Douglas Austen, National Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) Coordinator,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Previously worked for Pennsylvania Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources. He served six years as executive director of the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In addition, Austen has been vice-chair of the
Governing Board of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) and earlier chaired
the work group that drafted the initial NFHAP plan.
As FWS National LCC Coordinator, Austen will serve as the principal policy advisor and
liaison between the Service and the Department of the Interior, other national and
international conservation agencies and organizations, industry, and the public. He also
will work with senior executives and leaders in all FWS programs and Interior bureaus to
promote and facilitate establishment and operation of the national network of LCCs—
self-directed partnerships that link science and conservation delivery within and across
landscapes. LCCs are an integral part of Interior’s strategic climate change response.
Doug Beard, chief of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.
Most recently, he served as interim director of the USGS NCCWSC since September
2009. Previously, he was the USGS program coordinator for fisheries and aquatic and
endangered resources. He first joined the USGS in 2003, working as a program manager
with the National Biological Information Infrastructure. Before coming to the USGS, he
held fishery management positions in Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural
Frank Biasi, Director, Conservation and Special Projects at National Geographic Maps.
Past: Director, Conservation Systems (and other positions) at The Nature Conservancy,
GIS Analyst and Cartographer at Massachusetts Department of Environment.
Designer and producer of information resources to support conservation and
L. Peter Boice, Conservation Team Leader in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary
of Defense for Installations and Environment. He oversees the management of natural
and cultural resources on DoD’s 25 million acres of public lands. He also oversees DoD’s
Legacy Resource Management Program, has participated in interagency and
Departmental initiatives covering many issues, including ecosystem management,
invasive species control, biodiversity conservation, wetlands, military overflights,
recreational fishing, and conservation education. Mr. Boice has also served as
Coordinator for DoD’s Chesapeake Bay Program, and Program Manager for DoD’s
Underground Storage Tank, wetlands management, environmental planning and
environmental awards programs.
Mark Chase, Chief, Natural Resource Program Center, Fish & Wildlife Society
Tracy Connell Hancock, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, Resource Information,
EMC position in Washington, DC. Previously, worked as a hydrologist with the USGS
Virginia Water Sciences Center.
Clifford Duke, Director of Science Programs at Ecological Society of
America. Dr. Clifford Duke joined the Ecological Society of America
(ESA) as Director of Science Programs in January 2003. The ESA Science
Office, which originated with ESA’s Sustainable Biosphere Initiative in
1992, focuses on the application of ecological science to environmental
problem solving. To that end, the Office works with ESA members, other professional
societies, and public agencies to develop workshops and publications on a variety of
topics related to ecosystem sustainability, global change, and biodiversity. Current
Science Office projects include data sharing and archiving initiatives; a recent conference
and workshop on the ecological dimensions of biofuels; and an initiative to examine and
articulate the intellectual foundations for a new sustainability science.
Daniel C. Edelson, Ph.D., vice president for education at the
National Geographic Society and executive director of the National
Geographic Education Foundation. In these positions he oversees
the National Geographic Society’s outreach to educators and directs
the Society’s efforts to improve teaching and learning in geography
and related disciplines. This work includes the development of
resources for educators and learners of all ages, the delivery of
professional development programs for educators, the
implementation of public awareness and public engagement
programs, and grant-making to support geographic literacy
initiatives throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Terrell Erickson, biologist, USDA NRCS
Dr. John Francis serves as Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration
at the National Geographic Society, directing funding of these disciplines through the
Committee for Research and Exploration, the Conservation Trust, and the Expeditions
Council. Francis also oversees the Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations
promoting the concept of geotourism and a more holistic view of tourism as a motive
force for enhancing values of place. Francis’s professional career is rooted in wildlife
biology and a deep commitment to communication of the potent ties between humans and
the rest of the natural world. He has fashioned his interests and expertise into successful
turns as a scientist, wildlife filmmaker, and current leader of the Society’s storied
research and exploration arm.
Martha Garcia, Acting Deputy for Ecosystems, USGS
Anne Grambsch, Acting Staff Director, NCEA Global Change Research Program, EPA.
She is an international expert on the potential effects of climate change and climate
variability on human health. Ms. Grambsch was a Contributing Author to the 1997 IPCC
assessment report, “The Regional Impacts of Climate Change” and a Lead Author for the
USGCRP’s National Assessment Health Sector Report. Most recently she has been
leading the EPA GCRP effort on assessing potential effects of climate change on regional
air quality.
Gerald Guala, Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), USGS
William Hohenstein, Global Change Program Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Fiona Horsfall, Chief, Climate Services Division, CPASW
Tony Janetos selected as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Fellow, receiving the highest rank a PNNL scientist or engineer can
attain. Janetos has developed a leadership role in climate science,
setting directions for national and international agendas that engage a
broad diversity of scientists and decision makers. Recognized for his
success in building interdisciplinary research programs, he has
proactively designed integrated research programs and activities
investigating the interaction of human decisions and
ecosystem/environmental processes.
Diana Jerkins, National Program Leader, Division of Global Climate
Change. Diana is involved with agroecology and sustainable systems
programs at NIFA; manages the NRI Managed Ecosystem, Biology of
Weedy and Invasive Plants, and Enhancing the Prosperity of Small and
Mid-Size Farms programs; co-chairs the Science for Sustainability
working group.
Anne Kinsinger, Associate Director, Ecosystems, USGS
Career History and Highlights: Ms. Kinsinger is responsible for USGS
research and monitoring on freshwater, terrestrial, and marine
ecosystems and the human and fish and wildlife communities they
Ms. Kinsinger has held numerous positions during her 16 years with the
USGS. These include Regional Director for the Western Region of the USGS, where
beginning in 2007, she oversaw the region's scientific activities related to biological,
hydrological, geological, and geographic research and assessments. She was also the
Western Regional Biologist and was responsible for the cross-disciplinary USGS
research strategy in the Pacific Northwest. From 1998 until 2001, she worked at USGS
headquarters in Reston, Va., in the Associate Director for Biology's office, and as Chief
of Strategic Planning and Analysis in the Director's office. She joined the USGS in 1995,
and for the next three years served as Director of the Agency's Western Ecological
Research Center in Davis, Calif. Before joining the USGS, she worked for the U. S. Fish
and Wildlife Service National Fisheries Contaminant Research Center (now the USGS
Columbia Environmental Research Center), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,
and the National Biological Survey.
Fred Lipschultz, Senior Scientist for the National Climate Assessment, coordinating the
regional assessments among other roles. He is on a mobility assignment from the
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, where he has been a faculty member since 1989.
Prior to the NCA, Fred spent 2.5 years at NASA headquarters working as Program
Scientist for the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program in the Earth Sciences
Division. Before that, he served 4 years at NSF as Program Officer in the Chemical
Oceanography Program in the Geosciences Directorate. During his government service,
he has participated in several working groups of the USGCRP, and was the vice-chair of
the JSOST interagency working group on Ocean Acidification. Fred’s research career
focused on the biogeochemistry of the marine nitrogen cycle in various ecosystems
including Bermuda’s coral reefs, the Sargasso Sea, and the Eastern Tropical Pacific. He
earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University, and his
Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Gary E. Machlis, Science Advisor to the Director,
National Park Service, and Professor of Conservation at
the University of Idaho. He is the first scientist
appointed to this position with the NPS, and advises the
director on a range of science policy issues and
programs. He also is Lead Scientist for the Department
of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Working Group, an
interdisciplinary team of scientists responding to the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Machlis has served as
Interim Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Idaho, and been a
visiting professor at Nanjing Technological College in China and at Yale University.
Robert D. Mangold, Forest Health Protection Director, State and Private Forestry,
USDA Forest Service, Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Peter H. McCartney, Program Director, National Science Foundation
Program Responsibilities:
Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI)
Community-based Data Interoperability Networks (INTEROP)
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
Chad McNutt, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NIDIS Program
David Moore
Gina Owen, Legislative Specialist, National Forest System (WO), Ecosystem Mgmt
Coordination, NFMA
ISSUES: Planning, NEPA, Appeals and Litigation, Forest Management,
Timber, Stewardship Contracting, Invasive Species
Jimmy Reaves, Deputy Chief for Research and Development, US
Forest Service (as of 09/10). His more than 29 years of work in the
natural resources field and experience in senior-level positions has
prepared him well for his role as Deputy Chief, R&D.
Previously, Reaves had served as Forest Service Southern Research
Station (SRS) Director in Asheville. Prior to his appointment as SRS
Director, Jim Reaves served as Associate Deputy Chief for Research &
Development in Washington, D.C., from 2000-2007.
Reaves will lead the largest natural resource research organization in the world,
comprised of about 500 scientists and 1,500 dedicated professional and administrative
Forest Service employees, as well as a budget of $312 million.
His more than 29 years of work in the natural resources field and experience in seniorlevel positions has prepared him well for his role as Deputy Chief, R&D.
Carols Rodriguez-Franco, Staff Director, US Forest Service Research
and Development Forest Management Sciences.
He previously worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service and
was in charge of the research collaboration with Latin America and
Canada. In Mexico worked for the National Institute of Forestry,
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Research (INIFAP) for 25 years. He
was the former Forestry Research General Director at INIFAP from 1996
to 2000.
Sarena M. Selbo
Education: The Ohio State University
Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
MS in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
University of North Dakota
BS in Biology and Honors with a minor in Chemistry
Danielle Swallow, Program Analyst, Climate Services and
Monitoring Division, NOAA
Woody Turner is the Program Scientist for Biological
Diversity and Program Manager for Ecological Forecasting
in the NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate.
As program scientist, he oversees the agency's basic research
efforts to use satellite-derived information to understand the
relationship of biodiversity to climate, landscape change, and
ecosystem function. The NASA Ecological Forecasting
Program is an applications activity seeking to bring together
satellite observations and ecological models to support decision making for conservation
biology and sustainable regional development.
Laura Valoppe, Lead Scientist, WERC Headquarters
Dr. Charles L. Walthall, Research Physical Scientist, USDA-ARS Hydrology &
Remote Sensing Lab
Education: B.S. Geography, 1977 University of Maryland
M.S. Forest Science (Remote Sensing Emphasis), 1982 Texas A&M University
Ph.D. Agronomy/Agricultural Meteorology (Remote Sensing Emphasis), 1988 University
of Nebraska
Julia Washburn, Associate Director for Interpretation & Education
She manages the Volunteers-In-Parks program, Harpers Ferry Center for Media Services
(publications, exhibits, audio-visual production, and historic furnishings), and NPS
relationships with cooperating associations, non-profit organizations that support
educational, scientific, historical, and interpretive activities. She also manages all areas of
interpretation and education, which across the country swore in almost 600,000 Junior
Rangers and conducted more than 57,000 curriculum-based education programs in 2009.
Tim Watkins, Science and Education Coordinator, Climate Change Response Program,
NPS. Previously with National Geographic Society
Keith Wheeler, Chairman and CEO at ZedX Inc.
ZedX focuses on sustainable resource management through an interactive, web-based,
decision-support systems designed for the agricultural, water and energy sectors. Wheeler
has been managing partner of Worldviews LLC, an international sustainability and CSR
consultancy that has advised numerous companies and governmental organizations
including General Motors and the US Dept of Energy. As co-founder of the Foundation
for Our Future he created a non-governmental R&D organization focused on sustainable
development, knowledge management, organizational change management, and capacity
development. He served as President of CFix LLC, a conservation carbon sequestration
fund engaged in developing forest based carbon offset projects in South America; he was
the first Executive Director for the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network
(GREEN), with 46 coordinating offices and programs in over 55,000 communities in 135
nations worldwide. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Director of New York States
Adirondack Park Agency directing education and outreach efforts in the 6-million-acre
(24,000 km2) protected area, and a Soil Scientist for the USDA-SCS working in the areas
of resource interpretation and geographic information system development.
Diane Wickland, works at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she oversees
the planning and implementation of NASA's Terrestrial Ecology research program and
leads its Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Focus Area. As a Focus Area lead, she
coordinates research programs in land cover and land use change, ocean
biogeochemistry, terrestrial ecology, and biodiversity.
Diane is a member of the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG) and
Ecosystems Interagency Working Group (EIWG) under the U.S. Climate Change Science
Program (CCSP). She chairs two subcommittees of the CCIWG, the Agency Executive
Committee that is facilitating the production of CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Product
2.2 (also known as the State of the Carbon Cycle Report) and the North American Carbon
Program (NACP) Office Subcommittee.

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