Disasters Roundtable Staff

Lauren Alexander Augustine

Lauren Alexander Augustine is the Associate Executive Director in the Division of Earth and Life Studies and Director of the Disasters Roundtable at the National Academies.Dr.Augustine served as the Country Director in the Academies’ African Science Academy Development Initiative.  She came to the National Academies in 2002 as a study director for the Water Science and Technology Board in the National Research Council and directed many studies on a range of water resources topics, including Texas instream flows, endangered species in the Klamath and Platte River Basins, and forest hydrology.  Previously, Dr. Augustine did her post-doc at the US Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, and worked in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Interior. Dr.Augustine received her B. S. in applied mathematics and systems engineering and her Masters degree in environmental planning and policy from the University of Virginia; she completed her Ph.D. from Harvard University in an interdisciplinary program that combined physical hydrology, geomorphology, and ecology. 


Sherrie Forrest

Sherrie Forrest is a Program Officer for the Disasters Roundtable.  She joined the full time staff of the National Research Council (NRC) in the summer of 2010 following a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Graduate Fellowship in the Fall of 2009. While at the NRC, she has worked with the Ocean Studies Board and the Board on Science Education on projects that include the Roundtable on Climate Change Education, the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, and the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon-252 Oil Spill on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico. More recently, she began working with the Disasters Roundtable. She obtained her M.S. in biological oceanography from the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, where she employed molecular techniques to explore oceanic nitrogen and iron budgets using quantitative analysis of an essential physiological structure.  She received her B.A. in English from Pepperdine University.   


John H. Brown, Jr.

John Brown is the Program and Administrative Manager for the Disasters Roundtable at the National Academies.  He came to the Academies in 2002 and has worked on numerous studies in conjunction with the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, including toxicity pathway-based risk assessment, the hidden costs of energy, a research and restoration plan for Western Alaska salmon, endangered species in the Klamath and Platte River Basins, risk reduction and economic benefits from controlling ozone air pollution, and environmental impacts of wind energy projects.  Prior to joining the Academies staff, he worked with the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University.