Since 2004, Dr. Greenwood has been Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), an international project office funded by the Swiss NSF under the auspices of IGBP, GTOS and IHDP and focused on global change research in mountains worldwide. As Director, he has promoted the expansion of global change research in mountains at the global level through concerted efforts on observations and assessments, workshops on topics of key interest to the mountain community, through networking events, traditional media and new media communication channels, and through collaboration with other research networks and organizations focused on sustainable mountain development. Prior to MRI, he served as Science Advisor to the Resources Secretary of California and Climate and Bioenergy Advisor for the California Department of Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, an M.S. in Range Science from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College. He counts his time at the State of California as his post-doc in political reality. He is familiar with the Northern Appalachians, the Colorado Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, the Swiss Alps, the Highlands of Western Cameroon, and selected portions of Tibet, the Karakorum and the Himalaya.