David Blockstein

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences


David Blockstein, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist and Director of Education202-207-0004david@NCSEonline.org

David E. Blockstein, Ph.D. is Senior Scientist with the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). Dr. Blockstein joined the organization in 1990 and served as its first Executive Director until 1993. Dr. Blockstein is the founding Executive Secretary of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). CEDD, formed in 2001, is the professional organization for the nation's deans of colleges of environment and natural resources and directors of institutes for environmental studies. He is also the Executive Secretary of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL).

Dr. Blockstein organized and chaired all but one of NCSE’s first ten National Conferences on Science, Policy and the Environment. Dr. Blockstein was a member of the Roundtable on Climate Change Education of the National Academy of Sciences and is a principal investigator on the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (www.CAMELclimatechange.org) project supported by the National Science Foundation.

As the 1987-88 Congressional Science Fellow of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and American Society of Zoology, Dr. Blockstein worked with the House of Representatives Environment Subcommittee of the Science Committee to prepare the National Biological Diversity Conservation and Environmental Research Act. Dr. Blockstein has a B.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin and a M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research on conservation of tropical pigeons and doves and on population and community ecology of forest birds. He is the author of the Birds of North America account of the extinct Passenger Pigeon and one of the leaders of Project Passenger Pigeon www.passengerpigeon.org . Dr. Blockstein is the founding chair of the Ornithological Council, an association of North America's professional societies that provide scientific information about birds to policymakers and represents the interests of ornithologists in Washington, DC. He is one of the founders of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and serves as an adviser to the AESS Board of Directors.

Dr. Blockstein was a keynote speaker.  at the National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA )2nd National Conference. The Conference revolved around Environmental Solutions & Workforce Development. It was held on November 17 - November 19, 2010 at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Blockstein is a member of the leadership team for the NSF-funded Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate project), and is on the education team of the USDA-funded Corn and Climate Change project www.sustainablecorn.org  

Dr. Blockstein has worked on a wide range of science and policy issues including increasing the representation of minorities in science, climate change education, mechanisms to improve the linkage between science and decisionmaking on environmental issues and electronic processes to communicate scientific information on the environment. He has delivered more than 50 public lectures and more than 20 scientific papers and is a frequent contributor to both technical and popular literature about science and environmental policy. He serves on or has served on committees for scientific and conservation organizations including: American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Institute of Biological Sciences; American Chemical Society; American Society of Zoologists; Society for Conservation Biology; American Ornithologists' Union; Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences; American Bird Conservancy; World Conservation Union (IUCN); Commission on Education and Communication; Project Learning Tree/World Wildlife Fund; Aldo Leopold Foundation; National Foundation for Environmental Education; and the Environmental Education Coalition.  In 2008 he received the American Institute of Biological Sciences Distinguished Service Award.


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CAMEL is a FREE, COMPREHENSIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, MULTI - MEDIA RESOURCE for educators, providing over 300 interdisciplinary topic areas and numerous resource types to give the educator the tools they need to ...

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Conference Presentations (3)

Climate education solutions for the U.S. corn belt part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The USDA AFRI grant "Climate change, mitigation, and adaptation in corn based cropping systems" involves more than 100 researchers focused on measuring GHG and carbon sequestration across the corn belt as ...

America's Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century: A Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education at NSF part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (ACERE) is drafting a 10 year vision for ERE at NSF. The Vision document will update previous ERE reports over the ...

Read for the Earth: Bringing Energy and Climate Education to College Students part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
A new NSF-funded project with NCSE and P2K is directed towards improving student learning about energy and climate through First Year Reading programs or earth education classrooms. The project uses a package of ...


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