and the American Ornithologists’ Union and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society. He has served on several NRC committees including the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Biological Sciences, the U.S. National Committee for DIVERSITAS, and the Committee on Scientific Basis for Recovering the Mariana Crow. Dr. Beissinger earned a B.S. and M.S. in zoology at Miami University and a Ph.D. in natural resource ecology at the University of Michigan.


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 a member of the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem and the first Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. 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 adviser 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 is 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 and the first Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. He received his B.S. from Tulane University and Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary.


Frank W. Davis is professor at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research interests are in landscape ecology and conservation planning. Dr. Davis’ ecologi-



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