Susan is an environmental statistician studying Arctic and climate issues. Susan received both her PhD (2008) and MS (1997) in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management from the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree in Biology (1994) from Harvey Mudd College, the school’s inaugural class for biology majors.
After post-doctoral work in statistics and in oceanography at UW, Susan was part of the first cohort of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship in 2013 through Social Venture Partners and serves on their Environment Collective Action Team.
Susan joined Sustainable Seattle in October 2015, and is now serving as board secretary. She is active in addressing questions about how people make decisions about science and climate change, and the intersections of environment, equity, and economics.
Susan and her husband Jeff commissioned a symphony about climate change, later named Terra Nostra, from Christophe Chagnard in 2013. Susan is an avid amateur musician and has played cello for more than 30 years, including 20 seasons with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO), the orchestra that premiered Terra Nostra in June 2015.