Dr. Kathleen A. Mar

Dr. Kathleen A. Mar

Research Group Leader

Kathleen Mar joined the IASS in 2012 and became the project leader for the new project “Climate Action in National and International Processes (ClimAct)” in 2017. ClimAct investigates how scientific expertise can facilitate climate action, particularly within international forums such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Prior to joining the IASS, Kathleen worked at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) on the implementation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act. Her academic background is in atmospheric chemistry.

Kathleen has always felt most at home with one foot in the world of science and one foot in the world of policy, with a strong interest in science-policy interactions and how to make them more effective. Likewise she strives to be an integrator in the areas of climate change and air quality, advocating for a holistic approach to policy development in the two arenas.

  • 2017 to the present IASS Project Leader
  • 2012–2016 IASS Scientist
  • 2008–2012 Environmental Scientist and Air Compliance Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency (Seattle, Washington, USA)
  • 2002–2008 PhD, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Climate policy and its implementation, including transparency and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)
  • The role of societal goals such as health, clean air, and quality of life in the development of sustainable climate policies
  • Air quality and climate interactions
  • Non-CO2 climate forcers
  • Communication on climate science and policy
  • 2017, “Health impacts of air quality”, lecture for “Atmospheric Science in the Anthropocene” at the University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2016, “Mitigating emissions from the bricks sector: co-benefits for climate, health and more", Climate and Clean Air Coalition Bricks Regional Africa Workshop, Rabat, Morocco
  • 2016, “Twenty years of ozone air quality in Europe: trends in models and measurements”, Quadrennial Ozone Symposium, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2012
  • Assistant Administrator’s Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011
  • Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center Fellowship, 2007
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, Western Spectroscopy Association Meeting, 2007
  • United Nations Atmospheric Brown Clouds Training School, 2006
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2003–2006
  • Valedictorian, Georgetown College, Class of 2002
  • Clare Boothe Luce Foundation Scholarship, 2000–2002