WILLIAM A. HOPKINS, Chair, is a professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and director of the Global Change Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research focuses on physiological ecology and wildlife ecotoxicology with the goal of understanding how wildlife responds physiologically and behaviorally to anthropogenic disturbances. He is particularly intrigued by tradeoffs among physiological processes such as reproduction, thermoregulation, and immune function and how global changes may force animals to reprioritize their investments of time and energy. Dr. Hopkins has participated in a diverse range of advisory activities including several National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study committees on ecological and human health effects of coal mining, disposal of coal combustion residues in mines, aquifer storage of water to support everglades restoration, and ecological effects of diverse environmental pollutants. He has also worked with industry stakeholders and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on five Natural Resource Damage Assessments, and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-sponsored assessment of whether the hellbender salamander should be protected as an Endangered Species. He received a B.S. in biology from Mercer University, an M.S. in zoology from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology from the University of South Carolina.
SUSAN L. BRANTLEY (NAS) is Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests are in aqueous geochemistry, geochemical kinetics, and microbial biogeochemistry with a focus on chemical, biological, and physical processes associated with the circulation of aqueous fluids in shallow hydrogeologic settings. Dr. Brantley has received numerous awards for her research including the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America and the Wollaston Medal from the Geological Society of London. She is also a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, European Association of Geochemistry,
Geochemical Society, Geological Society of America, and the International Association of GeoChemistry. Dr. Brantley has participated in a variety of advisory committee activities and is a current member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, a past chair of the Department of Energy’s Earth Science Council, and a past member of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees on unconventional hydrocarbons, nuclear waste, and Earth surface processes. She received a B.A. in chemistry and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geological and geophysical sciences, all from Princeton University. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
REBECCA DAVIES is the director of Quality Central and an associate professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) and the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include the establishment and adoption of a research quality assurance standard for nonregulated research, the development of sustainable models for incorporating quality assurance monitoring programs into academic research programs, research on research, and the use of laboratory error data and quality assessment metrics to drive improvements in laboratory and research settings. Since 2009, Dr. Davies has led the VDL effort to meet the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostician’s laboratory accreditation requirements. Dr. Davies serves on that association’s laboratory accreditation committee and is an active member of the Society for Quality Assurance and the Research Quality Association. She is also a member of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities’ Committee for Core Rigor and Reproducibility and of the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity Network’s Education and Training Working Group. Dr. Davies received her Ph.D. in comparative animal physiology from the University of Minnesota.
DON DePAOLO (NAS) is Chancellors Professor, Emeritus, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Advisor at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Previously, he held several management positions at LBNL, including director of the Earth Sciences Division and associate laboratory director of Energy Sciences. He currently directs two research centers: the Center for Isotope Geochemistry and the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2. Dr. DePaolo’s research focuses on the use of naturally occurring isotopes to explore a variety of earth science questions related to mantle dynamics and magma chamber processes as well as tracking fluids moving through groundwater systems to trace contaminates. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the J.B. MacElwane Award and H.H. Hess Medal from the American Geophysical Union, the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America, and the Harold Urey Medal from the European Association of Geochemistry. He is a fellow of these societies as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. DePaolo has served on
National Academies committees on strengthening the EPA laboratory enterprise, grand research questions in the solid-earth sciences, and future roles, challenges, and opportunities for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He received a B.S. with honors in geology from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and a Ph.D. in geology (minor in chemistry) from the California Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
ANDY EATON has spent 38 years at Eurofins Eaton Analytical LLC (formerly MWH Labs), a multistate certified water testing laboratory, serving at various times as technical director, marketing director, and laboratory director. He is a Board-Certified Environmental Scientist with more than 40 years of experience in water–quality–related environmental problems such as those associated with contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, arsenic, perchlorate, chromium, perfluoroalkyl substances, dioxane, and bromate. His work has focused on the development of analytical methods, data quality assurance, and detection, quantitation, and monitoring. He also carries out studies supporting EPA rules for unregulated contaminant monitoring. Dr. Eaton serves on the Joint Editorial Board for “Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater,” a comprehensive reference with best practices for water analysts. He is a recipient of the George W. Fuller Award and the Charlie Carter Award, which recognize distinguished service and leadership in water supply or environmental measurement and monitoring. He received a B.A. in earth sciences from Antioch College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, in geology, with a focus on marine geochemistry.
ROBERT FLEISCHER is senior scientist and head of the Center for Conservation Genomics at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. His primary fields of interest are evolutionary and conservation biology, with a focus on population and evolutionary genetics, systematics, and molecular and behavioral ecology, mostly on free-ranging bird and mammal species, and their pathogens. Most of his recent projects use genomic, transcriptomic, and microbiome methods. Dr. Fleischer has served on a number of advisory committees on systematics and threatened birds. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Ornithologists’ Union, and received that society’s Brewster Medal for exceptional work on Western Hemisphere birds. Dr. Fleischer received a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas.
MADELINE GOTKOWITZ is Research Division Chief at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, located at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Her research interests include physical hydrogeology (e.g., surface water–groundwater interactions and flow across aquitards), geologic sources of naturally occurring contaminants (e.g., arsenic, chromium, and radium) in Wisconsin’s aquifers, and the spatial and temporal distribution of wastewater constituents in groundwater (e.g., enteric viruses, artificial sweeteners, and personal care products).
The groundwater contaminant work relies heavily on analytical data collected by the USGS and other laboratories. Dr. Gotkowitz is a former president and current member of the City of Madison, Wisconsin’s Water Utility Board. She received a B.A. in environmental science from Smith College, an M.S. in hydrology from New Mexico Tech, and a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
DENNIS (CHUNGING) JIANG is a senior research scientist and petroleum geochemist at the Geological Survey of Canada. From 2006 to 2012, he worked as a geochemist and manager of the geochemistry laboratory at Geosolutions of Unconventional Systems and Heavy Oil Recovery, Inc. (GUSHOR). Dr. Jiang’s research interests focus on petroleum systems in Canadian sedimentary basins including geochemical analyses to characterize crude oils and determine their source rocks and methodology development to assess shale petroleum resources and to characterize reservoirs. Among his responsibilities at GUSHOR and other private companies was quality assessment and quality control of laboratory data. Dr. Jiang holds patents on a method for determining a value of a property of oil extracted from a sample, a method and apparatus for obtaining heavy oil samples from a reservoir sample, and preconditioning an oilfield reservoir. He received a B.Sc. in chemistry from Shandong University in China, an M.Sc. in petroleum geology from the Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development in China, and a Ph.D. in organic geochemistry from the Curtin University of Technology in Australia.
DAMIAN SHEA is a professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at North Carolina State University and president and founder of Statera Environmental, Inc., an environmental technology and consulting company. He has been studying the detection, sources, fate, and effects of chemicals in the environment for more than 30 years. He combines knowledge and experience in chemistry, toxicology, risk assessment, and social sciences with the ultimate goal of improving our ability to assess, communicate, and mitigate the risks of chemicals to human and ecological health. In a previous position at Battelle, he was instrumental in developing the quality assurance and quality control program for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill that continues to serve as the basis for oil spill monitoring programs today. Dr. Shea has served on numerous expert panels including a U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management panel on offshore oil exploration in the Arctic and an EPA bioaccumulation subcommittee to review EPA’s revisions to national water quality criteria. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Society of Toxicology, and International Society of Exposure Science. He received a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Maryland.
WENLU ZHU is a professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on the coupling between rock deformation and fluid
flow in Earth’s crust and mantle. She measures mechanical and transport properties and characterizes rock structure at various scales in three and four dimensions. Her work on damage accumulation and fracture propagation in sedimentary rocks has application to fault slip and earthquake nucleation. Dr. Zhu received the 2007 Basic Research Award from the American Rock Mechanics Association and is currently the president-elect of the Mineral and Rock Physics Section in the American Geophysical Union. She received a B.S. and an M.S. in geophysics from Peking University in China and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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