THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JERRY M. MELILLO ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ENVIRONMENT AT OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Jerry M.
Melillo of Massachusetts as Associate Director for Environment at the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Mr. Melillo presently serves as Co-Director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. For twenty years he has been a research scientist at the Center, which is dedicated to the study of ecological systems and to the application of research knowledge to the problems of sustaining and managing natural resources. Dr. Melillo is internationally recognized for his research on nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and the potential effects of global climate change on function and structure of land ecosystems. He currently is the Vice-Chairman of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, a non-governmental program of several thousand scientists who are working in a coordinated way to study global change. He also is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and works closely with various panels of the National Research Council. Dr. Melillo is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and two textbooks.
Dr. Melillo will work with the President's Science Advisor Dr. John H. Gibbons, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, on such issues such as sustainable development, health, energy, and industrial ecology. They will also interact with individuals within the Administration as well as outside constituents concerned with both natural resource and pollution issues on a local, regional and global scale. The Office of Science and Technology Policy was established in 1976 under statutory authority of Title II of the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization a Priorities Act.