Annalise Blum

2021 Next Gen National Security Fellow

U.S. Department of Defense

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Dr. Annalise Blum is a hydrologist and environmental engineer who specializes in national and environmental security policy. She serves as the Senior Advisor for Climate to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In this role, Annalise leads efforts to integrate climate change considerations across DoD strategy and planning. She also co-leads Resource Competition, Environmental Security, and Stability (RECESS), a subject matter expert group to inform DoD strategic thinking on the national security impacts of climate and environmental change.

Over the last decade, Annalise has led multi-disciplinary research on water security, extreme events, and global environmental change in the United States, East Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Previously, she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow in Stability and Humanitarian Affairs at DoD and as a lecturer in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Annalise has also worked at the National Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society, the US Geological Survey, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Annalise holds a Ph.D. in environmental and water resources engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in environmental sciences and engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University.

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