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Susan Bates

Coastal Science Program Manager, Virginia

Nassawadox, VA

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Susan Bates, Ph.D. Coastal Science Program Manager © Susan Bates

Areas of Expertise

Coastal risk and resilience, mitigation planning, natural climate solutions, community engagement

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Chelsea Bowers


Susan leads the Coastal Resilience Program for the Virginia chapter's Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve (VVCR). Her work involves engaging with partners to develop tools and strategies for informing coastal resilience decisions and projects, demonstrating the value of nature-based solutions and building community relationships.

Susan has a Ph.D. in climate dynamics from George Mason University and a Master of Science degree in oceanography from Texas A&M; she has more than 20 years of experience in these fields.

She serves on the Atlantic Regional Panel, an international panel under the scope of CLIVAR (Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change), one of the four core projects of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Locally, Susan sits on the Climate Adaptation Working Group (CAWG) comprised of stakeholders on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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