Cory DeanCornelia Dean is a science writer for the New York Times, where she writes primarily about environmental issues and science policy. From January 1997 until June 2003, Dean was science editor of the Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section. Dean’s first book, “Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches”, was published in 1999 by Columbia University Press and was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Her second book, “Am I Making Myself Clear?”, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. She is currently working on a book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life. Dean is a former member of the Corporation of Brown University and was a founding member of the advisory board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Dean received a bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Brown University and an M.S. degree from Boston University.


David Orenstein has been a science news officer at Brown University since August 2010. Before Brown he worked for more than five years as associate director of communications for the School of Engineering at Stanford University. Orenstein earned masters and a bachelors degrees in journalism from Northwestern University in 1994. For the first 10 years of his career he worked as a business and technology writer at newspapers in Lincoln, Neb., and Albany, N.Y., and then at national magazines including Computerworld  and Business 2.0. He then went back to school at San Francisco State University to earn a bachelors in physics in 2004, launching his career in higher education science communication.

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Kate Smith is aAssistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A member of the Brown faculty since July 2008, Kate received a BS in Biology from The University of New Mexico and a PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from The University of California Santa Barbara. Before arriving at Brown, she was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow with the EcoHealth Alliance. This year Kate is the Interim Associate Dean of Biology, Director of the Office of Biology Undergraduate Education.







kurtKurt Teichert is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Studies. He teaches courses and advises students on sustainable design environmental stewardship, urban infrastructure, and transportation technology and policy. Brown established an environmental education and advocacy initiative in 1990 that links student research and education efforts with university operations to implement programs that reduce negative environmental impacts. Kurt came to Brown in 1992 to support that initiative. He has been involved in research, design, and construction of high performance educational facilities for over 20 years. Teichert is a member of the Steering Committee of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association RI Chapter, and is a founding member of the NE Campus Sustainability Consortium. Prior to coming to Brown, Kurt served as Research Associate and Facilities Manager at New Alchemy Institute. He holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College.

peter-kareiva-193x290Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners. Peter joined The Nature Conservancy’s staff in 2002 after more than 20 years in academics and work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. In addition to his duties as the Conservancy’s chief scientist, his current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change, and marine conservation. Peter publishes prolifically, having authored over 100 scientific articles in such diverse fields as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology and global climate change. In addition to conducting research, Peter believes that general communications and writing are essential in science, and has written (with Dr. Michelle Marvier of Santa Clara University) the 2nd edition of the leading conservation textbook Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature (Roberts & Company 2015). Peter received a master’s of science degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.

ZBMPhotoZac Bischoff-Mattson is a PhD student in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University.  His background is in natural resources management.  His academic and professional experience spans ecological research, conservation practice, and policy.  Born in Bozeman, Montana, Zac has worked in a variety of capacities and venues across the American West, including government agencies and NGOs.  Zac has been involved in threatened species policy work, large carnivore research and management, botany, forestry, wildland fire, and rangeland management.  Prior to Brown, Zac worked on human-wildlife conflict around wolves and grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains.  Zac’s interest currently centers on environmental governance.  His dissertation focus is water management in the Murray-Darling River Basin, Australia.  His work emphasizes the social and biophysical complexities of managing freshwater resources in this dynamic and contested system.  His approach is explicitly interdisciplinary and integrative, with emphasis on analytic frameworks for addressing complexity and uncertainty.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

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