Wilhelm M. MerckChair
Managing Member, Essex Timber Company
Trustee and Treasurer, Merck Family Fund
Wilhelm Merck is the founder and Managing Member of Essex Timber Company, LLC, a timberland management company. Prior to Essex’s creation in 1999, he was an analyst and investment manager at Adams, Harkness & Hill in Boston. He holds a BA from Kenyon College. He has served on the board of the New England Forestry Foundation where he was co-chair of the Pingree Campaign, and is past President of the Merck Family Fund. He lives in Hamilton, Mass. with his wife, Nonie Brady, and three teenage children.
Thomas E. LovejoyVice Chair
Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation
Professor, College of Science, George Mason University
Thomas E. Lovejoy, a conservation biologist who was the first to use the term “biological diversity” (1980), is University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. He currently holds the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and was its President from 2002-2008. From 1999-2002, he was the Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the World Bank. Dr. Lovejoy served as Assistant Secretary and other positions at the Smithsonian Institution and prior to that was Executive Vice president of the World Wildlife Fund. He has been active in Amazon science and conservation since 1965, and since 1985 a major focus has been the interaction between climate change and biodiversity. He has served in high level advisory positions in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations. Dr. Lovejoy conceived of the debt-for-nature swaps, and founded the public television series Nature. He was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2001, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology in 2009 and the Blue Planet Prize in 2102.
Joseph R. RobinsonTreasurer
Summit, New Jersey
Managing Director, MidMark Capital
Joseph R. Robinson is a managing director of MidMark Capital, an investment management firm focused on privately held companies in the lower end of the middle market. Robinson is active on the boards of many of MidMark’s portfolio companies. Prior to co-founding MidMark Capital in 1989, he had over fifteen years of profit and loss responsibility in senior executive management positions with subsidiaries of Vendex International B.V., SHV Holdings N.V. and International Basic Economic Corporation (IBEC). Most of this management experience was gained in Brazil and Argentina. He currently serves as Treasurer and Director of The Woods Hole Research Center and The Ruth Mott Foundation. Robinson has also served as Treasurer and Trustee of The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and as Chairman and Trustee of The Ruth Mott Fund. Robinson is a graduate of Cornell University and lives with his wife, Marité, in Summit, New Jersey.
Member, Mintz Levin
Senior Advisor, ML Strategies
R.J. Lyman is the former President of General Compression, Inc., a company that has developed the world’s only commercial-scale, carbon-free compressed air energy storage system. He also serves as Chairman of New England Hydropower Company LLC, the northeastern United States’ exclusive developer of small-scale hydropower installations using the Archimedes Screw Generator.
Mr. Lyman was previously an equity partner for over a decade in the Boston office of the national law firm Goodwin Procter LLP. He served as Massachusetts Assistant Environmental Secretary and MEPA Director under Governor Bill Weld. He began his career as a project manager working on gas-fired power plants and commercial real estate projects at a consulting engineering firm. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Vermont Law School and his B.A. cum laude in history from Harvard College.
Philip B. Duffy, Ph.D.President and Executive Director
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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.
John Holdren, Ph.D.Senior Advisor to the President
Dr. Holdren was President Obama’s Chief Science and Technology Advisor and the Senate-confirmed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2009 to 2017, becoming the longest-serving Science Advisor to the President in the history of the position (dating back to World War II). His responsibilities in this capacity included advising the President on all science and technology issues bearing on the President’s agenda (including economic growth and job creation, biomedicine and public health, energy and climate change, the oceans and the Arctic, the Nation’s space program, and national and homeland security); coordinating R&D strategy and budgets across all the Executive Branch departments and agencies; overseeing interagency S&T programs such as the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Nanotechnology Initiative; developing initiatives in STEM education and training; advancing scientific integrity and openness in government; and representing the U.S. government in interactions with the U.S. and global science and engineering communities.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Dr. Holdren was the CEO of the Woods Hole Research Center, in addition to several other distinguished posts in science and academia. He rejoined WHRC in 2017 as a Senior Advisor to the President – a voluntary role providing strategic guidance, and helping the Center to remain at the forefront of climate research and policy. He is also a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Dr. Holdren earned his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D from Stanford University in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a foreign member of both the Royal Society of London and the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. From 1973 to 1996 he was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded and co-led the interdisciplinary graduate-degree program in energy and resources.
His other honors include one of the first MacArthur Prizes (1981), the Volvo International Environment Prize (1993), the Tyler Prize for Environment (2000), and the Heinz Prize for Public Policy (2001). In 1995 he gave the acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international organization of scientists and public figures in which he served in leadership positions from 1982 to 1997.
He served from 1991 to 2005 as a member of the Board of Trustees of the MacArthur Foundation and from 1994 to 2005 as Chairman of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control at the National Academy of Sciences. During the Clinton administration, he served for both terms on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, leading studies on nuclear-materials protection, fusion-energy research, strengthening federal investments in energy R&D, and international cooperation on energy-technology innovation.
Robert Max Holmes, Ph.D.Deputy Director, Senior Scientist
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Expertise Arctic, water chemistry, rivers, permafrost, climate change
Dr. Holmes is an earth system scientist who studies 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 of the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science Program and in 2015 was named National Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Lisa Strock O’Connell, B.S.Chief Administrative Officer
Ms. O’Connell oversees the administrative functions of the Center. These areas include Facilities, Human Resources, International Licensing and Visas, Corporate Insurance, and communications with the Board of Directors. She is the staff liaison and Assistant Clerk to the Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Center, she held leadership positions in environmental non-profit and for-profit companies, including Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts and Jacobs Engineering. She was also the Conservation Administrator for the town of Brewster, MA. She received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University.
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Camille M. Romano, M.S., C.P.A.Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Romano is responsible for the financial management of the Center, including internal and external financial reporting, budgeting, tax filings, and management of the annual independent audit. She also supervises the Sponsored Research Office and is responsible for compliance with grant awards. Prior to joining the Center as an Accountant in 1991, Ms. Romano worked in a supervisory capacity as a senior auditor the firm of Deloitte & Touche in Boston, and she is licensed as a C.P.A. in Massachusetts. She obtained her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts and her M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University.
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Alison Smart, B.F.A.Chief Development Officer
Alison Smart oversees WHRC’s fundraising and communications functions. She works closely with the Center’s board of directors, staff and partners to advance the Center’s priority initiatives. Alison has spent her entire career in fundraising and communications for non-profit organizations. Prior to joining WHRC, she served as Vice President for Development & Marketing for the New Bedford Whaling Museum where she spearheaded initiatives to build the museum’s financial capacity and expand its physical campus through a major capital campaign. During her 8 year tenure at the Museum, she also participated in the museum’s strategic reorientation from teaching primarily whaling history to including whale ecology and conservation exhibitions and programs. Alison is passionate about the positive role that fundraising can play in making an impact on global environmental issues.
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