Robert Crane is a Professor of Geography and the Associate Vice-Provost for Global Programs at Penn State. Rob served as Associate Dean and interim Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 1993-2007, and Director of the Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) from 2007-2015. Rob has a background in climate science and remote sensing. His research interests are in climate change and variability with a particular focus on developing empirical methodologies for climate downscaling. Rob has participated in a number of climate change impact assessments for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region, as well as working on projected climate change impacts for Ghana and Tanzania, and research on climate change and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Rob has also led over a dozen undergraduate study abroad programs in South Africa and the Caribbean. He teaches courses in climate systems, climate change, coral reef systems and island sustainability. Rob also chairs the Dive Control Board for Penn State’s Scientific Diving Program. Rob received a B.A. in Geography from the University of Reading (U.K.) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (U.S.A.).