The GIS program that simulates habitats,
integrating high quality imagery and analytical tools.



Dr. D.G. Webster - Dartmouth Environmental Studies Program

Dr. HintonDr. Webster is an Asstant Professor in the Dartmouth Environmental Studies Program. Her main research interest is in understanding feedbacks within global scale social-ecological systems (SESs) like climate change and international fisheries. Her book, Adaptive Governance: The Dynamics of Atlantic Tuna Management (2009 MIT Press), which posited and tested her vulnerability response framework, won the International Studies Association's Harold and Margaret Sprout Award in 2010. She is also working to develop new methods for exploring SESs and is currently the lead PI on a multi-institutional project called Fishscape: Modeling the Complex Dynamics of the Fishery for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which is funded through NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program. Dr. Webster teaches courses related to global agricultural and trade systems, green business, marine policy, and environmental institutions. She earned her PhD from the University of Southern California’s Political Economy and Public Policy program in 2005.

Dr. Dale Kiefer - University of Southern California

Dale KieferDr. Kiefer who obtained his doctorate in biological oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is a Professor of Biology at USC. He has published over 75 papers in the fields of marine microbiology and optics and has obtained 3 U.S. patents for inventions in optical instrumentation and wave damping floats. He has worked extensively on water quality monitoring, plankton models, remote sensing, and marine conservation.


Dr. Michael Hinton - Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

Dr. HintonDr. Hinton is a senior scientist with IATTC, where he is responsible for assessments of billfish resources and heads the Fisheries Oceanography group. His principal research is focused on pelagic systems ecology and on modeling populations of large pelagic predators. Current research includes investigation of integrated biological and ocean-system models using real-time satellite-based ocean data to predict recruitment of bigeye and yellowfin tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Dr. Hinton serves on a number of international and national committees. Among them are as Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Fishery Resource Monitoring System (FIRMS), and the United States Argo Science and Implementation Panel. Dr. Hinton is on the affiliated faculty of the University of San Diego.

Frank O'Brien - System Science Applications, Inc.

Frank OBrienFrank, who obtained his master's degree in Mathematics specializing in Statistics from the University of Vermont, is the Director of Software Engineering for System Science Applications. He is software architect and designer with over 45 years experience in the field of software analysis and design. He collaborated in the development of the first version of EASy software. In addition to this, he provides a continuous supply of elegant tools for the analysis and visualization of geographic information for use in SSA's many environmental and engineering projects.

Dr. Dale Squires - Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Dale SquiresDr. Squires is a researcher at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center with interests in environmental and resource economics, particularly those of fisheries.  Dr. Squires is also a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego.  He received his Doctorate from Cornell University in 1984.



Dr. Jenny Sun - Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, Maine

Dr. Jenny SunDr. Sun is a Senior Marine Resource Economist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, Maine and a visiting scientist at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. She received her Doctorate from Cornell University in 1994 and was a professor at National Taiwan Ocean University for 17 years and a visiting professor at UC San Diego in 2008-2009. Jenny has organized and participated in many international meetings on the economics of tuna fisheries and institutions and she is experienced and knowledgeable about the global seafood industry. Her interests in fisheries resource economics cover a number of topics, particularly on the market incentives-based management for the sustainability of the marine and coastal resources, as well as bio-economic modeling and marine spatial planning economics issues.

Dr. Robert Lempert - Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition - RAND

Robert J. LempertDr. Lempert, the Director of the Pardee Center, was a member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Lempert is a senior scientist who is an internationally known scholar in the field of decision making under conditions of deep uncertainty. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Science's Climate Research Committee. His research focuses on improving methods for long-term policy analysis and for using data and models to support decision making where accurate forecasts are impossible. He is leading a major National Science Foundation–funded study that aims to improve methods for using scientific and other information to support decisions about climate change. He has worked extensively in the areas of environment, energy, and national security strategies; and he has conducted research on science and technology investment strategies for clients that include the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and several multinational firms. 

Dr. Lempert received his Ph.D. in applied physics and, S.M. in applied physics and science policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Jordan Fischbach - The RAND Corporation

Jordan FischbachDr. Fischbach is an Associate Policy Researcher at RAND and recent graduate of the Pardee RAND Graduate School where he obtained his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis. He has worked as a policy researcher and consultant focused on water resources and infrastructure planning, climate change adaptation, and environmental policy since 2001. His doctoral dissertation, entitled "Managing New Orleans Flood Risk in an Uncertain Future Using Non-Structural Risk Mitigation," applied quantitative scenario planning methods such as Robust Decision Making to the challenge of reducing uncertain flood risk in New Orleans over the next fifty years. Fischbach has also worked extensively with RAND Gulf States Policy Institute researchers to consider the effects of climate change on the Louisiana Coast and provide planning support to the State of Louisiana. Other recent areas of focus include incorporating climate change uncertainty into long-term Colorado River management and U.S. Army science and technology planning. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as an analyst at The Cadmus Group, Inc.