Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Majuro: Norman Barth
Dr. Norman Barth is the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Prior to coming to Majuro in August 2013, Norman spent four years at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji as the Regional Environmental Officer (REO) for the Pacific. On two occasions he led U.S. delegations to the annual meetings of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme. Before his work as REO in Suva, he worked in the Office of Global Change in the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science in Washington. He was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN climate talks in Nairobi (2006) and Bali (2007) where he was the lead U.S. negotiator on issues under Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Norman holds a doctorate in physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, his research career of twenty-five years in the United States and Europe included work on gravitation, physical oceanography, and climate modeling. He has numerous peer reviewed scientific publications and one book.
He has lived outside of the U.S. more than twenty-five years. His other Foreign Service postings have been to the Dominican Republic and Mexico. He is accompanied in Majuro by his wife Pamela and their two daughters.