Mary Parlange


Mary Parlange holds a B.A. in philosophy from Pomona College and an M.S. in atmospheric science from the University of California, Davis. Her Master’s Thesis subject concerned global scale circulation dynamics. She has more than 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, translator, and media relations professional, covering a wide variety of topics in science and technology. She has pursued her interest in environmental issues, climate change and sustainability at URI by organizing discussion sessions that bring students, faculty, and local business leaders together to generate ideas, create connections, and spur new initiatives. She is a certified Master Gardener and is involved in a variety of projects including URI’s Free Farmer’s Market. She is passionate about community-building at URI, with a particular interest in welcoming and assisting international students, and scholars and their families.

From my study of atmospheric science and science writing, I have an informed understanding and appreciation for the issues involved in global climate change and ocean circulation — in particular, the threat of sea level rise to coastal communities and ecosystems. In my “role” as the spouse of the President of URI, I come into contact with a large range of people and have the opportunity to make an impact through what I choose to engage in. Climate change and its impact on human and non-human populations are important issues for me, alongside other sustainability issues such as food security and renewable energy. As a senior coastal fellow I could be an advocate for the research you do and would willingly participate in outreach and communication activities.