Steven Gaurin coordinates the management of laboratory spaces and field operations, ensuring safe and productive research experiences for all of the Center’s scientists.
Gaurin got his start in environmental and climate issues when he founded an environmental action student group at his undergraduate institution, Towson University, in the late 1990’s. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in environmental science at Florida Tech. After working as a research technician in chemical oceanography at Old Dominion University and University of Maryland, Gaurin earned a second master’s degree in ocean and climate physics at Columbia U. and later attained a PhD-ABD in paleoclimatology at UMass-Amherst. After teaching in earth sciences and mathematics at several small colleges and universities, he went on to establish and manage the chemistry labs at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) for their new biology program in the mid 2010’s. He then transitioned to a new position as environmental health and safety specialist, overseeing safety and environmental issues at JWU’s campuses in Providence, RI and Charlotte, NC.
Since founding the student action group over 35 years ago, and throughout his research, teaching, and professional occupations, Gaurin has been a strong and consistent advocate for serious action on climate change. He is motivated by his deep love and concern for the health and habitability of Earth’s global ecosystem. His work at Woodwell Climate Research Center ensures that the scientists here are able to conduct their important research in the safest, most effective manner, addressing the most pressing environmental issue of our time.
Of all aspects of his life, Gaurin is most proud of being a father to his wonderful, happy, 16-year-old autistic son, Nicholas.