Evamaria Koch is an Associate Professor at Horn Point Laboratory at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. Her areas of expertise include seagrass ecology, hydrodynamically-mediated processes in seagrass beds and coastal plant communities in a globally-changing world. Projects she is currently working on include the impact of coastal structures on submersed aquatic vegetation, and habitat requirements needed to improve seagrass restoration, especially the sediment they colonize. She is also working on conditions necessary for the successful recruitment and establishment of seagrass seeds. She is a member of the Estuarine Research Federation, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Geological Union, and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. She previously worked on the NRC Committee on Mitigating Shore Erosion Along Sheltered Coasts. Dr. Koch received her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida.
Jennifer Miksis-Olds is a Senior Research Associate in the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Acoustics, College of Engineering and in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences in the College of Agriculture. Her research employs acoustic methodologies to answer biological questions in both the marine and terrestrial environments. Her primary interests include animal behavior and communication, the effect of anthropogenic activities on animals and their environment, and the development of technology to observe animals in their natural environment. Aspects of acoustics, biology, oceanography, ecology, and engineering are combined to create the interdisciplinary approach necessary to extend the study of animals in their natural environment beyond where it is today. Dr. Miksis-Olds received her A.B. cum laude in Biology from Harvard University, her M.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, she was a guest student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and then received her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
Bryan Pijanowski is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. He is interested in the impacts of land use and climate change on ecosystem services. He is leading an effort to study the soundscape in diverse ecosystems and how natural and man-made sounds interact. Dr. Pijanowski has numerous publications and is a member of the Global Land Project, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Geographers, the American Geophysical Union, and the International Association of Landscape Ecology. He received his B.S. in Biology from Hope College and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University. Presently, he has been working on the development and application of spatial models for use in natural resource management, and is interested in land use/cover change and climate change and how these impact societies.
Jennifer Ruesink is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Her areas of interest include marine community ecology, especially food web interactions; species invasions; and conservation. In particular, she looks at the interactions between oysters and nonnative oyster drills as well as the impact of aquaculture on the natural habitat, including eelgrass. She is currently a member of the Ecological Society of America, the National Shellfisheries Association, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, and the Western Society of Naturalists. She has served on two previous NRC committees. Dr. Ruesink received her B.A. in Biology, Summa Cum Laude (Cornell University); her M.Phil. in Botany (Cambridge University, England); and her Ph.D. in Zoology (University of Washington).
Charles Simenstad is a Research Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. He studies shallow-water community and food web structure, and restoration ecology, of estuarine and coastal marine ecosystems along the Pacific Northwest coast, from San Francisco Bay, the Oregon and Washington coasts, Puget Sound, and Alaska. Ecosystems that have especially attracted his interests include: coastal marshes, mudflats and eelgrass of Pacific Northwest estuaries; nearshore, kelpdominated shores of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska; and San Francisco Bay-Delta. Since 1990, he has been particularly dedicated to coordinating the Wetland Ecosystem Team (WET), a small team of research scientists, educators, and graduate students that conducts both basic and applied research on these topics. Current research initiatives include: leading WET's CALFED research on tidal freshwater wetland restoration patterns and rates in the Sacramento-San Joaquin rivers delta (BREACH studies);