Peter Saundry, Adjunct Faculty

Peter Saundry is Chief Scientist of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a non-partisan organization of scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers working to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. He served as Executive Director of NCSE from 1993-2015.

Peter holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Saundry’s career has focused on the connections between science and technology, public policy and law, and environmental decision-making. He is a recognized expert in energy and climate change. Peter is the Editor of a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Science focused on The Food-Energy-Water Nexus (March, 2016) and is editing a book on the subject for publication in late 2016. Dr. Saundry has led annual reviews of federal investments in environmental and energy R&D programs for the past fifteen years.

In recent years, Peter has organized and led major conferences on energy, climate change, environment and security, environmental disasters, oceans, and the food-energy-water nexus.

From 1991 to 1992, Dr. Saundry was a Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, where he was a key advisor on science and technology issues related to the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

At NCSE, Dr. Saundry spearheaded the establishment of the multi-year National Commission of Science for Sustainable Forestry, the Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program and other initiatives. He is also a leader in interdisciplinary environmental education. Dr. Saundry is co-founder of the Encyclopedia of Earth – a free online resource on the environment.

Dr. Saundry has been the PI on awards from numerous federal agencies and foundations.

Peter Saundry