BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Peter H. Raven (Chair) is director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Engelmann Professor of Botany of Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1960. He is home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences and member of the National Science Board. He holds honorary degrees from several universities, is a member of several foreign academies of sciences, and has received numerous international honors and awards, including the International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan, the Prize for Environment of the Institute de la Vie in Paris, and the Volvo Environment Prize.
Michael J. Bean is chair of the Environmental Defense Fund's Wildlife Program where since 1977 he has been a principal strategist in legislative efforts to strengthen protection for en-
dangered species, other wildlife, and wildlife habitats. He serves on the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the Xerxes Society and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Society for Conservation Biology's Distinguished Achievement Award. His publications range from The Evolution of National Wildlife Law, which is generally regarded as the leading reference on wildlife conservation law, to articles for scientific, popular, and legal periodicals. He is a 1973 graduate of Yale Law School.
Frank W. Davis is an associate professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering in 1983. Currently, he is principal investigator of the California Gap Analysis project, a participant in IBM's Environmental Research Program, and a member of the editorial board of Conservation Biology .
Gordon P. Easton is director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Previously, he was president of Iowa State University for four and one-half years. Dr. Eaton received his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology. In 1963, he joined the U.S. Geological Survey and he became the associate chief geologist in 1978. His honors include the U.S. Government Senior Executive Performance Award.
Sharon G. Haines is manager, natural resources, International Paper. She received her Ph.D. in forestry and soil science from North Carolina State University in 1977. She is the Chair of the Forest Science and Technology Board of the Society of American Foresters and a former associate editor of Soil Science Society of America Journal and Southern Journal of Applied Forestry.
Joseph Hezir is executive vice president of the EOP Foundation, Inc. He also is the managing partner of the EOP Group, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in regulatory-strategy development and problem-solving. Mr. Hezir served for 18 years in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
From 1986 to 1992, he served as the OMB deputy associate director for energy and science, with oversight responsibility for the budgetary, regulatory, legislative, and policy-development activities of a number of federal agencies.
Jeremy B.C. Jackson is a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in the Republic of Panama, where he is director of the Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1971, and was professor of ecology at The Johns Hopkins University before moving to STRI in 1984. His current research includes historical patterns of diversity and extinction in tropical America in relation to the formation of the Isthmus of Panama and the ecology and conservation of tropical coastal communities.
Christopher B. Leinberger is managing director of Robert Charles Lesser & Co., the largest independent real-estate advisory firm in North America. He specializes in metropolitan development trends and strategic planning for cities and real-estate companies. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College in urban sociology and Harvard Business School in strategic planning. He also attended the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center and the Martin Luther King School of Social Change and was a Coro fellow in Los Angeles.
Judith L. Meyer is professor of ecology at the University of Georgia, Athens. She received her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1978. Her research interests are in the field of aquatic ecology with a focus on stream ecosystems, microbial food webs, and land-water interactions. She is president-elect of the Ecological Society of America.
William Molini is director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife, having been appointed in 1982. He received his education from Utah State University in wildlife management. He served as president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 1989-1990 and of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 1982. Among his awards are the
Conservation/Service Citation from the National Wildlife Federation and the President's Public Service Award from The Nature Conservancy.
Nancy R. Morin is assistant director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and convening editor for Flora of North America. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. She is an adjunct professor of botany at Washington University and the University of Missouri St. Louis. She serves on the editorial committee for the Flora of China and on the council of the International Organization for Plant Information.
Lorin I. Nevling, Jr. is chief of the Illinois Natural History Survey in the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources and Affiliate of the Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in 1959. He has served at the Arnold Arboretum, Gray Herbarium, Farlow Herbarium, and Library of Cryptogamic Botany, all of Harvard University, and at the Field Museum of Natural History.
Gordon H. Orians is professor of zoology and environmental studies at the University of Washington, Seattle and formerly directed the Institute for Environmental Studies there. He is an ecologist and environmental scientist who conducts research on the evolution of vertebrate social systems, the structure of ecological communities, plant-herbivore interactions, the ecology of rare species, and environmental aesthetics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Paul G. Risser is president of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he also holds the rank of professor of botany. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. He chairs the Board On Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council. He is past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the Ecological Society of America.
Robert J. Robbins is associate professor of medical infor-
mation and director of the Applied Research Laboratory at the William H. Welch Medical Library of The Johns Hopkins University and director of the Informatics Core of the Genome Data Base. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1977. Before going to Johns Hopkins in 1991, he served as program director for database activities in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences at the National Science Foundation. He serves on the advisory boards of several biological databases and on the Human Genome Coordinating Committee for the Department of Energy.
Jay M. Savage is professor of biology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1955. His research has concentrated on the evolutionary and historical determinants of the distribution of vertebrates, their ecologic role in tropical forests and biogeographic theory. In 1963 he was instrumental in founding the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) which is now a consortium of 55 U.S. and Latin American institutions devoted to graduate education, research and conservation in the tropics, and has a central office and field stations in Costa Rica; he served as its president in 1974-1980.
Rollin D. Sparrowe received a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from Michigan State University in 1969. He is Vice-president of the Wildlife Management Institute, in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as chief of the Division of Cooperative Research Units, chief of the Division of Wildlife Research, chief of the Office of Migratory Bird Management, and deputy assistant director for refuges and wildlife. Dr. Sparrowe is president-elect of The Wildlife Society, a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, and a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club. He has received a number of awards for outstanding service, including the U.S. Department of the Interior's Superior Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award.
Victoria J. Tschinkel is a senior consultant for environmen-
tal issues with the law firm of Landers and Parsons in Tallahassee, Florida. She was secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation in 1981-1987 and was involved in the development of major environmental legislation. She is a member of the boards of directors of numerous private and public organizations, including Resources for the Future, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the National Commission on the Environment, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Phillips Petroleum Company. She also chairs the advisory council of the Gas Research Institute.
Quentin D. Wheeler is chair and associate professor of insect taxonomy of the Department of Entomology, Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1980. He is a research associate of the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. He is vice president of the Association of Systematics Collections, vice president of the International Willi Hennig Society, and past president of the Coleopterists Society.
Eric A. Fischer is project director of the Committee on the Formation of the National Biological Survey and director of the Board on Biology and the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources of the National Research Council. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow, he worked on federal science policy and science education for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. He became deputy director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and then senior vice president for science and sanctuaries at the National Audubon Society, before coming to the Research Council.
Deborah D. Stine is a senior program officer for the Committee on the Formation of a National Biological Survey, project director for a National Academy of Engineering workshop on corporate environmental responsibility, and study director of the Committee on Risk Assessment of Hazardous Air Pollutants. At the National Research Council since 1989, Dr. Stine previously served as staff officer of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy's Panel on Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming, focusing on the mitigation of greenhouse-gas emissions. Her specialties are environmental engineering, policy analysis, and decision-making.