pling designs and field methods for quantifying biodiversity and environmental determinants on landscape and regional scales and ecological assessments and monitoring. His long-term research continues on the ecological effects of landscape-scale military training activities in the Mojave Desert and multivariate modeling of species-habitat relationships. He was the field and statistical ecologist for an international interdisciplinary team of scientists that assessed ecosystem impacts of a megaproduction urea-phosphate plant on the Black Sea in Ukraine, and he has been a peer reviewer for the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program.
Robert T. Paine is a professor of zoology at the University of Washington. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has served on numerous National Research Council panels. Dr. Paine is also a member of the Ecological Society of America (of which he was president in 1979–1980), the American Society of Naturalists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research is on the interactive forces organizing complex assemblages that inhabit marine rocky shores.
Stuart L. Pimm is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Pimm's major interest is in conservation biology. The problems associated with endangered and introduced species have been the subject of his long-term and continuing theoretical and empirical studies. He has spent much of his field time in Hawaii and elsewhere in the Pacific. Dr. Pimm has headed a team to return the Guam Rail to the wild; this species was exterminated from its only known range in Guam by an introduced snake. In southern Florida, he leads a project on the endangered Cape Sable Sparrow. He contends that conservation biology provides questions of the greatest challenge for ecological theory while better theories are essential tools for conserving biodiversity. In 1993, he was awarded a prestigious Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment.
Walter Reid is an independent consultant on environment and development, and a visiting fellow at the World Resources Institute, a policy-research institute based in Washington, DC. Dr. Reid has conducted policy research in biodiversity conservation, climate change, energy policy, sustainable agriculture, and biotechnology. He is the author or co-author of numerous reports and articles, including Keeping Options Alive: The Scientific Basis for Conserving Biodiversity (WRI 1989), Conserving the World's Biodiversity (IUCN, WRI, Conservation Intl, WWF, and World Bank, 1990), Biodiversity Prospecting: Using Genetic Resources for Sustainable Development (WRI 1993), Frontiers of Sustainability (Island Press 1996), and Are Developing Countries Already Doing as Much as Industrialized Countries to Slow Climate Change? (Energy Policy 1997). For 6 years, Dr. Reid was vice president for program at the World Resources Institute