microbe-plant interactions. Dr. Blum was previously the chair of the National Research Council (NRC) Panel to Review the Department of Interior’s Critical Ecosystem Studies Initiative, a member of the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, and a previous and current member of the Committee on Independent Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. She earned a B.S. and an M.S. in forestry from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in soil science and microbial ecology from Cornell University.


Susan L. Brantley has served on the faculty of the Department of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University since 1986. She is currently a full professor. She is also director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests focus on the chemical, physical, and biological processes associated with the circulation of aqueous fluids in shallow hydrogeologic settings. She has published more than 110 papers that have discussed aspects of water-rock-biota interaction, the kinetics of dissolution and precipitation of minerals in the laboratory and in the field, surface chemistry of minerals, environmental water problems, biogeochemical cycles, volcano-water interactions, soil chemistry, and water interactions in metamorphic rocks. She has been awarded a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Young Investigator, and was a fellow of the AGU (American Geophysical Union). She has served on several NRC committees including, most recently, her stint as vice chair of the Panel on Solid-Earth Hazards, Resources, and Dynamics, established to write the solid-Earth contribution to Earth Science Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future (Decadal Study). She has also served on the advisory committee for the Directorate of Geosciences at NSF (2003-2005), during which time she served on the Committee of Visitors to review the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) Instrumentation and Facilities Program (2004) and chaired the Committee of Visitors to review the NSF EAR Section on Surface Earth Processes (2005). She received her A.B. in chemistry and her M.A. and Ph.D. in geological and geophysical sciences from Princeton University.


Anne Chin is courtesy professor in the Department of Geography of the University of Oregon. Previously, she was associate professor of geography at Texas A&M University. She is a fluvial geomorphologist with research interests in the energetics of mountain, dryland, and urban rivers. She seeks to understand how landscapes interact with a range of human impacts over diverse spatial and temporal scales. Her work also addresses landscape management and restoration. This line of inquiry explores the interplay between physical and biological processes on the one hand and the social forces that shape policy on the other. Dr. Chin was the recipient of the 2004 Grove Karl Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research from the Association of American Geographers. Her work has appeared in a range of journals in the geosciences, including the American Journal of



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