Henry D. Jacoby
DR. HENRY D. JACOBY is the William F. Pounds Professor of Management (emeritus) in the Sloan School of Management and former co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His work has focused on the integration of the natural and social sciences and policy analysis in application to the threat of global climate change. Previously, he served on the faculties of the Department of Economics and the Kennedy School of Government, both at Harvard University. He has also served as director of the Harvard Environmental Systems Program, director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, associate director of the MIT Energy Laboratory, and chair of the MIT faculty. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Dr. Jacoby currently serves as a member of the National Academies’ Committee to Advise the USGCRP and has served on several other committees in the past.
Gary S. Morishima
DR. GARY S. MORISHIMA is the natural resources technical advisor to the president of the Quinault Nation, an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, and CEO of MORI-ko, LLC, a natural resources consulting firm. With expertise in modeling, statistical analysis, natural resource management, and policy analysis, he has been called upon to participate in domestic and international legislative, administrative, judicial, and educational processes. He recently served on the Department of the Interior's Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science. Dr. Morishima has authored numerous publications relating to natural resource manangement and holds a PhD in quantitative science and environmental management from the University of Washington. Among the honors he received are a Pride in Excellence Award from the Boeing Company and Outstanding National Forester from the Intertribal Timber Council. Dr. Morishima has yet to serve on a National Academies committee.
J. William Munger
DR. J. WILLIAM MUNGER is a senior research fellow in atmospheric science at the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His work focuses broadly on the carbon cycle and air pollution. Current projects include managing a long-term observatory for forest-carbon exchange at the Harvard Forest Long-term Ecological Research site, and collaborating with partners in China to observe CO2 emission and exchange with vegetation at a rural Chinese site. Additionally he is part of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment with a project to quantify how CO2 and CH4 exchange in the arctic is responding to climate change. Dr. Munger received his MS from University of Minnesota in 1981 studying environmental controls of acid precipitation. He received his PhD from California Institute of Technology in 1989 studying the chemical composition of fog and clouds. Dr. Munger has yet to serve on a National Academies committee.
David S. Schimel
DR. DAVID S. SCHIMEL is currently a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, leading research focused on carbon-cycle climate interactions, combining models and observations. For the previous five years, Schimel led the National Ecological Observatory Network project where he was responsible for the top-level science design, site selection, and observing system simulations. From 2001-2007, Schimel was at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a senior scientist, with research focused on assimilation of carbon cycle data in land and atmospheric models. From 1998-2001, Schimel served as founding co-director and managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. Schimel served as convening lead author for the first IPCC assessment of the carbon cycle. He has served as an IPCC CLA four times, and as a lead author twice. From 1988-1989, Schimel was an NRC Fellow at NASA Ames. He received his PhD from Colorado State University in 1982 and has served on a number of NRC committees since 1992.
Kathleen C. Weathers
DR. KATHLEEN C. WEATHERS is the G.Evelyn Hutchinson Chair of Ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. She received her master’s degree from Yale University and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Weathers carries out biogeochemical research in ecosystems around the world focusing on carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and other elemental cycling in the context of how biology affects geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling across heterogeneous landscapes, and within and among multiple systems (air-land-water). Specific topics have included quantifying cross-boundary nutrient fluxes and their impact on ecosystem processes (e.g., nutrient and pollutant delivery and biogeochemistry from ocean to forest); how landscape and plant structure affect fog inputs and how fog affects the biotic and abiotic maintenance of ecosystems; the importance of tree species, and their pests and pathogens, in controlling landscape biogeochemistry; and the effect of cyanobacteria on oligotrophic lake resilience. Dr. Weathers is an elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Ecological Society of America (ESA). She is co-chair of the grassroots Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON; www.gleon.org).
DR. JINGFENG XIAO is currently a research associate professor at the Earth Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire. Dr. Xiao's research interests include terrestrial carbon cycle, remote sensing, ecological modeling, vegetation dynamics, land cover/land use change, disturbances, and human-environment interactions. He is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of climate variability and change, land cover/land use change, and disturbances on terrestrial carbon cycling as well as their feedbacks to the climate over various spatial and temporal scales. He combines remote sensing, ecological modeling, field measurements (e.g., eddy covariance measurements), model-data fusion, and statistical analysis to answer important carbon cycle and climate change related questions. Dr. Xiao earned his PhD in global ecology from the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, MS in remote sensing from the Institute of Remote Sensing & GIS at Peking University in 2000, and BS in physical geography at the Department of Geography, Lanzhou University. He was a post-doc at Purdue University from 2006 to 2008 and a research associate at the Pennsylvania State University from 2008 to 2009. Dr. Xiao has not yet served on a National Academies committee.
DR. ZICHENG YU is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University. He is a paleoecologist and paleoclimatologist, with research interests in understanding past climate change, peatland carbon dynamics, and carbon cycle–climate connections, in particular in high latitude and high altitude regions. He has led field research in Alaska, the Tibetan Plateau, Kamchatka, western Canada, Patagonia and the Antarctic Peninsula, studying carbon accumulation and climate sensitivity of peat-forming ecosystems. He has served on proposal review panels in the National Science Foundation. Over the last decade, he has worked on global peatland carbon data synthesis, and he now serves as a leader of PAGES (Past Global Changes) C-PEAT (Carbon in Peat on Earth Through Time) Working Group. Dr. Yu received his PhD in Botany from University of Toronto (Canada) in 1997 and BS from Peking University (China). Dr. Yu has not yet served on a National Academies committee.