she was a research forester at the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. Her research includes the effects of biotic and abiotic disturbances on vegetation patterns at stand and landscape scales; interactions among disturbance agents and vegetation patterns, especially the roles of insects and pathogens in creating forest structures important to wildlife; management alternatives for dense, marginally economic stands of small-diameter trees; and the consequences of different management practices on ancillary forest resources. She is also interested in the ways climate change will affect forest development as mediated through impacts on individual tree species and amplified by disturbances such as fires and insect outbreaks. Dr. Camp received her B.S. from Rutgers University, M.F.S. from Yale University, and Ph.D. in silviculture and forest protection from the University of Washington.

Ruth DeFries is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park; with joint appointments in the Department of Geography and the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. Her research investigates the relationships between human activities, the land surface, and the biophysical and biogeochemical processes that regulate the Earth’s habitability. She is interested in observing land cover and land use change at regional and global scales with remotely sensed data and exploring the implications for ecological services such as climate regulation, the carbon cycle, and biodiversity. She previously was employed by the National Research Council. Dr. DeFries obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University with a major in earth science.

Evan DeLucia is a professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he also serves as head of the Department of Plant Biology. After completing his B.A. at Bennington College and serving as a teaching fellow at Phillips Andover Academy, he received an M.F.S. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Duke. The adaptive physiology of trees and the role of forests in the global carbon cycle are at the center of Dr. DeLucia’s research interests.

Christopher Field is director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology and professor by courtesy in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. Trained as an ecologist, Field has conducted environmental research from tropical rainforests to deserts to alpine tundra. He is a specialist in global change research. An author of more than 100 scientific papers, Field is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a leader in several national and international efforts to provide the scientific foundation for a sustainable future.



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