Fran Sussman has more than 25 years of experience in economic and public policy analysis of environmental issues. For almost two decades, Dr. Sussman’s focus has been on the economics and policy issues surrounding climate change. Her diverse experience encompasses work on impacts and adaptation to climate change, including developing screening tools to support climate change vulnerability and synthesizing the literature on various topics involving the economics of impacts and adaptation. She also has extensive experience investigating design options and practical considerations for cap-and-trade programs.
Dr. Sussman is one of the lead authors on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, "Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.6: Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems." She has conducted a number of syntheses related to impacts and adaptation to climate change, including directing a study of the amenity value of climate change for EPA. Dr. Sussman has also supported the National Climate Assessment in evaluating valuation techniques and metrics for climate change impacts and adaptation options.
Dr. Sussman has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stonybrook.