John M. Antle is a professor in the department of agricultural economics and economics at Montana State University. His research areas and teaching fields include environmental and natural resource issues in agriculture, econometric analysis of agricultural production, international economics, and economic development. He served as senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, where he was responsible for agricultural, trade, and environmental policy. He received his undergraduate degree at Albion College and his masters and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Chicago. Antle currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Agriculture.
Sandra S. Batie is Elton R. Smith Professor in Food and Agricultural Policy at Michigan State University. Her research includes work in agro-environmental policy, soil conservation policy, water quality policy, research methodology, and rural development policy. Prior to her current position, she was professor of agricultural economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has had two sabbaticals: one at the Conservation Foundation, and the other at the National Governors' Association. Batie received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Washington and her masters and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from Oregon State University. She chaired the Committee on Long-Range Soil and Water Conservation and currently serves on the Board on Agriculture.
Jeff Bennetzen is professor in Purdue University's department of biological sciences, director and co-founder of the International Grass Genome Initiative, and director of the Purdue Genetics Program. His research interests include plant genome organization, function, and evolution; particularly as determined by comparative genome mapping. He is also interested in the hyper-evolution of plant disease resistance genes and compensatory changes in the pathogen. Bennetzen received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego, and his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Hans Bohnert was educated at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and received his Ph.D. degree in physiological chemistry. He is professor in the departments of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and plant sciences at the University of Arizona. His laboratory research focuses on the molecular genetics and physiology of environmental stress responses in plants with particular emphasis on the gene expression and metabolic changes of plants challenged by high salinity ("salt stress"). Metabolic engineering is used to transfer genes for entire stress-protective pathways into stress-sensitive plants.