Dr. Barry Baker - is a Systems Ecologist and team leader for Conservation Bioinformatics with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, and affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University. Before joining CNHP, Barry spent 12 months over a 3 year span in Mongolia working within Ministry for Nature and Environment to develop a biodiversity information management system. His work has been focused on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and the development biophysical simulation models to identify major areas of species diversity and endemism, to analyze climatic influences on grassland ecosystems, and to evaluate the effects of human activities on natural resources.
Dr. Patricia Mehlhop - is an Ecologist and Director of the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program in the Biology Department of the University of New Mexico. She has 15 years experience in the collection and dissemination of biological resource data. As Director of the NMNHP, she has focused on development of partnerships and products that facilitate data acquisition and analysis for end-users. Her research interests include landscape-level conservation planning with particular emphasis on trend analysis in wetland and riparian systems. Prior to starting the NMNHP in 1990, she established natural heritage programs in New York and Oklahoma.
Dr. Pradip Srimani - is a Professor of Computer Science at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado. He has previously served the faculty of India Statistical Institute, Calcutta, Gesselschaft fuer Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung, Bonn,Germany, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India and Southern Illinois University. At present he is visting Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France as a CNRS Fellow. His research interests include distributed computing, fault-tolerant computing, and networks. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer Society Press and is a member of the Editorial Boards of IEEE Software Magazine and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
Margaret Beer - has been the Information Manager for the Montana Natural Heritage Program (based in the Montana State Library) since 1988. She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and her background includes advertising, marketing, technical writing, and business administration. She is responsible for the overall acquisition, management, growth, and dissemination of Montana Natural Heritage Program information, which includes GIS, Internet, and data base components.
Mary Klein - is the Director of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, affiliate faculty at Colorado State University, and Board Chair for the Association for Biodiversity Information. In her current role as Director, Mary leads the Colorado program in the development and implementation of strategic priorities, and fosters partnerships with other organizations interested in land use and conservation issues. She is committed to helping the Natural Heritage Network reach its full potential through development of better information delivery systems. Her background is in both the biological and computer sciences, as well as analysis of customer markets for biodiversity data.
Robert Solomon - is Support Manager within ABI's Information Division. During his more than 13 years at The Nature Conservancy, and now ABI. Rob has provided support in the use of several generations of Heritage data management software and associated aspects of Heritage methodology. He has had extensive experience with integrated geographic information systems (GIS) during his time at TNC as well as through previous employment as an environmental planner. Rob has also worked as an ecologist and regional naturalist for the State of New York. He has a degree in Forest Biology and graduate course work in Community Design and Planning from SUNY College of Environmental Science.

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