Science Advisory Committee
Point Blue's Scientific Advisory Committee is a panel composed of eminent scientists who serve in an advisory capacity to the organization. The purpose of the panel is to provide both vision and advice on scientific matters in order to maximize the quality of science conducted by Point Blue and to help us achieve our collaborative strategic priorities.
David Ackerly, PhD, UC Berkeley, Committee Chair
Current research in Dr. Ackerly's lab is focused on three areas: 1) trait-based approaches to community assembly, with recent work on California woody plant communities and tropical forests, 2) niche and trait evolution, from microevolutionary studies in vernal pools to phylogenetic studies of trait diversification, and 3) studies of climate change impacts on California biodiversity, and implications for design of protected area networks, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about Dr. Ackerly's work here.
Ellen M. Hines, PhD
Dr. Hines leads the Marine and Coastal Conservation and Spatial Planning Lab at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography and Environment at San Francisco State University. Her research addresses population and community ecology of threatened and endangered species as related to local conservation efforts and regional scale coastal and marine management science. She is particularly interested in using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as a tool for marine conservation and works closely with Point Blue's marine scientists to mentor graduate students. Learn more about Ellen here and here.
Chris first worked as an intern for Point Blue in 1999, nest searching in the eastern Sierra Nevada. He was Point Blue’s desert ecologist from 2002-2016, and initiated several projects in the Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran Deserts. Examples include long-term demographic research of sympatric Dusky and Willow Flycatchers at Mono Lake, long-term all-species research of the Amargosa River’s desert riparian bird community, and investigation of the effects of drought, fire, and off-road recreation on Sonoran Desert birds. He continues to advise Point Blue work in our deserts, contributing to the Desert Thrasher Working Group, the Sonoran Joint Venture, and the PIF Western Working Group. Chris now works for Atwell and lives with his wife in Tucson, Arizona.
Adina Merenlender, PhD, UC Berkeley
Dr. Merenlender's primary focus is in the field of conservation biology. In particular, she is interested in the forces that influence loss of biodiversity at all hierarchical levels from genes to ecosystems. Learn more about Dr. Merenlender.
Peter Norvig, PhD, Google
Dr. Norvig is the Director of Research at Google Inc. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field. Previously he was head of Computational Sciences at NASA and a faculty member at USC and Berkeley.Learn more about Dr. Norvig here.
Peter Moyle, PhD, UC Davis
Dr. Moyle is a leading scientist in the areas of California inland fishes, fisheries science, and climate change. Learn more about Dr. Moyle here.
Mary Power, PhD, UC Berkeley
Dr. Power is a river food-web ecologist. Since 1988, she has been faculty director of the Angelo Coast Range Reserve, an 8000-acre natural reserve protected for university teaching, research, and outreach, one of 38 such sites in the University of California Natural Reserve System. With students and collaborators, she studies food webs in temperate and tropical rivers. Learn more aout Dr. Power here.
Jim Quinn, PhD, UC Davis
Dr. Quinn is the Academic Director of the Information Center for the Environment (ICE) at UC Davis and specializes in spatial ecology, climate change, watershed sciences, informatics, and butterflies. Learn more about Dr. Quinn here.
Hugh Safford, PhD, US Forest Service
Dr. Safford specializes in vegetation ecology especially as it relates to forest fire. Learn more about Dr. Safford here.
Rebecca Shaw, PhD, World Wildlife Fund
Dr. Shaw is Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President at World Wildlife Fund and works with partners around the world to identify the most important scientific questions and advance solutions to those challenges. She has over 15 years of experience in the environmental arena, specializing in research and policy solutions that address climate change impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services. Learn more about Dr. Shaw here.