tion of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. She received a B.A. from Marquette University’s Honors Program in 1968, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1977 and 1980, respectively.


Linda K. Blum is research associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Her current research projects include study of mechanisms controlling bacterial community abundance, productivity, and structure in tidal marsh creeks; impacts of microbial processes on water quality; organic matter accretion in salt marsh sediments; and rhizosphere effects on organic matter decay in anaerobic sediments. Dr. Blum was previously the chair of the NRC’s Panel to Review the Critical Ecosystem Studies Initiative and member of the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in forestry from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in soil science from Cornell University.


Donald F. Boesch is a professor of marine science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Dr. Boesch is a biological oceanographer who has conducted research in coastal and continental shelf environments along the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Australia, and the East China Sea. He has served as science advisor to many state and federal agencies and regional, national, and international programs. In 1980, Dr. Boesch was appointed as the first executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, where he was also a professor of marine science at Louisiana State University. Earlier he was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland and subsequently served on the faculty of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Dr. Boesch was a member of the NRC’s Ocean Studies Board and served on the Committee to Assess the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Methods of Analysis and Peer Review for Water Resources Planning. He received his B.S. from Tulane University and Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary.


F. Dominic Dottavio is president of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. Before joining Heidelberg, he served as the Dean and Director of Ohio State University at Marion from 1993 to 2003, where he also held an appointment as a professor of natural resources. Prior to arriving at Ohio State, Dr. Dottavio was the chief scientist and assistant regional director of the National Park Service in Atlanta. He also has served as the director of the Clemson University Cooperative Park Studies Unit, director of the Center



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