Donald F. Boesch is a professor of marine science and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Dr. Boesch is a biological oceanographer who has studied coastal and continental shelf environments along the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Australia, and the East China Sea. He has published two books and more than 60 papers on marine benthos, estuaries, wetlands, continental shelves, oil pollution, nutrient overenrichment, environmental assessment and monitoring and science policy. In 1980 he returned to his native state as the first executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), where he was also a professor of marine science at Louisiana State University. He was a Ful-bright postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and subsequently served on the faculty of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Dr. Boesch received his B.S. degree from Tulane University and his Ph.D. degree from the College of William Mary.
Geraldine Knatz is the managing director of development for the Port of Long Beach. Appointed to her current position in March 1999 after 11 years as planning director, she oversees the port’s engineering, properties, and planning divisions. She directed the port’s reuse planning for the former Long Beach naval complex and has been involved in the Alameda Corridor rail improvement project since its inception in the early 1980s. She is active in the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and chairs its Harbor and Navigation Committee, which deals with dredging and environmental issues. In 1997, she was named to represent the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) on an international treaty body known as the London Convention, which regulates international ocean dumping practices. In 1994, she was appointed to the National Sea Grant Panel, which oversees certification and funding of Sea Grant Colleges. Dr. Knatz received her M.S. degree in environmental engineering and her Ph.D. degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California.
James K. Mitchell (NAS/NAE) is the University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Mitchell's expertise is in civil engineering and geotechnical engineering, with emphasis on problems and projects involving construction on, in, and with the earth; mitigation of ground failure risk; waste containment and site remediation soil improvement; soil behavior; geotechnical earthquake engineering; environmental geotechnics; and compositional and physicochemical properties of soils. He has