Science Advisory Board

Dennis Odion, Ph.D.

Dennis Odion, Ph.D.
University of California - Santa Barbara
Dr. Odion is a vegetation ecologist who specializes in fire and community and landscape ecology.  His current work involves the study of landscape scale fire patterns and their causes in the Sierra Nevada and Klamath-Siskiyou regions, and the effects of fire on the susceptibility of vegetation to Sudden Oak Death.

Healy Hamilton, Ph.D.

Healy Hamilton, Ph.D.
Dr. Hamilton is a Senior Research Associate at Sound Science in the Bay Area, with a research focus on biodiversity and ecological forecasting. Her lab integrates spatial data on biodiversity, environment, and climate from both models and observations to understand biological response to global change. The Hamilton lab collaborates with a wide range of conservation organizations and government agencies, providing science in support of adaptation planning in the U.S. and around the globe. Dr. Hamilton is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, a Senior Research Fellow at the Marine Conservation Institute, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at San Francisco State University. Dr. Hamilton received her masters degree from Yale University and her doctorate in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Grantee.

Jack Williams, Ph.D.

Jack Williams, Ph.D.
Trout Unlimited
Dr. Williams has extensive experience at senior science and research positions within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and also served important management positions within the BLM and the Forest Service.  His professional work has focused on conservation, watershed restoration, fisheries, ecosystem management and endangered Species.

James Karr, Ph.D.

James Karr, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
University of Washington
Dr. Karr has taught and done research in tropical forest ecology, ornithology, stream ecology, watershed management, landscape ecology, conservation biology, ecological health, and science and environmental policy, and developed the index of biotic integrity (IBI) to directly evaluate the effects of human actions on the health of living systems.

Jim Strittholt, Ph.D.

Jim Strittholt, Ph.D.
Conservation Biology Institute
Dr. Strittholt specializes in applying computer mapping technologies to address various ecological assessments and conservation planning projects in the U.S. and internationally. His expertise includes conservation planning, landscape ecology, geographic information systems, and remote sensing.

Mark Harmon, Ph.D.

Mark Harmon, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
Dr. Harmon is the Richardson Chair and Professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. He is also Co-Director of the Cooperative Chemistry Analytical Laboratory. He earned  his Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology at OSU in 1986, then moved to the Department of Forest Science. Dr. Harmon has done research on numerous projects, including the development of methods and models for estimating the stores and fluxes of carbon from forest lands in the Pacific Northwest region.

Michael Parker, Ph.D.

Michael Parker, Ph.D.
Southern Oregon University
Dr. Parker is an aquatic ecologist whose research focuses on effects of disturbance on stream communities and ecosystem processes and factors regulating the distribution and impacts of non-native species.  He currently is involved in efforts to conserve and restore desert spring systems and monitor native amphibian populations.

Reed Noss, Ph.D.

Reed Noss, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
Dr. Noss applies conservation biology principles to real-world problems in land conservation.  His primary interest is regional conservation planning -- the application of science to conservation planning and management at a regional scale -- focusing on long-term maintenance of biodiversity over centuries and millennia.

Richard Hutto, Ph.D.

Richard Hutto, Ph.D.
University of Montana
Dr. Hutto has conducted research on migratory landbirds in Mexico in winter, the Southwest during spring and fall, and in the Northern Rockies in summer for more than 30 years.  He developed and continues to supervise the USFS Northern Region Landbird Monitoring Program, and he has been studying the ecological effects of fire on bird communities for 20 years.

Robert E. Gresswell, Ph.D.

Robert E. Gresswell, Ph.D.
US Geological Survey
Dr. Gresswell's interests concerning the influence of land-use activities on forested ecosystems have led to research on the relationships among landscape-scale environmental features, in-stream habitat characteristics, and coastal cutthroat trout abundance and distribution in watersheds in western Oregon.

Scott Hoffman Black, Ph.D.

Scott Hoffman Black, Ph.D.
Xerces Society
Dr. Black has extensive experience as a researcher, conservationist, and teacher in endangered species conservation, pollinator conservation, macroinvertebrate monitoring, and forest and range management issues.

Steve Jessup, Ph.D.

Steve Jessup, Ph.D.
Southern Oregon University
Dr. Jessup has been researching the origins and distributions of vascular plants, lichens, and terrestrial bryophytes in alpine and coastal headland environments for 15 years.  This research provides unique perspectives on conservation of naturally rare species and climate change monitoring.

Thomas Hardy, Ph.D.

Thomas Hardy, Ph.D.
Utah State University
Dr. Hardy's intersecting interests in hydraulic engineering and aquatic biology have led to the development and application of models that provide water resources management guidance.  Over a 25-year career, Dr. Hardy has used these models to project the effects of water allocation activities on stream habitat for fishes, other riverine animals, and recreational values.

Thomas Michael Power, Ph.D.

Thomas Michael Power, Ph.D.
University of Montana
Dr. Power is Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Montana, specializing in natural resource and regional economic development issues.  He is also the principal researcher with Power Consulting, Inc.

Vicki Tripoli, Ph.D.

Vicki Tripoli, Ph.D.
Dr. Tripoli has focused on environmental health issues and biological monitoring, examining the effects of global persistent pollutants on ecosystems and helping develop a pharmocokinetic model that led to setting fish consumption advisories and other environmental health policies.  She also is a consultant in ecological research design and statistics.

Wayne Minshall, Ph.D.

Wayne Minshall, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
Idaho State University
Dr. Minshall is an internationally recognized expert on the ecology of flowing waters.  His research interests emphasize aquatic benthic invertebrates, community dynamics, and stream ecosystem structure and function.  For the past 20 years he has been conducting research on the long-term effects of wildfires on stream ecosystems.

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