Philip B. Duffy, Ph.D.President and Executive Director
Expertise Domestic climate policy, international climate change negotiations, climate change adaptation, extreme weather risk, climate modeling
Dr. Duffy is a physicist who has devoted his career to the use of science in addressing climate change. Prior to joining WHRC, Dr. Duffy served in the White House National Science and Technology Council as the Senior Advisor to the US Global Change Research Program, and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In these roles he was involved in international climate negotiations, domestic and international climate policy, and coordination of US global change research. Before joining the White House, Dr. Duffy was Chief Scientist for Climate Central, an organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and awareness of climate change. Dr. Duffy has held senior research positions with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and visiting positions at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford.
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Scott Goetz, Ph.D.Deputy Director, Senior Scientist
Expertise Arctic, United States, biodiversity, remote sensing, landscapes, mapping
Dr. Goetz’s research focuses on ecosystem responses to environmental change, including monitoring and modeling the linkages and feedbacks between forests and climate, land use change and disturbance. Much of this research makes use of satellite imagery. Before joining the Woods Hole Research Center in 2003, where he is now a senior scientist and deputy director, he was a member of the research faculty at the University of Maryland, where he maintains an adjunct faculty appointment. He also worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 10 years and has authored, to date, more than 140 refereed journal publications and book chapters, and edited 4 special issue compilations. He has served on numerous professional panels, including for the US National Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the Science Steering Group of the North America Carbon Program and the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment. He is an Associate Editor of Remote Sensing of Environment and is on the editorial board of Environmental Research Letters. He is a past editorial board member of the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University (BS), the University of California (MS), and the University of Maryland (PhD).
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Alessandro Baccini, Ph.D.Associate Scientist
Expertise Pantropics, remote sensing, land use planning, indigenous forest communities
Dr. Baccini is a remote sensing scientist whose interests focus on the use of satellite data for the monitoring of forest carbon, land cover, land cover change and the effects of environmental change on the terrestrial carbon cycle at the regional and global scale. Before joining the Center he was a research associate at Boston University and worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations for the Forest Resources Assessment 1990 and 2000 monitoring tropical deforestation. He received his doctorate from Boston University.
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Paulo Brando, Ph.D.Assistant Scientist
Expertise Amazon, tropical forest degradation, land use change, remote sensing
Dr. Brando is a tropical ecologist whose research explores the vulnerability of terrestrial natural ecosystems to repeated disturbances and prolonged degradation. He aims to inform the general public and policy makers about the potential negative influences of climate and land use change on tropical ecosystems. His research combines field manipulation experiments, statistical and dynamic vegetation models, and remote sensing. Dr. Brando contributed to the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and he organized a special issue in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology. Before joining WHRC, he worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. Dr. Brando has worked with the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) and collaborated with the Woods Hole Research Center since 2003. In 2011, Dr. Brando joined the Brazilian State University of Mato Grosso as a Visiting Professor. He received his bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from the University of São Paulo and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida.
I. Foster Brown, Ph.D.Senior Scientist
Expertise Amazon, education, societal response to climate change
Dr. Brown is an environmental geochemist whose research interests focus on global environmental change and sustainable development in the southwestern Amazon Basin. He coordinates the Center’s program dealing with climate change and land use in the tri-national southwestern Amazonia. Dr. Brown spent over twenty years as a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Environmental Geochemistry at the Federal Fluminense University in Niteroi, Brazil, and is currently on the faculty of the Federal University of Acre, Brazil. He earned his doctorate in environmental geochemistry at Northwestern University.
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Glenn K. Bush, Ph.D.Assistant Scientist
Expertise Africa, environmental and natural resource economics, forest and biodiversity conservation, sustainability
Dr. Bush is an environmental economist who specializes in welfare economics, resource valuation, and environmental cost-benefit analysis. His work has focused on quantitative valuation of forest conservation strategies for forest-adjacent households, as well as the microeconomic and social determinants of forest conservation. He is currently concerned with developing and testing combined econometric and spatial models on the drivers and determinants of land cover change. Dr. Bush has previously worked in Africa and in Central and Southeast Asia as a researcher, project manager, and consultant on natural resource management and conservation projects in the public and private sector. He has held positions with the UK Government Department for International Development, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He obtained his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, Wye College, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Stirling, UK.
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Andréa D. de Almeida CastanhoVisiting Scholar
Expertise Biosphere-atmosphere system in tropical forests, human impacts, above ground biomass, remote sensing
Andrea D de Almeida Castanho is an atmospheric scientist interested in understanding the human impacts on the coupled biosphere-atmosphere system in tropical forests. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Federal University of Ceará, her research project is focused on understanding the spatial distribution of above ground biomass in Caatinga (dry tropical forest biome located in the semi-arid region of Brazil), using ground based data, modeling and remote sensing products. Dr. Castanho was a post-doctoral fellow at the WHRC for three years, her research was focused on the calibration, validation and application of numerical models to better characterize interactions between deforestation and climate in the Amazon basin. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for three years where she developed and applied remote sensing techniques to measure atmospheric aerosol pollution over megacities such as Mexico City and São Paulo. She holds Masters and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Science from University of São Paulo.
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Andrea CattaneoDistinguished Visiting Scientist
Expertise Economic modeling, land use change, environmental program design, economics of climate change & food security
Andrea Cattaneo is an economist with over 20 years of experience in examining economic issues at the interface between agriculture and forests. He is currently a Senior Economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. In recent years his focus has been the link between food security and climate change. Dr. Cattaneo has published extensively on the design of environmental programs, addressing the drivers of tropical deforestation, the performance of environmental auctions, and the role of monitoring on environmental program performance. He previously held positions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Woods Hole Research Center. He obtained a Master of Science (M.S.E.) in electrical engineering at the University of Pavia (Italy), and from Johns Hopkins University he received both an M.S.E. in Environmental Systems Analysis and a Ph.D. in Systems Analysis & Economics.
Anping ChenVisiting Scientist
Expertise ecosystem feedbacks, climate and terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycles
Dr. Chen is an ecologist working on a variety of topics in ecology and climate change, in particular ecosystem feedbacks to climate change. He uses a variety of data sources (forest survey, remote sensing, climate data, field data) and tools (statistical analysis, ecosystem modelling) to study the interactions between climate and terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycles from local to global scales. His research also aims to understand the impacts of climate change on human health, and evolutionary dynamics of ecological communities. Dr. Chen received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Peking University (2000) and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University (2009).
Michael T. Coe, Ph.D.Senior Scientist, Coordinator of the Amazon Group
Expertise Brazil, sustainable agriculture, water resources, climate change
Dr. Coe is an earth system scientist who specializes in understanding how human land cover change and land management decisions affect the energy and water cycles, and ultimately feedback to regional climate. He is currently participating in projects based in the Brazilian Amazon and savanna environments. He leads field research programs to collect data on how expanding agriculture changes evaporation, soil moisture, river discharge, and biochemical cycles. He and his colleagues combine field data with satellite observations and earth system computer models to better understand the scale of historical and potential future human impacts on tropical climate and ecosystems and help develop mitigation strategies. Dr. Coe previously spent seven years as a scientist at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a visiting scientist at Lund University, Sweden, and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2014, Dr. Coe was in residence as a Fulbright Scholar at the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil, continuing his work with colleagues there to understand how massive deforestation in the savanna regions of Brazil may affect the climate in the coming decades.
Robert Max Holmes, Ph.D.Senior Scientist
Expertise Arctic, water chemistry, rivers, permafrost, climate change
Dr. Holmes is an earth system scientist who studies large rivers and their watersheds and how climate change and other disturbances are impacting the cycles of water and chemicals in the environment. He is particularly interested in the fate of the vast quantities of ancient carbon locked in permafrost in the Arctic, which may be released as permafrost thaws, exacerbating global warming. Dr. Holmes has ongoing projects in the Russian, Canadian, and Alaskan Arctic, and in the tropics in the Amazon and the Congo. He is committed to engaging students in his research projects and to communicating the results and implications of his research to the public and to policy-makers. Dr. Holmes recently served for two years as Program Director for the Arctic System Science Program at the National Science Foundation.
Richard A. Houghton, Ph.D.Senior Scientist, George M. Woodwell Chair for Global Ecology
Expertise Climate change, global carbon cycle, biofuels, Forest Science
Dr. Houghton is an ecologist who studies the role that terrestrial ecosystems play in climate change and the global carbon cycle. He coordinates WHRC efforts to understand the problems of global warming and climate change, especially the role biotic systems play in this accelerating process. Dr. Houghton has held positions as Assistant Scientist at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory and as Research Associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Houghton served as Acting Director of WHRC from December of 2008 through June of 2011 and as Acting President during 2013 and 2014. He has held the George M. Woodwell Chair for Global Ecology since 2011. Dr. Houghton contributed to the reports of the IPCC which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2012, he was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. In 2014, on behalf of WHRC, he received the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) award for the world’s top-ranked climate change think tank. Dr. Houghton earned his doctorate in ecology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 1995 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Forest Science, University of Munich.
Josef Kellndorfer, Ph.D.Senior Scientist, Coordinator of the REDD Group
Expertise REDD+, remote sensing, forests, climate change, high performance computing
Dr. Kellndorfer’s research focuses on the monitoring and assessment of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the dissemination of Earth observation findings to policy makers through education and capacity building. Using geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and modeling, he studies land-use, land cover and climate change on a regional and global scale. His projects include carbon and biomass mapping of the United States, mapping forest cover across the tropical forested regions of Africa, Latin America and Asia through the generation of consistent data sets of high-resolution, cloud-free radar imagery. Before joining the Center, Kellndorfer was a research scientist with the Radiation Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He holds a diploma degree in physical geography and a doctorate in geosciences from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He serves on various expert working groups within NASA, the Group on Earth Observation, and GOFC-GOLD addressing forest carbon measurements in vegetation from remote sensing with existing and future remote sensing and field measurements.
Marcia N. Macedo, Ph.D.Assistant Scientist
Expertise Amazon, ecology, climate change
Dr. Macedo is a landscape ecologist interested in understanding the causes of human-induced land change and its consequences for aquatic ecosystems. She combines remote sensing, field observations, and statistical models to examine how land use and land management influence the connectivity and ecological function of tropical streams at multiple scales. Her current research focuses on the land use dynamics and ecological tradeoffs associated with agricultural expansion and intensification in the Amazon. Dr. Macedo earned her M.Sc. in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, & Environmental Biology from Columbia University.
Paulo MoutinhoDistinguished Policy Fellow
Expertise Amazon deforestation, biodiversity and climate change, REDD+
Dr. Paulo Moutinho is an ecologist interested in understanding the causes of deforestation in the Amazon and its consequences on biodiversity, climate change and inhabitants of the region. He has worked in the Amazon for 20 years and was co-founder of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). He was also co-author of the compensated reduction of deforestation concept that contributed with the development of the mechanism known as REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). He participated actively in the establishment of the Amazon Fund and of the Brazilian National Policy for Climate Change. From 2006 to 2010 Dr. Moutinho served as an Adjunct Associate Scientist at WHRC and over the last four years he acted as Executive Director of IPAM. He earned his M.Sc. and D.Sc. in Ecology from University of Campinas, Brazil. He is currently a senior scientist at IPAM, Brasilia, Brazil.
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Susan M. Natali, Ph.D.Associate Scientist
Expertise Arctic, permafrost, plant and soil sciences, education
Dr. Natali’s research examines the response of terrestrial ecosystems to a changing environment, with an emphasis on feedbacks to carbon cycling from northern high latitude systems. While a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida, she worked on permafrost ecosystems, establishing a large-scale warming experiment in interior Alaska. That project tests hypotheses about feedbacks to the global carbon cycle as a result of warming air and soil temperatures and thawing permafrost. More recently, she established a tundra drying experiment to examine interactive effects of permafrost thaw and changes in soil moisture on ecosystem carbon exchange. Dr. Natali was a National Science Foundation Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She holds a B.S. from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.
Jonathan Sanderman, Ph.D.Associate Scientist
Expertise Carbon sink capacity, soil carbon and nutrient cycles, land-use and climate change
Dr. Sanderman is a biogeochemist who specializes in understanding how soil carbon and nutrient cycles have been altered by land-use and climate change. He is particularly interested in understanding the carbon sink capacity of soils and coastal sediments and whether or not these sinks can be managed to mitigate climate change. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Sanderman spent six years as a research scientist at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization focusing on soil carbon sequestration in agricultural soils. Dr. Sanderman holds a B.S. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
John D. Schade, Ph.D.Distinguished Visiting Scientist
Expertise Biogeochemistry, ecological stoichiometry, earth and water ecosystems, interdisciplinary knowledge sharing
Dr. Schade is a biogeochemist studying the interface between land, water and atmosphere. His goal is to understand how human activities, such as agricultural development and greenhouse gas emissions, impact ecosystem properties and create feedbacks to climate change. Dr. Schade’s research has ranged from studies of greenhouse gas production in agricultural and arctic streams to the impacts of changing snow depth on carbon and nitrogen cycling in prairie soils and the influence of intensification of the water cycle on methane production by wetlands. He also continues to evolve a model for integrating undergraduate training and environmental research through his work on the Polaris Project and the development of UNCLE (Undergraduate research Network studying Carbon Losses from Ecosystems). Dr. Schade served a one-year rotation at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he was a Program Officer in the Ecosystem Studies Program. Following his tour at NSF, he spent a sabbatical year at WHRC and has now returned to St. Olaf College in central Minnesota, where he is an Associate Professor. Dr. Schade earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Arizona State University, all in Biology.
Christopher R. Schwalm, Ph.D.Associate Scientist
Expertise global environmental change, carbon cycle sensitivity, modeling frameworks
Dr. Schwalm is interested in the interactions between the terrestrial biosphere, climate, land cover, ecosystem state, and land management practices. He recently completed a study on the 2000-2004 drought in western North America, an analysis that merged land surface and climate model simulations, remote sensing, field based data, surface weather station data, stream gauge data and inventory data. Prior to joining the Center, he was a research professor at the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Schwalm holds a B.A. from Cleveland State University, a Master’s from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Thomas A. Stone, M.A.Scientist Emeritus
Expertise Cape Cod and Islands, sea level rise, geology, GIS, remote sensing, land cover change
Mr. Stone is an environmental geologist who uses remote-sensing technology to map vegetation and to determine rates of land use change. He uses satellite imagery and GIS data to determine the rates of deforestation in Siberia, Amazonia, Panama, and in the northeastern US. The results of this work assist in the determination of biotic contributions to the global climate change problem and provide information for land use planning. Before joining the Center, Mr. Stone held a research position in remote sensing at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. He holds a master’s degree in earth sciences from Dartmouth College.
Wayne S. Walker, Ph.D.Associate Scientist
Expertise Forest measurement/monitoring, remote sensing, Amazon indigenous peoples, capacity building/training, REDD+
Dr. Walker is an ecologist and remote sensing specialist interested in applications of satellite imagery to the assessment and monitoring of temperate and tropical ecosystems at regional to global scales. His research focuses on measuring and mapping forest structural attributes, land cover/land use change and terrestrial carbon stocks in support of habitat management, ecosystem conservation and carbon-cycle science. He is committed to building institutional capacity in the tools and techniques used to measure and monitor forests, working in collaboration with governments, NGOs and indigenous communities across the tropics. Walker holds degrees in forest ecology (M.S.) and remote sensing (Ph.D.) from the University of Michigan.
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Ekaterina (Kate) Bulygina, M.S.Research Associate
Expertise Biogeochemistry, ecology, hydrology, environmental soil and water chemistry
Ms. Bulygina manages the Center’s Luce Laboratory of environmental chemistry. She has extensive experience in laboratory management and has worked at Moscow State University’s museum of zoology and in the chemistry laboratory of the Upstate Fresh Water Institute, Syracuse, NY. Ms. Bulygina received her master’s degree in ecology and hydrobiology from Moscow State University.
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Tina A. Cormier, M.S.Research Associate
Expertise Earth observation, mapping, training
Ms. Cormier uses remote sensing and GIS to model species’ responses to changes in environmental conditions, such as climate change. She also develops materials for and conducts capacity building workshops in developing countries across the tropics and uses the materials to teach participants how to combine field measurements with remotely sensed data in order to monitor carbon in their forests. Before joining the Center, she worked on spatial-statistical modeling of vernal pool locations in Massachusetts, as well as regional evapotranspiration estimation and land cover classification in central Nevada. Ms. Cormier received her H.B.A. in Environmental Science from Saint Anselm College and her M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire.
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Mary Farina, M.A.Research Assistant
Expertise Forest ecology, remote sensing, GIS, geography
Ms. Farina contributes to biomass mapping projects using remote sensing and GIS. Prior to joining WHRC, she was a research assistant at Boston University and worked on projects related to forest ecology and global land-cover validation. Ms. Farina earned both a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Analysis and a M.A. in Geography from Boston University.
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Gregory J. Fiske, M.S.Senior Geospatial Analyst
Expertise Cartography, spatial data and analysis, and geospatial code development
Mr. Fiske is a geographer interested in the use of Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to facilitate and communicate science. He manages the many technical aspects of the Woods Hole Research Center’s GIS activities. As a Research Associate, he applies his skills to various research projects, both within and outside the Center, that involve GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Fiske worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
Kathryn Heard, M.S.Research Assistant
Expertise High-latitude terrestrial ecosystems, permafrost
Ms. Heard is interested in high-latitude terrestrial ecosystems and their response to shifting climatic conditions. At the Center, she works with colleagues who seek to understand the effects of ecosystem components on the vulnerability of permafrost. She has conducted botanical surveys in the western United States and, prior to joining the WHRC staff, she developed her Master’s thesis on quantifying terrestrial carbon pools in a small catchment of the Kolyma watershed in the Siberian Arctic.
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Holly Hughes, B.S.Research Assistant
Expertise Carbon cycling, Maine
Ms. Hughes manages research projects in the Howland Research Forest, Howland, ME in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, NASA, NOAA, Harvard University, and others. The focus of the work is forest ecology and includes meteorological instruments located on towers, forest biomass measurements, soil moisture/water table measurements, and CO2 monitoring. Her main interest is in forest soil respiration. From 1996 – present, manual and automated static chamber respiration systems have been maintained in upland and wetland environments. For the past few years, 14C trapping has been run, as well as 13C measurements on forest soil respiration, tree roots, and root-free organic soil as part of an over-all soil respiration partitioning experiment.
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Patrick Jantz, Ph.D.Research Associate
Expertise Biodiversity conservation, climate change, habitat corridors
Dr. Jantz studies the relationship between human activities and changes in land use and land cover using geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analytical tools. His primary interests include the ecosystem impacts of land conversion for residential development, climate change effects on the composition and function of eastern U.S. forests, and the use of data driven climate and land change scenarios to inform management of parks and protected areas. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Melaine Kermarc, M.Sc.Equateur (DRC) Project Manager
Expertise REDD, DRC, capacity building, payment for ecosystem services
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Wendy Kingerlee, B.S.Brazil Program Administrator, Sponsored Research Program
Ms. Kingerlee is the project coordinator of the Brazil Program. She provides administration, budget management, and logistical support to the team and its Brazilian counterpart, Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM). She also manages the Center’s government sponsored research office. She previously worked as a research assistant in the soil carbon program. Ms. Kingerlee was also employed by the Agriculture Department in the County of Santa Cruz, California. She received her B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Paul A. Lefebvre, M.A.Research Associate
Expertise Amazon, GIS
Paul Lefebvre is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems and field instrumentation, who has worked in the Center’s Amazon program since 1995. From 1995 to 1998 he lived in Brazil while helping to establish IPAM’s Remote Sensing and GIS laboratory. He is now responsible for setting up and maintaining many of the monitoring instruments used at our field stations in Brazil, and for training field personnel. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Min Li, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow
Expertise Remote sensing, GIS, earth observation
Dr. Li’s research focuses on monitoring land surface dynamics based on remote sensing and GIS technology. She is interested in the application of remote sensing and GIS on investigating the interaction between climate change and land surface parameters, including forest biomass, vegetation phenology, snow and ice cover. Prior to joining the staff of WHRC, Dr. Li was a Supporting Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She received her M.S. in Cartography and GIS from Beijing Normal University and her Ph.D. in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences from George Mason University.
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Alexander Nassikas, B.A.Research Assistant
Expertise Carbon emissions, land use, land cover change, global tropics
Mr. Nassikas contributes data collection and analysis to a project that aims to locate and quantify both historical and present-day carbon emissions from the global tropics resulting from land use and land cover change. During his time at Wesleyan University, he was captain of the men’s varsity squash team for three years and served as chair of the Green Fund.
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Johanne Pelletier, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow
Expertise Emissions from land-use change, forest ecology, REDD+, MRV, Latin America, Africa
Dr. Pelletier is an ecologist with interests in carbon fluxes from land-cover change and forest conservation. Before joining the Center, she worked in Panama, where she studied emissions from land-use/land-cover change in the REDD+ context. She has studied various aspects of MRV systems for REDD+ including national reference emission levels, avoided deforestation scenarios, uncertainty, and data availability. At the local level, she has looked at the dynamics of forest intervention using remote sensing and forest carbon inventories. She has also worked on forest conservation with local communities in Panama’s protected area. Dr. Pelletier earned her Ph.D. from McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
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Amanda E. W. Poston, B.A.Africa and Pantropical Project Administrator
Expertise: International grants management
Ms. Poston manages budgets and provides administrative and logistic support for the Center’s Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equateur Province. Before joining the Center, she was a grants manager for the University of the Virgin Islands’ Division of Science and Mathematics undergraduate programs. She has lived in France and in Madagascar, where she worked at the Malagasy Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments. Ms. Poston earned her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.
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Brendan M. Rogers, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow
Expertise Wildfires, boreal forests, climate feedbacks, productivity
Dr. Rogers is interested in how high latitude terrestrial ecosystems are impacted by climate change in terms of their functioning, species compositions, and fluxes of energy, carbon, and water, and how these responses will feedback to the climate system. Much of this work has focused on disturbance regimes, particularly fire, as these are mechanisms by which ecosystems change abruptly. Dr. Rogers uses a combination of fieldwork, remote sensing, land surface models, and climate models to investigate these biogeochemical and biophysical interactions. Dr. Rogers holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.
Kathleen Savage, M.Sc.Research Associate
Expertise Ecology, education, plant sciences
Ms. Savage is currently working in the Center’s carbon cycling program. She obtained a B.Sc. degree and an M.Sc. degree in Geography at York University and McGill University, respectively. Her thesis work examined the exchange of carbon dioxide and methane in boreal forest soils. Following her graduate studies, she has worked in northern Manitoba examining net ecosystem exchange in boreal wetlands.
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Seth Spawn, B.A.Research Assistant
Expertise Carbon and nitrogen dynamics, boreal soils and sediments, high latitude ecosystems
Mr. Spawn is a biogeochemist interested in carbon and nitrogen dynamics in boreal soils and sediments. In particular, he seeks to quantify trace gas emissions from high latitude ecosystems and to describe the underlying mechanisms that regulate the magnitude of these emissions. Prior to joining the WHRC staff, Mr. Spawn spent three summers in Northeastern Siberia as a member of the Polaris Project and a summer in Alaska with the United States Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is currently working on a landscape assessment of CO2 and CH4 emissions from a Siberian watershed and an enzymatic study of soil organic matter decomposition in permafrost soils. Mr. Spawn received a B.A. in Biology and Mathematical Biology from St. Olaf College.
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George M. WoodwellWHRC Founder
The Woods Hole Research Center was founded in 1985 as an institute for research on the Great Issues of Environment by renowned ecologist George M. Woodwell, whose broad interests and achievements in environmental issues and policies have had a major worldwide impact.
For its first 18 years, the Center’s headquarters were in the village of Woods Hole. In 1999, several acres of land and an old inn on the Woods Hole Road were acquired and formed the basis of the WHRC Gilman Ordway Campus. Dr. Woodwell led the campaign to build a building that would not burn fossil fuels but would instead be a model of green architecture and sustainable energy systems. The new building was dedicated in 2003. Dr. Woodwell later wrote a book about its concept and construction, The Nature of a House: Building a World That Works (Island Press, 2009), with a foreword by the architect, William A. McDonough. In 2008, the WHRC staff, the Board of Directors, and the community honored Dr. Woodwell with a special symposium by other world-class scientists, and at that time named the building after him. Today the Ordway Campus comprises the George M. Woodwell Building and the 100-year-old Carriage House, a building that underwent a deep-energy retrofit and was opened in 2010.
Prior to founding the Woods Hole Research Center, Dr. Woodwell was founder and director of the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratories. He was also a founding trustee and continues to serve on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is a former chairman of the board of trustees and currently a member of the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, a founding trustee of the World Resources Institute, a founder and currently an honorary member of the board of trustees of the Environmental Defense Fund, and former president of the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Woodwell is the author of more than 300 major papers and books in ecology. He holds a doctorate in botany from Duke University and is the recipient of several honorary degrees as well as the 1996 Heinz Environmental Award and the Volvo Environment Prize of 2001. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.