Eighteen researchers selected as 2006 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows

Eighteen environmental researchers have been awarded Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowships for 2006. Fellows receive intensive communication and leadership training to help them deliver scientific information more effectively to policymakers, the media, business leaders and the public.

Based at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program each year awards as many as 20 fellowships to mid-career academic environmental scientists. The 2006 fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds, including atmospheric sciences, tropical forest ecology, oceanography and anthropology. They will join a network of 100 past fellows who are active in outreach to policy makers, journalists and other non-scientific audiences.

"Good policymaking depends on sound information conveyed clearly and accurately," said Debbie Drake Dunne, executive director of the program. "It also depends on building relationships with decision makers, the news media and other organizations. The Leopold Leadership Fellows are given the tools to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, with the ultimate goal of better informed policymaking."

Leadership skills

Fellows are chosen for their outstanding scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership ability and strong interest in communicating science beyond traditional academic audiences. Each fellow participates in two weeklong training sessions that include practice interviews with journalists and a mock congressional hearing at which they practice giving testimony. The fellowship also offers peer networking and mentoring through the Aldo Leopold Leadership Network of program advisers, trainers and past fellows.

Named for environmental scientist and writer Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, the program was founded in 1998 by Jane Lubchenco, the Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University, and is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

"Academic scientists often lack the special communication skills necessary to give decision makers the information they need to address pressing environmental challenges," said Pamela Matson, the Chester Naramore Dean of the Stanford School of Earth Sciences, who chairs the program's advisory committee. "The Leopold Leadership Program provides them with critical skills and intensive training to do so more effectively."

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Following are the names and affiliations of the 2006 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows:

Andrew Dessler, associate professor of atmospheric sciences, Texas A&M University

J. Emmett Duffy, professor of marine science, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary

Selina Heppell, assistant professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

Karen Hodges, assistant professor and Bert Brink Canada Research Council Chair in Conservation Biology, University of British Columbia-Okanagan

David Hooper, associate professor, Department of Biology, Western Washington University

Stephen Jackson, professor, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming

Romuald Lipcius, professor of marine science, Department of Fisheries Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary

Margaret Lowman, professor of biology and environmental studies and chair of environmental studies, New College of Florida

Margaret Anne McManus, assistant professor, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii-Manoa

Julia Parrish, associate professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Biology Department, University of Washington

Adina Paytan, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University

Kathleen Ann Pickering, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, Colorado State University

Christopher Reddy, associate scientist, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Denise Reed, professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of New Orleans

Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, associate professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

James Schaefer, associate professor, Biology Department, Trent University

Joshua Schimel, professor and chair, Environmental Studies Program, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California-Santa Barbara

Emily Stanley, associate professor, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin

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