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Brie Van Cleve

Brie Van Cleve

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382


Brie Van Cleve is an analyst for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with fifteen years' experience working at the science and policy interface in energy and natural resources. Research experience involves both social and natural sciences working at landscape, meso, and microscopic scales. At PNNL, Ms. Van Cleve has focused on analysis of distributed and utility scale land-based wind power and ocean renewable energy in support of the Department of Energy's wind and marine and hydrokinetic power mission.

Ms. Van Cleve is currently on assignment to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where she provides policy analysis and advice on issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy, water policy, and innovation and technology policy to Senators and Committee staff. Prior to that, Ms. Van Cleve was detailed to the Department of Energy to manage the workforce development, education, and outreach activities of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office. Previous to PNNL, Ms. Van Cleve was employed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where she led a multi-agency team of scientists to develop a comprehensive, ecosystem-based plan to restore the Puget Sound nearshore environment and developed a grants program to improve local stewardship and management of marine resources in coastal Washington counties. Ms. Van Cleve also served as policy advisor to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington on marine policy and environmental regulatory issues including oversight of federal agencies.

Research Interests

  • Transformation of the built environment with smart technologies
  • Environmental and social impacts of renewable energy technologies
  • Emerging technologies for energy and water efficiency
  • The role of federal policy in promoting science, technology, and innovation
  • Landscape-scale ecosystem restoration

Education and Credentials

  • Master of Marine Affairs, School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, Smith College, 2002

Awards and Recognitions

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Laboratory Fellow 2015, 2016
  • U.S. Department of Energy Detailee 2013, 2014, 2015
  • John A. Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Policy 2005
  • Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship 2004
  • Anchor Environmental Scholarship 2003
  • Wendy Graham Scholarship 2002
  • School of Marine Affairs Recruitment Research Assistanceship 2002
  • Frances Grace Alumnae Scholarship 2002
  • Elected Associate Member Sigma Xi 2002

PNNL Publications


  • Copping AE, LA Hanna, FB Van Cleve, KM Blake, and RM Anderson. 2015. "Environmental Risk Evaluation System - An Approach to Ranking Risk of Ocean Energy Development on Coastal and Estuarine Environments." Estuaries and Coasts 38(1):S287-S302.  doi:10.1007/s12237-014-9816-3




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