Michael Slimak retired from the US EPA on January 30, 2021 after 43 years of service
His previous position was the National Program Director for the Sustainable & Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program within EPA’s Office of Research & Development.
The SHC research program integrates human health and well-being with ecological integrity and conducts research in innovative techniques in remediating and restoring contaminated sites, community sustainability and climate resilience.
Prior to this position, he was the Associate Director for Ecology in ORD’s National Center for Environmental Assessment where he was responsible for developing research programs in ecological risk, climate change impacts and ecosystems science.
He served as EPA’s representative to the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) from 1997 to 2008. As EPA’s representative to USGCRP, he was involved in planning and implementing the 1st National Climate Assessment of 2000 and the design and implementation of a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products when the USGCRP was known as U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP).
Dr. Slimak is a recognised authority on ecological risk assessments, climate change impacts, invasive species, biodiversity, and ecosystem sciences. He has authored numerous government reports and published in peer-reviewed journals and books and has received numerous awards.
In 2018, Dr. Slimak received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive which is the nation’s highest civilian career leadership award for federal employees serving in the Senior Executive Service. He holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Wildlife Ecology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy.