CPO's David Herring Elected to the Rank of AAAS Fellow

  • 5 December 2011
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CPO's David Herring Elected to the Rank of AAAS Fellow

Fig. 6.4. Primary productivity (March-September only) in nine different regions of the Northern Hemisphere, as well as the average of these nine regions, derived using chlorophyll-a concentrations from MODIS-Aqua data, AVHRR sea surface temperature data, and additional parameters. Values are calculated according to techniques described by Behrensfield and Falkowski (1997) and represent net primary productivity (NPP). Additional information regarding these data can be found in Table 6.1.
David Herring, Director of Communications and Education at NOAA's Climate Program Office, was recently elected to the rank of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, in recognition of his contributions "in developing and deploying new and innovative ways of enhancing public engagement with Earth and space science research using the World Wide Web." Beginning in 1874, the AAAS Council elects new members each year whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.


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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