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External Review Committee

Rosina Bierbaum, Chair of the review committee

Dean, School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan

Professor Bierbaum is dean of the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). Prior to joining SNRE, Bierbaum was the acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from January-October 2001, and preceding that, she directed the Office's Environment Division. During her tenure at the White House, she was responsible for providing scientific input and guidance on numerous environmental issues including ecosystem management, environmental monitoring, natural hazards, endocrine disrupters, global change, air and water quality, endangered species, biodiversity, and energy research and development. She has testified before both House and Senate committees on environmental issues and lectured widely on research needs to better manage natural resources, on the effects of multiple stresses on ecosystems, and on the science and impacts of global climate change.

Alexander Glazer

Director, University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS)
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

Professor Glazer is a biochemist and molecular biologist by training and has been on the faculty of the University of California since 1964; he has been Director of the UC Natural Reserve System since 1998. The NRS supports teaching, research and public service at 34 field stations throughout California and is shared by all of the UC campuses. Dr. Glazer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the California Academy of Sciences. He was twice the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Jerry Franklin

Professor of Ecosystem Analysis, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Professor Franklin specializes in: 1) Structure and function of natural forest ecosystems, especially old-growth forests; 2) Successional processes and ecosystem recovery following catastrophic disturbances; 3) Effects of changing environmental conditions, such as global change, on forest processes; 4) Application of ecological principles to management of natural resources ("New Forestry," ecosystem management); and 5) Theory and practice of landscape ecology. Franklin has been a participant in many major scientific and policy analyses of forestry issues at local, national, and global level.

Mary Price

Professor of Biology, UC Riverside

Professor Price studies the population, community, and evolutionary ecology of both animals and plants, especially in arid and montane ecosystems. She has worked primarily in UC's Motte Rimrock Reserve, the Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL). Dr. Price has also served on the Board of Trustees of RMBL as well as the UC NRS Advisory Committee, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Steve Burges

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

Professor Burges is a prominent hydrologist known for his breadth of interests spanning theory, lab, and field. He has edited the pre-eminent journal in hydrology, Water Resources Research, and was president of the hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union. He has served on various committees of the National Research Council, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has won several prestigious awards for his contributions to hydrology. He served on a 1997 advisory committee that reviewed the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford.