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Molly K. Macauley
Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow
202-328-5043
macauley@rff.org
RESEARCH TOPICS
 
AWARDS
 
Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Recognition for Outstanding Support in the Rulemaking on Licensing and Safety Requirements for Launch, 2006.
 
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Award, Contributions to U.S. Remote Sensing Industry, 2002.
 
International Academy of Astronautics (elected to Full Membership), 2001.
 
Top 25 "Rising Stars," National Space Society, 1994.
 
Investment in People and Ideas Award, Resources for the Future, 1984.
 
Institute for Professional Education Scholarship, 1982.
 
Johns Hopkins University Fellowship, 1979 - 1983.
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
 
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, 1993 - present.
 
Director, Resources for the Future, Academic Programs, 1996 - present.
 
Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 1989 - 1995; 1999 - 2000.
 
Fellow, Resources for the Future, 1983 - 1993.
 
Founder and President, Companis, Inc., 1999.
 
Visiting Professor, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, Fall Term 1996.
 
Policy Analyst, Communications Satellite Corporation, 1979 - 1983.
 
Junior Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 1980.
 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
 
Professional Activities:
 
Women in Aerospace, Board of Directors, 1996- 2002; 2006 - 2008.
 
Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program (College of William and Mary), President, 1997- 2005.
 
American Economic Association
 
Outstanding Young Women of America
 
Media Resource Service of the Scientists' Institute for Public Information
 
International Academy of Astronautics
 
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 
 
Editorial Activities:
 
Editorial Board, Space Policy
Editorial Board, Astropolitics
 
 
Reviewer:
 
National Science Foundation
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment
U.S. Congress, Congressional Budget Office
Federal Communications Commission
National Academy of Sciences
Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation
 
 
Consultant Activities:
 
Benner, Burnett and Coleman, Washington, D.C.
Conner and Winters, Tulsa, OK
Shooshan and Jackson, Washington, D.C.
Space Development Services, Washington, D.C.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
EUROCONSULT, Paris, France
U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment
Boeing Corporation, Chicago, IL
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), San Diego, CA
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
 
PUBLIC SERVICE
 
Congressional Testimony:
 
Commercial Space." Delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Space and Aviation, April 20, 2005.
 
Advantages and Disadvantages of Prizes in a Portfolio of Financial Incentives for Space Activities." Delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, July 15, 2004.
 
An Economics View of Satellite Solar Power." Prepared for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, September 7, 2000 (delivered by John S. Fini).
 
"Commercializing Space." Delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee of Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, July 18, 2000.
 
"The Commercial Space Act of 1997: Commercial Remote Sensing." Delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, May 21, 1997.
 
"The Omnibus Space Commercialization Act of 1996 and the Space Business Incentives Act. H.R.1953." Delivered to the U.S. House of Representative, Committee on Science, March 5, 1996.
 
 
Appointments:
 
Advisory Committee for the 1988 ITU World Administrative Radio Conference, Federal Communications Commission
 
Panels convened by the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
 
Organizing Committee for 1988 and 1989 of the Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference; Chair, 1989-1990
 
Review panel, NASA Remote Sensing Commercialization Research Announcement
 
Panels by the Space Studies Board, National Research Council
 
Task Force on Priorities in Space Research, Space Studies Board, National Research Council
 
Review panel, Congressional Budget Office, Spectrum Management Workshop
 
Advisory panel, Earth Observations Project, U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment
 
Ad Hoc Group on Data Exchange and Charging, American Meteorological Society
 
Subcommittee on Space Debris, International Astronomical Association
 
Planning Committee, National Meeting, American Astronautical Society
 
Space for America Committee, American Astronautical Society
 
Space Activities and Society Committee, International Academy of Astronautics
 
Study Group, John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment
 
Chair, Congressionally mandated "Economic Study of Space Solar Power"
 
NASA Space Science Advisory Committee
 
NASA Space Science Outreach and Public Education Committee
 
National Research Council, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Helium Reserve Committee
 
National Research Council, Space Studies Board, Steering Group on Space Applications and Commercialization
 
National Research Council, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Committee for Independent Assessment of the NASA Investment Strategy in Space Solar Power
 
National Research Council, Review of a Technology Assessment on Concentrating Solar Power Energy Systems
 
National Research Council, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Steering Committee for Workshops on Human and Robotic Exploration and Development of Space
 
National Research Council, Space Studies Board, Workshop Study on Earth Observations and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future
 
National Research Council. Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Member
 
National Research Council, Space Studies Board, Review Team for Science Roadmaps for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
 
US Department of Homeland Security, Senior Advisory Group on the Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC)
 
 
Panels and Symposiums:
 
Co-organizer and contributor, "Explorations in Space Policy," a symposium sponsored by Resources for the Future and the National Academy of Engineering, Washington, D.C., June 1986.
 
 
Special Projects:
 
Spearheaded joint effort of the Mount Vernon Association and Women in Aerospace for U.S. space shuttle flight of replica flag flown by George Washington during the Revolutionary War; flag now on display at Mount Vernon, October 1998.
 
Featured Publications
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Forest Carbon Economics: What We Know, What We Do Not, and Whether it Matters
Molly K Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Climate Change Economics | December 2012 | Vol. 3, No.4
 
Policy for Robust Space-Based Earth Science, Technnology, and Applications
Molly Macauley, Molly E. Brown, Vanessa M. Escobar, Josef Aschbacher, Maria Pilar Milagro-Perez, Bradley Doorn and Lawrence Friedl
Space Policy | February 2013 | Vol. 29, No. 1 | pp. 76-82
 
Earth Observations and Space Strategy
Molly K. Macauley
Space Strategy in the 21st Century | Eligar Sadeh | New York: Routledge | 2013
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Challenges in Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K Macauley
US Department of the Interior | DOI Office of Policy Analysis | Washington DC | November 5, 2012
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Challenges in Measuring, Monitoring and Verifying
Roger Sedjo and Molly Macauley
Environment Magazine | July/August 2012 | Vol. 54, No. 4 | pp. 16-23
 
Forever Ours: Technology, Economics, and Institutions for Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K. Macauley
The Carolyn and Edward Wenk, Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy | Johns Hopkins University | Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD | April 27, 2012
 
Managing Risk through Liability, Regulation, and Innovation: Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations
Nathan D. Richardson, Molly K. Macauley, Mark A. Cohen, Robert Anderson, and Adam Stern
Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy | 2011 | Vol. 2, No. 2 | Related Discussion Paper 10-63
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: Technological and Regulatory Impediments for Global Carbon Monitoring
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Technology Law Journal | 2011 | 26(3): 1387-1408
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. | June 2011 | Vol. 15, No. 5 | pp. 499-513
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Possibilities and Limitations
Molly K. Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Journal of Forestry | December 2011 | 109(8): 470-473
 
The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan and Molly K. Macauley
London: Springer | 2012
 
Using Satellites to Sustain Earth
Molly K. Macauley
LiveBetter Magazine | May/June No. 10 | Spring 2011
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: The Role of Technology, Economics, and Law in US Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Symposium on Law and Technology | UC Berkeley School of Law | Berkeley CA | March 3, 2011
 
Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessment of the Marine WellContainment Company (MWCC)
Robert Anderson, Mark A Cohen, Molly K. Macauley, Nathan Richardson, Adam Stern
RFF Discussion Paper 10-63 | January 2011
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Adapting to Climate Change:The Public Policy Response
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Tiffany Clements
Issue Brief 10-19 | November 2010
 
Earth Observations in US National Space Strategy
Molly K Macauley
Astropolitics | Vol. 8, No. 2-3 | 205-219
 
Valuing Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications for Realizing Social Benefits
Molly K. Macauley and Ramanan Laxminarayan
Space Policy | November 2010 | Vol. 26, No. 4. | pp. 249-551
 
Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 10-10 | May 2010
 
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