Dr. Sybil Seitzinger is an Environmental Studies Professor at the University of Victoria and Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) - a research and engagement network oriented toward delivering evidence-based, impactful climate change solutions.
Dr. Seitzinger joined PICS in November 2015 from her position of executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) based in Stockholm, Sweden. IGBP’s work involved facilitating and integrating the work of scientists and researchers across Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe on global environmental change. Prior to that, she was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and visiting professor at Rutgers University in the US. As a pioneering scientist, her work at Rutgers centred on land-atmosphere-ocean biogeochemistry, with a focus on changes in the global nitrogen cycle and how humans are affecting it.
Dr. Seitzinger holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union since 2019, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the United Nations Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). Within Canada she is a board member of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, and a member of the BC Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council. She has been awarded an honorary PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Dr. Seitzinger is highly cited, with more than 130 peer-reviewed publications to her credit, and she served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography from 2006-2010.