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Gifford Wong

Professional affiliation

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, Staff Researcher

Full Biography

Gifford J. Wong brings experience and expertise in the areas of environment, energy, resource management, ecology, U.S.-China bilateral relations, and science communication. Before joining STPI, he served as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State through an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, where his portfolio included oceans management, maritime security, Polar issues, energy, public health, domestic and investment-driven environmental change (e.g., Belt and Road Initiative), wildlife trafficking, and space. Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Wong served as climate and environment adviser to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse while on the American Geosciences Institute Congressional Science Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in Earth sciences from Dartmouth College, an Honours in Antarctic Studies from the University of Tasmania at Hobart, and a BS in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.