Erica Fleishman is a Research Scientist with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California, Davis. She received a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno. Fleishman’s research focuses on ecological responses to environmental change and the management of natural resources in the intermountain western United States. Predictive modeling of occupancy, species–environment relations, and connectivity are central to her work. Fleishman also has coauthored curricula on applications of remote sensing to environmental sciences and ecological modeling. She has participated in the science process for management of the San Francisco Estuary and multiple Habitat Conservation Plans and Natural Community Conservation Plans in California. Dr. Fleishman is past editor in chief of Conservation Biology and has served on the editorial boards of five other journals.
Oliver Pergams is a conservation & evolutionary biologist at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). He also holds research appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Field Museum, and is co-founder of a small scientific research foundation. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Nature, PNAS, & PLoS One (www.pergams.com). Dr. Pergams has testified as an expert witness before Congress and has organized and hosted several symposia.
During his career in conservation he has received a number of awards, including a US EPA STAR Fellowship, a Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, and a US Dept. of State Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research Award. Dr. Pergams was awarded an ICCTL Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. He designed the CCC Environmental Biology major and is project consultant to the CCC Faculty Mentoring Project. Dr. Pergams is a Master Natural Areas Restoration Steward and is leading restoration of the CCC Wetland.
Dr. Murray Rudd is a Senior Lecturer in environmental economics with the Environment Department, University of York (UK). His research explores issues of when, where, and how to craft policies to achieve ecological and socio-economic sustainability, enhance human well-being, and facilitate adaptation to environmental change. Much of his work is oriented towards the conservation of biological diversity in freshwater and marine habitats. His PhD (Wageningen) research was comprised of an economic and institutional analysis of Nassau grouper conservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. From a disciplinary perspective, Murray engages in research at the intersection of public policy, economics, and environmental science, with a focus on the science/policy interface. His cross-disciplinary research has appeared in a variety of journals such as Ambio, BioScience, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Frontiers in Marine Science.