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Our growing network of full-time professional staff, senior advisors, and network associates represents an extraordinary group of distinguished authorities from a broad range of relevant disciplines -- agricultural, natural resource, and ecological economics; evolutionary, plant, molecular, population, animal and human biology; public and veterinary health, toxicology and medicine; oceanographic, atmospheric, soil, and forest sciences.

Alan Bennett
Executive Director, University of California
Professor, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of California at Davis
Alan Bennett is one of the world's leading plant geneticists, and an expert in the large-scale management of intellectual property. As the Executive Director of the University of California System-Wide Office of Technology Transfer and Research Administration, Alan is responsible for intellectual property management throughout the University of California system, including policy development, patent prosecution and enforcement, as well as management of a portfolio of over 4,000 active cases, 700 active licenses and revenue in excess of $100 million.

Robert Costanza
Director, The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
Gund Professor of Ecological Economics, University of Vermont

Bob Costanza is a widely acclaimed ecosystem theoretician and award-winning ecological economist. He currently leads a interdisciplinary team of biologists, ecologists, mathematicians and economists in a comprehensive effort to model global ecological systems. Prior to his appointment at The Gund Institute, he was the Director of the Institute for Ecological Economics, and a Professor with the Center for Environmental Science and the Biology Department of the University of Maryland.

Paul Ewald
Professor of Biology, University of Louisville
Paul Ewald is a world-renowned evolutionary biologist and ecologist, and a principal founder of the nascent field of evolutionary medicine. His research interests include the evolutionary ecology of parasitism, the etiology of chronic disease, and pollination biology. Dr. Ewald recently moved to Louisville after a long tenure as Professor of Global Environmental Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Ann Kinzig
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Arizona State University

Ann Kinzig is a widely recognized leader in the field of interdisciplinary ecological studies. Prior to her current position at Arizona State University, Dr. Kinzig served the Office of the President of the United States, through the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is also a former Assistant Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Rosamond Naylor
Senior Fellow, Center for Environmental Science & Policy, Stanford University

Roz Naylor is a leading field-research economist at the forefront of integrative studies in economics, biology and ecology. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford University, where she coordinates interdisciplinary environmental studies.

Stephen Palumbi
Professor in Marine Sciences, Stanford University

Steve Palumbi is one of the world's foremost marine biologists and evolutionary ecologists. Prior to his current position with the Stanford faculty, Steve was a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. For 11 years prior to his departure for Harvard, he served as a distinguished Professor with the University of Hawaii, where he pioneered genetic testing of seafood as a means to monitor international whaling agreements.

Charles Perrings
Professor of Environmental Economics and Environmental Management
University of York

Charles Perrings is a global leader in the field of ecological and environmental economics, and an authority on the economics of water resources, invasive species, biodiversity, resilience and sustainability. For over a decade he held the Chair of the Environmental Economics and Environmental Management Department at the University of York. His previous appointments include Director of the Biodiversity Program of the Beijer Institute, Stockholm, and Professor of Economics at the University of Botswana. He is editor of the Cambridge University Press journal, Environment and Development Economics, and is President Elect of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of Diversitas.

Paul Prentice
President, Farm Sector Economics, Inc
Paul Prentice is a widely recognized authority on agricultural economics, markets and industry structure, with over 20 of experience in macroeconomic forecasting and policy analysis. Prior to founding Farm Sector Economics in 1985, Paul was the Chief Macro Economist with the US Department of Agriculture, where he routinely analyzed trends in domestic and international economics for their farm sector implications.

John Schnittker
President, Schnittker Associates

John Schnittker is widely recognized as the "dean" of American agricultural economic consultants. Since launching his economic research and consulting firm in 1972, Dr. Schnittker has been a prominent agricultural economics consultant to farm organizations, trade associations, food and agribusiness firms, and foreign companies and governments. He speaks and publishes with great experience and authority on a wide array of topics and issues related to agriculture, trade, and government policy.

David Zilberman
Robinson Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California at Berkeley

David Zilberman is one of the world's most accomplished agricultural economists and a leading authority on the economics of water, animal waste, and pesticides. In addition to his professorial responsibilities at Berkeley, he also co-directs the university's Center for Sustainable Resource Development. Dr. Zilberman is active across a wide range of interconnected scholarly and applied research areas, including agricultural and food policy; the economics of technological change; natural resource economics, and microeconomic theory.