the Geological Society of America (1985-1986). He received the MSA Award (1969), the Geological Society of Japan Medal (1998), the Penrose Medal of the GSA (2004), the Roebling Medal of the MSA (2006), the AGI Legendary Geoscientist Award (2008), and the Distinguished Career Award of the GSA International Section (2010). He received his B.A. degree in Geology from Carleton College, M.S. in Geology from the University of Minnesota, and Ph.D. in Geochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University.
Laura F. Huenneke is Vice President for Research at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Before coming to NAU, Dr. Huenneke spent 16 years on the faculty at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where she became Regents’ Professor and served five years as department chair in Biology. She served as Lead Investigator/Project Director for the NSF-funded Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research program, a consortium of multiple universities and federal agencies focused on desert ecosystem structure and function. Her research interests pertain to the influence of biological diversity on ecosystem structure and function. In 1999 she was selected as one of the initial cohort of Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows, a program promoting the development of communication and leadership skills among environmental scientists. She has served on several editorial boards for ecological research journals and on NSF and other review panels, and has been elected twice to the governing board of the Ecological Society of America (most recently as Vice President for Public Affairs). She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap, the Northern Arizona Economic Development Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors for the Northern Arizona Sustainable Economic Development Initiative. Dr. Huenneke earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.
Tissa H. Illangasekare is AMAX Distinguished Chair and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering in the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and the Director of the University/Industry/National Laboratory collaborative Center for the Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes. Professor Illangasekare has 32 years of experience with numerical and physical modeling of saturated and unsaturated flow in soils, surface-subsurface interaction, arid-zone hydrology, arctic hydrology, tsunamis and natural disasters, integrated modeling of hydrologic systems, subsurface chemical transport and multiphase flow, CO2 sequestration and leakage, and environmental impacts of energy development. He served on the NRC Committee on Subsurface Contamination at Department of Energy (DOE) Complex Sites: Research Needs and Opportunities, an important precursor to this activity He is currently serving on NRC Committee on Future Options for Management in the Nation’s Subsurface Remediation Effort. He is a Fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU), Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), and