Annalise Blum

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. Currently, she serves as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense (DoD) and as a lecturer in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Annalise’s work supporting Stability and Humanitarian Affairs (SHA) at DoD focuses on stabilization, prevention of conflict, environmental security, and protection of cultural heritage. She also leads Resource Competition, Environmental Security, and Stability (RECESS), a group she helped establish 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 environmental change in the United States, East Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Previously, she worked at the National Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society, the US Geological Survey, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Annalise has 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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