Paul F. Wagner

Paul Wagner, fellow at Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.
Fellow
Alexandria, VA

Paul F. Wagner, Ph.D. currently leads an interdisciplinary group of 14 subject matter experts and serves as a senior ecologist at the Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources (IWR). Paul’s work at IWR addresses a variety of technical and policy related questions in the areas of climate change adaptation, climate change leadership, decision support, ecosystem restoration, and integrated water resources management. For more than a decade, Paul has worked on climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning across the Nation. Paul has taught numerous climate change courses including Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, Climate Smart Adaptation Planning, Decision Analysis for Climate Change, Climate Change 101 and 202, and Climate Change for Senior Executive Leaders (a course he established). Paul formerly served as the Deputy Associate Director for Climate Adaptation and Resilience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he worked on a variety of efforts under the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Prior to joining IWR, Paul worked as landscape ecologist for the EPA’s Regional Vulnerability Assessment program (analyzing the vulnerability of ecological resources and the stressors threatening them) and served as a research ecologist and science and policy analyst assigned to the National Center for Environmental Assessment. Paul has also worked as the Senior Aquatic Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s South-central division, where he was responsible for ecoregional planning and habitat conservation. Paul received his Ph.D. in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2001.