Richard Murnane is a senior specialist in natural hazards and climate change and an effective leader of collaborations among teams in academia as well as the public and private sectors. He focuses on transforming science into a form that is understandable and useable by practitioners. Richard has published extensively on extreme events and how they vary with climate and on the global ocean carbon cycle. He has broad experience in budgeting, managing research programs, developing strategic research agendas, facilitating group decisions, writing, and public speaking.
Richard is on the Board of Advisory Editors for the Oxford Research Review of Natural Hazard Science. He is also active in the American Geophysical Union as the President of the AGU Natural Hazards Focus Group and a member of the AGU Council and Council Leadership Team.
Richard has worked as a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery at the World Bank. He has held positions at Risk Management Solutions as Director, Developer Relations, and at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences as a Senior Research Scientist and as the Program Manager for the Risk Prediction Initiative (RPI). Richard has also been a co-founder of several companies that developed catastrophe risk models and other tools for assessing and managing risk.
Richard received a Ph.D. in Geological and Geophysical Sciences from Princeton University and was subsequently on the research staff of Princeton University’s Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences where he worked on furthering our understanding of the global ocean carbon cycle.