Gary Cecchine

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Director of Research, RAND Gulf States Policy Institute; Senior Natural Scientist
New Orleans Office

Education

Ph.D. in biology and public policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in marine science and biology, University of Tampa

Media Resources

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Overview

Gary Cecchine is director of research for the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute and a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corporation. He leads and conducts technical and policy research in a range of areas, including energy and environmental policy, coastal protection, emergency preparedness and response, homeland security, and science policy. As director of research, he also develops and coordinates policy research in health, education, economics, public safety, and regional and strategic planning. He recently led a study of the response to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, and he has directed research on the civil support role of the military after natural disasters and terrorist attacks, including an analysis of the Army's role in Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. His current activities include supporting research to protect the U.S. Gulf Coast from disasters by planning economically and ecologically sound prevention strategies. Cecchine earned his Ph.D. in biology and public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Previous Positions

Management Systems Consultant and Auditor, Det Norske Veritas (USA); Officer, Regular Army, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army

Recent Projects

  • Emergency response to terrorist attacks and natural disasters
  • Ecosystem management and health
  • Research funding management
  • Civil-military relations

Commentary

  • Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

    In Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Look to Louisiana for Lessons

    Just as public agencies across the country conducted terrorism risk assessments in the wake of 9/11, a comprehensive infrastructure assessment may be in order to understand natural hazard risks and the potential exacerbating effects of climate change, write Gary Cecchine, David Groves, and Jordan Fischbach.

    Nov 1, 2012 | RAND.org

  • USACE New Orleans District Mississippi River Tie-In

    Has the Gulf Coast Learned Katrina's Lessons in Time for Isaac?

    Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, it's clear that New Orleans and other cities along the Gulf Coast are applying what they learned then in preparation for Hurricane Isaac, write Gary Cecchine and Jordan R. Fischbach.

    Aug 29, 2012 | U.S. News & World Report

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