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Plenary Speakers

Energy Production and Aquatic Biodiversity: Understanding the Threats, Planning for Ecosystem Management

We have four confirmed speakers for the 2013 Plenary Session which will be held on Monday May 20, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.

Dr. Carol Ann Woody

The Last Great Salmon Runs and Pebble Mine: the Science Behind the Controversy

Carol Ann Woody is owner and Director at Fisheries Research & Consulting, based in Anchorage, AK. Conserving aquatic resources for future generations is the motivation behind Dr. Woody’s career choices. Since 2006 she has led and directed a full-time science and education program focused on risks to fisheries from development of the massive Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay Alaska - home to the world’s largest all-wild sockeye salmon runs. Her research in mine leases has demonstrated the ubiquitous distribution of salmon, the toxic nature of mine effluents, the link between spawning salmon and groundwater as well as threats to water from mine pollution. Dr. Woody’s outreach on Pebble includes over a hundred invited presentations as well as the website www.pebblescience.org. Her work has been featured by FRONTLINE, the New York Times, in Red Gold and other venues. She earned her PhD from the University of Washington; served 18 years as a federal fisheries scientist (USGS, US Forest Service, US Peace Corps); 4 years as a research biologist at the University of Washington; 6+ years as adjunct faculty at the Universities of Alaska, Idaho, and Montana, as well serving on various international projects.

Dr. William Graf

Dams and Hydropower; Rivers and Habitats

William L. Graf is University Foundation Distinguished Professor of Geography Emeritus at the University of South Carolina and Regents Professor of Geography Emeritus at Arizona State University. He is also a Senior River Scientist for The Nature Conservancy. His research focuses on geomorphology and hydrology of rivers, and the intersection of science and policy for public land and water. He has conducted research and served in science management and oversight positions associated with water quality, water quantity, aquatic and riparian habitats, and endangered species in a variety of systems including the Klamath River of California and Oregon, Colorado River, Rio Grande in New Mexico, Platte River in Nebraska, the Everglades, and the Congaree River in South Carolina. His more than 120 papers and book chapters along with several books resulted from funding by agencies such as the National Park Service, National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, National Geographic Society, Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and a variety of state and local agencies. Graf has served as a consultant and expert witness in more than 30 legal cases involving rivers, and has served on more than 20 National Research Council boards or committees as member and chair. He was a member of the Presidential Commission on American Heritage Rivers and presently serves as a member of the Environmental Advisory Board to the Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has been a member of a special advisory team on environmental restoration for the Executive Office of the President.

Dr. Robert Jackson

The environmental footprint of shale gas extraction and hydraulic fracturing

Robert B. Jackson is the Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change at the Nicholas School of the Environment and a professor at Duke University. He is currently Director of Duke's Center on Global Change and Duke's Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. He also directs the Department of Energy-funded National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S. and co-directed the Climate Change Policy Partnership, working with energy and utility corporations to find practical strategies to combat climate change. His research examines how people affect the earth, including studies of the global carbon and water cycles, biosphere/atmosphere interactions, energy use, and global change. Jackson's research has been covered in various newspapers and magazines, such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Scientific American, and Business Week, and on national public radio, including the syndicated programs "Morning Edition", "All Things Considered", "Marketplace", "The Tavis Smiley Show", "The Next 200 Years", and "Earth and Sky". He conceived and organized the Janus Fellowship, an annual undergraduate award to encourage the study of an environmental problem from diverse perspectives; 1999's first recipient traveled down the Nile River to examine water use and water policy in Egypt. Jackson has been awarded the Murray F. Buell Award from the Ecological Society of America, a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the National Science Foundation (1999). He is a Fellow in the American Geophysical Union, is included in the top 0.5% of most cited scientific researchers (http://www.isihighlycited.com/).

Dr. Margaret Palmer

"The Extraction-Restoration Dance"

Margaret Palmer is a Professor at the University of Maryland and Director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (www.SESYNC.org). Her research program is focused on watershed science and restoration ecology (www.PalmerLab.umd.edu). Having worked on streams, rivers, and estuaries for > 27 years and having led scientific projects at national and international levels, she has more than 150 scientific publications and multiple ongoing collaborative research grants. Dr. Palmer is also well known for her work at the interface of science and policy, having published policy pieces in the journals Science, Nature, as well as, popular outlets. She has been an invited speaker in numerous and diverse settings including international ecological science conferences, environmental ethics symposia, a restoration ecology workshop and science-diplomacy trip to North Korea, and an appearance on the Steven Colbert show to discuss scientific work on mountaintop mining. Dr. Palmer has been honored as a AAAS Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Lilly Fellow, an elected fellow of the Ecological Society of America, and a University System of Maryland Board of Regent's Faculty Award of Excellence.

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