Acting USGS Director
Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Emily Fort is the Acting USGS Director of the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC), one of nine centers in the United States at the core of the Department of the Interior’s adaptation and conservation goals. She focuses on data, technology, and communications needs to support effective management of natural and cultural resources.
Emily grew up in East Tennessee and studied in North Carolina and Georgia. She has always been passionate about the intersection of science, data, and communication. Emily has worked for the Climate Adaptation Science Center network for the past eight years at the National Climate Adaptation Science Center in Reston VA.
As part of the National CASC, Emily is the Communications, Data and Information Technology Coordinator for the network of CASCs. Before coming to the USGS, Emily worked at the Office of Management and Budget and the National Science Foundation. Emily received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Master’s Degree in Health Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Physics from Guilford College.