Molly K. Macauley
Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
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Molly K. Macauley is vice president for research and senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF), a think tank focusing on the economics of natural resources. Her research emphasizes new technology and its application to natural and environmental resources, including the value of satellite-derived Earth science information and its use in understanding ecological systems and human relationships with these systems, and the value placed by the public on the nation’s space activities. Dr. Macauley frequently testifies before Congress and serves on national committees and panels, including the NRC’s Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space, the board of advisors for the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program at the College of William and Mary, the science advisory board of the National Oceanic and Space Administration, and NASA’s Earth Science Applications Advisory Group. She was selected as a “Rising Star” by the National Space Society, elected to membership in the International Academy of Astronautics, served as a distinguished visitor at the invitation of the Government of Quebec, and has received awards for her work from NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration. She also served as a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at Johns Hopkins University. She was a lead author for NASA on a synthesis and assessment report for the US Climate Change Science Program on use of Earth observations and has published more than 80 journal articles, books, and book chapters. Her PhD and MA degrees in economics are from Johns Hopkins University and her undergraduate degree in economics is from the College of William and Mary.

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