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Ian Kraucunas

Earth & Biological Sciences
Chief Science & Tech Officer


Dr. Kraucunas is the Chief Science and Technology Officer for the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In this role, his responsibilities include strategic planning, capability development, and managing EBSD's internal research investment portfolio. From 2015 through mid-2020, Kraucunas served as the Director for PNNL's Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, which includes almost 200 staff with expertise ranging from fundamental atmospheric physics to regional and global climate modeling to multisector dynamics and climate impact analysis.

Kraucunas also leads several multi-institutional projects funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. He is the lead principal investigator for Integrated Coastal Modeling (ICoM), which was launched in late 2019 and focuses on developing and applying integrated modeling platforms to simulate both human and natural systems in coastal regions, with an initial focus on the Mid-Atlantic. He also has a leadership role in a a newly-funded project called Coastal Observations, Mechanisms, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales (COMPASS), which includes the development of new coastal observations in the Chesapeake Bay and Lake Erie as well as multi-scale modeling in the Great Lakes Region.

Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Kraucunas was a senior program officer with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, where he served as the study director for major reports on Surface Temperature Reconstructions, Environmental Data Management, and America's Climate Choices. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where his graduate research focused on using numerical models to study the large-scale tropical circulation.

Research Interests

  • Integrated human-Earth system modeling
  • Coastal science
  • Impacts of climate and global change

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environmental Management Certificate, University of Washington, Program on the Environment
  • M.S. University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • B.A. University of Virginia, Physics and Environmental Sciences

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

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