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Eric G. Keeling
Forest Ecologist, Education Dept. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Visiting Lecturer, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Author and Journalist
HOT is a father’s cry against climate change, but most of the book focuses on solutions, offering a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us―as parents, communities, companies and countries―can navigate this unavoidable new era. Combining reporting from across the nation and around the world with personal reflections on his daughter’s future, Hertsgaard provides “pictures” of what is expected over the next fifty years: Chicago’s climate transformed to resemble Houston’s; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the redesign of New York and other cities against mega-storms and sea-level rise. Above all, he shows who is taking wise, creative precautions. For in the end, HOT is a book about how we’ll survive.
MARK HERTSGAARD, called “one of America’s finest reporters” by Barbara Ehrenreich, is the author of five previous books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency and Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future.
Read some of Mark's work: Bloomberg Goes 'Beyond Coal'; Activists Step Up Protests Against Tar Sands
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
For 35 years, John Cronin has dedicated his career to environment and innovation. For his accomplishments, Time magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet” and People magazine described him as “equal parts detective, scientist and public advocate.”
Cronin is Director and CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, which is developing real-time technologies and observatories for waterways around the world. He is also Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs at Pace University where he is helping develop the next generation of environmental and economic policy for water.
Cronin has worked as an advocate, legislative and congressional aide, commercial fisherman, professor, author and filmmaker. He is known internationally for his Hudson River work, for which the Wall Street Journal called him “a unique presence on America’s major waterways.” He served as Hudson Riverkeeper from 1983 – 2000, a position that has inspired a legacy of 200 Waterkeeper programs that fight pollution on six continents.
Cronin co-authored The Riverkeepers with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., published by Scribner with an introduction by former Vice President Al Gore. He has written numerous articles, including for the Op Ed page of The New York Times. He wrote and co-produced the film The Last Rivermen, named an outstanding documentary by the Motion Picture Academy Foundation. His essay, “Where Human and Nature Meet,” is featured in the upcoming book, Oceans, which will be released on Earth Day by Public Affairs Books, and accompany the Disney and National Geographic motion picture Oceans.
Cronin has been the subject of three books and extensive major media print and broadcast news stories, documentaries and profiles. The Knight-Ridder newspapers praised him as a “hero in one of the great success stories of the modern environmental movement.”
Dr. Katherine F. Crowley
Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Regional effects of nitrogen deposition on nutrient limitation in northeastern forests
Dr. Stuart E. G. Findlay
Aquatic Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Stream Bacterial Communities: When is Function Linked to Structure?
Hudson River Habitats: Submersed Aquatic Vegetation
Hudson River Habitats: Wetlands
Increased Loss of DOC from Terrestrial Systems
Dr. Peter M. Groffman
Microbial Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Exotic Earthworms & Northern Temperate Forests.
Human Accelerated Changes in Carbon & Nitrogen Dynamics.
Snow Depth & Soil Freezing as a Regulator of Microbial Processes.
Base Cation Depletion: Organic Matter Quality & Microbial Processes.
Dr. Clive G. Jones
Terrestrial Ecologist, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Ecosystem Engineering by Species
The Acorn Connections – Complex Interaction Webs in Oak Forests
Ecological Synthesis, Integration and Theory
Chemical Ecology – Plant/Herbivore/Microbial/Environment Interactions
Executive Director, Hudsonia, Ltd.
Formerly professor of environmental studies at Bard College’s Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Kiviat has researched the habitats and populations of rare and common turtle species, and performed landscape-level management of animals with large area requirements. He has conducted studies of biota, communities, and ecosystems in tidal wetlands and other habitats of the Hudson River, and other northeastern estuaries. He spent 10 years researching biodiversity and its management in the urban landscape of the Hackensack Meadowlands, and researched the ecology and management of invasive plants, especially long-present species such as common reed, purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, and water chestnut, which have both positive and negative impacts on native biodiversity and environmental services.
Erik Kiviat has authored or coauthored 80 publications and 200 technical assistance reports on wetland ecology, rare species, conservation science, invasive plants, Hudson Valley natural history, and human ecology. He is author of The Northern Shawangunks: An Ecological Survey; Hudson River East Bank Natural Areas; and Hackensack Meadowlands, New Jersey, Biodiversity: A Review and Synthesis; and coauthor of Biodiversity Assessment Manual for the Hudson River Estuary Corridor.
Dr. Gary M. Lovett
Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Effects of Atmospheric Deposition on Biodiversity
Ecosystem Effects of Exotic Forest Pests
Control of Nitrogen Loss from Watersheds
Patterns of Atmospheric Deposition
Long-Term Monitoring of the Forest Ecosystem at Cary
Zygmunt Jan Broel Plater
Professor, Boston College Law School
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
After nearly 15 years reporting for The New York Times, Andrew C. Revkin left the staff at the end of 2009 to become a senior fellow at Pace University's Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. He continues to write the Dot Earth blog, which has moved from the news side of The Times to the Opinion section.
He reported on the global environment in print and on Dot Earth. He has spent a quarter century covering subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon and the troubled relationship of climate science and politics. He has been reporting on the environment for The New York Times since 1995, a job that has taken him to the Arctic three times. In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories and photos from the sea ice around the Pole. He spearheaded a three-part Times series and one-hour documentary in 2005 on the transforming Arctic and another series, "The Climate Divide," on the uneven impacts of climate change.
He has written books on the Amazon rain forest, global warming and the once and future Arctic. Before joining The Times, Mr. Revkin was a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest. Mr. Revkin has a biology degree from Brown and a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia. He has taught at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy.
He lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. In spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who occasionally accompanies Pete Seeger at regional shows and plays in a folk-roots band, Uncle Wade.
Dr. William H. Schlesinger
President and Biogeochemist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Evaluation of human impacts on total global denitrification.
Evaluation of the efficacy of carbon sequestration in soils and trees as a means to prevent global warming.
Dr. David L. Strayer
Freshwater Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Pearly Mussel Ecology.
Ecological Functions of Submersed Plant Beds
Zebra Mussels and the Hudson River
Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers
Ecosystem Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
The Importance of Fogwater in the Maintenance of Ecosystems
Nitrate Loss from Catskill Watersheds
The Role of Forest Change in the Catskill Forests
Atmospheric Deposition to Heterogeneous Terrain: Scaling up to the Landscape