Paul Higgins, an active AMS Member, is Director of the American Meteorological Society's Policy Program in Washington, DC. In 2011, he was named a Google Science Communication Fellow. Dr Higgins organizes and leads the AMS Climate Briefing Series on the Hill, oversees the AMS Congressional Science Fellowship Program, helps train Earth scientists to engage the federal policy process, explores climate policy options, and conducts scientific research on the causes and consequences of climate change. His scientific research examines the two-way interaction between the atmosphere and the land surface. His policy research involves analyzing existing legislative approaches and developing risk management strategies that can overcome contentious political obstacles to climate policy. He also works to inform policy makers, members of the media, and the general public about climate science and climate policy. He is a former fellow of the United States Department of Energy Global Change Education Program. From 2005-2006 he was a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science During his fellowship year, Dr Higgins worked on climate policy in the United States Senate. From 2003-2005 he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California. He has PhD and MS degrees from Stanford University and a BS degree from the University of Michigan.