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Aldo Leopold leadership program moves to Stanford University and awards new fellowships for 2005

Stanford University

The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, which trains academic environmental scientists to communicate effectively to non-scientists, has relocated to Stanford University. The program had been based at the New England Aquarium in Boston before joining the Stanford Institute for the Environment earlier this year.

Debbie Drake Dunne, former director of government relations for the Nature Conservancy of California, has been appointed the new executive director of the program.

"The Leopold Leadership Program is a unique and exciting program, and we are proud to have it become part of the Stanford Institute for the Environment," said Pamela Matson, the Chester Naramore Dean of the Stanford School of Earth Sciences and co-chair of the program steering committee.

In addition to announcing the move to Stanford, program officials also released the names of 19 environmental scientists who have been awarded Aldo Leopold Fellowships for 2005. Each fellow will receive intensive training on communicating environmental science to policymakers, the media, business leaders and the public. This year's fellows represent a broad range of environmental science disciplines, including forest ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental engineering and oceanography. A complete list of all 99 fellowship recipients, past and present, is available at

"The 2005 cohort of Leopold Leadership Fellows comprises a truly outstanding group of scientists working to address today's most important environmental challenges," said program founder and steering committee co-chair Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University.

Founded in 1998 with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the program is named for Aldo Leopold, a prominent environmental scientist whose writings, including his 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, are credited with infusing the emerging conservation movement with good science and a stewardship ethic.

The Stanford Institute for the Environment was established in 2004 to bring together faculty, staff and students from across campus to conduct research, education and outreach that promote an environmentally sound and sustainable world. Through its work at the intersection of science, technology, policy, health, business and the humanities, the institute seeks to foster the development of creative solutions to environmental challenges, to educate the next generation of leaders and problem solvers, and to facilitate dialogue with policymakers and the broader community.

The following is a list of the 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows:

  • Edward Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming-Laramie

  • Paul Beier, professor, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff

  • Jeffrey Chanton, the John W. Winchester Professor of Oceanography, Florida State University-Tallahassee

  • David Conover, dean and director, Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University

  • David Hart, director of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and adjunct professor of biology, University of Pennsylvania

  • Nancy Hayden, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont

  • Brian Helmuth, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina-Columbia

  • Elisabeth Holland, Scientist III, program lead for Biogeosciences and Integrated Biosphere Atmosphere Studies, Institute for Multidisciplinary Earth Studies and Atmospheric Chemistry Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research

  • Karen Lips, associate professor, Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  • Carlos Martinez del Rio, professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming-Laramie

  • Janice Moore, professor of biology, Colorado State University-Fort Collins

  • Susanne Moser, research scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

  • Debbie Niemeier, professor and chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Davis

  • Jonathan Patz, associate professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Volker Radeloff, assistant professor, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • J. (James) Sandy Rikoon, professor of rural sociology and director of the Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Margaret Rubega, assistant professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut-Storrs

  • Enric Sala, associate professor and deputy director, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California-San Diego

  • Steven Strauss, professor, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University- Corvallis


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