M. S. Fennessy
M. Siobhan Fennessy is the Philip and Sheila Jordan Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at Kenyon College, where she studies wetland ecosystems, particularly how wetland plant communities and biogeochemical cycles respond to human disturbances such as altered land use and factors associated with climate change. Her work has resulted in the development of biological assessment methods for wetlands that were recently employed in the National Wetland Condition Assessment effort led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She previously served on the faculty of the Geography Department of University College London and held a joint appointment at the Station Biologique du la Tour du Valat investigating human impacts to Mediterranean wetlands. She was a member of the U.S EPA’s Biological Assessment of Wetlands Workgroup, a national technical committee working to develop biological indicators of ecosystem condition. She recently co-authored a book on the ecology of wetland plants. Her current research focus is the alteration of ecosystem services that results from ecosystem degradation. She served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee to Review the St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study and since 2015 has served on the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. Dr. Fennessy received her B.S. in botany and Ph.D. in environmental science from The Ohio State University.
James W. Jawitz
James W. Jawitz is professor of landscape hydrology in the Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His research emphasizes remediation of contaminated groundwater, wetland hydrology, catchment-scale water quality, and urban water supply. His work encompasses field experiments, laboratory studies, theoretical developments, and mathematical modeling. In 2016, he was a Dresden Senior Fellow at Technical University-Dresden (Germany). He earned his B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Ehab A. Meselhe
Ehab A. Meselhe is Professor in the Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering at Tulane University. Dr. Meselhe has more than 25 years of experience researching coastal wetland hydrology, sediment transport, and computer modeling of coastal wetland, estuarine, and riverine systems. He worked as an educator, researcher, and practitioner with extensive experience working with academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector. Dr. Meselhe served as Louisiana’s technical lead for the Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study and helped build the numerical models that provided a foundation for Louisiana’s 2012 and 2017 Coastal Master Plans. Dr. Meselhe is heavily involved in the numerical modeling being used by Louisiana to help refine the design of sediment diversions at Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton along the Mississippi River. Dr. Meselhe is a registered Professional Engineer in the sates of Iowa and Louisiana. He also served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier), and the Journal of Hydraulic Research (International Association of Hydraulic Research). He earned his B.S. degree from Zagazig University in Cairo, Egypt, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa.
Denise J. Reed
Denise J. Reed 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. Dr. Reed has served as s a Distinguished Research Professor in the University of New Orleans’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and spent five years as Chief Scientists at The Water Institute of the Gulf. 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 NOAA Science Advisory Board. Dr. Reed received her B.S. degree in Geography from Sidney Sussex College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cambridge.
James E. Saiers is the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Saiers studies how human activities and natural processes affect the quality of drinking-water resources and alter freshwater flows within aquifers, wetlands, and river basins. His recent research projects address water-quality impacts of fossil-fuel development, carbon and nutrient transport through watersheds, radionuclide migration in groundwater, and climate-change effects on water resources in Africa. Dr. Saiers has served on the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress since 2012, and he chaired the Committee to Review the Florida Aquifer Storage and Recovery Regional Study Technical Data Report. Additionally, he served as a member of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel of the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board. He earned his B.S. degree in geology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.
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. 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.
Martha A. Sutula
Martha A. Sutula is a principal scientist and head of the Biogeochemistry Department of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, where she oversees projects related to the effects of climate change and anthropogenic pollution on acidification, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, and eutrophication. Her research group combines the use of observations, experiments and numerical models to understand drivers and ecological impacts of these phenomena in streams, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. Beyond her research activities, she focuses on linking science to management. Examples of this include her work as lead scientist to the California State Water Resources Control Board, providing technical support to develop eutrophication water quality objectives for California’s waters. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Purdue University, M.S. degree in public health from Tulane University, and Ph.D. degree in coastal oceanography from Louisiana State University.
Jeffrey R. Walters
Jeffrey R. Walters is the Harold Bailey Professor of Biology at Virginia Tech, a position he has held since 1994. His professional experience includes assistant, associate, and full professorships at North Carolina State University from 1980 until 1994. Dr. Walters has done extensive research and published many articles on the red-cockaded woodpeckers in North Carolina and Florida, and he chaired an American Ornithologists’ Union Conservation Committee Review that looked at the biology, status, and management of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow, a bird endemic to the Everglades. His research interests are in the behavioral ecology, population biology, and conservation of birds, and his recent work has focused on cooperative breeding, dispersal behavior, and endangered species issues. Dr. Walters served on two panels of the Sustainable Ecosystems Institute that addressed issues with endangered birds in the Everglades restoration in addition to previously serving as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem and four previous terms of the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. He holds a B.A. degree from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago.
Denice H. Wardrop
Denice H. Wardrop is research professor and professor of Geography and Ecology at The Pennsylvania State University. She also serves as associate director of Riparia. 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.
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