“The Woods Hole Research Center is at the forefront of science and policy on the interacting issues of land use, ecosystem function, and climate change, seeking ways to reduce adverse human impacts while improving and sustaining economic well-being. Our impact on understanding and policy on these topics has been far out of proportion to our modest size. From leadership roles in drafting the Kyoto Protocol to international collaborations in Brazil and Russia to regional partnerships in exploring land use change in the Chesapeake Bay area and Southeastern Massachusetts, we are committed to being an integral part of crucial discussion impacts the integrity of the environment.”

John P. Holdren
Director and President
June 2005 – December 2008

Dr. John Holdren is now Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) under President Obama.

John Holdren