Catherine McMullen joined SEI in 2018. She is working from SEI Asia as a Publications Editor and Science Writer.
Catherine worked in Washington, DC for the US National Science Foundation editing their publication, Mosaic; for the US National Research Council writing and editing the book Solid Earth Science and Society; and for the World Resources Institute, writing for their Environmental Almanac. At the same time, she was a stringer for The Economist and for Nature. She then spent a decade with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, first as an Earth Science Policy Advisor in the Science and Technology Division and then as a Deputy Director for Sustainable Development in the Legal Division. During her final years at DFAIT, Catherine joined the new Climate Change Division as a Climate Impacts and Developing Country Policy Advisor to shepherd the Canadian Cooperation Fund on Climate Change through stakeholder processes and on to Cabinet approval. For two years, Catherine led Canadian participation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) citizen science program and qualified as a Trainer of Trainers.
After two years with Greenpeace International and two years in Afghanistan, Catherine joined UN Environment’s Science Division in Nairobi to manage the UNEP Year Book report. While there she helped create the first UNEP Climate Change Strategy and the original UNEP Environmental Management Strategy that was then scaled up for OneUN implementation. Finally, she produced the Climate Change Science Compendium for UNEP and the World Meteorological Organization in 2009.
Since then, Catherine has worked on numerous reports, projects, and committees, most recently as Acting Co-Chair of the GEO 6 North America Regional Report of 2016, and Coordinating Lead Author of its Cross-cutting Issues Chapter, scheduled for release in early 2019. She contributed to subsequent editions of the UNEP Year Book and its heir, Frontiers: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern report, and to projects for the Asian Development Bank and, through collaboration with PhoenixDesignAid, for the African Development Bank, among others. From 2010 to 2016, Catherine worked as Senior Consultant for the International Ecosystem Management Partnership of Beijing, China.
Catherine has a BSc (Honours) in Physical Geography from the University of Calgary and an MSc in Glaciofluvial Geomorphology from Queens University (ABD) in Canada, where she taught Field Techniques, Cartography, and Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. She then earned an MA from Johns Hopkins University in Science Writing with a specialization in Earth Science and Environmental Engineering. Catherine also pursued minors in the History and Philosophy of Science at all three universities.