Science Advisory Council

The Environmental Law & Policy Center’s Science Advisory Council engages leading Midwest scientists in ELPC’s public policy formulation and strategies. The Council broadens ELPC’s knowledge and relationship capacities in order to help better shape and advance our environmental protection, clean energy development and natural resource preservation agenda.

ELPC’s senior program staff and board meet with the members of the Science Advisory Council twice each year to strategize and infuse up-to-date scientific thinking into ELPC’s key strategic legal, eco-business and policy decision-making process.

ELPC created the Science Advisory Council in order to access expertise of top-rate scientists, obtain their guidance and scientific thinking, and expand our networks to reach out to other scientists and graduate students who can help us on a pro bono basis for projects where their specific knowledge is needed.  The members of the ELPC Science Advisory Council are stellar:

Professor Donald M. Waller (Chair)

is the John T. Curtis Professor of Botany and Chair of the department of Botany and the Biological Aspects of Conservation major at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research focuses on threats to plant and animal diversity in forests in the Great Lakes region including habitat fragmentation, overabundant deer, climate change, and invasive species. He co-authored Wild Forests: Conservation Biology and Public Policy (1994) and co-edited The Vanishing Present: Shifts in Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife (2008). Professor Waller is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and served as an Associate Editor for Oecologia and Ecology Letters, Editor-in-Chief of Evolution, and President, Society for the Study of Evolution.

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Professor Joel Blum

is a John D. MacArthur Professor and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. He is a biogeochemist who specializes in studies of toxic metals in the environment. He has developed innovative techniques that enhance understanding of the behavior of mercury, lead and arsenic in the ecosystems. Much of Professor Blum's research focuses on how atmospheric pollutants influence the structure and function of ecosystems, and on the general application of trace element and isotope geochemistry across the environmental sciences. He has worked on forest conservation at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and on the effects of climate change in Arctic regions. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Elementa, Science of the Anthropocene. He earned his Ph.D in Geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

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Professor Tony L. Goldberg

is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Associate Director for Research of the Global Health Institute. Dr. Goldberg's research is at the interface of health and conservation, focusing on the ecology, epidemiology and evolution of emerging infectious diseases. His research combines laboratory and field studies to understand how disease-causing agents are transmitted among hosts, across complex landscapes, and over time. The overarching goal is to improve the health and well-being of animals and people while conserving our shared rapidly changing ecosystems.

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Marilu Hastings

is a science policy specialist who is the Environment Program Director for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. Ms. Hastings is currently focused on developing and implementing the Foundation's funding strategies to support clean energy, water policy and sustainability in Texas. She was previously Director, Office of Science, Technology & Policy Integration at the Houston Area Research Center (HARC). She has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Professor Jessica Hellmann

is the Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. As director, she provides overall strategic leadership for the Institute, an internationally recognized organization working to solve grand environmental challenges. Professor Hellmann is also the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences. She co-authored several climate assessment and adaptation planning efforts, including the biodiversity and ecosystem portions of the Chicago Climate Action Plan and the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

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Professor Knute Nadelhoffer (Past Chair)

is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan and serves as the Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station at Pellston. He was previously a Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA) and Program Director at the National Science Foundation’s Ecosystem Studies Program. Professor Nadelhoffer's fields of study are ecosystem ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry and global change impacts on ecosystems.

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Professor Jonathan Patz (M.D., M.P.H)

is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Population Health Sciences and Director of the Global Health Institute of the University of Wisconsin. He is also an Affiliate Scientist of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Professor Patz co-chaired the health sector expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Variability and Change, and served as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Professor Barbara Peckarsky

is a Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Stream Ecology at Cornell University and an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Zoology and Adjunct Professor of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin. She is a Senior Researcher at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Her research focuses on the consequences of extreme hydrologic events associated with climate change on organisms in sensitive high-altitude stream ecosystems. Professor Peckarsky authored a textbook on the Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Northeastern North America and served as Editor of Ecology (1997-2000), which is the publication of the Ecological Society of America.

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Professor Mark Ratner

is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Professor Ratner is the Founding Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). He is a materials chemist, whose work focuses on the interplay between molecular structure and molecular properties, ranging from nonadiabatic intramolecular behavior to aspects of molecular devices, including photovoltaics, conductive polymers, molecular transport junctions and molecular switches. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Professor Nicholas Reo

is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College and an enrolled member of the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He researches the ecological, social and political dimensions of ecosystem management, subsistence harvests and tribal guardianship of culturally significant resources. Professor Reo focuses on traditional ecological knowledge, ecosystem stewardship, and socio-ecological adaptations’ contributions to sustainability in the context of rapid environmental change.

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Professor Nancy Tuchman

is Founding Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and a Professor of Biology at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on human impacts on Great Lakes coastal wetland ecosystem structure and function. Her work in designing and implementing the new Institute aims to educate students about the Earth’s limited natural resources with the goal of encouraging sustainable practices and behavior, and developing sustainable policy.

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Professor Donald Wuebbles

is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois in the School of Earth, Society, and Environment. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment of climate change, a leader in the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment, and an author in the 2014 joint U.S. National Academy of Sciences and UK Royal Society report on climate change. He shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with IPCC. He also is a Fellow of three professional societies: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He received the AMS Cleveland Abbe Award in February 2014 for his contributions to science and society.

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