Herring is a science writer and editor with extensive experience writing and speaking about climate change and Earth system science. He joined NOAA's Climate Program Office in March 2008 where he serves as Director of Communications and Education. He also serves as Program Manager of NOAA's Climate Services Web Portal (www.climate.gov) and online ClimateWatch magazine (www.climatewatch.noaa.gov). In 2011, he launched a Climate 101 course in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Before coming to NOAA, Herring worked for 16 years in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he served as Project Manager for Education and Outreach, and co-founder and team leader for NASA's Earth Observatory. Herring trained in journalism, science education, and science writing at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, where he received his Masters Degree in Science and Technical Communications in 1992.
Herring will be presented with a certificate and rosette in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday, February 18, 2012, during the AAAS Fellows Forum, a part of the Association's Annual Meeting.
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