Senior S&T Policy Advisor, The Tauri Group, LLC
Mr. David Kerner is a Senior Science & Technology Policy Advisor with the Tauri Group, LLC. His expertise lies in science and technology policy, sustainable energy policies and practices, functional needs and alternatives analyses, and technical requirements development. He has worked on a holistic, functionally-oriented approach to understanding resilience within social-ecological systems. He has over 30 years of experience supporting the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense to combat weapons of mass destruction, detect landmines, develop strategic energy strategies, and deploy renewable technologies. Mr. Kerner also has served as a mechanical engineer for the Aerojet Liquid Rocket Company and as a Science and Technology Advisor to the New York State Legislature.
Key research Interests: Resilience attributes, resilience assessments, managing for resilience, breaking the efficiency paradigm
If resilience theory is to be of practical value for policy makers and resource managers, the theory must be translated into sensible decision-support tools. We present a set of resilience attributes, developed to characterize human-managed systems, that helps system stakeholders make practical use of resilience concepts in tangible applications. These resilience terms can facilitate the modeling of resilience behavior within systems, as well as support those lacking access to sophisticated models. Our goal is to empower policy makers and resource managers to put resilience theory to work in the real world.