U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station Davis, CA
Mark Nechodom is the Acting Deputy Director for Carbon Markets at the Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets in the US Department of Agriculture. He also serves as the Climate Science Policy Advisor for the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC, and as a research scientist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station in Davis, California.
Dr. Nechodom is actively involved in the development of science policy and research in support of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, and serves as a US Forest Service national liaison to state agencies and NGOs. He is also engaged in several national-level climate policy efforts, and represents the Washington Office of the US Forest Service in a number of state and regional climate initiatives.
His current research uses life cycle assessment modeling (LCA) to identify the economic and environmental impacts of renewable energy from biomass. He also leads teams of researchers focused on carbon cycling in forest ecosystems, including wildfire effects and greenhouse gas emissions.
He served as a senior scientist for the Sierra Nevada Framework and the Lake Tahoe Basin Science Assessment, as well as for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s 20-year regional plan revision for 2007.
In the 1990s, he established the Natural Resources Policy and Education Program at California State University, Sacramento, and subsequently co-founded and directed the Land Use and Natural Resources Program at the University of California, Davis. He remains a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of California, Davis.
Nechodom spent several years as an agricultural and environmental policy adviser, consultant and researcher in Mexico and Latin America working with clients such as USAID, the United Nations and other NGO development agencies. He earned his doctorate in political science and environmental policy from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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