Geography And Earth Systems Expert Will Head NSF’s Geosciences Directorate
Dr. France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), selected Dr. William E. Easterling to lead NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences. The Directorate supports basic research to advance knowledge and innovation in atmospheric, earth, ocean, and polar sciences, providing over 60 percent of federal funding for basic research in the geosciences at academic institutions across the country. Dr. Easterling brings to NSF a wealth of experience in geography and earth systems sciences and is an expert on the impacts of climate change on the world’s food supply. Since 2007, Dr. Easterling has been the dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to this role, he served as director of the Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment. Dr. Easterling will assume his new position at NSF in June of 2017.