University of California, Berkeley — 2004
Ph.D. in Integrative Biology
University of Southern California — 1998
B.S. in Biological Sciences (summa cum laude and departmental honors)
Managing Director — 2010-Present
Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability — Los Angeles, CA
- Shape and define the strategic vision for a region-wide collaboration of cities, agencies, counties, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and businesses.
- Lead the production of “Blueprint for Our Metropolis: The Los Angeles Regional Climate Action and Sustainability Plan.”
- Plan and manage regional stakeholder meetings, public events, membership meetings, and outreach activities.
- Develop funding for LARC from private foundations and government sources.
- Coordinate research grants and projects with applied regional benefit.
- Maintain and increase the membership and buy-in of regional stakeholders concerned with improving Southern California’s sustainability.
- Oversee staff and LARC member committees.
Executive Director, Center for Climate Change Solutions — 2008-Present
University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
- Facilitate new research and new solutions by bridging the gap between scientific disciplines.
- Communicate complex science to media and diverse governmental, community, and business stakeholders.
- Created campus-wide UCLA Climate Change Portal web site.
- Write and manage submission/organization of multi-institutional multi-million dollar research grants in climate and energy systems including smart grids and energy policy.
- Organize events for the communication of climate change to diverse audiences, including several events with over 400 attendees that included state and federal legislators, film screenings, and diverse corporate and governmental stakeholders.
- Educate current and future leaders to meet the challenges of climate change through workshops, symposia, university curriculum, and special courses.
- Respond to the needs of decision makers by connecting relevant science with critical societal challenges.
- Continuously raise funding for Center activities.
- Created new relationships between UCLA and local, state, and federal leaders that had never before existed, resulting in new research programs, new funding streams, and effective shaping of decisions through access and understanding of the complex science of climate change.
Science & Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science — 2006-2008
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Washington, DC
- Designed the scope of a major scientific study of cumulative environmental impacts on waters of the United States within EPA’s regulatory and permitting program.
- Identified regulatory mechanisms for considering climate change in awarding permits under the Clean Water Act; collaborated with local, state, and regional authorities to design effective mechanisms for addressing climate change impacts on wetlands habitats while ensuring sustainable economic development.
- Managed the climate change implementation plan for the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds.
- Served as a lead technical contributor to the EPA National Water Program Climate Change Working Group.
- Designed and programmed a web-based tool for ecological decision support; ensured the development of the tool would focus on usability and technical precision; investigated best-practices for decision support.
- Critiqued, edited, and improved documents outlining invasive species policy, including documents for organizations including IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Commission for Environmental Cooperation, US EPA, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, and National Invasive Species Council.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow — 2004–2006
Universität Konstanz — Konstanz, Germany
- Designed and completed significant molecular biology experiments; investigated the genetic basis for species diversity in cichlid fish.
- Supervised undergraduate and graduate students performing laboratory research; guided independent research projects; trained students in complex laboratory and statistical methods; raised substantial funding for research.
Science Educator — 2004
The Bakken Library and Museum — Minneapolis, MN
- Coordinated summer day camps for 110 middle school students; taught technical invention skills
- Supervised assistant teachers; interfaced with parents; excited kids about science.
- Led after-school students as they built their own inventions; demystified electrical engineering principles; taught basic science skills.
Museum Interpreter — 2003–2004
Mill City Museum — Minneapolis, MN
- Interpreted city, regional, and industry history for museum visitors; guided historical and scientific tours.
- Demonstrated the process of wheat milling, hydrologic power generation, and test-kitchen baking.
- Taught hands-on courses for students from elementary to high school in the science of baking and milling.
Graduate Student Researcher — 1999–2003
University of California Museum of Paleontology — Munich, Germany and Berkeley, CA
- Designed and programmed web-based curriculum for teaching K-12 students about geology, paleontology, ecology, evolution, and science.
- Collaborated with teachers, scientists, and the public to increase the public understanding of science; lectured to non-scientific audiences on science, evolution, and religion; led educational museum tours.
- Independently conceptualized, designed, and carried out a complex research program investigating the genetic diversity of freshwater snails from the South Pacific and Europe.
- Led eight field expeditions to Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Israel, Hungary, Italy, French Polynesia, and Samoa.
- Secured funding for a 4-year research project, including funds from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and UC Berkeley.
Program Coordinator — 1996–1998
USC Volunteer Center — Los Angeles, CA
- Coordinated the Alternative Spring Break trip to Death Valley National Park for a week of learning about the environment and engaging in environmental clean-up for 30 college students.
- Managed all aspects of project, including site location planning, vehicle and equipment rental, National Park Service coordination, recruiting assistant team-leaders and student participants, planning environmental clean-up activities, and the administration of finances.
Council Member, City of Los Angeles Green Retrofit Development Advisory Council, 2009-present.
Member of the Advisory Council to Green 21: Greening the 21st State Senate District (Sen. Carol Liu), 2011-present.
Special Advisor to the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative of the Asia Society, 2010-present.
Member of the Marketing Committee, Clean Tech Los Angeles, 2008-present.
Executive Committee Member, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, 2010-present.
Senior Research Fellow, UCLA Center for Tropical Research, 2008-present.
Representative of Academia, International Dialogue on Implementing the Cancun Agreements, hosted by the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de Mexico, Mexico City, March 22nd 2011.
Consultant to USAID on Asia Climate Center, 2010.
Grants & Fellowships
California Energy Commission, “Methodology to Develop and Validate Urban Metabolism Baselines for California’s Major Regions”, 2011-2013
California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER), “Methodology to Quantify Transportation’s Impact on Urban Metabolism”, 2010-2012
California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER), “Development of the Energy in Sustainable Communities Research Roadmap”, 2009-2010
Department of Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Grant Program, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and UCLA/USC/JPL Consortium, 2010-2013
California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER), “Potential Targets and Benefits for Sustainable Communities Research Funded by the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program”, 2008-2009
The Nicholas Endowment, grant in aid of program development for “Center for Climate Change Solutions”, 2008-2009
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, 2006-2008
Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2001-2003
University of California Museum of Paleontology Grant in Aid of Research, 2003
Department of Integrative Biology Summer Research Grant, 2002
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Annual Grant, 2001-2002
Department of Integrative Biology Summer Research Grant, 2001
Richard B. Gump Research Fellowship, 2000
“Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Southern California.” Panelist at the Federal Transit Administration regional workshop on climate change adaptation, Los Angeles, CA, August 3rd, 2011.
“The Role of University Research and Multi-Sector Coordination in Climate Action and Sustainability Planning in Los Angeles.” Invited presentation to the Second Annual Earth Temple Forum, Beijing, China, June 26th, 2011.
“Global Challenge, Local solutions: Building Sustainable Communities and Responding to Climate Change.” Invited presentation to Soka University (Hachioji, Japan) students on weeklong program at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, February 22nd, 2011.
“Global Phenomenon, Local Challenges: Impacts From Global Warming and the Science Behind It.” Invited presentation to the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Climate Change Workshop for city leaders and staff, Los Angeles, CA, February 17th, 2011.
“Global Challenge, Local Solutions: Building Sustainable Communities and Responding to Climate Change.” Invited presentation to the incoming class of 2011 Fulbright Scholars, Los Angeles, CA, February 4th, 2011.
“Water and Energy: Planning for Change, Lessons from California.” Invited presentation to the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative forum on the water-energy nexus, Los Angeles, CA, December 16th, 2010.
“The Future of Water in Southern California: Climate Change and Regional Water System Impacts.” Invited presentation at the Deltas in Times of Change International Symposium, Rotterdam, Netherlands, September 30th, 2010.
“A Sustainable Southern California: Regional Cooperation on Climate Change and Sustainability.” Invited presentation to the Southern California office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Los Angeles, CA, September 2nd, 2010.
“Energy: Balancing the Economy and the Environment.” Presentation to Westwood Rotary Club, Los Angeles CA, August 26th 2010.
“Communicating Climate Change: Solutions, Solutions, Solutions.” Invited presentation at the Metropolitan Transit Authority Annual Sustainability Summit, Los Angeles CA, June 9th 2010.
“Parks as Living Classrooms: NPS’ Role in Communicating Climate Change.” Invited presentation at the National Park Service Pacific West Resource Managers Annual Workshop, Lake Tahoe CA, May 11th 2010.
“Changing the Climate: The Role of Parks in Educating the Public about Solutions to Climate Change.” Nationally-broadcast webinar for the National Park Service, March 11th 2010.
“Building in an Urban Metabolism: Policies and Pathways to More Energy Efficient Communities.” Invited presentation at the German American Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Energy Efficiency Symposium, April 26th 2010.
“Climate Change: Global Problem, Local Impacts & Solutions.” Invited presentation at the Mount San Antonio College Earth Day Celebration, Walnut CA, April 22nd 2010.
“Policy and Economic Responses to Climate Change.” Presented to UCLA Leaders in Sustainability, Los Angeles CA, January 20th 2010.
“Our Changing Climate: How Climate Change Affects the Region and How the Region Can Affect Climate Change.” Keynote address at Climate Friendly Parks Workshop for the Mediterranean, Coast and Mojave Network of the National Park Service, Boulder City NV, December 1st 2009.
“The Changing Climate of Energy Systems: Policies, Markets, and Motivations.” Invited presentation at the UCLA WinMEC Smart Grid Forum, Los Angeles CA, November 4th 2009.
“Mainstreaming Sustainability: The Opportunity Presented by Climate Change.” Invited presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA, August 18th 2009.
“All Hands on Deck: Implementing the Solutions to the Challenges of Climate Change.” Invited talk at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica CA, July 20th 2009.
“A Sustainable Southern California: Regional Cooperation on Climate Change, Land Use, Transportation, and the Economy.” Invited Presentation to the Local Government Commission’s Implementing SB 375 Workshop, Los Angeles CA, June 25th 2009.
“UCLA: Leading the Discovery of Solutions to the Challenges of Climate Change.” Presentation at UCLA Day, Los Angeles CA, May 9th 2009.
“Migration, Adaptation, Extinction: Biological Responses to Climate Change.” Invited presentation at Windward School Annual Science Day, Los Angeles, CA, February 18th 2009.
“Policy and Political Responses to Climate Change.” Invited presentation at Windward School Annual Science Day, Los Angeles, CA, February 18th 2009.
“Solving the Challenges of Climate Change.” Presentation at UCLA Parent’s Weekend, Los Angeles CA, October 17th 2008.
S. Pincetl, P.M.E. Bunje, and T. Holmes. (in preparation) Urban metabolism: a method for assessing urban impacts on the Earth.
Chester, M.V., S. Pincetl, and P.M.E. Bunje. (in preparation) Systems-Oriented Assessment for Sustainable Communities.
Kennedy, C., S. Pincetl, and P. Bunje. (2011) The study of urban metabolism and its applications to urban planning and design. Environmental Pollution 159: 1965-1973.
Pincetl, S. and P. Bunje. (2009) Potential targets and benefits for sustainable communities research development and demonstration funded by the PIER Program, a report prepared for Public Interest Energy Research Program. CEC‐500‐2009‐XXX. Sacramento: California Energy Commission.
Bunje, P.M.E. and T. Wirth. (2008) Inferring patterns of migration. in J. Keith (Ed.), Bioinformatics (Methods in Molecular Biology). Towota NJ: Humana Press.
Bunje, P.M.E. (2007) Fluvial range expansion, allopatry, and parallel evolution in a Danubian snail lineage. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 90: 603-617.
Bunje, P.M.E., M. Barluenga, and A. Meyer. (2007) Sampling genetic diversity in the sympatrically and allopatrically speciating Midas cichlid species complex over a 16 year time series. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7: 25.
Clabaut, C.*, Bunje, P.M.E.*, Salzburger, W., and A. Meyer. (2007) Geometric morphometric analyses provide evidence for the adaptive character of the Tanganyikan cichlid radiations. Evolution 61: 560-578.
Bunje, P.M.E. and D.R. Lindberg. (2007) Lineage divergence of a freshwater snail clade associated with post-Tethys marine basin development. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42: 373-387.
Bunje, P.M.E. (2005) Pan-European phylogeography of the aquatic snail Theodoxus fluviatilis (Gastropoda: Neritidae). Molecular Ecology 14: 4323-4340.
Smith, L.H. and P.M. Bunje. (1998) Morphologic diversity of inarticulate brachiopods through the Phanerozoic. Paleobiology 25(3): 396-408.
Interviewed on “Environmental Directions” radio series (aired on KKMJ, KBPK, KAMX), June 5th, 2011.
Interview by Fiji TV for U.S. State Department-sponsored special production of “Close-Up”, March 18th, 2011.
Interview for untitled film project on solar energy, Roger Grossman producer, May 14th 2010.
Video interview for ElevationNation.com on the topic of climate change, December 2nd 2009.
Newspaper and blog interviews for: Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, UCLA Today, Daily Bruin, Huffington Post, Daily Trojan.
Guest on local radio talk show to discuss youth church activities, KSFM, Sacramento, CA, 1993.
Guest host of half-hour morning religious television show, CBS affiliate KXTV, Sacramento, CA, 1993.
Community Service Institute for incoming UCLA students, 2011
Environmental Sciences Senior Practicum. UCLA, 2011
Guest lecture, Civic Engagement Course. UCLA, 2010
Guest lecture, Engineering 14: Alternative Energy. UCLA, 2009
Featured Lecture, Global Green Week of UCLA Center for International Business Education and Research. 2009, 2010, 2011.
Graduate Student Instructor, Integrative Biology 100B: Patterns of Biodiversity. UC Berkeley, 1999 & 2001
Graduate Student Instructor, Integrative Biology 160: Evolution. UC Berkeley, 2000
Graduate Student Instructor, Biology 1B. UC Berkeley, 1998
Distinctions and Skills
Confident and enthusiastic public speaker.
Highly proficient communicator in German. Conversant in French.
Computer skills include knowledge of highly technical statistical and modeling programs as well as most administrative applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Lotus Notes, HTML, etc.).
My interests include backpacking, cooking, public speaking, teaching, politics, travel, cycling, and sea kayaking.