
Tucson, AZ 85721
520-626-4454
Email: buizer@arizona.edu

Biography

James (Jim) Buizer is Founding Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, where he also holds an appointment as Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona in 2011, Jim was Senior Science Policy Advisor to Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow, and Executive Director for Strategic Institutional Advancement in the Office of the President. He also held an appointment as Professor of Practice in Climate Adaptation Policy & Institutional Design in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

Upon arriving ASU in September 2003 until July 2007 Buizer served as founding Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives in the Office of the President, where he led the design and establishment of the Global Institute of Sustainability and its School of Sustainability, launched fall 2006.

Prior to ASU, Jim served as Director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for designing and leading NOAA's integrated, multidisciplinary research and applications program positioned at the climate and societal interface, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), among others.

Jim serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment; as Vice Chairman, Board of Directors of Second Nature, Inc. and, on the Boards of Directors of the Board on Global Strategies, American Meteorological Society, the Foundation for Earth Science, and on the Advisory Board for Planet Forward. He is an Affiliate Scholar of the ASU Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes.

Buizer has published extensively on institutionalizing the science-to-action interface, and upon invitation serves as reviewer of University-based Sustainability programs across the United States. He received his degrees in Oceanography, Marine Resource Economics, and Science Policy from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Expertise

sustainability science; climate change and adaptation; climate change impacts; climate change adaptation; institutional analysis; institutional transformation; boundary spanning organizations; decision making; international development; international relations

Education

BS, Oceanography, University of Washington

MMA, Marine Affairs, University of Washington

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Intergrative Program in Administration, Graduate School of Business, University of Washington

Journal Articles

2012

van der Leeuw, S. E., A. D. Wiek, J. Harlow and J. L. Buizer. 2012. How much time do we have? Urgency and rhetoric in sustainability science. Sustainability Science 7(Supplement 1):115-120. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-011-0153-1. (link)

Wheeler, Q. D., S. Knapp, D. W. Stevenson, S. D. Blum, R. M. Boom, G. G. Borisy, J. L. Buizer, M. R. De Carvalho, A. Cibrian, M. J. Donoghue, V. Doyle, E. M. Gerson, C. H. Graham, P. Graves, S. J. Graves, R. P. Guralnick, A. L. Hamilton, J. Hanken, W. Law, D. L. Lipscomb, T. E. Lovejoy, H. Miller, S. J. Miller, S. Naeem, M. J. Novacek, L. M. Page, N. I. Platnick, H. Porter-Morgan, P. H. Raven, M. A. Solis, A. G. Valdecasas, S. E. van der Leeuw, A. Vasco, N. Vermeulen, J. Vogel, R. L. Walls, E. O. Wilson and J. B. Woolley. 2012. Mapping the biosphere: Exploring species to understand the origin, organization and sustainability of biodiversity. Systematics and Biodiversity 10(1):1-20. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2012.665095. (link)

Book Chapters

2014

Hall, J. A., M. Blair, J. L. Buizer, D. I. Gustafson, B. Holland, S. C. Moser and A. M. Waple. 2014. Sustained assessment: A new vision for future U.S. assessments. Pp. 719-726 In: Melillo, J. M., T. Richmond and G. W. Yohe eds., Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program. DOI: 10.7930/J000001G. (link)

Jacoby, H. D., A. C. Janetos, R. Birdsey, J. Buizer, K. Calvin, F. de la Chesnaye, D. Schimel, I. Sue Wing, R. Detchon, J. Edmonds, L. Russell and J. West. 2014. Mitigation. Pp. 648-669 In: Melillo, J. M., T. Richmond and G. W. Yohe eds., Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program. DOI: 10.7930/J0C8276J.. (link)

Presentations

2013

White, D. D., R. Quay, D. B. Ferguson, J. L. Buizer, Z. Guido and N. Chhetri. 2013. Linking climate change science and adaptation policy at the community scale through anticipatory governance: A review of concepts with application to Arizona communities. Presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, CA.

2008

Jacobs, K. L., J. L. Buizer and D. Cash. 2008. Making short-term climate forecasts useful: Linking science and action. April 2008 Invited Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Chapter, to be presented at a National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium, Washington, DC.

Jacobs, K. L., L. Lebel, J. L. Buizer, L. Addams, P. Matson, E. McCullough, P. Garden, G. Saliba and T. Finan. 2008. Linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable water resources management. April 2008 Invited Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Chapter, National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium, Washington, DC.

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Reports

2013

Buizer, J. L., P. Fleming, S. L. Hays, K. Dow, C. B. Field, D. Gustafson, A. Luers and R. H. Moss. 2013. Preparing the Nation for Change: Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process. National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee. (link)