Carol P. Harden - (Chair)
CAROL P. HARDEN is a physical geographer whose research has focused on soil erosion, landslides, water resources, the movement of water and sediment through watersheds, and the complexities of human-environmental interactions. Her work has examined the role of human activity as a geomorphic agent in watersheds in the Ecuadorian Andes and the southern Appalachian Mountains. Dr. Harden is professor emerita of the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, where she was on the faculty for 28 years and served as department head for 7 years. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fulbright research scholar (Ecuador), and was vice president (2008–2009) and president (2009–2010) of the American Association of Geographers. She has been honored with distinguished career awards from the AAG's Southeastern Division and Geomorphology and Mountain Geography Specialty Groups. She is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Physical Geography and resides in Vermont. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Ecology from Middlebury College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from the University of Colorado.
Budhendra L. Bhaduri
is a Corporate Research Fellow and the founding director of Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests and experience include novel implementation of geospatial science and technology in sustainable development research, including population dynamics, urbanization and watershed impacts, energy resource assessment, and disaster management. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Between 2009 and 2012, he served on the Mapping Science Committee, the Committee on Geographic Information Science and Applications, and the Strategic Highway Research Program, Expert Task Group of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Sciences. Dr. Bhaduri is actively involved with academic collaborations and student engagement for research in geospatial science. He is a recipient of the 2017 Carolyn Merry Outstanding Mentor Award from the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the Anderson Medal from the applied geography specialty group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in 2018. He is a founding member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geospatial Sciences Steering Committee and a recipient of the Department’s Outstanding Mentor Award for his dedicated service for developing future workforce for the nation. Dr. Bhaduri received his Ph.D. in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue University. He has a M.S. from Kent State University, and a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Geology from University of Calcutta, India.
Marilyn A. Brown
Marilyn A. Brown is a Regents’ Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she created and directs the Climate and Energy Policy Lab in the School of Public Policy. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she worked for 22 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where she conducted several national climate change mitigation studies, and became a leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the U.S. Her research focuses on the design and modeling of energy and climate policies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry. While at ORNL, she was also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, and prior to ORNL she was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. From 2010 through 2017, Dr. Brown served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, where she helped put the agency on track to reduce its CO2 emissions in 2020 by 60% relative to 2005 and developed the concept of an “energy efficiency power plant”. She has authored more than 250 publications and six books including Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Mitigation of Climate Change. She has served on eight committees of the U.S. National Academies and currently is in her second term as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, where she is Vice Chair of the Smart Grid Subcommittee.
Janet Franklin (NAS) is Distinguished Professor of Biogeography at the University of California, Riverside. Her work addresses the impacts of human-caused landscape change on the environment. She previously held academic positions at Arizona State University, where she was a Regent's Professor, and San Diego State University. In 2014, Dr. Franklin was elected to the National Academy of Sciences her for significant advancement of the understanding of human impacts on ecosystems by developing novel species distribution models, combined with innovative geospatial analysis and extensive field work. Her research has garnered new insights into the impact of fire regimes on ecosystems and the role of early humans in shaping ecological communities. Dr. Franklin and her collaborators are studying methods for predicting species distributions from environmental variables to study the impacts of climate change and land use change on biodiversity; exploring the impacts of anthropogenically altered fire regimes and land use change on flora and fauna in mediterranean-type ecosystems; and understanding the long term impacts of human and natural disturbance on tropical forest island ecosystems in the Pacific and Caribbean. She and her team use research tools such as field surveys, statistical modelling, computer simulation, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and geographic information systems. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in geography and a B.A. in environmental biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nancy L. Jackson
NANCY JACKSON is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on coastal processes and management on beaches and dunes in estuarine and coastal environments. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America. She was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2004 and received a second Fulbright Scholar award to Italy in 2013. She serves as an Associate Editor of Estuaries and Coasts and the Journal of Coastal Research. Dr. Jackson received a B.A. from Clark University, a M.Sc. from Antioch University-New England, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.