Ann M. Bartuska

Senior Advisor, Resources for the Future

Ann M. Bartuska is a senior advisor at RFF. In this capacity, Dr. Bartuska is focusing her efforts on natural resources and forestry, especially consideration of natural climate solutions through forests and agricultural lands. She also will be doing outreach in support of the valuation of information (VALUABLES) obtained through satellite imagery. Dr. Bartuska joined RFF in 2017 after serving as the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics as well as chief scientist. Prior to USDA, Dr. Bartuska held a host of leadership positions, including Deputy Chief for Research and Development of the US Forest Service. She currently is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Standing Committee on Science Communication and a member of the Board on Environmental Science and Toxicology. She was elected President of the Ecological Society of America for 2003 and was recently named an AAAS Fellow.


  • PhD in biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology, West Virginia University, 1981
  • MS in botany and ecology, Ohio University, 1977
  • BS in biology, Wilkes College, 1975

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