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Gretchen Goldman

Research Director, Center for Science & Democracy

Gretchen Goldman is the research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, Dr. Goldman leads research efforts on the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics ranging from scientific integrity in government decision-making, to political interference in science-based standards on hydraulic fracturing, climate change, sugar, and chemicals.

Dr. Goldman came to UCS from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow working on statistical modeling of urban air pollution for use in epidemiologic studies of acute human health effects.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in atmospheric science from Cornell University.

Dr. Goldman has authored pieces for Science, The New York Times, CNN.com, and The Guardian,and has been quoted in NatureLos Angeles Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, Reuters, Politico, and Bloomberg. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

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Alan Henningsen

Fishes Research Associate, Animal Science and Welfare Department – National Aquarium

Alan Henningsen is a Fishes Research Associate in the Animal Science and Welfare Department at the National Aquarium. Alan has been the staff person in charge of the Shark Alley: Atlantic Predators exhibit for many years. He is transitioning to more of a full -time Elasmobranch Research and Conservation role. Alan has a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami as well as a M.S. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. He has earned up to the A.B.D. status in doctoral studies from the University of Maryland. Alan has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed papers as well as chapters in books. He is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, as well as the Vice Coordinator for the AZA Sawfish SSP.

Alan’s favorite animals are sawfishes, but has been blessed to work with a variety of sharks and rays for decades. Alan is blessed to have a wonderful wife as well as two great young men. They share their home with cats, a dog, a terrapin, and a pond full of fish and frogs. He gives all glory and honor to Jesus.

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Dr. Katheryn Patterson

Foreign Affairs Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Katheryn Patterson is a Foreign Affairs Specialist with the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement whose work focuses on combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing through management and enforcement efforts, international engagement, and technical and capacity building assistance. She is also an accomplished marine ecologist whose previous research focused on topics related to coral reef disease mitigation, marine protected areas, and marine tourism. Dr. Patterson first became interested in marine policy while representing a non-profit during her first stakeholder meeting on a proposed marine protected area in Belize. Four years later, the Belizean Government established the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. Knowing that her scientific findings influenced a policy was incredibly exciting and became a driving force for her desire to be involved in effecting change.

Dr. Patterson is a 2016 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow alumnae and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University.

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Dr. Joris van der Ham

Adjunct Professor, George Mason University

Dr. van der Ham is an environmental scientist with general interests in community dynamics, marine and estuarine ecology, and invertebrate ecology. Specifically, he is interested in how biological communities change over spatial and temporal scales, and how they respond to and recover from environmental disturbances. Heemploys experimental approaches, field studies, and long-term monitoring data to investigate the community dynamics and its significance within its ecosystem.

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Dr. Esther Peters

Associate Professor, George Mason University

Dr. Peters’ expertise includes marine biology, coral reef ecology, aquatic toxicology, comparative histopathology, and quality assurance. Following postdoctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution on coral taxonomy and invertebrate diseases, she worked at Tetra Tech, Inc., an environmental consulting company. She began teaching at GMU as an adjunct in 1999, and joined the full-time faculty in 2008. She is teaching courses in histology and histotechniques at the undergraduate and graduate level, and developed a 2-semester course sequence to present basic biology and chemistry to non-biology graduate students in the environmental science and policy program. She has also taught courses on diseases of organisms and provides training in the histology and histopathology of corals.

Dr. Peters collaborates with Drs. Robert Jonas and Patrick Gillevet on understanding the molecular and microbiological aspects of disease processes through the study of cell and tissue alterations as a bridge to understanding population, community, and ecosystem consequences. She works with graduate students on diverse pathobiology research topics and manages the Histology Laboratory, training undergraduate and graduate students in the use of histological tools for their ecological and biomedical research.

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Charmaine Dahlenburg

Manager, Chesapeake Bay Program

Charmaine Dahlenburg, Chesapeake Bay Program Manager, holds a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University. She serves as the liaison between the Conservation Department, project partners, and volunteers to successfully carry out restoration projects, including the Naval Support Facility Indian Head Riparian Buffer Restoration, Poplar Island Wetland Restoration, and Virginia Beach Sand Dune Restoration. She leads the Urban Wetland Advisory Team, tasked to conduct scientific baseline monitoring of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in preparation of the Aquarium’s Waterfront Campus Plan. She is also a longtime volunteer SCUBA diver for the National Aquarium caring for animals in the Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit.

 

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Christine Behringer

Animal Trainer, Animal Programs Department

Christine Behringer is an animal trainer in the Animal Programs Department, working with the Aquarium’s ambassador bird and reptiles. She began working there in 2013, with previous experience in educational outreach. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and is a graduate of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College. She has worked with a variety of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Christine is passionate about conservation efforts and has worked in captive rearing programs for endangered butterflies. She also interned with the International Crane Foundation, assisting with the care of their captive cranes and the costume rearing of whooping crane chicks for eventual release.

 

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Lindsay Jacks

Professional Bird Keeper; Apprentice, Phoenix Wildlife Center

Lindsay Jacks has dedicated her career to birds- she earned a B.S. in Animal Behavior at Towson University and has been a professional bird keeper for 9 years. She has worked at the Bird House of Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and currently is the Senior Aviculturist at the National Aquarium’s Australia Exhibit caring for birds and bats. Lindsay is also the Director of Lights Out Baltimore (LOB), a non-profit of the Baltimore Bird Club that strives to make Baltimore safe for migratory birds. LOB walks a 5 mile loop downtown during migration season every year to rescue injured birds and collect the dead ones that have fallen victim to light pollution and glass collisions. She has worked with Frogmouths to critically endangered Blue-billed Curassows to Grey headed Flying Foxes (her favorite). Lindsay is an apprentice at Phoenix Wildlife Center to become a Maryland licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She enjoys caring for the injured birds she finds on her LOB walks and releasing them back to the wild.

 

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Shawn Cook

Immersion Programs Specialist, The National Aquarium

Shawn is an Immersion Programs Specialist at the National Aquarium. As a Specialist, Shawn is responsible for leading, supervising, and creating tours and programs Guests can participate in while visiting the Aquarium. Tour topics range from learning about Sharks to working hands-on with the Aquarium’s Dolphins. Shawn graduated from Towson University with his Masters of Arts in Education. Prior to working at the Aquarium, Shawn got his start in informal environmental education while living in Orlando, Florida. There, he delivered tours on marine mammals and conservation at SeaWorld. He also dreamed up new premium animal experiences at Walt Disney World, with a focus on African megafauna. Most recently, Shawn had a chance to travel to South Africa to participate in a once in a lifetime opportunity to get hands-on with the conservation efforts of a world-renowned game reserve.

 

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Craig Saffoe

CRAIG SAFFOE

Curator, Great Cats

Craig has worked at the National Zoo for 24 years. Before becoming the curator of great cats and Andean bears, Craig was the biologist of the Cheetah Conservation Station. One of his accomplishments was managing the cheetah breeding program, which resulted in the first two litters of cheetah cubs ever to born at the National Zoo. As curator of great cats and Andean bears, his primary duty is to manage the general health and wellbeing as well as the breeding programs of more than 15 species of animals. He has overseen the births of six Andean bear cubs, two Sumatran tiger cubs and fourteen lion cubs. Craig focuses a great deal of time organizing and conducting husbandry based research on many species throughout the National Zoo collection and sits on the steering committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Felid Taxonomic Advisory Group. Craig attended North Carolina State University where he studied animal science.