List of Presenters
Allan Cox - is Systems and Services Manager for the Montana Natural Heritage Program.
Jean Fike - is Chief of Ecological Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. In this role, she also serves as the Manager for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program.
Shara Howie - started with TNC's Conservation Science Division in 1990. In her current position as Director of Heritage Network Services for NatureServe, Shara is responsible for developing and overseeing projects that support the development of heritage data products and for overseeing central data management activities. Shara is the primary point of contact in NatureServe for data sharing issues. Shara has a B.S. in Biology from George Mason University, and prior to coming to TNC worked in the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History.
Mary Klein - Mary started work with The Nature Conservancy as the Information Manager for the Michigan Natural Features Inventory after earning her Masters of Science in Wildlife Biology at the University of Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 1989. From there, she moved to Boulder, CO, where she served as Regional Information Manager for three years. From 1993-1997, she focused on building partnerships with US federal agencies in the west, and assisted with the start-up of new CDCs in Canada's western provinces. Following that, Mary served as the director of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University, from 1997-2000. She played a key role in enhancing the financial stability of the Program and improving its business practices. Mary enjoys teaching and training, and has led numerous training sessions in the use of Natural Heritage data and the history/role of the Natural Heritage Network. Most recently, Mary has served on the Board of NatureServe, and she joined the NatureServe staff as Vice President of Natural Heritage Network Operations in June 2000. In this role, she has taken the lead in strengthening the organization's relationships with the member programs and building the client base for products and services based on Natural Heritage and NatureServe data. Mary is active on a variety of committees including the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics Working Group (NBII and NSF), the eBird Advisory Group (Cornell Ornithological Laboratory BirdSource), the International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (Teaming with Wildlife Committee, Threatened and Endangered Species Committee), the Smith Fellowship Advisory Committee (The Nature Conservancy), the Inter American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Group, and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Nodes Committee. She speaks English, Spanish and is learning Chinese.
Melissa Landon - serves as Conservation Data Services Team Leader for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program.
Tom Lupo - is Branch Chief for California Department of Game & Fish, California Natural Diversity Database.
Lori Scott - joined NatureServe in May 2000. Currently she is managing project activities related to NatureServe's Internet data delivery strategy, which includes developing a geodatabase infrastructure to support delivery and analyses of the aggregated species occurrence dataset. As the Biotics Project Manager, she coordinated the testing and rollout of the Biotics version 3.1 software release. She participated in the design and testing for Biotics 4 software, and coordinated rollout planning for the Natural Heritage Network. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Bucknell University, and her prior work experience includes ten years with the Lockheed Martin Corporation in the field of information systems development.
Dr. Bruce Stein - is Vice President for Programs at NatureServe. Dr. Stein served as a senior scientist with The Nature Conservancy for more than a decade, during which time he worked to establish and support biological inventory efforts in the United States and in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of a number of articles and reports focusing on the development, use, and application of biodiversity information. His most recent publication is the book Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States (Oxford University Press), which draws together more than a quarter century of data from U.S. natural heritage programs to document how the species and ecosystems in the United States are faring. Dr. Stein holds a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received his Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis in a joint program with the Missouri Botanical Garden.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0345400. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.