Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus

Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus is Senior Scientist at IGSD. She is responsible for helping IGSD and its international partners craft and implement policy on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), helping guide IGSD science policy, and managing projects to improve energy efficiency of air conditioning and other products and equipment using lower-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

Previously Dr. Dreyfus served as the Deputy Director of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of International Climate and Clean Energy, where she was responsible for initiating, strengthening, and implementing climate and clean energy policy and coordinating fast action with international stakeholders and partners. At DOE, she co-led with India‚Äôs Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative and launched the Advanced Cooling Challenge (AC Challenge) of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). Before joining DOE, Dr. Dreyfus was an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she helped develop NOAA’s “platinum standard” for scientific integrity and was part of the team that coordinated the scientific response to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She is co-author of over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on climate change and on how science can inform the response to industrial accidents such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Prior to joining NOAA, Dr. Dreyfus provided legislative assistance on energy and climate issues in the U.S. Senate as the William L. Fisher Congressional Science Fellow under the auspices of the American Geological Institute and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Dreyfus received a doctorate in Geosciences from Princeton University and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France for her research reconstructing past climate change history from Antarctic ice core records.