Independent Science Board

The Independent Science Board is designed to be a standing board of distinguished experts (scientists and engineers) with a range of multi-disciplinary expertise including among those with local experience and those with external relevant expertise. These experts will help the Authority establish an independent and objective view of the science issues that underlie important policy decisions.

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Current ISB Members

 

Jeff Mount, Ph.D., Chair
Professor, Department of Geology, University of California, Davis

Dr. Mount's research program focuses on the geology, geomorphology and restoration of lowland river systems. He is also involved in the integration of science and policy in the management of California's rivers. Author of the acclaimed book, California Rivers and Streams, Dr. Mount currently holds the Roy. J. Shlemon Endowed Chair in Applied Geosciences at UC Davis and is the Director of the UC Davis Watershed Center. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Klamath River and served on the CALFED Independent Science Board. He received his doctorate in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

Judith Meyer, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Professor of Ecology Emeritus, University of Georgia

A nationally recognized expert on aquatic ecology and rivers, Dr. Meyer is past president of the Ecological Society of America and past Director of the River Basin Science and Policy Center at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include organic carbon, ecosystem processes in streams, urban rivers, and food webs. She is the 2003 recipient of the Award of Excellence in Benthic Science and chaired Selection Committees for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program's Ecosystem Restoration and Science Program grant selection process. She currently serves on the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences and on several committees of EPA's Science Advisory Board. Dr. Meyer previously served on the CALFED Independent Science Board. She earned her doctorate at Cornell University.

 

Antonio Baptista, Ph.D.
Head of the Department of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems, Oregon Graduate Institute School of Science and Engineering, Oregon Health and Science University

With extensive experience in modeling estuarine systems, Dr. Baptista is the scientific director of CORIE, a pioneering multi-purpose coastal-margin observation and prediction system for the Columbia River estuary and adjacent coast that is integral for scientific research and sustainable development issues in the region. Dr. Baptista is also on the Steering Committee for the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems. He received his doctorate in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 


William Glaze, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Former chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board and the first chair of its Drinking Water Committee, Dr. Glaze is an expert in water quality and drinking water treatment. He was editor of the prestigious journal Environmental Science and Engineering for 15 years and served on the National Academy of Sciences Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He was a member of the CALFED Independent Science Board and CALFED Water Management Science Board. Most recently, he served as the Associate Dean for Research at Oregon Health and Sciences University, Oregon Graduate Institute School of Science and Engineering. He received his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

 

Peter Goodwin, Ph.D., P.E.
DeVlieg Presidential Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Idaho

As the Director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research, Dr. Goodwin heads an interdisciplinary program researching the linkages between ecological response to management actions or changes in physical processes of rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. Current research activities in watershed management include the Coeur d'Alene River basin, the Upper Salmon River basin and the Lake Amatitlan watershed in Guatemala. He was elected to the Council of the International Association for Hydraulic Research in 2003 and was the most recent member of the CALFED Independent Science Board. Dr. Goodwin earned his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Jack Keller, Ph.D., P.E.
Principal, Keller-Bliesner Engineering and Professor Emeritus, Utah State University

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Keller is an international advisor on water resources and development focused on agricultural water use. He is considered an expert in irrigation, water conservation, and water resources planning in irrigated regions. He serves as an advisor to the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program and was on the CALFED Independent Science Board. Dr. Keller has a degree in civil engineering and earned his doctorate in irrigation engineering at Utah State University.

 

Daene McKinney, Ph.D.
Professor, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program, University of Texas at Austin

With expertise in water resources and river basin modeling, Dr. McKinney is currently working as a Water Management Specialist to the US Agency for International Development and is editor of Water Resource Planning and Management. His research focuses on transboundary water and environmental issues. He was one of the senior modelers brought in to assist CALFED in reviewing the CALSIM II Model and he co-authored the resulting report. Dr. McKinney previously served on the CALFED Independent Science Board and CALFED Water Management Science Board. Dr. McKinney earned his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University.

 

Richard Norgaard, Ph.D.
Professor, Energy and Resources and Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of CA, Berkeley

A pioneer in the field of ecological economics, Dr. Norgaard's recent research addresses how environmental problems challenge scientific understanding and the policy process. He was a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He serves on the Board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and has served as President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. Dr. Norgaard was a member of the CALFED Water Management Science Board. He earned his doctorate in economics from University of Chicago.

 

Duncan Patten, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Montana State University

With expertise in plant biology and riparian ecology, Dr. Patten has conducted extensive research into ecological processes and restoration of western riparian and wetland ecosystems. He was a senior scientist with the Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Environmental Studies, overseeing research on the effects of operations of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River riverine ecosystem. He has served on National Science Foundation panels, has been a member of various committees, boards, and commissions of the National Research Council and has been an officer in the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Patten was on the CALFED Independent Science Board and CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program Science Board. He received his doctorate in botany-ecology from Duke University.

 

Paul Smith, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

With expertise in pelagic ecology, Dr. Smith is currently a research associate of the Integrated Oceanography Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He previously worked as a fisheries biologist with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Smith was awarded the Commerce Gold Medal for his work in interpreting adult fish population size time series and larval fish mortality rates from Cal COFI surveys. He also was a member of the Interagency Ecological Program Pelagic Organism Decline technical review panel in 2005. Dr. Smith earned his doctorate in zoology from University of Iowa.

 

Robert Twiss, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Center for Environmental Design Research, University of California, Berkeley

As an expert in environmental and regional planning, Dr. Twiss has been involved in all levels of planning and research for local, regional state and federal agencies as well as the United Nations. He is a member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board. Dr. Twiss was on the CALFED Independent Science Board, served as co-chair of the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program Science Board and was on the CALFED Water Management Science Board. He also served as Chair of the California State Mining and Geology Board, and Chair of the California/Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Dr. Twiss received his doctorate in conservation from the School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan.