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Biographical Sketch

Mark S. McCaffrey

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

University of Colorado, Boulder

UCB 449

Boulder, CO 80309

303.735.3155 (phone)

303.492.2468 (fax)

Professional Preparation

M.A. -Educational Leadership- University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 1994

B.A. -Southwest Studies, Spanish Emphasis- Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO 1980

Relevant Appointments

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Associate Scientist, Professional Research Assistant, January 2001-present

CIRES Outreach Program, August 2004-present

Coordinator, Ice Fest, a Celebration of the International Polar Year, March 8-11, CU-Boulder

Co-Chair, Poles Together IPY Workshop, July, 2005

Member, International Polar Year Education, Outreach, Communications Subcommittee

Principal Investigator, Integrated Collaborative Education (ICE) Strategic Planning Online Workshop

Principal Investigator, DLESE Climate Change Collection

Principal Investigator, NOAA Coral Reef Information System Data Outreach Project

Representative, International Polar Foundation USA

NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, National Climatic Data Center

Science Communications Specialist, January 2001-July 2004

Principal Investigator, Climate TimeLine Information Tool

Lead Author, Paleo Perspective on Abrupt Climate Change

Project Manager, Spanish translations of Paleo Perspectives

Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative, 1996-2003

President, 2000-2003

Co-founder and Board Member, 1996-2003

Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network, 1998-2001

Co-PI and Communications Coordinator

University of Northern Colorado, ChemQuest Curriculum Project, 1996-1999

Education Consultant and Curriculum Developer

The Naropa Institute, Environmental Leadership Masters Program, 1996-1999

Adjunct Faculty and Developer-- Boulder Creek Atlas Project

Front Range Community College, Environmental Sciences Department, 1995-1996

Adjunct Faculty, Introduction to Environmental Science

Selected Publications, Presentations and Products

McCaffrey, M.S., (2006), Polar Power: Education, Outreach and Communication and the International Polar Year. Testimony to the House Subcommittee on Research, September 26, 2006, Washington, DC. Available:

McCaffrey, M.S., (2006), The 125 Year Legacy of the International Polar Year. bridges, the Office of Science & Technology’s (OST) Publication on S&T Policy. (10, June 2006.) Available:

McCaffrey, M.S., Low, R., (2005), Data Stories: The Benefits and Opportunities of Narrative Metadata in Deciphering and Demystifying Data Collection and Analysis, Eos Trans. AGU, 86(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract ED31C-1215

McCaffrey, M.S., Anderson, D.M., Eakin, M.E., Morrill, C. (2004). A Paleo Perspective on Abrupt Climate Change. NOAA Paleoclimatology Program. Available:

McCaffrey, M.S., Kowal, D., Eakin, M. E.(2003). Climate timeline information tool: exploring weather and climate change through the powers of 10. Paleoclimatology Branch, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Boulder, CO. Available:

Synergistic Activities

Member, International Polar Year Education, Outreach and Communications (EOC) Subcommittee and Web Design Team

Contribute to reviewing EOC-related proposals for the IPY Programme Office, reporting to Director David Carlson, offering input and recommendations on coordination efforts and design of the portal site.

Member, American Geophysical Union and European Geoscience Union

Co-convener of Education sessions at Fall 2005 AGU entitled “Deciphering Data” and another at Fall 2004 AGU entitled “Communicating Climate Change: Creative Challenge or Conundrum.” Assisted in organizing the GIFT Workshop at Fall 2003 AGU and Spring 2005 in New Orleans focusing on Hurricanes on the Gulf Coast

DLESE Working Group- Earth System Framework

Participant in working group tasked with examining approaches to organizing resources within DLESE using an Earth System framework and recommending strategies and options to the Steering Committee.

Coral Reef Information System and Coral Reef Task Force Outreach

Through involvement with the NOAA Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS), serve as principal investigator of the CoRIS Data Outreach project, facilitating stakeholder meetings with coral reef communities. Participant in the Coral Reef Task Force's Outreach and Education Committee.

Collaborators and Other Affiliations

Susan Buhr, CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder; David Carlson, International Polar Year Programme Office; Michelle Hall-Wallace- Science Education Solutions; Louise Huffman, Golden Apple Foundation; Martin Jeffries, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Roberta Johnson, UCAR Education; Carol Knight, NOAA; Tamara Ledley, TERC; Susan Lynds, CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder; Russanne Low, UCAR- DLESE; Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center; Frank Niepold, NOAA Climate Program Office; Mark Parsons, National Snow and Ice Data Center; Stephanie Pfirman, Columbia University; Rhian Salmon, International Polar Year Programme Office; Lesley Smith, CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder; Peter Tuddenham, The College of Exploration; Daniel Zalles, SRI International.

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