• Abby Mans

Lisa Graumlich, Advisory Board Member, will direct American Geophysical Union

Graumlich, dean and professor at Univ. of Washington, will begin presidential term in 2023


Lisa Graumlich, an Advisory Board member for the Earth Leadership Program, has been elected president of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The AGU is an international and interdisciplinary organization of geophysical scientists. Graumlich will serve as president-elect beginning in 2021 and as president for 2023-24.


A paleoclimatologist and dendrochronologist, Graumlich has been the inaugural dean of the University of Washington College of the Environment since 2010. She also holds the Mary Laird Wood endowed professorship in the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.


Graumlich is known for pioneering the use of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) to study how climate change has impacted mountain ecosystems. Her current research focuses on human adaptation to climate change, specifically extreme droughts.


The incoming AGU leadership team will be the most diverse in the organization’s history. Graumlich, the first openly LGBTQ+ president-elect of AGU, has committed herself to inclusion and equity in science throughout her career, work she will continue in her new role.


In addition to being an AGU member, Graumlich has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004) and a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (2013).


American Geophysical Union

With a membership of over 62,000 scientists from 144 countries, the AGU has been dedicated to advancing Earth and space science since 1919. Their mission, to “accelerate knowledge and create solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values” is realized through their scholarly publications, events and career support.