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MICHAEL WESTPHAL is an environmental scientist with interests at the intersection of climate change, environment and development and am a member of the Core Team for the forthcoming World Development Report 2010 (“Development in a Changing Climate”). Michael received a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley, where his dissertation concerned ecological modeling and conservation planning for birds in the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia. He did postdoctoral work on ecological-economic modeling at UFZ-Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, and on marine reserves at Arizona State University. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in the Office of International Affairs at the EPA, Michael worked on a multidisciplinary weapons nonproliferation program in the former Soviet Union, whose goal was to re-direct former weapons scientists to environmental research. Since 2006, he has consulted at various departments of the World Bank in the area of climate change adaptation, developing knowledge products such as the World Bank Climate Change Data Portal and the ADAPT screening tool and conducting various climate change analyses. Michael is a contributing author to the forthcoming World Bank edited book, “Adapting to Climate Change in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union”. He has also consulted to the Inter-American and African Development Banks in the areas of biodiversity and climate change adaptation.

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