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Donald Saari is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Saari received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University in 1967. His research interests include dynamical systems and their application to the physical and social sciences. He is especially interested in voting, social choice, and decision theory; evolutionary game theory and applications to the social sciences; and dynamical systems and celestial mechanics. Dr. Saari is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dan Arvizu is the Director and Chief Executive of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL, in Golden, Colorado, began operations in 1977 and is the DOE's primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance). Dr. Arvizu is President of Alliance and also is an Executive Vice President with the Midwest Research Institute, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. After more than three decades of professional engagement in the clean energy field, Dr. Arvizu has become one of the world's leading experts on renewable energy and sustainable energy. He frequently engages with national leaders in Congress, the Administration, academia, non-governmental organizations, and industry. As NREL's Director, Dr. Arvizu has established and implemented a new institutional strategy to position the lab for higher impact and contributions to national energy challenges. In the past five years, Dr. Arvizu has overseen an increase of more than fifty percent in the lab's operating budget, overseen a doubling of Lab technical staff, and has helped attract over four hundred million dollars for new infrastructure. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Arvizu was the chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Before joining CH2M, Dr. Arvizu was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Arvizu started his career and spent four years at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. Dr. Arvizu has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University and a MS degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Charles Kolstad is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Insitute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford University, he was the Donald Bren Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was jointly appointed in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and the Department of Economics. At UCSB he led the NSF-funded Ph.D. program in Economics and Environmental Science. For the decade prior to joining UCSB in 1993, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has been a visiting professor at MIT, Stanford, the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the New Economic School (Moscow). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1982. Prof. Kolstad has contributed broadly to environmental economics, though most of his research has been in the area of environmental regulation. He is particularly interested in the role of information in environmental decision-making and regulation. His past work in energy markets has focused on coal and electricity markets, including the effect of air pollution regulation on these markets. During 2001-2002, Prof. Kolstad was president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). He has served on numerous other advisory boards, including the USEPA Science Advisory Board’s Clean Air Act Compliance Analysis Committee and Environmental Economics Advisory Committee. He has also served on a number of National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences committees, including the Committee to Review CAFE Standards for Automobile Fuel Efficiency and, currently, the Committee to Review the President’s Climate Change Research Program.
Steve Murawski holds the Peter Betzer Chair of Biological Oceanography at the University of South Florida. Until January 2011, he was the Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOSS). Dr. Murawski is a fisheries biologist and marine ecologist involved in understanding the impacts of human activities on the sustainability of ocean ecosystems. He has developed approaches for understanding the impacts of fishing on marine fish complexes exploited in mixed-species aggregations. Additionally, his work on impacts of marine protected areas and other management options has formed the scientific basis for regulation. As a co-founder of the CAMEO (Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization) program – a jointly funded program among NOAA Fisheries and the National Science Foundation - he has supported analyses of marine ecosystems throughout the nation. His current areas of interest include understanding the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem in terms of multiple, simultaneous stressors through the application of integrated ecosystem assessments. Such assessments can help inform investments to rebuild the Gulf of Mexico from effects of the oil spill, loss of juvenile nursery areas, nutrient enrichment, overfishing and other factors. Additionally, he is working on applying advanced technology solutions to the next generation of marine ecosystem surveys. In addition to his science activities, Dr. Murawski is a US delegate and current vice-president of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), a 20-nation organization dedicated to increasing understanding of ocean ecosystems in the convention area, which includes the United States, Canada and 18 European countries.
Brian O’Neill is a Scientist in the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE) at NCAR. Prior to moving to Boulder, he led the Population and Climate Change (PCC) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He holds a Ph.D. in Earth Systems Science and an M.S. in Applied Science, both from New York University. Dr. O’Neill’s research interests are in the field of integrated assessment modeling of climate change, which links socio-economic and natural science elements of the climate change issue in order to address applied, policy-relevant questions. Particular areas of focus include the relationship between demographic change and greenhouse gas emissions, the characterization of uncertainty and its role in decision analysis, and scenario analyses linking long-term climate change goals to shorter-term actions. He has worked as a member of the science staff of the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, and as an Assistant and Associate Professor (Research) at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. In 2004, he received a European Young Investigator (EURYI) award which provides principal funding for the PCC Program at IIASA. He has published in a variety of journals, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science – USA, and Population and Development Review. He has also served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report in a volume on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability (Working Group II), and for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) in a volume on Scenarios.
Margaret Palmer is Professor and Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She (is an expert on watershed science and restoration ecology) has worked on streams, rivers, and estuaries for 27 years, and has led scientific projects at national and international levels. She has more than 150 scientific publications, serves as an editor for the journal Restoration Ecology, and co-authored the book The Foundations of Restoration Ecology. Dr. Palmer has been honored as a AAAS Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Lilly Fellow, a Distinguished Scholar Teacher, and with an Ecological Society of America Distinguished Service Award. Her current research is concentrated on: 1) evaluating stream ecosystem functions in Coastal Plain lowlands of Maryland and restoration effectiveness; 2) evaluating the potential for stream restoration to enhance nitrogen removal in Chesapeake Bay tributaries; 3) investigating climate change impacts on rivers and adaptation options, including models and empirical work on the interactive effects of land use change and climate change on stream ecosystem services. 4) studying effects of land use change on stream ecosystems; 5) synthesizing the scientific status of riverine restoration nationally (NRRSS project); 6) theory and experimentation in restoration and 7) investigating how urbanizing landscapes influence stream fauna and ecosystem processes through changes in the riparian zone, the hydrology, and channel characteristics. Dr. Palmer co-teaches a week-long summer short course focusing on the fundamental ecological, hydrologic, and geomorphic principles underlying effective stream restoration.
Barbara Boyle Torrey is a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Aging of NIH. She served as the executive director of the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academy of Sciences from 1993-2002, and was a visiting scholar at the Population Research Bureau from 2002-2010, researching a series of topics on the interaction of social policy and population changes. An economist-demographer with a special interest in children and the elderly, she is well known for her social policy research across a broad range of topics. She served on the IIASA Science Advisory Committee from 2002 through 2010.
Norman P. Neureiter is an ex-officio member of the committee by virtue of his service as a trustee to IIASA's newly established endowment fund (IEF). Dr. Neureiter was appointed Director of the new Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. Dr. Neureiter was a Fulbright Fellow to Germany from 1955 to 1956 and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Northwestern University in 1957. After joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1965, during the height of the Cold War, he became the first U.S. science attaché in Eastern Europe in 1967, based at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. From 1969 to 1973, he served as the international affairs assistant in President Richard Nixon's Office of Science and Technology. After leaving that post, he worked for Texas Instruments until 1996, serving in his last years there as Director of Texas Instruments in Japan and the Vice President of Texas Instruments Asia. In the closing months of the administration of President Bill Clinton, he was named to a three-year term as science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State, serving first under Secretary Madeleine Albright and then, after President George W. Bush took office, under Secretary Colin Powell. Neureiter left the post in September 2003, after his term expired.
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