Dorothy J. Merritts (Chair) is the Harry W. and Mary B. Huffnagle Professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environment at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2004–2005 she was the Flora Stone Mather Visiting Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and in 2011-2012 she was the Cox Visiting Professor at Stanford University. In the western United States, she conducted pioneering research on the San Andreas fault of coastal California, and her international work focuses on fault movements in Australia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and South Korea. Her primary research in the eastern United States is on streams in the mid-Atlantic Piedmont, particularly in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, where she is investigating the impact on streams of the transformation of woodlands and wetlands to a predominantly agricultural and mixed industrial-urban landscape since European settlement. She is the author of two textbooks and more than 40 scientific articles and the editor and contributing writer for numerous scientific books. Dr. Merritts has done extensive work on inquiry-based learning in the classroom, particularly for non-science majors at the undergraduate level, and has assisted in presenting original inquiry-based materials and demonstrations online through the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, Minnesota. Dr. Merritts received her B.Sc. in geology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her M.Sc. in engineering geology from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in geology from the University of Arizona.
Brenda Barrett is the editor of the Living Landscape Observer, an online site that provides information and commentary on the emerging field of landscape-scale conservation, historic preservation, and sustainable communities. She served as the former Director of Recreation and Conservation at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, directing assistance for conservation, recreation, and heritage landscape partnerships. Prior to this position she was the National Coordinator for Heritage Areas for the National Park Service in Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, she served as the Director of the Bureau for Historic Preservation at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Mrs. Barrett obtained an M.S. in archaeology from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. She is a board member of International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) and an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes.
Terry Chapin is a professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research focuses on ecosystem ecology with particular interests in the resilience of social-ecological systems and plant physiology. Dr. Chapin has been the recipient of several honors and awards. His recognitions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, include the Usabelli Award (for top researcher in all fields), Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor Emeritus recognitions, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Chapin has served on several editorial and advisory boards and was president of the Ecological Society of America between 2010 and 2011. Dr. Chapin is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He has served on several committees, boards, and roundtables at the Academies. He received a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University.
Holly Doremus is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation; Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment; and Director, Environmental Law Program at Berkeley Law. In addition to her law school teaching experience, she has taught in the graduate ecology program at the University of California, Davis; in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley; and at the Bren School of
Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a principal investigator on two major National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program grants and a multidisciplinary grant dealing with hydro-power relicensing in California. She has co-authored papers with economists and ecologists and has been a member of two National Research Council committees. Dr. Doremus received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in plant physiology and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Craig Groves is a Senior Scientist at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). There he currently staffs the Science for Nature and People Initiative (http://www.snap.is), which is a collaboration among TNC, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis that is using a multidisciplinary team approach to addressing major conservation and science issues. Mr. Groves is also the Series Editor for the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas Best Practice Guidelines. Prior to working for TNC, Mr. Groves served as a conservation biologist and planner for WCS. He has published a book on conservation planning, Drafting a Conservation Blueprint, as well as numerous scientific articles on conservation planning and ecology. His second book, Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet (with co-author Eddie Game), was published in 2015. He received an M.S. in ecology from Idaho State University.
Kenneth Haddad is the former Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). He molded a new agency (FWC) made up of multiple components from different state agencies with different cultures and different philosophies into a nationally recognized cohesive core-mission-oriented agency responsive to the needs of the 21st century. Human dimension training and techniques provided the cultural and transformational change from an isolated agency to one focusing on leadership, partnership, customer service, efficiency, and science-based decision making. Mr. Haddad was Chairman of the Science Coordinating Group of the Everglades Restoration Task Force, was a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and was president of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He is a former Commissioner of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and former council member of the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. Mr. Haddad also served as the Director of the FWC Florida Marine Research Institute, where he was responsible for applied scientific monitoring and assessment of Florida’s marine resources. Prior to that, he held the position of Interim Director of the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries. Although retired, he works part time for the American Sportfishing Association (the trade association of tackle and related manufacturers, retailers, and associated industries) as their Marine Fisheries Advisor for national recreational fishing issues with focus on the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. Prior to taking leadership roles, Mr. Haddad conducted applied scientific research on fisheries habitat and red tides, and specialized in remote sensing and GIS applications. He has a B.S. in biology (1974) from Presbyterian College and an M.S. in marine science (1982) from the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida.
Jessica Hellmann is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. There she also leads the Climate Change Adaptation program at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and serves as the scientific lead for Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). In her ND-GAIN leadership role, Hellmann advises research staff and seeks the consult of Notre Dame and other experts so that ND-GAIN and its related activities capture cutting-edge knowledge about the nature of climate change and strategies for reducing the impacts of climatic change. She also directs an interdisciplinary training program for Ph.D. students, called GLOBES, that builds student capacity for scientific outreach. Dr. Hellmann’s background is in ecology, where she studies the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems and effective methods for managing nature in the face of climate change. Her research has been published in leading academic publications including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Conservation Biology, and Ecology. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Lynn Maguire is Professor of the Practice of Environmental Decision Analysis at Duke University. Her current research uses a combination of methods from decision analysis, environmental conflict resolution, and social psychology to study environmental decision making. She focuses on collaborative decision processes where values important to the general public and stakeholders must be combined with technical analysis to determine management strategies. Her recent applications of decision analysis include the management of rare species, invasive species, and wildfire risk. Dr. Maguire is also using the principles of decision analysis to improve multicriteria rating systems, such as those used to set conservation priorities, and to develop frameworks used to value ecosystem services. She is involved in both empirical and conceptual research on perceptions of the time value of environmental resources, such as endangered species, and on the mismatches in timescales of ecological, social, and political systems.
Philip W. Mote is a Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He also is the Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute for the Oregon University System. Before joining Oregon State University, he was a Research Scientist at the
University of Washington and the State Climatologist for Washington. Dr. Mote’s research interests include climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest; regional climate modeling; mountain snowpack and its response to climate variability and change; sea level rise; impacts of climate change on water resources, forests, and shorelands; and adaptation to climate change. Among his publications in these areas is an analysis of sea level rise in the coastal waters of Washington State. Dr. Mote has served on several committees associated with climate change and sea level rise, including the National Research Council Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He received a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.
John O’Leary is the Assistant Director for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He works to enhance the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources. Mr. O’Leary also served as co-chair of the Vulnerability Assessment Sub-Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Climate Change Committee, which developed a guidance document meant to aid states in making State Wildlife Action Plans climate-smart. He participated in a national working group convened by the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that produced Scanning the Conservation Horizon, a guidance document centered on providing detailed information on vulnerability assessment techniques. Mr. O’Leary received an M.S. in fisheries and wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Rebecca Rubin is the Founder, President, and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC, an environmental consulting enterprise. She established Marstel-Day in 2002 as an expression of her commitment to the conservation of natural resources, especially habitat and open space, energy, water, and the resolution of issues at their intersections. She has extensive experience in program evaluation and policy analysis. Prior to founding Marstel-Day, she served as the Director of the Army Environmental Policy Institute and before that as a member of the professional research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She was a committee member on the National Research Council Committee on Alternatives for Controlling the Release of Solid Materials from Nuclear Regulatory Commission-Licensed Facilities. Ms. Rubin has an M.A. in international security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Dale Strickland is the President and Senior Ecologist with Western EcoSystems Technology, Incorporated (WEST). He has more than 40 years of experience in ecological research and wildlife management. Prior to his employment with WEST, he served as a Scientist and Administrator with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at the University of Wyoming. His areas of expertise include the design and conduct of wildlife studies, impact and risk assessment, and natural resource damage assessment studies. He has taught courses in wildlife management and statistics as a visiting professor at the University of Wyoming. He contributed to documents for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regarding the quantification of injury due to oil spills. He was a committee member on the National Research Council report titled Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects. He served as the Executive Director of the Platte River Endangered Species Partnership. He also served as an Associate Editor and is a frequent reviewer for the Journal of Wildlife Management. Dr. Strickland received a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wyoming. He is a Certified Senior Ecologist by and a member of the Board of Certification for the Ecological Society of America and a Certified Wildlife Biologist by the Wildlife Society.
Eric Toman is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He has an interdisciplinary background that includes training and experience in the social and natural sciences. His research focuses on developing a better understanding of the social dimensions of coupled human and natural systems. Using theory and methods from sociology and social psychology, Dr. Toman examines the factors that influence the adoption of behaviors that enable adaptation to changing environmental conditions. He received an M.S. in forest resources and a Ph.D. in forest resources from Oregon State University.
Claudia Mengelt is a senior program officer with the Ocean Studies Board. She joined the full-time staff of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2005. While with the Academies, she has led several climate change studies including the Analysis of Global Change Assessments (2007) and Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change (2010). She has also conducted several programmatic reviews such as Strategic Guidance for the NSF’s Support of Atmospheric Sciences (2007), Earth Observations from Space: The First 50 Years of Scientific Achievements (2007), Tsunami Warning and Preparedness (2010), and the review of the new National Ocean Acidification Research Plan (2012). While at the Academies, she has also published a range of science policy articles. She obtained her M.S. in biological oceanography from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and her Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
David Policansky received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Oregon, where he studied evolutionary biology and ecology. He has published on life-history transitions,
including the cost and timing of sexual reproduction in plants and animals; he also has published on fisheries and the interface between science and policy and on the inheritance of asymmetries in flounders. In his more than 30 years at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine he has been involved in more than 35 reports, many as project director. His work has focused on management of natural resources, natural restoration, information for environmental decision making, reviews of large federal programs, and endangered species, among other topics.
Stacee Karras is an Associate Program Officer with the Ocean Studies Board. She joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2012 as a fellow. She received her B.A. in marine affairs and policy with concentrations in biology and political science from the University of Miami in 2007. The following year she received an M.A. in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Most recently, she earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Heather Coleman is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ocean Studies Board and Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management after studying ecological and demographic effects of natural oil seeps on marine invertebrate populations. For her M.A. in economics she studied the history, politics, social dynamics, ecological effects, costs and benefits of restoring the Golden Horn estuary in Istanbul. She has also researched the ecological effects of marine debris, oceanic biogeochemical cycling, invasive plant ecology, and coral reef community dynamics. Before joining the Academies in 2015, Ms. Coleman aided marine conservation and resource use planning efforts in Canada and internationally as the Science and Policy Advisor for the Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association.
Jenna Briscoe is a Senior Program Assistant with the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. She joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2014. Previously, Ms. Briscoe worked at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science—Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomon’s Island, Maryland, where she conducted water quality testing on pre-restored and restored streams. She graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2013 with a B.A. in environmental studies and a minor in sociology.