Jacqueline McGlade is a British-born Canadian marine biologist and environmental informatics professor whose work on open access information, citizen science and big data has transformed the way many of the institutions to which she is affiliated access and share information.
Currently, McGlade is Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she is also the director of the Division for Early Warning and Assessment. Her work at UNEP focuses on keeping the state of the environment under review through live open data monitoring with focus on air pollution, climate change, health and the development of UN-wide SDGs environmental indicators, among other things.
Previously, she was the executive director of the European Environment Agency between 2003 and 2013, on leave from her post as professor of environmental informatics at University College London. Prior to this, she was the director of the Centre for Coastal & Marine Sciences at the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, the director of theoretical ecology at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and professor of biological sciences at the University of Warwick. She has also served as a senior scientist for the Canadian government.
Her scientific research focuses on the spatial and nonlinear dynamics of ecosystems, climate change and scenario development.