David Blockstein, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist and Director of Education

David E. Blockstein, Ph.D. is Senior Scientist with the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). Dr. Blockstein joined the organization in 1990 and served as its first Executive Director until 1993. Dr. Blockstein also serves as Executive Secretary of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). CEDD, formed in 2001, is the professional organization for the nation's deans of colleges of environment and natural resources and directors of institutes for environmental studies. He is also the Executive Secretary of the Council of Energy Research ad Education Leaders (CEREL).

Dr. Blockstein organized and chaired all but one of NCSE’s first ten National Conferences on Science, Policy and the Environment. Dr. Blockstein is a member of the Roundtable on Climate Change Education of the National Academy of Sciences and is a principal investigator on the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMELclimatechange.org) project supported by the National Science Foundation.

As the 1987-88 Congressional Science Fellow of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and American Society of Zoology, Dr. Blockstein worked with the House of Representatives Environment Subcommittee of the Science Committee to prepare the National Biological Diversity Conservation and Environmental Research Act. Dr. Blockstein has a B.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin and a M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research on conservation of tropical pigeons and doves and on population and community ecology of forest birds. He is the author of the Birds of North America account of the extinct Passenger Pigeon. Dr. Blockstein is the founding chair of the Ornithological Council, an association of North America's professional societies that provide scientific information about birds to policymakers and represents the interests of ornithologists in Washington, DC. He is one of the founders of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS).

Recently,  Dr. Blockstein attended the National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA )2nd National Conference. The Conference revolved around Environmental Solutions & Workforce Development. It was held on November 17 - November 19, 2010 at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Blockstein was a keynote speaker. 

Dr. Blockstein has worked on a wide range of science and policy issues including increasing the representation of minorities in science, climate change education, mechanisms to improve the linkage between science and decisionmaking on environmental issues and electronic processes to communicate scientific information on the environment. He has delivered more than 50 public lectures and more than 20 scientific papers and is a frequent contributor to both technical and popular literature about science and environmental policy. He serves on or has served on committees for scientific and conservation organizations including: American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Institute of Biological Sciences; American Chemical Society; American Society of Zoologists; Society for Conservation Biology; American Ornithologists' Union; Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences; American Bird Conservancy; World Conservation Union (IUCN); Commission on Education and Communication; Project Learning Tree/World Wildlife Fund; Aldo Leopold Foundation; National Foundation for Environmental Education; and the Environmental Education Coalition.  In 2008 he received the American Institute of Biological Sciences Distinguished Service Award.