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CATEGORY: Environment and ConservationClear

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Alonso Aguirre

Executive Director, Smithsonian- Mason School of Conservation

Expertise: Animal Conservation, Animal Science, Animal Epidemiology, Disease Outbreaks, Animal-to-Human Disease Transmission, Conservation Medicine, Ecology, Global Change

Alonso Aguirre directs the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, based in Front Royal, Va. He is an animal epidemiologist, a veternarian, and conservation activist.

Previously he was senior vice president at EcoHealth Alliance in New York, also holding different appointments at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University and Tufts University. After obtaining his D.V.M., he received a M.S. in wildlife ecology and epidemiology and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology and protected areas management from Colorado State University where he served as assistant professor years later. He acted as wildlife epidemiologist for NMFS Protected Species Investigations, heading and pioneering the epidemiology program for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles.

He authored the books Conservation Medicine: Ecological Health in Practice and Helminths of Wildlife: A Global Perspective, New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health, and published over 160 professional papers, monographs and scientific reports. He also served as co-editor and now as review editor of the new Springer journal EcoHealth. He also is a co-editor of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases and European Journal of Wildlife Research.

Aguirre is also an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at Mason.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

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Christian Jones

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

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Expertise: Tidal Freshwater Ecosystems, Stream Ecology, Watershed Management, Chesapeake Bay

Dr. R. Chris Jones, Chair of the Environmental Science and Policy Department is a freshwater ecologist who researches tidal freshwater ecosystems (emphasizing plankton and macrophytes), stream ecology (emphasizing benthic macroinvertebrates), and watershed management.

He is also director of the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), which uses scientific tools and research to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes of the Potomac River.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Andrew Light

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Policy; Director, Center for Global Ethics

Expertise: Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Climate Change

 Light is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. A globally recognized environmental ethicist – specializing in the ethical dimensions of environmental policy, restoration ecology, and, more recently, climate change – he has authored, co-authored and edited 17 books on environmental ethics, philosophy of technology, and aesthetics, including "Environmental Values" (2008) and "Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy and Social Criticism" (Westview 2003). Light is also co-editor of the journal Ethics, Place, and Environment and serves on the editorial boards of Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, Ecological Restoration, Philosophical Practice and Theoria. He is currently finishing a book on the ethics of restoration ecology in a changing climate.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Edward Maibach

Professor and Director, Center for Climate Change Communication

Maibach works as a "climate coach" to help organizations such as government agencies and companies communicate their positions on climate change. He is an experienced public health advocate and social change professional. Using social science research methods such as surveys and interviews, his center tries to engage public and policy makers in becoming part of the solution for climate change. Maibach is the author of the book "Designing Health Messages: Approaches from Communication Theory and Public Health Practice," which is widely used by academics and practitioners. He recently published a study that surveyed 133 local health department directors on their perceptions of and preparedness for climate change

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Jagadish Shukla

Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences; Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies

Expertise: Climate Change, Weather, Short-Term Climate Variability

Shukla is president of the Institute of Global Environment and Society and the founder of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, a top research center devoted to an improved understanding of climate variability and predictability. He is one of the premier researchers of short-term climate variability and continues to research ways to more accurately predict weather and climate variations in the three-month to one-year range.

Shukla is a lead author and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former vice president Al Gore.

He received the International Meteorological Organization Prize for 2007 given by the World Meteorological Organization. Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine appointed him a commissioner for climate change, and he is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

He has founded and implanted many weather and climate research centers globally.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,