• Ph.D. Genetics, University of California, Davis 1996
  • Post-baccalaureate study, Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 1983-1986
  • B.A. Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1982

Scholarly and Creative Interests

Doreen actively researches and writes about the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, and on the emerging issue of loss and damage from slow onset impacts of climate change. She also serves as advisor to a number of governments and international NGOs on issues related to agriculture and loss and damage in ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Doreen also closely follows international negotiations on biosafety and is a current member of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. She has represented various NGOs and the College of the Atlantic in numerous intergovernmental forums, including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, and the World Trade Organization. She has also held positions with and advised non-governmental organizations on topics related to genetic engineering and agriculture, including ten years as an agriculture campaigner with Greenpeace. She is co-editor, with Stephen Brush, of the book Valuing local knowledge: indigenous people and intellectual property rights. 


Some of her recent publications include “Agriculture and climate change – state of play in the UNFCCC negotiations” and “Ecological agriculture, climate resilience, and a roadmap to get there,” co-authored by Lim Li Ching, both published by the Third World Network, and the report “Tackling the limits to adaptation: an international framework to address ‘loss and damage’ from climate change impacts,” published by ActionAid, CARE International, and WWF.