Dr. Karl E. Havens
University of Florida
Karl E. Havens is professor and director of Florida Sea Grant at the University of Florida. He has worked with Florida aquatic ecosystems and the use of objective science in their management for the past 23 years. His areas of expertise are in the fields of the response of aquatic ecosystems to natural and human-caused stressors, including hurricanes, drought, climate change, eutrophication, invasive species and toxic materials, with particular attention to Florida’s lakes and estuaries. Before coming to the University of Florida, Havens was the chief environmental scientist at the South Florida Water Management District. He received his B.A. degree from SUNY Buffalo, and his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree from West Virginia University.
Dr. Fernando R. Miralles-Wilhelm
University of Maryland, College Park
Fernando R. Miralles-Wilhelm is the executive director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, a cooperative institute between the University of Maryland and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland. Dr. Miralles-Wilhelm specializes in hydrology and water resources engineering, with a particular focus on hydrology and climate interactions in the Everglades’ vegetative ecosystems, which he has been studying for the past decade. Previously, he served on the faculty of Florida International University and the University of Miami. He received a mechanical engineering diploma from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, an M.S. degree in engineering from the University of California-Irvine, and a Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. David H. Moreau
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David H. Moreau is chair of the curriculum and research professor in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include analysis, planning, financing, and evaluation of water resource and related environmental programs. Dr. Moreau is engaged in water resources planning at the local, state, and national levels. He has served on several NRC committees, including the Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects, the Committee to Review the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Studies, and the second and third Committees on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, and he is a current member of the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Moreau serves as a member of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, the state’s regulatory commission for water quality, air quality, and water allocation. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Mississippi State University and North Carolina State University, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University.
Dr. Gordon H. Orians
University of Washington [Retired]
Gordon H. Orians (NAS) is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Washington. Most of Dr. Orians’s research has focused on behavioral ecology of birds and has dealt primarily with problems of habitat selection, mate selection and mating systems, selection of prey and foraging patches, and the relationship between ecology and social organization. Recently, his research has focused on environmental aesthetics and the evolutionary roots of strong emotional responses to components of the environment, such as landscapes, flowers, sunsets, and sounds. Dr. Orians has served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on boards of such environmental organizations as the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy. He has also served on many National Academies committees, including the first Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, the Committee on Cumulative Environmental Effects of Alaskan North Slope Oil and Gas Activities, and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Orians earned his B.S. degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and his PhD in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Denise Janet Reed
The Water Institute of the Gulf
Denise J. Reed is chief scientist at the Water Institute of the Gulf. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems with over 30 years of experience studying coastal issues in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining the Water Institute, Dr. Reed served as Interim Director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences and as a professor in the University of New Orleans’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She has served on numerous boards and panels addressing the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding restoration, including the NRC Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta, and has been a member of the USACE Environmental Advisory Board and the Ecosystems Sciences and Management Working Group of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Dr. Reed received her B.S. degree in Geography from Sidney Sussex College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cambridge.
Dr. James Saiers
James E. Saiers is professor of hydrology, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and professor of chemical engineering at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Saiers studies the circulation of water and the movement of waterborne chemicals in surface and subsurface environments. One element of his research centers on quantifying the effects that interactions between hydrological and geochemical processes have on the migration of contaminants in groundwater. Another focus is on the dynamics of surface water and groundwater flow in wetlands and the response of fluid flow characteristics to changes in climate and water management practices. His work couples field observations and laboratory-scale experimentation with mathematical modeling. He earned his B.S. in geology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Eric P. Smith
Eric P. Smith is a professor in the Department of Statistics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Smith research focuses on multivariate analysis, multivariate graphics, biological sampling and modeling, ecotoxicology, data analytics, and visualization. He teaches courses in Biological Statistics, Biometry, Consulting, Data Mining, and Multivariate Methods. His courses focus on extracting information from large data sets, and on analyzing and solving problems through fast algorithms, accurate models, evolving statistical methodology, and quantification of uncertainty. He is the former Director of the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics Program, a He is a He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Georgia, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington.
Dr. Denice H. Wardrop
Denice H. Wardrop is a Senior Scientist at The Pennsylvania State University. She also serves as the Director of its Sustainability Institute and as Assistant Director of Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Her research focuses on theoretical ecology, anthropogenic disturbance and impacts on aquatic ecosystem function, ecological indicators, and ecosystem condition monitoring and assessment. Dr. Wardrop is the Pennsylvania Governor's Appointee to the Chesapeake Bay Program's Science and Technical Advisory Committee and previously served as its chair. She also directs the Mid-Atlantic Wetlands Workgroup. She has a B.S. degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, a M.S. degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. degree in ecology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Greg D. Woodside
Greg D. Woodside is the Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources at Orange County Water District. Mr. Woodside has 25 years of experience in water resources management and hydrogeology. He is a registered geologist and certified hydrogeologist in California, and oversees the Planning and Watershed Management Department and the Natural Resources Department at the Orange County Water District. Staff in these departments prepare the District’s environmental documents, permit applications, groundwater management plan, and long-term facilities plan, and conduct the District’s natural resource management, watershed planning, and recharge planning. In particular, he has evaluated conjunctive use and aquifer storage and recovery projects in the Orange County Groundwater Basin, Central Basin and San Gabriel Basins, including projects that would recharge up to 50,000 acre-feet per year of recycled and imported water. Mr. Woodside previously served on the National Academies’ Committee to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. He holds a B.S. in geological sciences from California State University, Fullerton, and an M.S. in hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.