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Dr. Virginia Burkett / United States Geological Survey

Dr. Virginia Burkett

United States Geological Survey

Virginia Burkett is the Chief Scientist for Land Resources at the U.S. Geological Survey. She is also the Co-Chair and currently Acting Chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Burkett is the United States’ Alternate Principal to the international Group on Earth Observations.

Prior to her federal service, Burkett was Secretary/Director of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where she had formerly served as Deputy Secretary. She has also directed the Louisiana Coastal Zone Management Program, served as Assistant Director of the Louisiana Geological Survey, and served as Associate Director at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Burkett has published extensively on the topics of global change and low-lying coastal zones. She was as a Lead Author of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports and the IPCC Technical Paper on Water. She was a lead author of the First, Second, and Third U.S. National Climate Assessments and she served on the Federal Steering Committee for NCA4 (2018). Burkett has been appointed to over 70 Commissions, Committees, Science Panels and Boards during her career. She is a Senior Editor of the journal Regional Environmental Change. Burkett received her doctoral degree in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1996.