Dr. Kirshen is a Civil Engineer with 31 years of experience serving as Principal Investigator of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to water resources, coastal zone, and infrastructure management and climate variability and change. He is presently Research Professor, Environmental Research Group of Department of Civil Engineering, and Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. He is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Chapter 26, North America) and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment (Coastal Zone Development and Ecosystems). He also serves on several state committees and commissions on climate change adaptation. His research on climate change impacts has been cited by the US Supreme Court and been presented in testimony to the US Senate Committee on Homeland and Governmental Affairs. He works at scales ranging from local to international. Presently is he carrying out vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans for many municipalities in the eastern US. He has over 50 published journal articles on these topics as well as many book chapters and reports. He received his ScB in Engineering from Brown University and his MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.