Kyle Barrett

Barrett, Kyle
Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology
Clemson University

Dr. Kyle Barrett is an Assistant Professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Studies at Clemson University. His scientific focus is largely centered on understanding how anthropogenic disturbances alter habitat quality for vertebrates. Kyle studies issues related to urbanization and climate change from population, community, and ecosystem-level perspectives. He is currently working on a variety of climate change vulnerability assessments. These assessments have a broad focus and range from studies of Atlantic coast marsh birds that will face challenges from sea level rise to priority amphibian and reptile conservation areas in the northeastern United States. Kyle received his PhD from Auburn University in Auburn, AL, and his MS from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

Doug Beard

Beard, Doug
USGS Climate Science Center


Donna Brewer Brewer, Donna, Applied Landscape Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center

Donna Brewer is the Landscape Conservation Training Coordinator for the National Conservation Training Center. Donna is also a member of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Climate Team and works closely with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives community to develop and direct science-based capacities within the FWS and with partner conservation organizations. Donna manages NCTC’s structured decision making/adaptive management curricula and coordinates the delivery of several courses and experiential workshops aimed at resolving complex conservation decision problems. Donna has held conservation positions with the University of Southern California, Bureau of Land Management, Calif. Dept of Fish & Game, Minerals Management Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Geological Survey, and Fish and Wildlife Service.

From 1991-1997, Donna and her husband completed a six-year circumnavigation of the world in their 44-foot sailboat. After 46,000 sea miles, 38 countries, 743 anchorages, and 232 islands, Donna is eager to share her new perspective on the diversity and distribution of plants and animals with students at NCTC. She lives just outside of Shepherdstown with her husband, Gary, a marine scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Donna has B.A. in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine and a M.S. from California State University at Long Beach.

Gaby Chavarria

Chavarria, Gaby
Science Advisor
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria has served as Science Advisor to the Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since July 2010. As Science Advisor, Dr. Chavarria serves as counsel to the Service Director and provides leadership on science policy and scientific applications in resource management. This includes leading agency efforts to respond to changes in the global climate system; shaping the Service's agenda for change toward a science-driven landscape conservation business model; expanding Service capacities to acquire, apply and communicate scientific information; promoting active involvement of the Service and its employees in the larger scientific community; strengthening and expanding partnerships between the Service and other scientific organizations, particularly states and the U.S. Geological Survey; and cultivating the next generation of Service scientists.

Prior to her work with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Chavarria served as Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Science Center, where she applied her scientific knowledge to translate the most up-to-date science into solutions for environmental problems. Her close ties to scientists and key policy-makers helped advance NRDC's goal of uniting sound science with sound policy and education for the mutual benefit of people and nature. She also has served as Vice President for Science and International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, Policy Director for Wildlife Conservation at the National Wildlife Federation and as the Director of International and Special Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C. In addition, Dr. Chavarria serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including the Society for Conservation Biology, the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee, the Environmental Protection Agency's Committee on Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities, and the Mexican Conservation Fund for Nature. She was also a member of the National Invasive Species Advisory Committee, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Team. She is a member of several professional societies, including the Association for Women in Science, the Society for Conservation Biology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and The Wildlife Society.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Chavarria has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the National University of Mexico, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. Her research focused on the systematics, behavior, and biogeography of Neotropical bumble bees. She has conducted research on these topics in more than 30 countries in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, where she works on pollinator conservation.

Patrick Crist

Crist, Patrick
Director, Conservation Planning and Ecosystem Management
Nature Serve

Dr. Patrick Crist oversees a variety of programs including conservation planning, the EBM Tools Network, and the NatureServe Vista decision support software. His work includes development of methods and toolkits to fit organizations planning needs and works with clients and partners to conduct ecological assessments and integrated planning for areas ranging from local government jurisdictions to large regions. Specific to climate change, Dr. Crist led development of the Refuge Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation guidance for the USFWS and has conducted vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning for areas as diverse as coastal areas in northern California, Texas, South Carolina, and Virginia; and interior west areas in the Mojave Desert and the Colombia Basin. He previously worked as a landscape architect and national coordinator for the USGS Gap Analysis Program and brings unique breadth and sense of scale to his work.

Molly Cross Cross, Molly S.
Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator
Wildlife Conservation Society North American Program

Dr. Cross is an ecologist whose research focuses on ecosystem responses to climate change and biodiversity loss. In 2007, Molly joined the Wildlife Conservation Society's North America Program to examine the impacts of climate change on wildlife conservation efforts. The primary goal of the project is to bring together experts in the fields of climate change, ecology, conservation planning and land management to translate broad-brush climate change adaptation strategies into on-the-ground conservation actions at various landscapes in the Intermountain West of North America. Molly conducted her Ph.D. research at the University of California-Berkeley on ecosystem responses to climate warming-induced plant species loss in a sub-alpine meadow in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Natalie Dubois

Dubois, Natalie
Climate Change and Wildlife Scientist
Defenders of Wildlife

Natalie Dubois is the Climate Change and Wildlife Scientist for Defenders of Wildlife, where she works on issues related to adaptation of natural systems to climate change, including integrating climate adaptation into conservation planning and decision making. She works closely with state agencies and other conservation partners to build capacity and provides technical assistance in support of natural resource management and wildlife conservation, including climate vulnerability assessment and development of methods and tools for adaptation planning. Prior to joining Defenders, Natalie worked at NatureServe where she developed content for LandScope America. Previously, she has held research positions in the fields of animal behavior and science education. Natalie conducted her graduate research at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. She received her B.A. from Albion College in Biology and French.


Naomi Edelson

Edelson, Naomi
Director, State and Federal Wildlife Program
National Wildlife Federation

Naomi Edelson is Senior Manager of State Wildlife Programs for the National Wildlife Federation under the Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change program. She leads NWF’s efforts to assist state and federal wildlife agencies with incorporating climate change into their management plans. She currently chairs NWF’s “climate smart expert working group” to develop criteria and guidance on on-the-ground adaptation efforts and recently chaired a similar expert work group on climate change vulnerability assessment that lead to the guidance document “Scanning the Conservation Horizon” ( and associated training workshops. Naomi developed and leads a climate change adaptation webinar series for natural resource managers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She also is working on a series of “lessons learned” around state level wildlife related adaptation efforts. She leads NWF’s state funding campaign to secure funding for adaptation and other wildlife conservation needs.

Formerly, she was the Wildlife Diversity Director/Teaming with Wildlife Director at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies where she initiated and directed all aspects of Teaming with Wildlife, a national grassroots campaign to secure federal funding for state-level wildlife conservation. Naomi developed and implemented legislative, coalition, and media outreach strategies, as well as organized grassroots actions and Hill rallies with over 6000 state/national coalition members (largest conservation coalition in history). She represented
and coordinated state wildlife agencies in national bird conservation efforts including Partners in Flight, US Shorebird Plan, North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), and state “all-bird” workshops. Naomi has a Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Carolyn Enquist

Enquist, Carolyn
Science Coordinator
USA National Phenology Network and The Wildlife Society
National Coordinating Office
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment


Rebecca Fris

Fris, Rebecca
Science Coordinator


Hector Galbraith

Galbraith, Hector
National Wildlife Federation

Dr. Hector Galbraith is Director of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences Climate Change Initiative Team. He is one of the leading scientists in the field of evaluating the current and future impacts of climate change on ecological resources and of developing science-based adaptation strategies. The results of his research have been published in over 60 papers and chapters in books and peer-reviewed journals. He has carried out research projects for U.S. federal and state agencies into the likely impacts of global climate change on ecosystems, including evaluating the potential impacts of sea level rise on coastal ecosystems; how climate change might affect services provided by ecosystems in California and Arizona; developing an analytical framework for assessing species’ vulnerabilities to climate change; and predicting the potential impacts of climate change on alpine tundra habitats and animals in the U.S. He has written a major report for the PEW Charitable Trust on the observed effects of climate change in Rocky Mountain National Park, edited and contributed to a major report from the American Bird Conservancy on ecosystem vulnerability in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in southern Arizona.

Patty Glick

Glick, Patty
Senior Global Warming Specialist
National Wildlife Federation
Pacific Northwest Regional Center

Patty Glick is Senior Global Warming Specialist at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She has been dedicated to the issue of climate change for more than 18 years and has played an important role in educating a diverse constituency of Americans about the issue, as well as developing and promoting meaningful policy solutions. For the past ten years, Ms. Glick has been instrumental in helping NWF build a targeted grassroots global warming campaign, recognizing the critical importance of bringing the issue of global warming "home" to people in order to galvanize them toward action. Much of her work has focused on translating the science of global warming and its impacts on fish and wildlife into creative and understandable outreach tools, including the award-winning Gardener's Guide to Global Warming. She has also led major research studies on the impacts of sea-level rise on U.S. coastal habitats, including major areas of Florida, the Pacific orthwest, and the Chesapeake Bay region and has participated in several governor-appointed working groups to develop state-based climate change adaptation strategies. In 2007, Ms. Glick was one of 23 women around the world named as "An outstanding woman working on climate change issues" by The World Conservation Union (IUCN), and she was recognized by The Wildlife Society as "Today's Wildlife Professional" in The Wildlife Professional, Fall 2008. Prior to joining NWF, Ms. Glick served two years as a Senior Fellow for the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C., where she worked with the Club's Global Warming and Energy Program to study the economic and social costs of climate change. She has also conducted policy-related analysis of U.S. energy markets for The Alliance to Save Energy and worked as a transportation and energy economist for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Ms. Glick received an M.S. degree in economics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a B.A. from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where she was class Valedictorian.

Nancy Green

Green, Nancy
Endangered Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Rachel Gregg

Gregg, Rachel
Lead Scientist and CAKE Content Editor
Email: n/a

Rachel Gregg is an environmental specialist with experience in the application of natural and social science, policy, and outreach. She has a background in marine biology and ecology, oceanography, and natural, marine, and coastal resources law, policy, and management. Rachel manages the State of Adaptation program and serves as a Content Editor for the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE;; her responsibilities include finding and developing examples of climate change adaptation, building a network of individuals and organizations engaged or interested in adaptation, and assisting with outreach, marketing, and fundraising to support the development of EcoAdapt’s core programs. Prior to joining EcoAdapt in May 2009, Rachel worked with Washington Sea Grant, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, the National Park Service, and MASSPIRG. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Government and Marine Science, and a Master’s in interdisciplinary marine science and policy from the University of Washington.

John Gross

Gross, John


Doug Beard

Hall, Kimberly R.
Climate Change Ecologist/Adjunct Assistant Professor
Michigan State University

Dr. Kimberly Hall’s work focuses on research and outreach on how to incorporate climate change impacts and adaptation into site and regional-scale conservation activities, primarily in the Great Lakes region. Recent projects include a collaboration to promote updates in forest management, an evaluation of the climate vulnerability of agricultural conservation strategies, and work with a multi-disciplinary team at the University of Notre Dame to develop a web-based “Collaboratory” for Climate Change Adaptation. Kim helped create NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index, was part of a team led by the National Wildlife Federation that developed practical guidance on adaptation, and served on the Federal Advisory Committee for the USGS Climate Science Centers and the National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center. Kim completed her M.S. and PhD at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment where her research focused on forest ecology and songbird conservation.

Lara Hansen

Hansen, Lara J.
Chief Scientist and Executive Director
Email: n/a

Lara Hansen serves EcoAdapt as Executive Director and Chief Scientist. She is co-author and editor of one of the earliest texts on the issue of natural system adaptation to climate change, Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems, as well as co-author of one of the newest books on adaptation, Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. The team that created these books created an engaged stakeholder process (Awareness to Action workshops or Climate Camps) to help resource managers craft adaptation strategies applicable to their work. She serves on the unfairly maligned, vitally important Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a United States Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medalist. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the chief climate change scientist for the World Wildlife Fund from 2001-2008, and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency from 1998-2001. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in Ecology and her B.A. in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Katherine Hayhoe

Hayhoe, Katherine
Associate Professor
Texas Tech University

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on quantifying the potential impacts of human activities at the regional scale. A professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University and CEO of the scientific consulting company ATMOS Research, she is an expert in climate change issues related to global modeling, regional impacts, and science-policy interface.

Katharine’s research focuses on evaluating the ability of coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation models to simulate real-world phenomena and developing new techniques to generate scientifically robust, high-resolution projections. She then collaborates with colleagues from the physical and social sciences to apply these regional climate projections to assess the potential effects of climate change on a broad range of impacts including forests and crops, energy and water, and health and infrastructure.
Her past assessments for California, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast have been cited in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, presented before Congress, and highlighted by state and federal agencies as motivation for the implementation of policies to reduce human emissions of greenhouse gases. Currently, Katharine is leading climate impact assessments for the U.S. Midwest and the Eastern Mediterranean, and serving as Lead Author for the upcoming CCSP State of Knowledge report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States."

Jenny Hoffman

Hoffman, Jennie
Adaptation Research, Consulting, and Training

Dr. Jennie Hoffman has been broadly engaged in the field of climate change adaptation for over a decade. She helps organizations integrate climate change into their work through direct engagement, and develops and leads adaptation-related workshops and trainings for diverse audiences. Her areas of expertise include adaptation decision-making, climate change vulnerability assessment, and adapting conservation, planning, and resource management for a changing climate. She recently contributed to an award-winning vulnerability assessment guidebook and associated training course, and is author or co-author of several books and reports, including Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. She has a PhD in marine ecology, but when environmental problems seem daunting she calls on her undergraduate degree in geology for a long-term perspective that keeps her chipper.

Stephen Jackson

Jackson, Stephen T.
Professor of Botany (Aven Nelson Building)
Director, Program in Ecology (Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center)
University of Wyoming
Email: n/a

Dr. Stephen Jackson studies the effects of environmental change on forests, woodlands, and wetlands. A native of southern Illinois, he studied botany and geology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Indiana University in 1983. He was a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Biology in residence at Brown University, and is currently Professor of Botany and Director of the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming. He has served on numerous scientific advisory panels and editorial boards, most recently Ecosystems, Frontiers in Ecology & Environment, and Trends in Ecology and Evolution. He has published more than 85 scientific papers as well as numerous editorials, book reviews, and commentaries. He is a 2006 Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in Environmental Sciences, and a 2009 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jackson is currently President of the American Quaternary Association, representing more than 600 scientists engaged in the interdisciplinary study of the earth’s recent environmental history.

Jackson’s research employs tree-rings, fossil rodent-middens, and sediments from lakes and bogs to investigate how past climatic changes and human activities have affected species distributions, biodiversity, and ecosystem properties. His study sites range from wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountain and upper Great Lakes regions to agricultural landscapes in the Southeast and urban/industrial settings in the Midwest. He is committed to applying long-term perspectives to inform environmental policy, management, and forecasting.

Cyndi Jacobson

Jacobson, Cyndi
ARD Science Applications
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Zoë Johnson

Johnson, Zoë
Program Manager for Climate Change Policy
Office for a Sustainable Future
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Email: n/a

Zoë Johnson is the Program Manager for Climate Change Policy with the Office for a Sustainable Future at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She has been actively involved in climate change planning and policy initiatives in the State of Maryland since 1998 and is the author of various reports and publications on climate change and sea level rise adaptation. She serves as key staff to Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change Adaptation and Response Working Group. The Working Group released Phase I of Maryland’s Strategy for Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Storms in 2008; and its Phase II Strategy: Building Societal, Economic and Ecologic Resilience in January 2011. Using the Phase I and II Strategies as a guide, she is currently pursuing the development of state-level policy, as well as the execution of on-the-ground projects to implement a suite of natural resource adaptation priorities.

Zoë holds a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Western Washington University (1992) and a M.M.A. in Coastal and Marine Policy from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington (1998).

Kurt Johnson

Johnson, Kurt
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Climate Change Scientist

Kurt A. Johnson is National Climate Change Scientist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. His position is housed within the Office of the Science Advisor and is based in Arlington, Virginia. He recently chaired the Service’s Climate Change Strategic Plan Team, which developed a Strategic Plan and Action Plan to guide the Service’s response to climate change. He also chairs the Service’s National Climate Team. Kurt formerly worked as a listing biologist in the Service’s Endangered Species Program, where, among other issues, he worked on the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species. Prior to that, Kurt worked as a biologist in the Division of Scientific Authority of the Service’s International Affairs Program. Kurt has worked for the Service for 14 years. He obtained his B.S. in Wildlife Science from Utah State University in 1976, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980, and his Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from Utah State University in 1987. He currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and daughter.

Bruce Jones

Jones, Bruce
Senior Landscape Ecologist
U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Bruce Jones is currently the Executive Director for the Earth and Ecosystem Sciences Division at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada ( His current research interests include interactions between land use and climate change and their impact on ecosystem services and landscape functions, multi-scaled landscape designs that enhance environmental sustainability, vulnerability assessment approaches for biota and ecosystems, and riparian habitat monitoring and assessment using remote sensing. He served as a senior scientist within the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. He also has served as the USGS Chief Scientist for Biology and Geography. While with the EPA he developed multi-scaled landscape assessment approaches to address a wide range of environmental issues. Bruce also worked in the Office of Endangered Species as a listing specialist for reptiles and amphibians and he started his Federal career in 1976 working on wildlife surveys and environmental impact assessments for the Bureau of Land Management. Bruce has served on several national-scale committees dealing with ecological research and assessments, including NEON and the Heinz Center State of the Nation’s Ecosystems report. He has been involved in landscape research projects in the US, Europe, Australia, and China, including those related to ecosystem services. Bruce served as the President for the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE …. from 2007 to 2011 and is currently serving on the IALE Executive Committee as Past-President.

Linda Joyce

Joyce, Linda


Marni Koopman

Koopman, Marni
Climate Change Scientist
Geos Institute
Email: n/a

Marni is a Climate Change Scientist at the Geos Institute where she leads ClimateWise projects and carries out conservation-related research. Marni is a wildlife biologist by training, with a M.S. from UC Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in Ecology. Marni has long been interested in the importance of connectivity and dispersal to the viability of wildlife populations - an issue that has only become more pertinent with the progression of climate change.

R. Wilson Laney

Laney, R. Wilson
Coordinator, South Atlantic LCC
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Josh Lawler

Lawler, Josh

Dr. Josh Lawler is an Assistant Professor in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ecology from Utah State University and has served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy at the University of Maine; a research associate of the National Research Council at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and a Nature Conservancy David H. Smith postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University. Dr. Lawler’s research focuses on landscape ecology and conservation biology. He is most interested in how anthropogenic factors affect species distributions, population dynamics, and community composition at regional and continental scales. His current research involves investigating the effects of climate change on species distributions and populations, exploring the influence of landscape pattern on animal populations and communities, and addressing the issue of climate change for conservation planning and natural resource management.

Joshua Murphy

Murphy, Joshua
Coastal Geospatial Services


John O'Leary

O'Leary, John
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries

John O’Leary received his M.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also worked for Massachusetts Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit as Anadromous Fish Restoration Project leader (1979-1989) before becoming a District Fisheries Manager for MDFW in 1990. John has also held positions as the Statewide Anadromous Fish Restoration Project leader from 1990-1999, Watershed Team Leader 1999-2003, and is currently the State Wildlife Plan Coordinator, 2003-present. John also serves as co-chair of Vulnerability Assessment Sub-Committee of AFWA Climate Change Committee developing guidance document meant to aid states in making State Wildlife Action Plans Climate Smart, sits on a informal, national, group assisting USFWS to develop vulnerability assessment techniques, is the State Co-Chair of the Forest Section of the National, Fish, Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy and Chair of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies, Climate Change Working Group.

Robin O'Malley

O'Malley, Robin
Policy and Partnership Coordinator
National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
US Geological Survey

Mr. O’Malley is a senior manager of the enterprise consisting of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers. Prior to joining NCCWSC, Mr. O’Malley was Director of Program Development and Director of the Environmental Reporting Program at The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. There he managed The State of the Nation’s Ecosystems project, which produced two groundbreaking reports on tracking the use and condition of America’s lands, waters, and living resources. Before joining The Heinz Center in November 1997, Mr. O’Malley worked at the Department of the Interior, where he led U.S. government efforts to establish a biodiversity information network spanning the entire Western hemisphere. From 1993 to 1996, he was Chief of Staff for the National Biological Survey, where he was responsible for numerous program development, budgeting, implementation, and outreach activities. Mr. O'Malley has also served as a Special Assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, Deputy Science Advisor within the Interior Department; Associate Director for Natural Resources at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); senior environmental advisor to Governor Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey, and in a variety of environmental positions involving financing of environmental infrastructure, hazardous site remediation, and solid waste management, within New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. He holds a Masters degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York.

Andrew Rosenberg

Rosenberg, Andrew A.
Senior Vice President, Science and Knowledge for Conservation International and
Professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire
E-mail: n/a

Andrew Rosenberg is Senior Vice President for Science and Knowledge for Conservation International and Professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire where, prior to April 2004, he was dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. From 2001-2004, he was a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and continues to work with the US Joint Ocean Commissions Initiative. Dr. Rosenberg was the Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service from 1998-2000, the senior career position in the agency, and prior to that he was the NMFS Northeast Regional Administrator. Dr. Rosenberg’s scientific work is in the field of population dynamics, resource assessment and resource management policy. He holds a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Oceanography from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Dalhousie University.

Connie Roser-Renouf

Roser-Renouf, Connie
Research Professor
Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University


Tom Schreiner

Schreiner, Tom
Climate Change Coordinator
CO Parks and Wildlife
Email: n/a


Mark Shaffer

Shaffer, Mark
National Climate Change Policy Advisor
Office of the Science Advisor
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dr. Mark Shaffer re-joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March 2010 as the National Climate Change Policy Advisor.

Mark Shaffer is a biodiversity conservationist with extensive experience in population viability analysis, conservation biology, resource economics and environmental philanthropy. As Program Director for the Environment at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, he provided strategic direction for the investment of nearly $100 million in land conservation projects and promoting the implementation of state wildlife action plans. All told, the Foundation’s investments have assisted in the conservation of nearly 2 million acres of high priority habitat nation-wide. As Senior Vice President of Programs for Defenders of Wildlife, Dr. Shaffer provided direction, oversight, and administration of the organization’s species, habitat, and legal work, while managing a regional staff in eight states. Prior to his work with Defenders of Wildlife, Mark worked with three other major conservation organizations: The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his PhD from Duke University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His doctoral research on grizzly bears helped to pioneer population viability analysis in conservation biology. Mark has also served as a consultant for federal and state agencies on various endangered species issues.

Bruce Stein

Stein, Bruce
Director, Climate Change Adaptation
National Wildlife Federation

Dr. Bruce Stein is Director, Climate Change Adaptation with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Dr. Stein leads NWF’s work on safeguarding wildlife and their habitats in the face of a changing climate. Dr. Stein previously was Vice President and Chief Scientist for NatureServe, a non-profit conservation and research organization that he helped establish in 2000. Dr. Stein also served for more than a decade as a senior scientist with The Nature Conservancy, where he advised that organization on land protection priorities in the United States and Latin America. The author of numerous reports and scientific articles, he was lead author and editor of the book Precious Heritage (Oxford University Press), which has been described by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson as “the definitive text on U.S. biodiversity.” Dr. Stein received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in Population Biology and Plant Systematics from Washington University, St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Sterne, Charla
Regional Climate Change Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Dorie Stolley

Stolley, Dorie
Wildlife Biologist
RI National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife


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Stys, Beth
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


John Takekawa

Takekawa, John
Research Ecologist
U.S. Geological Survey

John Y. Takekawa is a research wildlife biologist with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station in Vallejo, California. He received his BS in Wildlife Science (1979) at the University of Washington, his MS in Wildlife Resources (1982) at the University of Idaho, and his PhD in Animal Ecology (1987) at Iowa State University. His research interests include application of radio telemetry in studies of migration and wintering ecology of waterbirds and wetland restoration in the San Francisco Bay estuary. He is currently conducting international fieldwork on avian influenza and movements of wild birds.

Laura Thompson

Thompson, Laura
USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Laura Thompson is a biologist with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. Her work includes gathering information on regional and large-scale vulnerability assessments to understand progress towards climate change adaptation planning for natural systems and identify gaps in knowledge. Her research interests include understanding the impacts of climate variables on genetic variation of wild populations and the potential to adapt evolutionarily to future climate change. Laura’s Ph.D. work at Trent University evaluates the impacts of ecological factors on the genetic variation of woodland caribou in Canada. She also holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Wagner, Paul
Army Corps of Engineers

Paul Wagner is Senior Ecologist and Branch Chief at the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources (IWR). His work is divided between the leadership of an interdisciplinary group of 20 subject matter experts, and technical work as a freshwater ecology subject matter expert. Paul’s work at IWR addresses a variety of technical and policy related questions in the areas of decision support, climate change, conservation and planning, and integrated water resources management. Paul participates in a number of domestic and international interagency workgroups, and other collaborations, focused on climate change science, policy, and planning. Paul represents the Department of Defense on the Subcommittee on Water Availably and Quality, and he leads the Society for Freshwater Science’s Subcommittee on Climate Change. Paul is also responsible for leadership of the U.S. Federal Partnership supporting Mexico’s development of their national wetlands inventory and Mexico’s National Wetlands Advisory Council.

Prior to joining IWR, Paul worked as landscape ecologist for the EPA’s Regional Vulnerability Assessment program (analyzing the vulnerability of ecological resources and the stressors threatening them) and served as research ecologist, and science and policy analyst assigned to the National Center for Environmental Assessment. Paul has also worked as the Senior Aquatic Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s South-central division, where he was responsible for multi-scale strategic habitat conservation and planning.

Paul’s doctoral research was completed at Virginia Tech, where he studied the long-term recover of streams following early 20th century logging. Paul’s Masters research included studies of aquatic invertebrate ecology and thermal tolerance in fishes.

James Watling

Watling, James
Research Professor
University of Florida
Email: n/a

James Watling received his PhD from Florida International University in 2005. Before joining the faculty at University of Florida as a research assistant professor, he was a postdoc at Washington University in St Louis and worked with the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring network at Conservation International. He is broadly interested in how landscape context, invasive species and climate change affect ecological communities, and has done field work throughout the United States and in much of Latin America.

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Weins, John
Chief Conservation Science Officer
Point Reyes Bird Oberservatory (PRBO) Conservation Science
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Dr. John Weins grew up in Oklahoma as an avid birdwatcher. This led to degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S., Ph.D.). With this training under his belt, he joined the faculty of Oregon State University and, subsequently, the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, where he was a Professor of Ecology and University Distinguished Professor. His work, which has emphasized landscape ecology and the ecology of birds, has led to over 200 scientific papers and 7 books.

John left academia in 2002 to join The Nature Conservancy as a Lead Scientist, with the challenge of putting years of classroom teaching and academic research into conservation practice in the real world. In 2008, he “downsized” by joining PRBO Conservation Science as Chief Conservation Science Officer. His aim is to help the science staff and leadership build on the long-standing work of PRBO on bird populations to address the broad issue of conservation in a rapidly changing world – “conservation futures.” Climate change is affecting the distributions of many species, economic globalization is altering local and regional land uses, and the increasing demand for the goods and services provided by natural systems is changing the ways in which people relate to nature. John is working with PRBO staff and partners to develop guidance for assessing how landscapes are likely to change and how management practices can help to mitigate or adjust to the changes. [Click Here] to read essays on conservation by Dr. Wiens.

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Weltzin, Jake F.
Executive Director
USA National Phenology Network National Coordinating Office
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Jake Weltzin assumed his position as Executive Director of the USA-NPN in August, 2007. Jake’s interest in natural history developed as he grew up in Alaska and as an exchange student in the Australian outback. He obtained his B.S. from Colorado State University, M.S. from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Notre Dame, Jake went to the University of Tennessee, where he served as Assistant and then Associate Professor.

Jake’s interests encompass how the structure and function of plant communities and ecosystems might respond to global environmental change, including atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and biological invasions. His research spans temperate and tropical grasslands and savannas, temperate woodlands, deciduous forest, and sub-boreal peatlands. His recent experience as a science administrator at the National Science Foundation underscored the need to foster large-scale science initiatives such as USA-NPN. As it's first Executive Director, Jake’s vision for USA-NPN is “to develop a continental-scale instrument for integrative assessment of global change that simultaneously serves as an outreach and educational platform for citizens and educators.”

Bruce Young

Young, Bruce, Ph.D.
Director, Species Science
Nature Serve

Dr. Bruce Young focuses on the species side of biodiversity conservation in the Americas. He currently coordinates NatureServe’s botany and zoology programs where he has led the development of widely used conservation status assessments and digital distribution maps. He led a team that developed the Climate Change Vulnerability Index, a means to rapidly assess the relative vulnerability to climate change of plants and animals in North America and the tropical Andes. He has contributed to publications on climate change vulnerability produced by the Association for Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans & Other Management Plans), the National Wildlife Federation (Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment), the Chicago University Press (Wildlife Conservation in a Changing Climate), and IAI-SCOPE (Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes). He serves as a trainer for the USFWS National Conservation Training Center course on “Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment.

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Zavaleta, Erika
Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies Department
University of California
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Erika Zavaleta has been an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California in Santa Cruz since 2003. She and her lab pursue ecological and interdisciplinary research to enhance the stewardship, understanding and appreciation of wild ecosystems. Their projects focus on terrestrial ecosystems and plant communities, links between biodiversity and human well-being, and the implications of interacting global and regional environmental changes. Erika has also worked with a wide range of NGOs, government agencies, land managers and community members on issues including invasive species management, island restoration, and ecological stewardship in the face of climate change. She currently serves on the advisory boards of EcoAdapt, the Tropical Forest Group, and the Smith Conservation Research Fellows Program of the Society for Conservation Biology. Erika did her Ph.D. in biology and M.A. in Anthropology at Stanford University, then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UC-Berkeley and The Nature Conservancy before coming to UCSC. She has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service, The Association of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, The High Country News, and The Christensen Fund. Erika lives in Santa Cruz, where she enjoys the ocean and the woods with her family.

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Zganjar, Chris
Applied Scientist
Global Climate Center Team
The Nature Conservancy


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