Senior Specialist in Science and Technology
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Eric Fischer is the Senior Specialist in Science and Technology at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. As a senior policy analyst at CRS, he provides expert written and consultative support to the U.S. Congress on a broad range of issues in science and technology policy, including cybersecurity, election reform, environment, research and development, and other topics. He has authored more than 30 CRS reports and more than 100 analytical memoranda for congressional offices on those subjects. As a Library of Congress official, he has served as head of the former science policy division of CRS and has been active in strategic planning and other management activities at the Library. He also leads the annual CRS institute for Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows chosen under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has chaired the AAAS advisory committee for the program.
Dr. Fischer received a BS in biology from Yale University in 1970 and a PhD in zoology from the University of California Berkeley in 1979. After a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Sussex in England, Dr. Fischer joined the faculty in psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he continued his research on the evolution of life history patterns in marine fishes. In 1987, he was selected as a Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow by AAAS and worked with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. In 1988, he became Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. In 1990, he joined the National Audubon Society as Senior Vice President for Science and Sanctuaries. From 1992 to 1996, Dr. Fischer was Director of the Board on Biology and the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources at the National Academy of Sciences. He also served from 1993 to 2008 as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, fostering dialogue among scientific and religious leaders on topics of common interest such as evolution, environment, genetic research, and end-of-life medical care.