Jim Buizer

Strategy Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
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Jim Buizer is Senior Strategy Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Research Innovation and Impact, Associate Director of the Aegis Consortium for a Pandemic Free Future, and Professor of Climate Adaptation in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona.  He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Research Faculty Foresight Council, on the President’s Commission for the Future in Agriculture & Food in a Drying Climate, on the Steering Committee for the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges, and on the Board of Directors of the Biosphere2, among others. 

Externally, he serves as Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee for the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia, on the Advisory Council for Planet Forward, on the Board of Directors of the Thomas Lovejoy Amazon Biodiversity Center, and as Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University.  He has held leadership roles for U.S. National Climate Assessments and as U.S. Government reviewer of reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

From 2019 – 2022, he was Founding Director of the Arizona Institute for Environments and Societies. From 2003-2011 Jim served as Senior Advisor for Institutional Transformation to the President at Arizona State University, where he led the establishment of 10 new research Institutes and Schools. Prior, Jim was Director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Division at NOAA in Washington, D.C.  He has worked in over 20 countries throughout his career and has published extensively on the science-to-action interface, integrating climate information into decisions, and climate assessments. His degrees are in Oceanography, and Marine Policy & Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle.


Email: buizer@arizona.edu