2014 keynotepage

Dominick A. DellaSala

Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon and President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section. He is an internationally renowned author of over 150 technical papers on forest and fire ecology, conservation biology, endangered species management, and landscape ecology. Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations Earth Summit. He has appeared in National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, “Living on Earth (NPR),” several PBS documentaries and even Fox News! His recent book “Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation” (Island Press) received an academic excellence award in 2012 from Choice magazine, one of the nation's premier book review journals. Dominick cofounded the Geos Institute in July 2006. He is motivated by his work to leave a living planet for his daughter and all those that follow.

Bill Ripple

Dr. Bill Ripple is a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society as well as the Director of the “Trophic Cascades Program” at Oregon State University. His research involves studying the ecological effects of wolves and other large predators in western North America and other regions of the world. During the last 15 years, Dr. Ripple has conducted numerous field studies in Yellowstone National Park researching how the presence of wolves is changing that ecosystem.  He has published over 125 scientific articles of which 60 are on the topic of how predators affect ecosystems. He has worked extensively communicating scientific results to the public via the mass media and documentary films.

Nils D. Christoffersen

Nils D. Christoffersen is the Executive Director of Wallowa Resources, an organization he joined in 1999 as the first Field Program Manager. Wallowa Resources is a community based non-profit working to sustain working lands, and the associated livelihoods, in Wallowa County. Over the past 14 years, Mr. Christoffersen has managed the development of Wallowa Resources’ watershed stewardship and education programs, as well as their for-profit subsidiary investments in biomass and renewable energy. He has a Bachelor’s in Economics from Williams College (Massachusetts), and a Master’s in Forestry from Oxford University (UK). His work experience includes 6 years in Eastern and Southern Africa, with an emphasis on community based natural resource management. Previously, he worked with the European Commission on matters related to CITES, elephants and marine mammals, and field work in Australia (livestock production), UK (forestry), Norway (forestry and fishing), and Israel (agriculture). Nils currently serves on the Oregon Board of Forestry and the Enterprise School Board.  Previously he served on the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (2003-2008), and Chaired the Governor of Oregon’s Eastside Forest Advisory Panel from 2003-2005.  Nils is married to Anette Christoffersen. They have two children: Silje (18) and Nikolai (16). Mr. Christoffersen has contributed to a variety of publications, including: Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration: Integrating Science, Nature, and Culture. Edited by Dave Egan, Evan E. Hjerpe, and Jesse Abrams. Island Press. 2011.

Karen McLeod

Dr. Karen McLeod is the Managing Director of COMPASS and based at Oregon State University (OSU). COMPASS supports scientists to engage beyond their peers by training them to more effectively communicate with the wider world. COMPASS also works to bring science into public and policy dialogues, creating opportunities for scientists to engage with journalists, policymakers, and other scientists at the most relevant times. Karen has a passion for silo-busting – asking where can bridging the divides among disciplinary, geographic, or topical silos substantially advance our understanding and inform policy? Over the past decade, she has focused on the science of ecosystem-based management, ecosystem services, coupled social-ecological systems, and ocean health. Most recently, she's delving into fire ecology. With Heather Leslie (Brown University), she co-edited Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans (Island Press, 2009), the first synthesis of the science relevant to EBM to inform both policy and practice. Before trading in her fins for Skype earbuds, she spent thousands of hours underwater on coral reefs in the Bahamas, French Polynesia, and the Florida Keys, studying reef fish ecology. She holds a PhD from OSU, an MS from the University of South Florida, and a BA from Franklin and Marshall College (PA). She is a courtesy faculty in OSU’s Department of Integrative Biology. In her free time, you’ll find her running, hiking, and camping in Oregon’s mountains and along its coastlines with her husband and two daughters.