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Science Advisory Board

Dr. Jayne Belnap
Research Ecologist, USGS

Jayne Belnap has been a scientist with the Department of Interior since 1987. She received her two undergraduate degrees (in biology and natural history) from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1980; her Masters of Science (Ecology Department) from Stanford University in 1983; and her PhD (Botany and Range Department) from Brigham Young University in 1991. Her dissertation explored the effects of coal-fired power plants on the physiological functioning of biological soil crusts and rock lichens. Over the past 20 years, she has published 105 peer-reviewed articles and books on soil crusts that include a BLM technical reference (co-authored with 3 other BLM scientists) and the only comprehensive book available on the topic. She is recognized by scientists around the globe as one of the world's authorities on soil crusts. Dr. Belnap has been invited by many governments to train their scientists in soil crust ecology, including those of South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, China, Siberia, Australia, and Iceland. She travels extensively throughout the U. S., training BLM, NPS, USFS, BIA, DoD, and DOE staff and managers on management of soil crusts. She is past Chair of the Soil Ecology chapter of the Ecological Society of America,
as well as the Past President of the Soil Ecology Society.

Dr. Aaron Ellison
Senior Research Fellow in Ecology, Harvard Forest
(978) 724-3302

Aaron Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at the Harvard Forest, and an Adjunct Research Professor in the departments of Biology and Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Ellison studies food web dynamics and community ecology of wetlands and forests, evolutionary ecology of carnivorous plants, the response of plants and ants to global climate change, and the application of Bayesian statistical inference to ecological research and environmental decision-making. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers, dozens of book reviews and software reviews, and the books A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004) and A Field Guide to the Ants of New England ( 2012).
Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo
Professor, Stanford University
(650) 736-7643

Rodolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, teaches ecology courses and leads the Dirzo Lab in the Department of Biology. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in ecology from the University of Wales (UK), and a B.S. in biology from the Universidad de Morelos.  He has published numerous refereed articles and scientific chapters in books mostly on tropical ecology, plant-animal interactions and on botanical diversity, and written or edited ten books, as well as a great number of research reports and publications for wider publics. He joined Stanford after a distinguished career at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and he has held visiting lecturer positions in many universities in Latin America and beyond.
Dr. Michael Goulden
Professor, University of California, Irvine

Professor Goulden received a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. He did postdoctoral work at Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Sciences before joining UCI in September 1997. His research focuses on the biological and physical controls on terrestrial nutrient, carbon, and energy cycling, with an emphasis on the response of natural ecosystems to environmental change.
Dr. Hal Mooney
Professor, Stanford University

Harold A. Mooney holds the Paul S. Achilles Professorship in Environmental Biology at Stanford University.  His research focuses on assessing the impacts of global environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems, especially on ecosystem function, productivity and biodiversity. Recent research includes studying the environmental and social consequences of industrialized animal production systems and examining factors that promote the invasion of non-indigenous plant species. He recently co-edited a global analysis of the drivers, consequences, and responses of “Livestock in a Changing Landscape.”
Dr. Jerry Tuskan
Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Biosciences Division
(865) 576-8141

Dr. Tuskan's research includes the Genetic basis of tree growth and development with emphasis on biomass accumulations, carbon allocation and cell wall chemistry, Populus genomics - assembly of the draft sequence, comparative genomics and functional gene identification, and Short-rotation woody crop silvicultural systems.

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