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Habiba Gitay is a professor of ecology at the Australian National University. She has more than ten years experience researching and teaching in the fields of ecology, environmental management, and the impact of climate change on ecosystems in many parts of the world. Over the last seven years she has jointly lead teams in assessments carried out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), focussing on impacts of climate change in the Middle East and Arid Asia, on adaptation options in deserts and semi-arid areas, and on global ecosystems. She is a member of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment advisory group and served as a senior advisor for World Resources 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life.
Michael Novacek has served since 1982 as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York where he is currently also senior vice president and provost of science. In 1978, Dr. Novacek was awarded a doctoral degree at the University of California in Berkeley, where he studied patterns of evolution and relationships among organisms, particularly mammals. In 1996, he received an honorary doctorate from Long Island University. He has led paleontological expeditions to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in search of fossil mammals and dinosaurs, which received worldwide scientific and public attention for their spectacular findings. Novacek is a frequent lecturer to both professional and popular audiences, including events sponsored by the Nobel Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Explorers Club, where he is a fellow.
Carl Safina is a marine biologist who received his Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University in 1987. Recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship, Dr. Safina is a visiting fellow at Yale University, an elected member of the Explorers Club, a winner of the Pew Charitable Trust's Scholar's Award in Conservation and the Environment, and recipient of the American Fisheries Society's Carl R. Sullivan Conservation Award. In 1990, Safina founded the Living Oceans Program at the National Audubon Society, where he is currently vice president for marine conservation.
Melanie Stiassny is the Axlerod Research curator and curator-in-charge of the Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and adjunct professor at Columbia University. For the past twenty years, Dr. Stiassny has conducted extensive research throughout the world's tropical waters studying the evolution, behavior, and conservation of fishes. Her Ph.D. is from the University of London. She spent three years of postdoctoral research in the Netherlands before joining the faculty at Harvard University where she taught for five years. She also served as a senior advisor for World Resources 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life.
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