of the Science Advisory Board for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, and an Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, LLC, a New York-based Private Equity firm. Dr. Atkins is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Texas. Dr. Atkins received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Gregory B. Baecher (NAE) is the G.L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Dr. Baecher’s principal area of work addresses the reliability of civil infrastructure and project risk management, especially in geotechnical and water resources engineering. From 1998-2005 he served as a member of the NRC Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Baecher is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on several NRC committees. He chaired the NRC Committee on Risk-Based Analyses for Flood Damage Reduction and the Panel on (Corps of Engineers) Methods and Techniques of Project Analysis. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Linda K. Blum is a research associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Her current research projects include study of how living organisms modify the geomorphology of salt marshes in response to external drivers such as sea level, precipitation, tides, and/or anthropogenic nitrogen loading; mechanisms controlling bacterial community abundance, productivity, and structure in tidal marsh creeks and soils; and rhizosphere effects on organic matter decay in anaerobic sediments. Dr. Blum served as chair of the NRC Panel to Review the Critical Ecosystem Initiative and was a member of the NRC Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, and the Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from Michigan Technological University and her Ph.D. degree in soil science and microbial ecology from Cornell University.

Robert A. Dalrymple (NAE) is the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. His major research interests and projects are in the areas of coastal engineering, wave mechanics, fluid mechanics, littoral processes, and tidal inlets. His current interests are water wave modeling, tsunamis and their impacts on shorelines, and the interaction of water waves with



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