Keynote Titles and Speaker Biographies


David Inouye


The effects of global and regional climate change on phenology of wildflowers and animals in the Colorado Rocky Mountains


Saturday, March 29th 9:45-10:45 AM


David Inouye is a Professor in the Department of Biology, where he has taught since 1976. Each summer he migrates to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where he will spend his 44th summer this year, continuing long-term studies of the phenology and abundance of wildflowers and plant demography initiated in 1973. He has served as an NSF program officer, is on editorial boards, the advisory boards of the USA National Phenology Network and North American Pollinator Campaign, and is President-elect of the Ecological Society of America


Ann Bartuska


Saturday, March 29th 11:00 AM-Noon


Dr. Ann M. Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. She came to REE in September, 2010 from the USDA Forest Service, where she was Deputy Chief for Research & Development, a position she had held since January 2004. She served as Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January – October of 2009, and was the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative in the Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC.


Bartuska is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.). She represents USDA on the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability of the White House National Science and Technology Council and also is co-chair of the Science and Technology for Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academies.  Bartuska is currently on the Multi-disciplinary Expert  Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), chartered by UNEP, and is active in the Ecological Society of America, serving as Vice-President for Public Affairs from 1996-1999 and as president from 2002-2003. She has served on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents and is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science).


 Al Todd, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Saturday, March 29th 6:00 -7:30 PM