Jessica Halofsky – Research Scientist, University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
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Jessica Halofsky is a research ecologist with the University of Washington and is affiliated with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. Jessica received an M.S. in Forestry from Penn State, and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Oregon State University. Her research interests include fire and disturbance ecology, vegetation dynamics, and climate change (ecosystem impacts and adaptation). Jessica helped to lead a project involving a vulnerability assessment and development of a climate change adaptation plan for Olympic National Forest and Park. She is currently working on several climate change science and adaptation projects in the Pacific Northwest. Jessica lives in beautiful Olympia, Washington and keeps herself busy chasing two young boys.
Dave Peterson – Professor, University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
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Dave is a Professor of Forest Biology in the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and a Senior Research Biologist (emeritus) with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. Following his PhD at the University of Illinois, he was a career federal scientist, working with the Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Geological Survey. He has conducted research on climate change and fire science throughout western North America and has published over 230 scientific articles and 4 books. As a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He recently published the book Climate Change and Rocky Mountain Ecosystems, and currently works on climate change adaptation on federal lands throughout the western United States. Dave lives on his family’s tree farm in Skagit County, Washington.
Joanne Ho – Research Scientist, University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
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Joanne Ho is an environmental and resource economist at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. As a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow, Joanne has worked in interdisciplinary settings since her first environmental research project in 2002 in Sichuan, China concerning food security, land management policies, and rural economic development. In 2009, she received her doctorate from the University of Washington College of Forest Resources based on her research on the financial and economic implications of Southern California wildfires. Since then, she has worked in Germany and Belgium on issues relating to climate change and food security as well as transnational fire management and fire suppression strategies across the Belgium-Netherlands border. Joanne holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in International Economics from the University of Sussex (UK). In her attempt to transcend disciplinary boundaries between the Arts, the Humanities, and the Sciences, Joanne studies music composition in her free time.
Karen Dante-Wood – ORISE Climate Change Fellow
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Karen joined the Forest Service as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Climate Change fellow in March 2013. Her love for nature first surfaced while studying about pollinators during her undergraduate years at Queens University (B.S. Biology). Within weeks of graduation, Karen headed west to Boise, Idaho to take up an internship position at the Bureau of Land Management, where she conducted plant surveys in the rugged Owyhee Desert. Karen eventually returned East, where she earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from John’s Hopkins University. While in graduate school, she worked at the National Wildlife Federation as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Many of her non-working hours are spent hiking, taking Zumba classes, and learning the fine art of Indian cuisine from one of the world’s true masters, her mother. Karen lives in Boise, Idaho and splits her time between working in the Washington Office and on Western climate adaptation projects.