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Benjamin Preston

Senior Policy Researcher; Program Director, Community Health and Environmental Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Benjamin Preston is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and director of RAND's Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program. Prior to joining RAND, he served as the Deputy Director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While working at ORNL, he engaged in research on vulnerability and resilience of U.S. energy systems to climate variability and change as well as opportunities and constraints associated with climate risk management. In addition, he contributed to national and international scientific assessments including the National Climate Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. Previously, he served as a research scientist in Australia with the CSIRO's Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Change. He received a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also minored in public policy.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation and Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • 2010–2016
    Senior Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • 2005–2010
    Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • 2001–2010
    Senior Research Fellow, Pew Center on Global Climate Change