team. Dr. Zoback has served on numerous national committees and panels on topics including defining the next generation of Earth observations from space, storage of high-level radioactive waste, facilitating interdisciplinary research, and science education. She is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, past president of the Geological Society of America, and past chair of both the Southern California Earthquake Center Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee for San Francisco’s Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety program. She is currently a member of the National Research Council’s Disasters Roundtable. She joined the USGS in 1978 after receiving her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University.


Lauren Alexander Augustine is the Associate Executive Director in the Division on Earth and Life Studies and Director of the Disasters Roundtable at The National Academies. Dr. Alexander Augustine also serves as the Country Director in the Academies’ African Science Academy Development Initiative. She came to the National Academies in 2002 as a study director for the Water Science and Technology Board in the National Research Council and directed many studies on a range of water resources topics, including Texas instream flows, endangered species in the Klamath and Platte River Basins, and forest hydrology. Previously, Dr. Alexander Augustine worked at the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, doing hydrogeomorphic research in Coastal Plain wetlands. Dr. Alexander Augustine received her B. S. in applied mathematics and systems engineering and her Masters degree in environmental planning and policy from the University of Virginia; she completed her Ph.D. from Harvard University in an interdisciplinary program that combined physical hydrology, geomorphology, and ecology.

John H. Brown, Jr. is the Program Associate for the Disasters Roundtable at the National Academies in the Division of Earth and Life Studies. He came to the Academies in 2002 and has worked on numerous studies in conjunction with the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, including toxicity pathway-based risk assessment, the hidden costs of energy, a research and restoration plan for Western Alaska salmon, risk reduction and economic benefits from controlling ozone air pollution, and the environmental impacts of wind energy projects. Prior to joining the Academies staff, he worked with the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University.

Eric J. Edkin is a Senior Program Sssistant with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. He’s background is in website and graphic design and began working for the National Academies in 2009. He supports the work of several standing

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