Point Blue's Scientific Advisory Committee is a panel composed of no more than 12 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 at Point Blue to ensure that our science remains strong and integral to the organization, and to help Point Blue achieve its strategic goals.

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.

Larry Crowder, PhD, Stanford

Dr. Crowder's research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary approaches to marine conservation.  Learn more about Dr. Crowder here.

John Eadie, PhD, UC Davis

Dr. Eadie's research includes avian ecology, waterfowl, management & conservation, population ecology, animal behavior, conservation genetics, and wetland ecology and conservation.  Learn more about Dr. Eadie here.

Mary Gleason, PhD, The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Gleason has expertise in marine ecosystems and is the Associate Director of Marine Science in California for The Nature Conservancy.  

Sam Luoma, PhD, USGS

Dr. Luoma's specific research interests are in the bioavailability and ecological effects of metals in aquatic environments. Learn more about Dr.Luoma here.

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 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.

Terry Root, PhD, Stanford

Dr. Root is a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and has expertise in the areas of climate change and ecosystem science.  Learn more about Dr. Root 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, Environmental Defense Fund

Dr. Shaw has 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.