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UPCOMING SPEAKER BIO

Dr. Jeremy Fox, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada on September 17-18, 2014

Jeremy Fox earned a BA from Williams College and a PhD in Ecology & Evolution under Peter Morin from Rutgers University. He spent four years as a postdoc at the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London. He has been an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary since 2004. Jeremy’s work addresses fundamental questions in population, community, and evolutionary ecology. He is most interested in questions to do with system dynamics (changes over time) and the processes that drive them. Accordingly, much of his work uses a combination of mathematical modeling and experiments in tractable model systems such as laboratory microcosms. Jeremy uses mathematical models because ecological and evolutionary systems are complex and nonlinear. He uses microcosms because their high control and replicability allows powerful, rigorous experiments that would not otherwise be possible. For instance, in microcosms we often can isolate the effects of a single process on system dynamics, which may well be impossible in nature.

Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Natural Capital Project, Seattle, WA on October 1-2, 2014

Mary Ruckelshaus is a consulting professor at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. She oversees all work of the Natural Capital Project partnership including strategy, coordination, fundraising, communications, and hiring. She is based in Seattle, WA, where she previously led the Ecosystem Science Program at NOAA's NW Fisheries Science Center. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor of biological sciences at The Florida State University (1994-1997). The main focus of her recent work is on developing ecological models including estimates of the flow of environmental services under different management regimes in marine systems worldwide. Ruckelshaus serves on the Science Council of The Nature Conservancy and is a Trustee on its Washington Board; she is also a past chair of the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). She was Chief Scientist for the Puget Sound Partnership, a public-private institution charged with achieving recovery of the Puget Sound terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Ruckelshaus has a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University, a master's degree in fisheries from the University of Washington, and a doctoral degree in botany, also from Washington. 

Dr. Jonathan Moore, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada on November 5-6, 2014

Jonathan Moore is an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University.  He received a BA from Carleton College and his PhD from University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  He stayed in Seattle for a bit as an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Marine Fisheries Service.  He is interested in the dynamics of coastal ecosystems--how systems function and how human activities impact that function. He works primarily in stream and lake systems. Although his focus is generally on food webs, he draws from multiple perspectives, applying theories and approaches from evolutionary, ecosystem, food-web, and community ecology viewpoints. His current research seeks to understand how species interactions and disturbances drive ecosystem processes, community dynamics, and evolution in freshwaters. He is interested in questions such as: What are the consequences of species additions or extinctions? How are human activities altering disturbance regimes? What are the causes and ecological consequences of population dynamics of Pacific salmon, an ecologically and culturally important group of species? His aim is to do research that has conservation and management implications. He believes that a deep understanding of the ecological consequences of human activities is needed to properly weigh management trade-offs.

Dr. James Grace, USGS, Lafayette, LA on December 3-4, 2014

James Grace is a research ecologist with the USGS. James obtained his B.S. in Biology from Presbyterian College in South Carolina, his M.S. from Clemson University, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. After graduate school, he held faculty positions at the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University, where he reached the level of Full Professor. He currently holds an Adjunct Professorship in Biology at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America. In 2000, he received the millennium Meritorious Research Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists and in 2003 received the National Science Excellence Award from the U.S. Geological Survey. His current research includes global climate change effects, developing integrative measures of ecosystem health and identifying linkages between stressors and forest health in Eastern National parks. He has published over 170 papers and reports, including 3 books, one on competitive interactions, one on community analysis, and one on structural equation modeling. 

Dr. Hope Jahren, University of Hawaii, Manoa, HA on January 14-15, 2015

Hope Jahren is a tenured professor at University of Hawaii in Manoa, HA.  She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from University of Minnesota and earned her PhD in Soil Science from University of California at Berkeley.  She was also a professor at Johns Hopkins University and Georgia Tech.  Her research focuses on living and fossil organisms, and how they are chemically linked to the global environment. Using measurements of the stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen her group is working to elucidate information about metabolism and environment, both in the Human environment, and through Geologic Time. Some recent research projects include analyzing the carbon isotope compostion of terrestrial land plants, the carbon isotope composition of ancient terrestrial organic matter, and the Arctic Eocene, as well as others.  She lives in Manoa with her family and enjoys swimming in the ocean and pools.  Hope is also involved with several charity organizations.

Dr. N. Thompson (Tom) Hobbs, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO on February 25-26, 2015

Dr. N. Thompson (Tom) Hobbs is a Senior Research Scientist and Professor at Colorado State University. He earned his BA in Biology with honors from Grinnell College, his MS in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, and his PhD also in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State.  His research focuses on understanding the population dynamics and community interactions of large mammals throughout the world. Currently, he studies large herbivores and carnivores in western North America and Scandinavia. He is investigating how chronic and epidemic disease shape population processes; he studies the role of predation and weather in controlling animal abundance and harvest by people; and he works to reveal how the structure of food webs, the physical environment, and climate shape fundamental the structure and function of ecosystems. In all of his work, he uses models of ecological process to gain insight from data. Tom has published many articles on his work.

Dr. Diana Wall, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO on March 25-26, 2015

Diana H. Wall is a University Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is also a Professor of Biology and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU. Diana is actively engaged in research to explore how soil biodiversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus benefits society, and the consequences of human activities on soil sustainability. Her global research includes more than twenty years of research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how climate change affects soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Wall Valley, Antarctica was named for her achievements in 2005. Diana holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. Among many accomplishments, Diana served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and other societies. Her edited books include two on sustaining soil biodiversity and ecosystem services. Diana received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Robert Holt, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL on April 22-23, 2015

Robert D. Holt is an Eminent Scholar and Arthur R. Marshall, Jr., Chair in Ecology at the University of Florida.  He received his PhD from Harvard University.  His core personal research focuses on theoretical and conceptual issues at the population and community levels of ecological organization and on the task of linking ecology with evolutionary biology.  Though primarily a theoretician, Robert is keenly interested in natural history and has maintained throughout his career an empirical dimension to his research, often in collaboration with a wide range of natural and social scientists.  Robert likes to take a complex approach to his research and is always examining issues theoretically and empirically.  He has written and helped to write many successful publications.