Biographies of Committee and Staff
Harold Mooney (chair) is the first Paul S. Achilles Professor of Biology at Stanford University and the author of numerous publications on ecology. Dr. Mooney's research includes the impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems in the desert, temperature, mediterranean, and tropical zones. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University. Dr. Mooney is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Nathaniel Bingham was the habitat director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. He had also worked as a fisheries consultant since 1992, including contracts with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Habitat education program and the Bay Institute. Before that, Mr. Bingham owned and operated a vessel and fished for salmon, Dungeness crab, and albacore.
Dayton Lee Alverson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Alverson is President of Natural Resources Consultants and is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington. His research interests include fisheries, management, population diagnosis, and resource distribution and behavior, with a recent focus on bycatch. Dr. Alverson chaired an independent panel reviewing Canadian stock assessments of northern cod.
Jerry Clark earned his Ph.D. in natural resource economics from Oregon State University. He is Director of Fisheries for the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C. His past employment and research have focused on economics and statistics.
Frederick Grassle earned a Ph.D. in zoology from Duke University. Dr. Grassle is Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Director of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences of Rutgers University. His research focuses on marine benthic organisms, populations and ecosystem processes in estuarine, coral reef, continental shelf, and deep-sea environments.
Eileen Hofmann earned her Ph.D. in Marine Sciences and Engineering at North Carolina State University. She is a Professor in the Department of Oceanography at Old Dominion University. Dr. Hofmann's research includes analysis and modeling of biological and physical interactions in marine ecosystems and descriptive physical oceanography.
Edward Houde earned his Ph.D. in fisheries science from Cornell University. He is Professor at the Chesapeake Biology Laboratory of the University of Maryland. Dr. Houde's research includes ecology and developmental biology of fish eggs and larvae, assessment of pelagic resource abundance, recruitment processes, and factors leading to fluctuations in fish stock abundances.
Simon Levin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Levin is the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and the Director of the Princeton Environmental Initiative at Princeton University. His research focuses on theoretical ecology; mathematical and computational models of ecological and evolutionary processes; and terrestrial, intertidal, and marine ecosystems.
Jane Lubchenco earned her Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Dr. Lubchenco is Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology at Oregon State University, as well as a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her research focuses on population and community ecology, marine ecology, algal ecology, algal life histories, and chemical ecology.
John Magnuson serves as professor of zoology and director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of British Columbia and BSc and Msc. from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include long-term regional ecological of aquatic systems, climate-change effects on lake
ecosystems, fish and fisheries ecology, community ecology of lakes as islands, and ecology of the Great Lakes.
Bonnie McCay earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. Dr. McCay is Professor at the Department of Human Ecology and Associate Director of the Ecopolicy Center at Cook College of Rutgers University. Her research deals with the socioeconomic, cultural, and political dimensions of marine fisheries and fisheries management as well as community responses to industrialization related to offshore oil and gas production.
Gordon Munro earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He is Professor in the Economics Department of the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on natural resource economics, particularly for renewable resources.
Robert Paine earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Michigan. He is Professor of Zoology at the University of Washington and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Paine's research focuses on algal ecology, prey-predator relationships, and community organization.
Stephen Palumbi earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He is an Associate Professor at Harvard University. Dr. Palumbi's research focuses on population biology and evolutionary ecology of marine species, including an interest in the theory and practice of marine protected areas.
Daniel Pauly earned his doctorate degree from the University of Kiel, Germany, in fisheries biology, zoology and oceanography. He is Professor at the Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, and is also the Principal Science Adviser for the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resource Management (ICLARM) in the Philippines. Dr. Pauly's research focuses on tropical fisheries management, ecosystem modeling, and comparative studies of growth and related processes in wild and cultivated fish.
Ellen Pikitch earned a Ph.D. in zoology from Indiana University. She is Director of Fish Conservation Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Dr. Pikitch's main research interests are in fisheries science, stock assessment, bycatch problems, and other marine conservation issues.
Thomas Powell earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Powell is Professor in the Department of Integrative
Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are the impact of physical processes (such as currents, waves, and mixing) on the ecology of plankton in lakes, estuaries, and the coastal ocean; and measurement and modeling of physical and biological processes.
Michael Sissenwine earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Sissenwine is the director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. His research focuses on fish-population dynamics, fishery-management systems, trophic interrelationships in marine ecosystems, and biological systems models and simulations.
David Policansky (project director) earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Policansky is associate director of the National Research Council's Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He has staffed studies on natural resources, ecology, and fisheries at the National Research Council and his research interests include population ecology, fisheries science, and application of science to policy.