Board Members



Members of the Board are chosen through a careful process of search and selection in an endeavor to assemble a committee of the highest competence; they are chosen on the strength of their professional qualifications. Members are volunteers and serve as individuals, not as representatives of any institution. The term of appointment is typically 3 years.


Isabel P. Monañez, Chair, is a University Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Leadership Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Montañez is a paleoclimatologist whose research focuses on geologic archives of past atmospheric gas and ocean geochemical compositions and their linkages to climate and ecosystem changes. She is a fellow of The Geological Society of America (GSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Geochemical Fellow of the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry (2016), and a past fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2011-2012). She was the chair and lead author of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's report on Understanding Earth’s Deep Past: Lessons for Our Climate Future (2011) and a member of the Committee on New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences (2010-2012). She served as president-elect (2016-2017) and president (2017-2018) of the GSA, has been a past member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (2011-2016), and is a current member of the Biosphere 2 Advisory Board.  Dr. Montañez received her B.A. in geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in geology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (December 1989).  She was awarded the James Lee Wilson Medal for Excellence in Sedimentary Geology by a Young Scientist (1996), Outstanding Paper Award from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (1994), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Cam Sproule Award (1996), the F. Earl Ingerson Lecture by the Geochemical Society (2012), and the Laurence L. Sloss Award for Sedimentary Geology by the GSA (2017).

 

Estella A. Atekwana is the dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware, where she has been since the fall of 2017.  She spent the previous decade at Oklahoma State University, where she finished as department head of the Boone Pickens School of Geology. Prior to Oklahoma State, Dean Atekwana was a faculty member at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Western Michigan University. Her main research interests are in the areas of biogeophysics and tectonics. Her biogeophysical research examines the geophysical signatures of microbial cells in the Earth, the interaction between microorganisms and subsurface geologic media, and the alternation of the physical properties of geologic media as a result of microbial activity.  In the tectonic realm, she has conducted geophysical investigations of incipient continental rift forming processes to understand how and where continental rifts initiate.  She received her B.S. and M.S. in geology from Howard University and her Ph.D. in geophysics from Dalhousie University.

 

Brenda B. Bowen is an associate professor of geology and geophysics and director of the Global Change and Sustainability Center at The University of Utah.  She is an interdisciplinary geoscientist whose work focuses on how changing environmental conditions influence the composition of sediments, authigenic minerals, and fluids in both modern dynamic systems and ancient lithified strata. Her current projects are focused on anthropological impacts on modern surface and hydrological processes, sedimentology and geobiology in extreme environments, geologic CO2 sequestration, and structural diagenesis and fluid flow. In addition to her geologic research and teaching, Dr. Bowen works to facilitate interdisciplinary environmental research and education that address critical issues related to understanding global change and creating sustainable solutions. She received her B.S. and M.S. in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from The University of Utah.

 

C. Scott Cameron is a petroleum geologist and principal of GeoLogical Consulting, LLC. He retired in late 2013 as Vice President of Deepwater Exploration and Appraisal for Shell’s Upstream Americas business after 32 years with Shell companies. His expertise is in geology, exploration, development, and the business of oil and gas exploration and production. From 1999-2013, he led teams that found or acquired and helped develop several billion barrels of oil equivalent in the deepwater basins of the Americas, rebuilding Shell’s deepwater portfolio. Currently, he is a consulting geologist for Deepwater Technology Services and Alpha Deepwater Services. His professional affiliations include membership in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Houston Geological Society. He currently serves on the Committee on Environmental Science and Assessment for Ocean Energy Management of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  He is a trustee associate and member of the corporation of the AAPG Foundation.  He also serves as a trustee of the American Geosciences Institute Foundation. He formerly served as a National Ocean Industries Association Board Member (through September 2013). He holds a B.A. from Brown University, a M.A. from Rice University, and a Ph.D. from MIT, all in geology.

 

Nelia W. Dunbar has a background in geochemistry and is now the director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.  In that role, she has the title of “State Geologist.” Dunbar has worked for the Bureau since 1992, focusing on geochemistry of volcanic rocks–particularly volcanic ashes and other explosive eruptions mainly in New Mexico and Antarctica. She also received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an electron microprobe in 1996 and, until recently, managed that laboratory. Her professional interests include research on a wide range of topics broadly focused on volcanic and igneous processes in New Mexico and elsewhere.  These include studies of volcanic eruption processes, geochemical evolution of magmas, chronology and chemistry of volcanic ashes, fluid migration within magmas, and geochemical alteration caused by fluids that interact with volcanic rocks. Dunbar has also spent 23 field seasons in Antarctica working on NSF-funded projects all of which are related to Antarctic volcanism and interactions between volcanism, ice, and climate.  In addition to New Mexico and Antarctica, she has worked in Tibet, Peru, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Ecuador–all on projects related to volcanism.  In addition to research, Dunbar is an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, taught a graduate class on electron microprobe analysis, advised graduate students and served on student committees, and is involved in outreach activities for New Mexico teachers and students. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in geology at Mount Holyoke College (1983) and then went on to a Ph.D. in geochemistry at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (1989).

 

Rodney C. Ewing, NAE, is the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security in the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. He is also the Edward H. Kraus Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan.  He is the author or co-author of over 750 research publications and the editor or co-editor of 18 monographs, proceedings volumes, or special issues of journals. He has published widely in mineralogy, geochemistry, materials science, nuclear materials, physics, and chemistry in over 90 different ISI journals. He is a founding editor of the magazine, Elements, which is now supported by 17 earth science societies.  Ewing received the Hawley Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada in 1997 and 2002, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, the Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America in 2006, the Lomonosov Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2006, a honorary doctorate from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2007, and is a foreign fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2017. He is also a fellow of the Geological Society of America, Mineralogical Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Geochemical Society, American Ceramic Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Materials Research Society. He has been president of the Mineralogical Society of America and the International Union of Materials Research Societies.  Ewing has served on the board of directors of the Geochemical Society and the Board of Governors of the Gemological Institute of America and the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  Professor Ewing has served on twelve committees and boards for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that have reviewed issues related to nuclear waste and nuclear weapons. In 2008, he was a technical cooperation expert for the International Atomic Energy Agency at the Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2012, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the chair of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB), which is responsible for ongoing and integrated technical review of DOE activities related to transporting, packaging, storing, and disposing of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. He stepped down from the NWTRB in 2017. Ewing received a B.S. in geology from Texas Christian University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University where he held an NSF Fellowship.

 

Carol P. Harden, professor emerita in the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, chairs the Geographical Sciences Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  She is a physical geographer who specializes in the dynamics of watershed processes with a focus on soil erosion, slope stability, and the movement of water and sediment through mountain watersheds.  Her field-based research, primarily in the Ecuadorian Andes and the southern Appalachian Mountains, has examined human agency in geomorphology and explored feedbacks between anthropogenic and geomorphic systems including the effects of land-use change on soil moisture and soil carbon. Dr. Harden was elected vice-president (2008–2009) and president (2009–2010) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and is editor-in-chief of Physical Geography. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former Fulbright researcher, she has received distinguished career awards from the Mountain Geography Specialty Group, the Geomorphology Specialty Group, and the Southeastern Division—all from the AAG.  She represented the U.S. to the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) in 2001 and served as IAG publications officer and executive committee member. Currently, she is the U.S. representative to the International Geographical Union. Dr. Harden holds a B.A. in environmental studies/ecology from Middlebury College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Robert L. Kleinberg, NAE, is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy of Columbia University and is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University.  From 1980 to 2018, he was employed by Schlumberger and attained the rank of Schlumberger Fellow, one of about a dozen who hold this rank in a workforce of 100,000.  Prior to joining Schlumberger, Dr. Kleinberg worked at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory in Linden, New Jersey.  Dr. Kleinberg’s work at Schlumberger focused on geophysical measurements and the characterization and delineation of unconventional fossil fuel resources including shale gas and tight oil.  His current work centers on energy technology and economics and on environmental issues connected with oil and gas development.  Dr. Kleinberg has authored more than 100 academic and professional papers, holds 39 U.S. patents, and is the inventor of several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis.  Dr. Kleinberg is the 2018-2019 American Physical Society’s Distinguished Lecturer on the Application of Physics and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He received his B.S. in chemistry (1971) from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in physics (1978) from the University of California, San Diego.

 

Thorne Lay, NAS, is a distinguished professor and director of the Center for the Study of Imaging and Dynamics of the Earth at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Dr. Lay’s primary research interests involve analysis of seismic waves to interrogate the deep structure of the Earth's interior and to study the physics of earthquake faulting. Other Earth structure interests include the lateral variations of lithospheric structure, which are studied using body waves and surface waves, and the nature of regional waves propagating in the crust.  His earthquake-related investigations include waveform modeling of body and surface waves to determine the nature of faulting and to develop seismic models for the entire rupture process, which can then be interpreted using fracture mechanics. His areas of concentration have included investigations of faulting within subducting slabs, slip heterogeneity in the large thrust events around the Circum-Pacific region, and rapid determination of fault parameters for regional earthquakes using broadband seismic waves. He chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences at the National Science Foundation and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.  Dr. Lay received a B.S. in geomechanics from the University of Rochester and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in seismology from the California Institute of Technology.

 

Zelma Maine-Jackson has been a hydrologist with the Washington State Department of Ecology Nuclear Waste Program for over 20 years–providing technical oversight for groundwater cleanup of radioactive and hazardous waste for the Hanford Site.  Ms. Maine-Jackson was an exploration geologist in the early 1970s with Atlantic Richfield Oil Company where she explored the Rocky Mountain Region for sandstone-type uranium deposits and located several successful, productive mines.  In the early 1980s, she transitioned from uranium exploration to environmental remediation of uranium contamination at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 586-square-mile Hanford Nuclear Site in eastern Washington State.  To integrate a scientific dialog into communities across the country, she has served on Washington’s African American Affairs Commission through four governors and as a two-term appointee to the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board.  She was an advisory member to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, holds founding membership in the National Association of Black Geoscientists, and board positions with the American Red Cross, United Way, Rotary International, STEM education high schools, and various public schools.  Recently, Ms. Maine-Jackson was named a Daughter of Hanford because of her connection and longevity of work at the Hanford Site.  As an indigenous member of the Gullah-Geechee Nation, she is dedicated to conserving Loggerhead sea turtles at South Carolina’s Hunting Island State Park and to sustaining and restoring wildlife population and habitats in the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Basin.  She attended Virginia State University for her undergrad work and holds a master’s degree in economic geology from the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

Michael Manga, NAS, is professor and chair in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). His research focuses on the processes that control the storage, ascent, and eruption of magmas and the impacts of those eruptions on surface environments. Current projects also include studies of geysers, the interactions between hydrological processes and earthquakes including the origin of induced seismicity, the evolution of hydrological systems on Mars, and the tectonics of Jupiter’s moon Europa. He chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2017 report “Volcanic Eruptions and Their Repose, Unrest, Precursors, and Timing.” He is the recipient of several awards including a MacArthur fellowship in 2005, The Geological Society of America’s Donath Medal, the American Geophysical Union’s Macelwane Medal, the European Geoscience Union’s Bunsen Medal for research in geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrology, and UCB’s campus Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017 – the first to be issued from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science. In 2018, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for internationally recognized work including elegant experimental and theoretical work and creative field studies. Dr. Manga received a B.Sc. in solid Earth geophysics from McGill University and a M.Sc. in engineering sciences and a Ph.D. in Earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University.

 

Martin W. McCann is president of Jack R. Benjamin and Associates, Inc. and is also a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. At Stanford, he is a former chair of the National Performance of Dams Program, which created a national network to report dam safety incidents and to archive this information for use by the geotechnical and seismic engineering communities. Dr. McCann’s professional background and research have focused on probabilistic hazards analysis including hydrologic events, risk assessment, reliability and uncertainty analysis, and systems analysis. He has been a consultant to several government and private sector groups in the U.S. and abroad and has served on three National Research Council committees including the Committee on Integrating Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience.  He currently chairs the BESR’s standing Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering.  Dr. McCann received a B.S. in civil engineering from Villanova University and an M.S. in structural engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Stanford University.

 

Jeffrey N. Rubin is the emergency manager for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Oregon’s largest fire district.  His work focuses on hazard and threat analysis, planning, and risk perception and communication.  Dr. Rubin serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Science and Technology Directorate) First Responder Resource Group and was the vice chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Resilience Plan Implementation in Oregon.  He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, a certified emergency manager, and a nationally registered emergency medical technician. He holds a B.S. in geology and geophysics from Yale University and a M.A. and Ph.D. (1996) in geological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

James A. (Jim) Slutz is the Senior Study Coordinator for the National Petroleum Council (NPC), an independent federal advisory committee to the United States Secretary of Energy.  Prior to NPC, Jim led a global consulting practice with projects in North America, Asia, and Europe. Previously, Mr. Slutz served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy at the United States Department of Energy (DOE).  He also previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Oil and Natural Gas at DOE. Prior to joining DOE, Slutz served as the Indiana Oil and Gas Director, regulating the State’s upstream oil and gas industry and natural gas storage wells.  He is a former Vice-Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Jim serves as a member of the Committee on Earth Resources of the National Research Council and is an advisor to the National Bureau of Asia Research. Jim has published papers in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute, the East West Center, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the National Bureau of Asia Research. Mr. Slutz holds an M.B.A. degree from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, and a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University, School of Natural Resources.

 

Shaowen Wang is a professor and head of the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science; Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar; and an affiliate professor of the Department of Computer Science, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has served as founding director of the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies at UIUC since 2013. He served as associate director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for CyberGIS from 2010 to 2017 and lead of NCSA’s Earth and Environment Theme from 2014 to 2017. His research interests include geographic information science and systems (GIS), advanced cyberinfrastructure and cyberGIS, complex environmental and geospatial problems, computational and data sciences, high-performance and distributed computing, and spatial analysis and modeling. His research has been actively supported by a number of U.S. government agencies and industry. He has served as the principal investigator of several multi-institution projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for establishing the interdisciplinary field of cyberGIS and advancing related scientific problem solving in various domains (e.g., agriculture, bioenergy, emergency management, geography and spatial sciences, geosciences, and public health). He has published 100+ peer-reviewed papers including articles in 30+ journals. He has served as an action editor of GeoInformatica, associate editor of SoftwareX, and guest editor or editorial board member for multiple other journals, book series, and proceedings. He served on the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science’s (UCGIS) board of directors from 2009 to 2012 and president of UCGIS from 2016 to 2017. He served as a member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is currently serving on the advisory board of the NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program. He was a visiting scholar at Lund University, sponsored by NSF in 2006, and a NCSA fellow in 2007. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2009. He was named a Helen Corley Petit Scholar for 2011-2012 and Centennial Scholar for 2013-2016 by UIUC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He received a B.S. in computer engineering from Tianjin University, a M.S. in geography from Peking University, and an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Iowa.

 

Elizabeth J. Wilson is the inaugural director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Dartmouth College. She studies how energy systems are changing in the face of new technologies and new societal pressures.  Her work focuses on the implementation of energy and environmental policies and laws in practice. She is interested in how institutions support and thwart energy system transitions and focuses on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making.  Her recent books include Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing with Davies, Klass, Tomain, and Osofsky) and Smart Grid (R)evolution: Electric Power Struggles (Cambridge Press with Stephens and Peterson). Wilson’s research group is working on an NSF supported grant on decision making in regional transmission organizations. Wilson was a professor at the University of Minnesota and was recently awarded a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and spent the 2016-2017 academic year at the Danish Technical University. She was selected as a 2014-2015 Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Academic Leadership Fellow. She was chosen as a Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2011. She spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, supported by McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Before that, Wilson worked in Belgium, Burundi, and Tanzania. She holds a masters degree in human ecology from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and a doctorate in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.