Committee and Staff Biographies
Jon G. Sutinen (Chair) is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Sutinen earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1973 from the University of Washington. His research interests are concentrated on the implications of policies related to management of marine fisheries. His recent research projects have included interdisciplinary studies of the human dimensions of large marine ecosystems and the economic consequences of protecting and conserving fisheries habitat, in which the theoretical framework integrates economic models of human agents interacting with a dynamic natural system of fisheries populations. He has served on several fisheries advisory panels for the United States and other governments. Dr. Sutinen is currently president of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists and a former member of the Ocean Studies Board (OSB).
George Boehlert is professor and director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University. He earned his Ph.D. in marine biology in 1977 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include fisheries oceanography; the ecology of marine fishes, particularly early life-history stages; pelagic habitats; and seamount ecology. Dr. Boehlert was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Biological Diversity in Marine Systems.
Louis W. Botsford is a professor of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Botsford received his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of California, Davis. His research interests involve the dynamics of populations with age, size, and spatial structure, as applied to fisheries, marine reserves, endangered species, and the effects of environmental variability on populations.
Felicia C. Coleman is currently an associate scholar scientist in the Florida State University Department of Biological Science. Dr. Coleman earned her Ph.D. in biology in 1991 at Florida State University. Her research interests include the study of reef fish population ecology and the use of ecologically relevant information in the management of exploited species. Dr. Coleman was a member of the NRC Committee on Evaluation, Design, and Monitoring of Marine Reserves and Protected Areas in the United States.
Robert B. Ditton is a professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University with a joint appointment in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in recreation and park administration in 1969 from the University of Illinois. His research focuses on the sociology of natural resources with special attention to the human dimensions of fisheries. He has studied various state, federal, and international jurisdiction fisheries. Previously, Dr. Ditton served as a member of the Science and Statistical Committee of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, an NRC Panel on Disposition of Offshore Platforms, and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; he is currently a member of OSB.
Terrance J. Quinn is a professor at the Juneau Center of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, arriving there in 1985. Dr. Quinn earned his Ph.D. in biomathematics in 1980 at the University of Washington and worked at the International Pacific Halibut Commission. His research interests are fish and marine mammal population dynamics and stock assessment, and he is coauthor of the 1999 book Quantitative Fish Dynamics, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Quinn is a former member of OSB. He also chaired the NRC Committee to Review Northeast Fishery Stock Assessments, co-chaired the NRC Committee on Fish Stock Assessment Methods, and has served on three other OSB committees.
William H. Rodgers is a professor of Environmental Law at the University of Washington. Dr. Rodgers received his LL.B. in 1961 from Columbia University. He specializes in natural resource law and now teaches environmental law, law and biology, public land law, resource management, and property. Dr. Rodgers was the chair of the NRC Committee on Scientific and Technical Criteria for Federal Acquisition.
Edella C. Schlager is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration and Policy and Political Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Schlager earned her Ph.D. in political science in 1990 from Indiana University. Her research interests focus on coastal fisheries and water. She studies the emergence and evolution of institutional arrangements devised by communities to govern natural resources on which they are economically dependent. Dr. Schlager was a member of the NRC Committee to Review Individual Fishing Quotas.
Susan Roberts became the director of OSB in April 2004 after six years of experience conducting studies for the board. Dr. Roberts received her Ph.D. in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She worked as a research scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She has directed a number of studies for OSB including Nonnative Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay (2004); Decline of the Steller Sea Lion in Alaskan Waters: Untangling Food Webs and Fishing Nets (2003); Effects of Trawling and Dredging on Seafloor Habitat (2002); Marine Protected Areas: Tools for Sustaining Ocean Ecosystems (2001); Under the Weather: Climate, Ecosystems, and Infectious Disease (2001); Bridging Boundaries Through Regional Marine Research (2000); and From Monsoons to Microbes: Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Human Health (1999). Dr. Roberts specializes in the science and management of living marine resources.
Joanne C. Bintz was a program officer at OSB from June 2001 to August 2004. She received her Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. She has directed NRC studies on A Review of the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study (2002); Chemical Reference Materials: Setting the Standard for Ocean Science (2002); and Implementation of a Seafloor
Observatory Network for Oceanographic Science (2003). She is currently working on studies on Restoration and Protection of Coastal Louisiana and A Review of the Activities Authorized Under the Methane Hydrates Research and Development Act of 2000. She is developing studies on Mitigating Erosion on Sheltered Coasts and a Review of Recreational Fisheries Survey Methods. Her interests include coastal ecosystem ecology, marine technology, coastal restoration, oceano-graphic education, and coastal management and policy.
Jodi Bachim serves as a senior program assistant for OSB. She received a B.S. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. Since starting with OSB in May 1999, Ms. Bachim has worked on several studies regarding fisheries, geology, nutrient over-enrichment, marine mammals, and ocean exploration. She is currently working toward an M.S. in environmental science at American University.
Denise Greene is currently an administrative coordinator with the Government-University-Industry Research Council and Federal Demonstration Partnership within the National Academies. While a senior project assistant at OSB, Mrs. Greene was involved with studies on marine biotechnology and environmental information for naval warfare.
Byron Mason serves as a senior program assistant for the Division on Earth and Life Studies where he assists with the work of the Coordinating Committee on Global Change, as well as the Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences. During his tenure, he has assisted with the completion of four reports: A Geospatial Framework for the Coastal Zone: National Needs for Coastal Mapping and Charting (2004); Elements of a Science Plan for the North Pacific Research Board (2004); Implementing Climate and Global Change Research: A Review of the Final U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan (2004); and Nonnative Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay (2004). Mr. Mason received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Florida.