Rex C. Buchanan - (Chair)
REX C. BUCHANAN is director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), based at the University of Kansas. He joined KGS in 1978 and was interim director from 2010 to 2016. He is the co-author of Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils, both published by the University Press of Kansas; co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press; and co-editor of Geowriting, published by the American Geological Institute. Mr. Buchanan served as secretary of the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors. He chaired the Kansas Task Force on Induced Seismicity from 2013 to 2016. In 2008, Mr. Buchanan was named a GSA fellow and in 2016 received GSA’s Public Service Award. In 2009, he was given the John Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE. He also provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. Mr. Buchanan holds B.A. degrees in biology and history from Kansas Wesleyan University and an M.A. in the history of science and an M.S. in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brian J. Anderson
BRIAN J. ANDERSON is the GE Plastic Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering and director of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University (WVU). His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multiscale modeling applied to energy and biomedical systems, enhanced geothermal systems, and natural gas hydrates. As director of the WVU Energy Institute, he helps coordinate research among scientists nationwide to advance both conventional and unconventional energy technologies. He was awarded the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. He was the recipient of the 2011 Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor Award for his work in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Anderson has published over 40 articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in Marine and Petroleum Geology and Geothermics, among others. Dr. Anderson holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from WVU and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), respectively. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT in 2005.
Bridget F. Ayling
BRIDGET F. AYLING is an associate professor at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and is the director of UNR’s Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. Dr. Ayling is a geologist and geochemist with over 10 years of combined experience in the geothermal and unconventional oil and gas sectors. She joined UNR in early 2016 after working at Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government’s geoscience agency, and the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. Dr. Ayling has worked in both conventional and unconventional geothermal settings in Australia and the USA contributing to regional geothermal resource assessments, surface heat-flow measurement, characterization of reservoir fracture mineralogy, geochemical tracer studies, and conducting numerical modeling to understand reservoir fluid flow regimes. Dr. Ayling holds a B.S. with honors in geology and physical geography from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in paleoclimate and environmental geochemistry from the Australian National University in 2006.
Peter M. Kareiva
PETER M. KAREIVA (NAS) is director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to that, he was chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy, director of the Division of Conservation Biology at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries lab, and a professor of zoology at the University of Washington. Dr. Kareiva’s current research has two major foci: how to meet the needs of people for energy, food, and water without degrading environmental systems, and how to better communicate science to the public and policy makers in a way that is maximally helpful. He cofounded the Natural Capital Project, NatureNet Fellows, and Science for Nature and People. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 articles including a conservation biology textbook. His most recent book, Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma, will be published by Oxford University Press in October 2017. Dr. Kareiva was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He holds a B.A. in zoology from Duke University and an M.S. in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kareiva received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1981.
Robin L. Newmark
ROBIN L. NEWMARK is an associate laboratory director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She leads the unit that develops analytic insights and information that inform energy system policy and investment decision-making, both domestically and internationally. This analysis spans all energy pathways including renewables, conventional, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Newmark conducted research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on energy, environment, and national security. She led integrated field, experimental, and modeling imaging programs and developed technologies for chemical plume characterization, monitoring groundwater pumping, and unexploded ordnance detection to facilitate enhanced oil recovery or CO2 injection for sequestration. She coinvented an award-winning suite of environmental remediation technologies and supported their commercialization by private industry resulting in their successful application to clean up and close Superfund sites. More recently, she has led or participated in programs involving energy, climate, and water issues including the interdependence of water and energy systems. She advises such groups as the multi-national laboratory Energy-Water Nexus consortium and the U.S.-China Expert Carbon Capture and Sequestration Steering Committee. Dr. Newmark is author of over 100 papers and reports and was lead author for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. She is a member of the editorial board for Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, a guest editor for Environmental Research Letters, and holds five issued patents. She is a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Center of Integrated Water Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Newmark holds a B.S. in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.Phil. in geophysics from Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in marine geophysics from Columbia University in 1985.