Welcome BEST's New Director
The Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) is pleased to announce Dr. Clifford ("Cliff") S. Duke the new Director of the Board as of September 10, 2018. Cliff succeeds Dr. Teresa Fryberger, who has been directing both BEST (since January 2017) and the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (since November 2013).Cliff previously served as Director of Science Programs at the Ecological Society of America, a position he held since 2003. In this position, he was responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of activities to promote the development of ecological science and its integration into decision-making and education. During his time at ESA, Cliff developed and managed a wide range of activities for federal and state agencies, professional societies, and the scientific community, including the society's Sustaining Biological Infrastructure Program; a review of Vegetation Monitoring and Analytical Methods for Owens Valley, California; a six-year Program on Biofuels and Sustainability; and a series of projects on managing natural history collections. Cliff also has served as a member of the National Academies' Committee on Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels and the Board on Research Data and Information. Cliff received his undergraduate degree in biology and environmental studies from the University of Vermont and both his M.A. in public policy science and Ph.D. in botany from Duke University.