Senior Scientist Dr. Richard A. Houghton has been named Acting President of WHRC

Falmouth, Mass. – The Board of Directors of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) has announced that Eric A. Davidson has completed a two-year term as the President of the Woods Hole Research Center, having previously been on the WHRC scientific staff since 1991. During his tenure as President, WHRC turned the corner on a difficult financial situation through a combination of controlling costs and expanding fundraising. Innovative changes for effective recruitment and retention of key scientific staff were implemented. A significant investment was made in improving outreach and communication of WHRC’s mission through print and electronic media. And in July, the International Center for Climate Governance recognized WHRC as the third most influential climate change think tank in the world. Dr. Davidson will continue as President of the Biogeosciences Section of the American Geophysical Union, and he will remain affiliated with WHRC as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist.

The WHRC Board named Senior Scientist Richard A. Houghton as Acting President. Dr. Houghton has had a long career at WHRC as an ecologist with interests in the role that terrestrial ecosystems play in climate change and the global carbon cycle. He holds the George Masters Woodwell Chair for Global Ecology at WHRC, and in 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.


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