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Marland named research professor at Appalachian

BOONE—Dr. Gregg Marland, formerly with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division, has joined Appalachian State University’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics as a research professor.  Marland will formally begin his affiliation with the university in August when he and his wife relocate to Boone.

“The affiliation with Appalachian will enable me to continue to pursue my research interests in climate science and work collaboratively with others at the university,” Marland said. He also will be affiliated with Appalachian’s Department of Geology.

“University faculty members or research scientists who decide to retire and who also have active research in progress often have nowhere to go to continue that work,” said geology department chair Dr. Johnny Waters. “The research professor affiliation is one that benefits the university as well as the research scientist. Our goal through Dr. Marland’s affiliation with Appalachian is to be able to expand the department’s and university’s research activities related to his expertise in climate science.”

Marland has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the faculty at Indiana State University and a researcher at the Institute for Energy Analysis before joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1987. While in Oak Ridge he has spent recent sabbatical years as a guest professor at Mid Sweden University and as a Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.

Marland and his son, Eric, who is a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, have co-authored works published in journals such as “Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change” and “Climatic Change.”

Marland has authored and co-authored articles published in many international journals and has served on numerous national and international committees and advisory panels. He was a lead author of several major reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC, along with former Vice President Al Gore, received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

Appalachian’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) was established in November 2008 to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students whose interests are associated with environmental science, renewable energy and economics.

“Dr. Marland can provide invaluable mentoring to our younger faculty, as well as our graduate and undergraduate students,” said Dr. John Pine, RIEEE director.