Geomorphology, Water Resources Research, River Research and Applications and others. In his current position, David serves as a liaison between research and the National Forest managers on water resource related issues.
Paul Michel is an environmental program manager in EPA’s Water Division- Region 9, San Francisco. He currently serves as Manager of the Southwest/Border Office, which primarily focuses on U.S.- Mexico border environmental management and cooperation in California- Baja, and Arizona-Sonora. This office manages the water border infrastructure program, a bi-national effort implementing water and wastewater projects, as well as the Border 2012 Program focused on bi-national efforts to reduce pollution and promote environmental stewardship across the entire US-Mexico border. In addition, this office has responsibility for wetlands planning for the Pacific Southwest region (CA, HI, AZ, NV, Pacific Islands, Tribes) and 2 National Estuary Programs - Morro Bay and Santa Monica Bay. Mr. Michel currently represents EPA on several interagency collaborations: 1) as Co-Chair of the Southwest Team of Coastal America (California) - a federal agency partnership focused on coastal wetlands restoration; 2) as an alternate on the Good Neighbor Environment Board - a FACA reporting to the President and Congress on border environmental issues; and 3) on the Southwest Strategy - a state and federal agency partnership focused on water, border, and ecosystem health (including fire management) issues in Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Michel has over 17 years environmental planning and policy experience with local, state, tribal, and federal government. He received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University.
Anna Noson received a BA in Biology from Colorado College in 1997, and an MS in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University in 2001. For the last 7 years, she has worked on avian research projects throughout the western U.S. She currently coordinates wetland bird monitoring projects for the Avian Science Center at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Duncan Patten is Research Professor with the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and affiliate faculty with the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University. He is also Professor Emeritus of Plant Biology and past director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Arizona State University. Dr. Patten received the A.B. degree from Amherst College, M.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Ph.D. from Duke University. His research interests include arid and mountain ecosystems, especially the understanding of ecological processes and restoration of western riparian and wetland ecosystems. It also involves studies of ecosystem indicators of watershed condition including remote sensing of indicators, biocomplexity of natural and human system interactions in western rangelands, and conceptual modeling of national park ecosystems. He was Senior Scientist of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Glen Canyon Environmental Studies, overseeing the research program evaluating effects of operations of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River riverine ecosystem. He has published extensively on riparian, desert and mountain ecosystem processes and was plant-process coordinator of the IBP Desert Biome program. Dr. Patten was founding president of the Arizona Riparian Council, president of the Society of Wetland Scientists, and Business Manager of the Ecological Society of America. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, has been a member of several NAS/NRC committees, boards and commissions. He is working with the Heinz Center on a project on the “State of the Nation’s Ecosystems” and has served on two science boards guiding restoration and science for the CALFED river/water/levee programs in California.
Gene Reetz is the Wetlands Team Leader in EPA Region 8. He has been involved many wetlands and water resources matters for over 20 years, ranging from specific projects (including EPA's "veto" of the Two Forks Dam) to representing EPA on broader policy studies (such as the Congressionally mandated Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission). His previous positions range from being on the faculty at Cornell University to working as a custodian in a sugar factory. Gene has a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Conservation from Cornell University, a M.S. in Hydrology from the University of Arizona, and
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