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Committee Members

This committee includes individuals with broad backgrounds in understanding and implementing interdisciplinary environmental science programs within research institutions, mission-oriented agencies, and national and international LTER sites and environmental observation platforms.


Diane McKnight

Diane McKnight

Diane McKnight is a professor in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and a Fellow of INSTAAR at the University of Colorado. She is the PI of the McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER project, a co-PI of the Niwot Ridge LTER project, and Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Schoolyard Children's Book Series. Previously, she was a hydrologist with the USGS, and participated in designing the National Water Quality Assessment Program. She is a Past-President of the Biogeosciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the founding Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, a Fellow of AGU and AAAS, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Aaron Ellison

Aaron Ellison

Aaron Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at the Harvard Forest, and co-PI since 2006 of the Harvard Forest LTER project. He brings to the committee extensive experience in ecological research, statistics, data management and cyberinfrastructure development, and he was a member of the internal LTER visioning committee for the next-generation LTER network office. Aaron currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Monographs and is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.


Christine Goodale

Christine Goodale

Christine Goodale is an Associate Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She is a recent co-PI at the Hubbard Brook LTER. She is an ecosystem ecologist, with interdisciplinary experience in catchment biogeochemistry, soil and forest ecology, data synthesis projects, and ecosystem modeling at local and global scales. Her service includes activity on the NEON Science, Technology, and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) since 2008, past associate editorships at Ecosystems and JGR_Biogeosciences, and past secretary of the ESA Biogeosciences section. She currently directs an IGERT graduate training program at Cornell in Cross-Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate.


Lindsey Rustad

Lindsey Rustad

Lindsey Rustad is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service and Forest Service Team Leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. She has been the lead of several national and international research coordination networks, and brings to the committee over 25 years of experience in biogeochemistry, forest ecology, and, more recently, advanced sensor networks.


Margaret Palmer

Margaret Palmer

Margaret Palmer is the Director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland and a past-Director and current professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She has also has extensive experience as Director of the Ecology Program at NSF from 1999-2000. She is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and a AAAS Fellow, and has received the Distinguished Service Award of the Ecological Society of America.


Margaret Palmer

Ann Zimmerman

Ann Zimmerman is an independent consultant specializing in program planning and evaluation for science and technology. She brings more than 25 years of experience as an information specialist, social science researcher, and evaluator working with scientific researchers and organizations. Prior to starting her own company, Ann was a member of the University of Michigan's School of Information where her research focused on scientific collaboration, interdisciplinary research, virtual organizations, and the influence of new technologies on the practice and organization of science. Before obtaining her doctorate, Ann worked with fisheries scientists, wildlife biologists, and other environmental researchers during a long career as an information manager at two federal scientific research centers. She has been actively involved in several important scientific initiatives and led the Governance Working Group for the LTER Network planning process and was a member of the National Ecological Observatory Network Design Consortium.

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