Gary Cecchine

Gary Cecchine

Director, RAND Gulf States Policy Institute
RAND Corporation
New Orleans, United StatesGlobal citizen
Education: PhD

Gary Cecchine is director of 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 coastal protection and risk assessment, energy and environmental policy, health policy, emergency preparedness and response, homeland security and national security, and science policy. As director, he develops and coordinates policy research in regional and strategic planning, energy and environmental policy, health, education, economics, and public safety. He recently led a study of the response to the Haiti earthquake, and he has conducted research on responses to terrorism and natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. His current activities include research to protect the U.S. Gulf Coast from disasters by planning economically and ecologically sound prevention strategies. Dr. Cecchine received a B.S. in marine science and biology at the University of Tampa, Florida, where he was a distinguished military graduate. After serving as a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer, he earned a Ph.D. in biology and public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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