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Bohannan selected as Leopold Leadership Fellow

Dr. Brendan Bohannan in the Department of Biology and Dr. Anne Chin in the Department of Geography have been selected as 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellows.

The Leopold Leadership Program, located at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, was founded in 1998 to fill a critical gap in environmental decision making: getting the best scientific knowledge into the hands of government, nonprofit, and business leaders to further the development of sustainable policies and practices.

Dr. Bohannan and Dr. Chin are among the 19 mid-career academic environmental scientists named as Fellows this year. The group was selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of their exceptional scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong interest in communicating science beyond traditional academic audiences. The Fellows will take part in intensive leadership and communications training designed to hone their skills in delivering scientific information to decision makers, the media, and the public. They also become part of a network of past Fellows and program advisors who are leaders in conducting scientific outreach beyond traditional academic and scientific circles. The list of 2009 Fellows is attached, and more information about the program is available at

2009 Leopold Leadership Fellows

Kevin Arrigo, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University. Current research: Role of polar marine microalgae in global biogeochemical cycling.

Brendan Bohannan, Associate Professor, Biology, University of Oregon. Current research: Microbial biodiversity; response of microbial communities to environmental change.

David Breshears, Professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona. Current research: Dieback of woodlands in response to severe drought.

Anne Chin, Courtesy Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon.
Current research: Dynamics of dryland rivers impacted by urban development; dyamics of headwater mountain streams.

Simon Donner, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia. Current research: Effects of climate change and land use change on ecosystems.

Victoria Fabry, Professor, Biological Sciences, California State University, San Marcos. Current research: Impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems.

Margot Gerritsen, Assistant Professor, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University. Current research: Optimization of environmentally friendly oil production processes, carbon sequestration, and tidal energy systems.

Gretchen Hofmann, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara. Current research: Impacts of ocean acidification on marine populations.

Madhu Khanna, Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Current research: Economic mechanisms for encouraging voluntary corporate environmental initiatives; environmental and economic implications of biofuel mandates, subsidies, and tariffs.

David Lea, Professor, Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Current research: Implications of paleoclimate data for understanding and predicting climate change.

Laura Meyerson, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island. Current research: Identification of native plant populations at risk of extinction from invasive plant species.

Paige Novak, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota.
Current research: Contamination of water and wastewater by estrogen compounds.

Dov Sax, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; joint appointment with Center for Environmental Studies, Brown University. Current research: Species extinction; evaluation of “assisted migration” as policy.

Karen Seto, Associate Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University. Current research: Impacts of urban growth.

Whendee Silver, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley. Current research: Land use management effects on climate change; impact of tropical reforestation.

U. Rashid Sumaila, Associate Professor, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia. Current research: Economics of fishing and impacts on marine conservation policies.

Jeanne VanBriesen, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. Current research: Drinking water safety.

Jianguo (Jingle) Wu, Professor, School of Life Sciences and School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Current research: Urbanization and its ecological effects in Arizona; biodiversity and ecosystem function in Mongolia.

Luis Zambrano González, Professor, Zoology, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Current research: Dynamics of freshwater fish populations.