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Plenary Speakers

The following distinguished speakers will be addressing the audience of the Annual Meeting. Click the speaker names for a biographical sketch.

Nikolay Aladin
Terry Chapin
Ross Coleman
Duncan Patten
Wendy Fisher
Arthur Morris, Ph.D.


Nikolay Aladin Metamorphosis of the Aral Sea (with co-author Prof. I. Plotnikov)

Nikolay Aladin is Professor of Zoology and head of the Laboratory of Brackish Water Hydrobiology, Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, St-Petersburg. He has authored or edited seven books and over one hundred other scientific publications. His research focuses on the ecology, osmotic and ionic regulation of brackish, marine and halophilic Cladocera and Ostracoda and the hydrobiology of brackish and hypersaline environments. Professor Aladin is an international expert on the ecology of the (disappearing) Aral Sea.



Terry Chapin Diversity as a Source of Insights in Designing Sustainable Solutions to Local and Global Problems

Terry Chapin (F. Stuart Chapin, III) is a Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research is about the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. He is especially interested in ways that com-munities and agencies can develop options that increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term in spite of rapid climatic and social changes. Terry directs the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program and assists with the interdisciplinary (IGERT) program in Resilience and Adaptation.



Ross Coleman Opportunities and Challenges for Wetland Restoration and Creation in the West

Ross Coleman is the founder and president of HYDRA Aquatic Inc. His work with Hydra has involved projects for wetland restoration, creation of wetlands for wildlife habitat, wetland mitigation, constructed wetlands for stormwater and wastewater treatment, stream and riparian restoration, and the propagation of native wetland and riparian plants. Ross has been involved in many phases of wetland work including consulting, planning and design, preparation of construction documents, construction oversight, propagation of native plant materials, plant installation, and monitoring.



Duncan Patten Wetland and Riparian Ecosystems, Small but Important Landscape Components in the Intermountain West

Duncan Patten is Research Professor with the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University and Professor Emeritus of Plant Biology at Arizona State University. His research interests include arid and mountain ecosystems, especially the understanding of ecological processes of riparian, wetland, and riverine ecosystems. He was Senior Scientist of the Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Environmental Studies, overseeing the research program evaluating effects of operations of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River riverine ecosystem. Dr. Patten was founding president of the Arizona Riparian Council, president of the Society of Wetland Scientists, and Business Manager of the Ecological Society of America and is a Fellow of the AAAS.



Wendy Fisher Western Wetland Protection and Restoration Under a Conservation Easement

Wendy Fisher has served as the Executive Director of Utah Open Lands for twenty years. The oldest statewide land trust organization in Utah, Utah Open Lands has been a leader in conservation efforts throughout the State. Ms Fisher has been involved in placing conservation easements on some of Utah's most precious open lands.


Arthur Morris, Ph.D. Arthur Morris, Ph.D. Ecologist & Conservation Stewardship Director, Utah Open Lands, has been with Utah Open lands since 2005. He is particularly interested in ecological restoration and active participation by local communities. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, where he also teaches at Westminster College.