About Annalise

Annalise Blum, PhD, serves as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In support of the office of Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, her work is focused on stabilization, prevention of conflict, environmental security, and protection of cultural heritage. Annalise leads the RECESS (Resource Competition, Environmental Security, and Stability) team, which is informing DoD strategic thinking on the links between these topics. She also co-leads the AAAS Water Affinity group and is a Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, she was a Climate and Security Advisory Group fellow, the Glenadore and Howard L. Pim Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Change at Johns Hopkins University, and a visiting fellow with the American Meteorological Society Policy Program. She also served as a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow in Policy and Global Affairs at the National Academy of Sciences supporting work on links between water, radiological security, terrorism, and conflict.

During her doctoral work, she served as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) fellow at the US Geological Survey. She worked with the Water Mission area to develop new approaches to modeling changing river flows. With the Conte Fish Anadromous Research Center, Annalise developed and published models estimating the impact of changes in seasonal flooding and droughts on brook trout abundance. Annalise has also worked as a research assistant at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In this role, she managed randomized controlled trials and other empirical research evaluating health and water interventions in Kenya, Uganda, and Sierra Leone.

Annalise holds a PhD in environmental and water resources engineering from Tufts University and an MS in environmental sciences and engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her BS with distinction and honors in environmental engineering, and a minor in comparative politics, from Stanford University. Originally from California, Annalise has lived in Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Costa Rica, Nepal, Kenya, and Thailand. She is currently based in Washington, DC.