ALEXANDER M. DE SHERBININ – Biographical Sketch & CV

 

Work: CIESIN, P.O. Box 1000, Palisades, NY 10964 USA, Tel. +1-845-365-8988, Fax +1-845-365-8922

Email: adesherbinin -at- ciesin.columbia.edu

 

 

Alex_headshot_jun12Alex de Sherbinin is a Senior Staff Associate for Research at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), an environmental data and analysis center within The Earth Institute at Columbia University specializing in the human aspects of global environmental change. He serves as deputy manager of the NASA-funded Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), and also serves as co-Coordinator of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN), a global network of 2,000 social and natural scientists researching population-environment relationships that is sponsored by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). He is also chair of the CODATA Global Roads Data Development Task Group, and a co-author of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI).

 

Mr. de Sherbinin is a geographer whose research interests focus on the human aspects of environmental change at local, national and global scales. He has written peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and reports addressing population dynamics and the environment; urban climate vulnerability and sustainability; climate change and migration; environmental indicators; consumption-environment linkages; environment and security; land-use and land-cover change; remote sensing applications for environmental treaties; social science applications of remote sensing; and community-based natural resource management.

 

Prior to joining CIESIN, Mr. de Sherbinin served as a USAID-funded Population-Environment Fellow with the Social Policy Program of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN, Gland, Switzerland), and a Population Geographer at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB, Washington, DC). From 1984-1986 he served as an agricultural extension agent with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mauritania, West Africa.

 

He has profiles on ResearchGate and LinkedIn, and blog postings through the Earth Institute’s State of the Planet blog.

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae (as of August 2013)

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University, Palisades, NY.

Deputy Manager, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, September 2006-present

Senior Staff Associate for Research, October 1999-present.

IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland.

            Acting Head, Social Policy Group, March-November 1998.

Population-Environment Fellow, January 1996-July 1999.

Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Washington, DC.

            Population Geographer, International Programs, October 1991‑December 1995.

            Information Specialist, June 1989-October 1991.

 

EDUCATION

PhD, People, Land & Urban Systems, expected 2014, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

M.A. Geography, May 1989, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

B.A. Geography, 1984, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

1. Books and Edited Volumes

de Sherbinin, A., A. Rahman, A. Barbieri, J.C. Fotso, and Y. Zhu (eds.).  2009. Urban Population-Environment Dynamics in the Developing World:  Case Studies and Lessons Learned. Paris: Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography (CICRED) (316 pages). Available at http://www.populationenvironmentresearch.org/workshops.jsp

de Sherbinin, A., and V. Dompka (eds.). 1998. Water and Population Dynamics: Case Studies and Policy Implications, Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Available at http://www.aaas.org/international/ehn/waterpop/contents.htm

Barton, T., G. Borrini-Feyerabend, A. de Sherbinin, and P. Warren. 1997. Our People, Our Resources: Supporting Rural Communities in Participatory Action Research on Population Dynamics and the Local Environment. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN (259 pages). Web version available at http://www.ewb-international.org/pdf/our%20people,%20our%20resources.pdf.

 

2. Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Oliver-Smith, A., and A. de Sherbinin. (forthcoming). “Something Old and Something New: Resettlement in the Twenty First Century.” In: S. Martin et al. (eds). Migration and Humanitarian Crises. Oxon, UK: Routledge. See http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415857321/.

Adamo, S., and A. de Sherbinin. 2013 (forthcoming). “Migration and Environmental Change in North America (USA and Canada)“. In: E. Piguet (ed.), People on the Move in a Changing Climate. Dordrecht NL: Springer Science. See http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/population+studies/book/978-94-007-6984-7.

de Sherbinin, A. 2013. Climate Change Hotspots Mapping: What Have We Learned?. Climatic Change. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-013-0900-7. [post-print version]

Hsu, A., A. Reuben, D. Shindell, A. de Sherbinin, and M. Levy. 2013. Toward the next generation of air quality monitoring indicators. Atmospheric Environment, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.07.036.

Claudia Pahl-Wostl, C., C. Giupponi, K. Richards, C. Binder, A. de Sherbinin, D. Sprinz, T. Toonen, and C. van Bers. 2012. Transition towards a new global change science: Requirements for methodologies, methods, data and knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 28, pp. 36–47. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2012.11.009.

de Sherbinin, A., M. Levy, S.B. Adamo, K. MacManus, G. Yetman, V. Mara, L. Razafindrazay, B. Goodrich, T. Srebotnjak, C. Aichele, and L. Pistolesi. 2012. Migration and Risk: Net Migration in Marginal Ecosystems and Hazardous Areas. Environmental Research Letters. 7 045602. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/045602.

Wilhelmi, O., A. de Sherbinin, and M. Hayden. 2012. “Exposure to Heat Stress in Urban Environments”  In: Crews, K., and B. King (eds.), Ecologies and Politics of Health. Oxon, UK: Routledge. Available at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415590662/

do Carmo, R.L., E. Marandola Jr., and A. de Sherbinin. 2012. Introduction: special issue dedicated to the memory of Professor Daniel Hogan. Population & Environment. 34(1): 1-2. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11111-012-0179-z

Hsu, A., A. de Sherbinin, and H. Shi. 2012. Seeking truth from facts: The Challenge of Environmental Indicator Development in China. Environmental Development. 3:39–51. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2012.05.001.

Adamo, S.B., L. Razafindrazay, and A. de Sherbinin. 2012. Áreas de alta vulnerabilidad ambiental en América Latina y el Caribe: Una perspectiva regional a escala subnacional. CEPAL Notas de Población, 94. Available at http://www.eclac.cl/publicaciones/xml/4/48174/notasdepoblacion94.pdf

Hummel, D., S. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, L. Murphy, L. Aggarwal, L. Zulu, J. Liu, K. Knight.  2012. Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to population-environment research for sustainability aims: A review and appraisal. Population & Environment. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11111-012-0176-2

de Sherbinin, A., M. Castro, F. Gemenne, M.M. Cernea, S. Adamo, P. M. Fearnside, G. Krieger, S. Lahmani, A. Oliver-Smith, A. Pankhurst, T. Scudder, B. Singer, Y. Tan, G. Wannier, P. Boncour, C. Ehrhart, G. Hugo, B. Pandey, G. Shi. 2011. Preparing for Resettlement Associated with Climate Change. Science, 28 October 2011, Vol. 334: 456-457. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1208821. 

Adamo, S.B., and A. de Sherbinin. 2011. “The Impact of Climate Change on the Spatial Distribution of Populations and Migration.” Chapter in: Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Migration, New York: United Nations Population Division. Available at http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/PopDistribUrbanization/PopulationDistributionUrbanization.pdf. 

de Sherbinin, A. 2011. “Introduction: Population, Poverty, and Ecology.” In: De Clerk, F., J. Ingram, and C. Rumbaitis Del Rio (eds.), Integrating Ecology and Poverty Reduction: The Application of Ecology in Development Solutions. New York: Springer. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-0186-5_5

Marcotullio, P., S. Baptista, and A. de Sherbinin. 2011. “Urbanization, Poverty Reduction and Ecosystem Integrity”, In: De Clerk, F., J. Ingram, and C. Rumbaitis Del Rio (eds.), Integrating Ecology and Poverty Reduction: The Application of Ecology in Development Solutions. New York: Springer. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-0186-5_8. 

Warner, K., T. Afifi, A. de Sherbinin, C. Erhart, S. Adamo, and T. Chai-On. 2011.  “Environmental change and forced migration scenarios: methods and findings from the Nile Delta, Sahel and Mekong Delta.” In E. Piguet, A. Pécoud, and A. Guchteneire (eds.), Migration and Climate Change. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press and UNESCO, 464 pp. Available at http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item6491265/?site_locale=en_GB

Srebotnjak, T., G. Carr, A. de Sherbinin, and C. Rickwood. 2011. “A global Water Quality Index and hot-deck imputation of missing data” Ecological Indicators, Volume 17, June 2012, Pages 108-119, available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/scidirimg/clear.gifhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.04.023.

de Sherbinin, A., K. Warner, and C. Ehrhart. 2011. “Casualties of Climate Change,” Scientific American, January 2011: 64-71.

Aubrecht, C., M. Stojan-Dolar, A. de Sherbinin, M. Jaiteh, T. Longcore, and C. Elvidge. 2010. “Lighting governance for protected areas and beyond – Identifying the urgent need for sustainable management of artificial light at night”, earthzine, December 20,2010 issue. Available at http://www.earthzine.org/2010/12/20/.

de Sherbinin, A. 2009. “The Biophysical and Geographical Correlates of Child Malnutrition in Africa” Population, Space and Place Vol.15. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/psp.599.   

de Sherbinin, A.  2009. “Introduction”, In: de Sherbinin, A., A. Rahman, A. Barbieri, J.C. Fotso, and Y. Zhu  (eds.), Urban Population-Environment Dynamics in the Developing World:  Case Studies and Lessons Learned. Paris: CICRED.  Available at http://www.populationenvironmentresearch.org/workshops.jsp

Vörösmarty, C.J., J. Syvitski, J. Day, A. de Sherbinin, L. Giosan and C. Paola. 2009. Battling to save the world’s river deltas. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. March/April 2009. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2968/065002005

de Sherbinin, A., L. VanWey, K. McSweeney, R. Aggarwal, A. Barbieri, S. Henry, L. Hunter, W. Twine, and R. Walker. 2008. “Household Demographics, Livelihoods and the Environment.” Global Environmental Change, Vol. 18, no.1, pp. 38-53. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.05.005

de Sherbinin, A. 2008. “Is Poverty Highest Near Parks? An Assessment of Infant Mortality Rates Around Protected Areas in Developing Countries.” Oryx. Vol 42, No. 1, pp. 26-35.

Redford, K., M. Levy, E. Sanderson, and A. de Sherbinin. 2008. “What is the role for conservation organizations in poverty alleviation in the world’s wild places?” Oryx Vol. 42,  No. 4, pp. 516-528. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0030605308000781

de Sherbinin, A., D. Carr, S. Cassels, and L. Jiang. 2007. "Population and Environment." Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 32, Nov 2007, pp. 345-373. Available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792934/?tool=pubmed.

de Sherbinin, A., A. Schiller, and A. Pulsipher. 2007. “The Vulnerability of Global Cities to Climate Hazards.” Environment & Urbanization, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 39-64. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956247807076725. [PDF]

Nelson, A., A. de Sherbinin, F. Pozzi. 2006. “Towards Development of a High Quality Public Domain Global Roads Database.” CODATA Science Journal, Vol. 5, November 2006, pp. 223-265. Available at https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/dsj/5/0/5_0_223/_pdf.

Curran, S., and A. de Sherbinin. 2004. “Completing the Picture: The Challenges of Bringing ‘Consumption’ into the Population-Environment Equation.” Population and Environment, Vol. 26, No. 2. Available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11111-004-0837-x.

de Sherbinin, A., K. Kline, and A. Raustiala. 2002. "Remote Sensing Data: Valuable Support for Environmental Treaties," Environment, Vol. 44, No. 1, January/February 2002.

de Sherbinin, A. 2000. “Population, Development and Human Security: A Micro-level Perspective,” Aviso: An Information Bulletin on Global Environmental Change and Human Security, Issue No. 7.

de Sherbinin, A. 1999.  “Two Threats to Global Security.” in The People and Their Planet: Searching for Balance, Barbara Baudot and William Moomaw (eds.). New York: St. Martin’s Press.

de Sherbinin, A. 1998. “Editorial”, PARKS, Vol. 8, No. 1. Available at: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/parks_feb98.pdf

de Sherbinin, A., and M. Freudenberger. 1998. “Migration to Protected Areas and Buffer Zones: Can We Stem the Tide?”, PARKS, Vol. 8, No. 1. Available at: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/parks_feb98.pdf

de Sherbinin, A. 1996.  “Human Security and Fertility: The Case of Haiti,” Journal of Environment and Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 28-45.

de Sherbinin, A. 1995.  “World Population Growth and U.S. National Security,” Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environment and Security Report, No. 1, April 1995. Available at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/report1a.pdf.

 

3. Reports, White Papers, and Proceedings

de Sherbinin, A., A. Reuben, M. Levy, and L. Johnson. 2013. Indicators in Practice: How Environmental Indicators are Being Used in Policy and Management Contexts. New Haven and New York: Yale and Columbia Universities. Available at http://ciesin.columbia.edu/binaries/web/global/news/2013/indicatorsinpractice.pdf.

de Sherbinin, A., A. Lacko, and M. Jaiteh. 2012. Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise. Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of international Importance Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Briefing Note No. 5. Gland, Switzerland: Ramsar Secretariat. Available at http://www.ramsar.org/bn/bn5.pdf.

Warner, K., K. van der Geest, S. Kreft, S. Huq, S. Harmeling, K. Koesters, and A. de Sherbinin. 2012. Evidence from the Frontlines of Climate Change: Loss and Damage to Communities Despite Coping and Adaptation. Bonn, Germany: United Nations University. Available at http://i.unu.edu/media/unu.edu/publication/31467/6815.pdf.

Warner, K., T. Afifi, K. Henry, T. Rawe, C. Smith, and A. de Sherbinin. 2012. Where the Rain Falls : Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration. Bonn, Germany: United Nations University and CARE. Available at http://wheretherainfalls.org/.

Emerson, J.W., A. Hsu, M.A. Levy, A. de Sherbinin, V. Mara, D.C. Esty, and M. Jaiteh. 2012.  2012 Environmental Performance Index and Pilot Trend Environmental Performance Index.  New Haven: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Available at: http://epi.yale.edu.

Balk, D., G. Yetman, and A. de Sherbinin. 2010. “Construction of Gridded Population and Poverty Data Sets from Different Data Sources.”   Proceedings of European Forum for Geostatistics Conference, 5-7 October, 2010 Tallinn, Estonia. Available at http://www.efgs.info/geostat-project/efgs-conference-2010-e-proceedings/e-proceedings_EFGS_2010_Deliverable_WP4.pdf/view

Aubrecht, C., M. Jaiteh, and A. de Sherbinin. 2010. Global Assessment of Light Pollution Impact on Protected Areas. Working Paper published by CIESIN, Columbia University. Available at http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/documents/light-pollution-Jan2010.pdf 

Emerson, J., D.C. Esty, M.A. Levy, C.H. Kim, V. Mara, A. de Sherbinin, and T. Srebotnjak. 2010. 2010 Environmental Performance Index. New Haven: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Available at http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/es/epi/

Warner, K., C. Erhart, A. de Sherbinin, S.B. Adamo, T.Chai-Onn. 2009. In search of Shelter: Mapping the effects of climate change on human migration and displacement. Bonn, Germany: United Nations University, CARE, and CIESIN-Columbia University. Available at http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/documents/ClimMigr-rpt-june09.pdf 

Levy, M., A. de Sherbinin, V. Mara, A. Fischer, M. Jaiteh, L. Razafindrazay. 2009. Environmental Performance Index for Abu Dhabi Emirate. Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative.

Esty, D., M. Levy, C. Kim, A. de Sherbinin, T. Srebotnjak, and V. Mara. 2008. 2008 Environmental Performance Index. New Haven: Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, and Palisades NY: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University. Available at http://epi.yale.edu/

de Sherbinin, A., and G. Martine. 2007. Urban Population, Development and Environment Dynamics. CICRED Policy Paper No. 3. Paris: Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography (CICRED). Available at http://www.cicred.org/Eng/Publications/pdf/Policypapers/PP3.pdf.

Leary, N., J. Adejuwon, J. W. Bailey, V. Barros, M. Caffera, S. Chinvanno, C. Conde, A., De Comarmond, A. de Sherbinin, T. Downing, H. Eakin, A. Nyong, M. Opondo, B. Osman, R. Payet, F. Pulhin, J. ulhin, J. Ratnasiri, E. Sanjak, G. von Maltitz, M. Wehbe, Y. Yin, and G. Ziervogel. 2006. For Whom the Bell Tolls: Vulnerabilities in a Changing Climate. AIACC Working Paper No. 21. Washington, DC: START.

Esty, D., M. Levy, T. Srebotnjak, A. de Sherbinin, C. Kim, and B. Anderson. 2006. Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index. New Haven: Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, and Palisades NY: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University. (349 pages) Available at http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/es/epi/2006archive.html

de Sherbinin, A. 2005. Remote Sensing in Support of Ecosystem Management Treaties and Transboundary Conservation. Palisades, NY: CIESIN at Columbia University. (98 pages) Available at http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/rs-treaties/RS&EMTreaties_Nov05_screen.pdf

Esty, D., M. Levy, T. Srebotnjak, A. de Sherbinin. 2005. 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index. New Haven: Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, and Palisades NY: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University. (408 pages) Available at http://www.yale.edu/esi/

de Sherbinin, A., R.S. Chen. 2005. Global Spatial Data and Information: Development, Dissemination and Use. Report of a Workshop held 21-23 September, 2004, at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY. Palisades, NY: Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, CIESIN, Columbia University. (42 pages) Available at http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/GSDworkshop/

de Sherbinin, A., D. Balk, K. Yaeger, M. Jaiteh, F. Pozzi, and C. Giri. 2002. “Social Science Applications of Remote Sensing,” A CIESIN Thematic Guide, Palisades, NY: Center for International Earth Science Information Network of Columbia University. Available at http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/binaries/web/sedac/thematic-guides/ciesin_ssars_tg.pdf.

de Sherbinin, A. 2002. "Land-Use and Land-Cover Change," A CIESIN Thematic Guide, Palisades, NY: Center for International Earth Science Information Network of Columbia University. Available at http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/tg/guide_frame.jsp?g=47

de Sherbinin, A. 2001. Remote Sensing and Environmental Treaties: Building More Effective Linkages. Report of a workshop held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, DC, December 4-5, 2000. New York: CIESIN at Columbia University.

de Sherbinin, A. and G. Claridge. 2000. “Involving Local Communities and Indigenous People in Wetland Management: A Guide for Decision Makers, Government Agencies, and NGOs,” in Guidelines for Establishing and Strengthening Local Communities’ and Indigenous People’s Participation in the Management of Ramsar and Other Wetlands. Gland, Switzerland: Ramsar Bureau.

Dabholkar, U., A. de Sherbinin and V. Ponniah (eds.). 1999. Report of the International Workshop on Population-Poverty-Environment Linkages: Key Results and Policy Actions. IUCN Headquarters, September 23-25, 1998. Gland, Switzerland: UNFPA, UNEP and IUCN.

de Sherbinin, A. 1996. Water and Population Dynamics: Local Approaches to a Global Challenge. Report on a collaborative initiative and workshop at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress, Montreal, Canada. Washington, DC: IUCN and Population Reference Bureau, August 1997.

de Sherbinin, A. 1993. “Population and Consumption Issues for Environmentalists,” a literature search and bibliography prepared by the Population Reference Bureau for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Global Stewardship Initiative.