Women’s History Month: Interview with Adaptation Sciences Program Manager Lisa Vaughan

  • 16 March 2023
Women’s History Month: Interview with Adaptation Sciences Program Manager Lisa Vaughan

Lisa Vaughan is a program manager for the NOAA Adaptation Sciences program and leads the international programs in CPO’s Climate and Societal Interactions Division. The Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) program is designed to advance the knowledge, methods, and frameworks needed to move society beyond incremental adaptation toward more widespread, connected, adaptive pathways, and resilience strategies with clear economic and societal co-benefits. AdSci’s international element works with partners in the public and private sector, in the U.S. and abroad, to enhance the knowledge, engagement, and capacity needed to foster adaptation and resilience in the face of a changing climate. 

Lisa Vaughan’s program manager duties include designing and running interdisciplinary research competitions focused on understanding and advancing adaptation, and creating partnerships to support international resilience efforts. She forges interagency partnerships to undertake projects that support NOAA’s mission, and, at the same time, provide technical contributions to broader U.S. science diplomacy and climate policy efforts. To support these partnerships, she currently co-chairs two interagency working groups focused on international collaboration and climate services for adaptation. She is a thought leader in her field. Outside NOAA, Lisa enjoys traveling with her family, learning about other cultures. She also volunteers to raise awareness of the need for childhood cancer research, and manages a summer league dive team in Northern Virginia.

In this interview, she discusses her journey at NOAA/CPO, how her work ties into climate resilience and the climate-ready nation initiative and her experience working as a woman in the field of climate science. 

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Image credit: Lisa Vaughan




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