Committee Membership Information


Dr. Jerry R. Schubel - (Chair)
Aquarium of the Pacific

Dr. Jerry R. Schubel (Chair) has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. He is president and CEO Emeritus of the New England Aquarium, and from 1974 to 1994 was dean of Stony Brook University?s Marine Sciences Research Center. For three of those years he served as the University?s provost and is Distinguished Service Professor emeritus. Prior to 1974, Dr. Schubel was an adjunct professor, research scientist and associate director of The Johns Hopkins University?s Chesapeake Bay Institute. Dr. Schubel holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Johns Hopkins University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1998. Dr. Schubel has worked throughout his professional life at the interfaces of science-management-policy on ocean issues. He has published more than 225 scientific papers and has written extensively for general audiences. He is a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration?s (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, the Science Advisory Panel for California?s Ocean Protection Council, and the Board of Governors of the Savannah Ocean Exchange. He chaired the National Sea Grant Review Panel; the National Research Council?s Marine Board; and the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP). He has served on numerous NRC committees, is a former member of EPA?s Science Advisory Board, the Census of Marine Life U.S. National Committee, and the National Science Foundation?s Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee.


Dr. Mary Power
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Mary Power (NAS) is a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkley and is the Faculty Manager, Angelo Coast Range Reserve. Her research interests center on river food webs and the interactions among fish, birds, invertebrates, and algae in temperate and tropical rivers. Dr. Power is especially interested in how attributes of species affect food web structure and dynamics, and how strengths of these interactions change under different environmental regimes. Much of Dr. Power?s current field work takes place in the South Fork Eel River, within the Angelo Coast Range Reserve in Mendocino, California, one of the University of California Natural Reserve System's 35 research and teaching reserves. Dr. Power is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She received her B.A. from Brown University in 1971, her M.S. from Boston University Marine Program in 1974, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981.


Dr. Alison G. Power
Cornell University

Alison G. Power is Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. At Cornell, she served as Dean of the Graduate School 2001-2010. She received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington in 1985. Her research focuses on ecosystem services in agriculture, agroecology, interactions between agricultural and natural ecosystems, and disease ecology in plant communities. She is Past President of the Ecological Society of America and Past President of the Association of Graduate Schools. Currently, she serves on the Board on Life Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, the US National Committee for DIVERSITAS, and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Scientific Advisory Board.


Dr. Rob Plowes
The University of Texas at Austin Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Dr. Robert Plowes is a research associate at The University of Texas? Brackenridge Field Laboratory in Austin. Dr. Plowes coordinates operations of the research laboratory investigating the host-pathogen-parasite interactions of invasive species for potential biological control. As of September 2012, Dr. Plowes has been responsible for coordinating research, supporting education activities, and leading development projects at two University of Texas field stations. Dr. Plowes received his Ph.D. in Landscape Ecology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005.


Dr. Thomas D. Sisk
Northern Arizona University

Dr. Thomas D. Sisk is the Olajos-Goslow Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Northern Arizona University. He is also the Director of the Landscape Conservation Initiative. Dr. Sisk works with a large and diverse team in the Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology and the Landscape Conservation Initiative. All of the lab?s research is linked to applications in environmental management, for which they develop and test novel approaches for integrating rigorous science into planning and policy, particularly as it relates to the restoration, conservation, and sustainable management of public lands. The lab is especially interested in understanding how nature works at the broad spatial scales that are relevant to conservation planning, land management, and the maintenance of essential ecological processes. Dr. Sisk received his B.A. from Colorado College in 1983 and completed his Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from Stanford University in 1992.


Dr. Peter M. Kareiva
The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Peter M. Kareiva (NAS) is Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservatory, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization. Dr. Kareiva joined The Nature Conservancy?s staff in 2002 after more than 20 years in academics and work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. In addition to his duties as the Conservancy?s chief scientist, his current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change, and marine conservation. Dr. Kareiva is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Kareiva received a master?s of science degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.


Prof. Diane M. McKnight
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Diane M. McKnight (NAE) is an associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on interactions between hydrologic, chemical, and biological processes in controlling the dynamics in aquatic ecosystems. This research is carried out through field-scale experiments, modeling, and laboratory characterization of natural substrates. In addition, Dr. McKnight conducts research focusing on interactions between freshwater biota, trace metals, and natural organic material in diverse freshwater environments, including lakes and streams in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. She also develops interactions with state and local groups involved in mine drainage and watershed issues in the Rocky Mountains. Dr. McKnight is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. McKnight also serves as a member of the NRC?s Water Science and Technology Board and is a former member of the Polar Research Board. She received her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979.


Dr. Felicia Chisolm C.
Florida State University

Dr. Felicia C. Coleman is the Director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory and the Scientific Director of the Deep-C Consortium. Dr. Coleman is a marine ecologist with a particular interest in reef fish and their use of habitat. This interest spills over into life history and behavior, as well as the influence of watersheds on productivity. Since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, she has added studies of the ecological effects of the spill and other anthropogenic disturbances on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Coleman is particularly interested in how scientific findings are incorporated into the laws and regulations that affect the management and conservation of living marine resources. She has served on a number of federal committees and panels charged with protecting marine resources, including the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and the National Research Council panels on Marine Protected Areas (1998-2000) and Best Available Science (2003-2004). She is currently a member of the GMFMC Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee and a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. In addition to being a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, she is an Aldo Leopold Conservation Fellow. She has organized and edited proceedings for international symposia on a number of cutting-edge fisheries issues published in the Bulletin of Marine Science, on topics ranging from ?Essential Fish Habitat and Marine Reserves (2000),? to the ?The Spatial Dimensions of Fisheries: Putting It All in Place (2010).?


Dr. George I. Matsumoto
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Dr. George I. Matsumoto received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1990. Since 1996, he has been the Senior Educational and Research Specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California. Dr. Matsumoto?s research interests include open ocean and deep sea communities; ecology and biogeography of open ocean and deep sea organisms; and function morphology, natural history and behavior of pelagic and benthic organisms. In addition to performing research at MBARI, his other responsibilities include managing several education and outreach efforts, including the seminar program, the internship program, and collaborations with MBARI?s sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Past professional experience includes teaching at Flinders University in Australia, and serving as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, and currently an adjunct professor at Monterey Peninsula College.


Dr. Camille Parmesan
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Camille Parmesan is a Professor of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the National Marine Aquarium Chair in Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health at Plymouth University's Marine Institute. Dr. Parmesan?s research focuses on the current impacts of climate change on wildlife, from field-based work on American and European butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species across terrestrial and marine biomes. She collaborates with field stations in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, France, and Australia for her work the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. Through these collaborations she has examined approaches to integrating databases to make research results on climate change impacts available to the scientific community and for policy decisions. Reuters ISI Web of Science ranked Parmesan the second most highly cited author in the field of Climate Change in 2010. She works actively with governmental agencies and NGOs to help develop conservation assessment and planning tools aimed at preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change. In 2007, she was awarded the Conservation Achievement Award in Science by the National Wildlife Federation, named "Outstanding Woman Working on Climate Change," by IUCN, and named as a ?Who?s Who of Women and the Environment? by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Parmesan has been involved as an author and reviewer in multiple reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and shares in the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC in 2007. Dr. Parmesan is a Professor in Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin and holds the National Aquarium Chair in the Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health at the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth, UK. Dr. Parmesan received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Texas in 1995.


Dr. Cathy Conrad
St. Mary's University

Dr. Cathy Conrad is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Saint Mary?s University and Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Conrad?s research encompasses fluvial geomorphology, watershed management, community-based environmental monitoring and water quality. She has been involved with numerous environmental stewardship groups. She currently serves as Research Coordinator for the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network. She is actively involved in community-based conservation management projects in Cuba, Vietnam and in a number of Sub-Saharan West-African nations. Dr. Conrad received her Bachelor of Arts (Honors, First Class) from Saint Mary?s University in 1993, her Master of Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995, and completed her Ph.D. in Geography in the joint Waterloo-WLU graduate program in 2000.


Dr. Diane M. Debinski
Iowa State University

Dr. Diane M. Debinski is a Professor in the Department of Evology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. Dr. Debinksi focuses her research on understanding and predicting species distribution and abundance patterns across the landscape at local and regional scales. These patterns, when analyzed for spatial or temporal trajectories, can become bioindicators of climate change. In mountain systems, Dr. Debinksi has studied the responses of plant and animal species to drought, warming conditions, and reduced snowpack. In prairie and grassland systems she has studied how landscape configuration, landscape context and landscape management affect local and regional species patterns. Dr. Debinkski received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1984, a M.S. from the University of Michigan in 1986, and completed her Ph.D. in 1991 at Montana State University.


Dr. Mark R. Stromberg
University of California, Berkeley Hastings Natural History Reservation

Dr. Mark R. Stromberg was the Resident Director of the Hastings Natural History Reservation from 1988-2011, a reserve in the UC Natural Reserve System, established in 1937 by the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley for advanced research and teaching in field biology. In 2011, he moved to a position with the UC NRS at the University of California Office of the President. At Hastings, Dr. Stromberg coordinated all the research on the reserve, managed the facility maintenance, develops, administers and maintained the reserve?s computer network, serves as data manager and web manager, plans long-term projects, hosts visiting groups, represents the reserve to local and regional organizations and government agencies, represents the reserve in national and regional organizations (e.g. CalEON, California Biodiversity Center, Organization of Biological Field Stations, UC Natural Reserve System, etc.), oversees safety and animal care issues, and functions as co-PI on grants. Dr. Stromberg managed the first of many California Proposition 84 grants to UC?s Natural Reserve System to install new windows, electrical, plumbing and insulation along with many other needed upgrades in the older buildings. Dr. Stromberg arranged over $4M funding infrastructure at Hastings, including new labs, classroom, barns, garages, and housing for up to 40 visitors. Developing other funding, Dr. Stromberg collaborated with the Western Regional Climate center to install online weather stations at Hastings and 18 other UC reserves. Developing funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Dr. Stromberg coordinating the installation a fast radio link to the larger internet, and provide wireless internet access essentially anywhere on Hastings. Dr. Stromberg also coordinated similar cyberinfrastructure installations across 14 other NRS reserves with the ARRA funds. Currently, Dr. Stromberg is assisting in writing a strategic plan for the NRS to focus on seven themes to develop the strengths of NRS as a network over the next 10 years. Dr. Stromberg received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1973, received an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1975, and completed a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1979 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.