Scientific Advisory Council

Will AllenWill Allen

CEO of Growing Power, a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisc. Allen teaches people to apply old-fashioned farming principles to vacant city lots and abandoned commercial buildings. In 2008 he was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow--only the second farmer ever to be so honored. He helped launch First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" program and was added to Time magazine’s list of "The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in 2010.

Bob BernerBob Berner

Former executive director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) in Point Reyes Station, Calif., and a national leader on agricultural conservation issues. Berner brought an MBA, law degree, five years’ financial experience at The Nature Conservancy, and real estate acumen from working for San Francisco Architectural Heritage to his position at MALT. During his 28 years there, MALT protected 44,100 acres, equivalent to 45 percent of Marin County’s farmland.

Meg CaldwellMeg Caldwell

Executive director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, a collaboration between Stanford, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to increase the impact of science on ocean policy. Caldwell has been on the faculty at the Stanford Law School since 1994. Her scholarship has focused on the environmental effects of local land-use decisions, the use of science in natural resource policy development and implementation, coastal and marine policy and climate change, and incentives for natural resource conservation.

Gretchen DailyGretchen Daily

Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford University, senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Daily is also co-director of the Natural Capital Project, which aligns economics with conservation. Her scientific research examines biodiversity, ecosystem services and conservation, and integrating the value of ecosystems into decision-making.

Jerry FranklinJerry F. Franklin

Professor of Ecosystem Analysis in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington in Seattle. Franklin is also director of the Wind River Field Station, which is located in south-central Wash. and is pioneering research on old-growth forest canopies. He specializes in research on tree-stand development, ecosystem structure and function, disturbances and biological legacies and ecological forestry.

David Mas MasumotoDavid Mas Masumoto

Author and third-generation farmer on a certified-organic 80-acre farm south of Fresno, Calif. Masumoto is a columnist for the Fresno Bee, a regular contributor to the Sacramento Bee, and an award-winning writer (his latest book, The Perfect Peach, was released in June 2013). He is a founding member of the California Association of Family Farmers and has been profiled in many publications, including Time magazine, and on NPR and PBS. In 2012 President Obama appointed Masumoto to the National Council on the Arts.

Reed NossReed Noss

Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and president of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. Noss is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has nearly 300 publications to his credit. For more than 20 years his research focused on systematic conservation planning on regional scales. Noss is also looking at reconciling and combining species-level and ecosystem-level approaches to conservation. 

Rebecca ShawRebecca Shaw

Associate vice president at Environmental Defense Fund. Shaw specializes in cutting-edge research and policy solutions that address the impact of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services. She previously worked at The Nature Conservancy, where she led the development and implementation of conservation strategies throughout California related to climate, marine and water programs.

Chris WilmersChris Wilmers

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Wilmers’s research interests include impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, predator effects on biodiversity, and wildlife connectivity and conservation. He heads the Santa Cruz Puma Project, a regional effort that tracks and catalogues data about mountain lions to better understand the effects of habitat fragmentation in the Santa Cruz Mountains, including on POST-protected lands.