Dr. Long's professional experience includes service as the Principal Associate Director at Large and Fellow in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center for Global Strategic Research, Senior contributing scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, and Consultant for geoengineering at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Her work is in strategy for climate change, including reinvention of the energy system, adaptation and geoengineering. From 2004 to 2007, as Associate Director, she led the Energy and Environment Directorate for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Energy and Environment Directorate included programs in Earth System Science and Engineering, Nuclear System Science and Engineering, the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center, and the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. In addition, the directorate included 12 disciplinary groups ranging from Earth sciences to energy efficiency to risk science.
From 1997 to 2003 Dr. Long was the Dean of the Mackay School of Mines. The Mackay School of Mines had departments of Geological Sciences, Mining Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering as well as the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Keck Museum. Dr. Long led the University of Nevada, Reno's initiative for renewable energy projects and served as the Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy and initiated the Mining Life-Cycle Center. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Long worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 20 years. She served as Department Chair for the Energy Resources Technology Department including geothermal and fossil fuel research, and the Environmental Research Department. She holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Brown University and Masters and PhD from U. C. Berkeley. Dr. Long has conducted research in nuclear waste storage, geothermal reservoirs, petroleum reservoirs and contaminant transport.
Dr. Long currently chairs the "California's Energy Future" study conducted by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and was recently elected as a Senior Fellow of CCST. She is co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy's Task force on geoengineering and a member of the steering committee for the Royal Society Solar Radiation Management Governance initiative. Dr. Long is an Associate of the National Academies of Science and was chairman of the US National Committee for Rock Mechanics, the Committee for Fracture Characterization and Fluid Flow and a committee to recommend a research program for the Environmental Management Science Program for DOE. She served on the NAS/NRC Board on Radioactive Waste Management, as well as several study committees under the aegis of this board, and had been a member of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. In 2001, she was appointed as a member, and subsequently chair, of the State of Nevada's Renewable Energy Task Force.
She is a Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute, a member of the board of directors for Clean Air Task Force, and a member of the Stanford University College of Earth Sciences Advisory Board. She has been a member of the UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board, the Colorado School of Mines Department of Geophysics Advisory Board, the American Geological Institute Foundation Board, and the Energy and Environment and National Security Visiting Committee for Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Intercampus Advisory Board for the UC Energy Institute, the chairman for the mitigation advisory committee of the NAS Koshland Science Museum's Climate Change exhibition, and a member of the Governor's Task Force on California's Adaptation to Climate Change sponsored by the Pacific Council.