Planning Committee

Planning Committee

This workshop was organized by the Ecological Society of America, NEON, Inc and the following planning committee members:

Dr. Alan Collins is a Professor and Chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics program at West Virginia University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental and natural resource economics along with serving as undergraduate coordinator. His research areas include: water quality and watershed management; agricultural waste management; and environmental attitudes and risk perceptions.  His over fifty publications include papers in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics,Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, Review of Agricultural Economics, Risk Analysis, and Water Resources Research.  He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University. 

Bill Dennison is Vice President for Science Applications, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Bill leads the Integration and Application Network (IAN), a collection of scientists and science communicators interested in solving, not just studying environmental problems.  His interest in environmental problem solving is focused on coastal regions of the world, with a focus on Chesapeake Bay.  The IAN team teaches science communication courses globally and has active partnerships with government agencies and non-government organizations. The IAN group publishs books and papers on a wide diversity of marine topics, in a spectrum of peer reviewed scientific journals to more generally accessible science communication products.  Bill’s research expertise is in the ecophysiology of marine plants, but has considerably broader interests and experience.  He established active groups of science integrators and communicators in both Australia and the US. 

Andrew Elmore works broadly across issues relevant to global environmental change, with a particular focus on landscape ecology, biogeochemical cycling in watersheds, and the management of land and water. He applies an array of tools to these problems, including remote sensing data analysis and Geographical Information Science (GIS). Dr. Elmore received a BSc in Applied Physics from Purdue University and an MSc and PhD in Geoscience from Brown University. He is now Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

David Kirschtel received a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Vermont. Following this, he was at Michigan State University working on an interactive online Biology text as part of the First Year Online: Biology. David then was an instructor in Biology Department at the University of Washington, leading a regional node for the Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching and served as Chair of the Faculty Council on Educational Technology. David joined the NEON project office as Post-Doc and later Staff Scientist specializing in education and aquatics. David then served as Sr. Program Manager for CUAHSI which included education and outreach activities for the Hydrologic Information System. In 2009, David was recognized for his work by UCAR as a “Science Advocate”. David is currently a consultant specializing in environmental education and educational technology and is serving as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for ESA's EcoEdnet Digital Library.

Keith Williams is the Director of Education at NorthBay. He has a degree in environmental biology and worked as a Senior Environmental Biologist and Project Manager with the U.S. Army for 10 years.  He has also taught middle school science in Baltimore city, has 15 years of experience in outdoor environmental education, and worked as a Senior Environmental Education Manager.  As the Dean of the NorthBay faculty Keith provides oversight on curriculum and manages the NorthBay education staff. He is an environmental writer and writes a bi-weekly column for the Nor'easter Magazine. His articles have also appeared in Chesapeake Bay magazine.

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