The Center for Parks Research Advisory Council

The Center for Park Research has an advisory council comprised of both natural and cultural resource experts who bring with them a vast array of knowledge and experience. The council serves to promote and ensure the program's success by giving guidance and suggestions to help the program to grow and evolve in the right direction. The following are members of the advisory council:

PETER VITOUSEK, Ph.D, Chair, Stanford, CA
Peter Vitousek is an ecologist and the Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies at Stanford University, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. His research interests include: evaluating the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; determining the effects of invasive species on the workings of whole ecosystems; understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Hawaiian society before European contact; and more generally using the extraordinary ecosystems of Hawai’i as models for understanding how the world works. He has worked in multiple National Parks in the course of this research. Peter is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, director of Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), and a co-director of the Hawaii Ecosystems Project (a multi-university research consortium) and of the First Nations Futures Program (a leadership training consortium developed by Native Hawaiian and New Zealand Maori organizations).

CAROL F. ATEN, Washington, DC
Carol Aten retired from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as the Associate Director of Administrative Policy and Services with over 27 years of federal service. While at USGS she was the Chief Financial Officer of an over $1 billion annual operation and chaired the Science Council to enhance the interdisciplinary science activities of the four disciplines—water, biology, geology, and geography—and to focus the agency on specific high priority science needs. Prior to joining USGS, she was the Executive Vice President of the National Parks Conservation Association for about six years. Immediately before coming to NPCA, Carol was at the National Park Service (NPS) for 13 years, last as Chief of the Office of Policy but also having worked in senior positions in both the natural resources and cultural resources programs. She has served on the board of the Natural Resources Council of America and chaired the boards of both Partners in Parks and the Parks and History Association, organizations that provided volunteer and educational support to the national parks. Carol holds a JD degree from the Washington College of Law at American University and is a member of the D.C. Bar.

Keith Buckingham is a computer design engineer, receiving his Physics degree from Bristol, UK, in 1986. He has spent 20 years in the semiconductor industry, both in Europe and the U.S., designing advanced high-performance computer chips. He has led cross-disciplinary teams located in multiple countries and has experience with data interpretation and presentation, and its use in critical decision making. He has taught engineers in India and has traveled extensively. He is an enthusiastic backpacker and has visited many of the national parks since his relocation to California in 1993.  

Dr. Dorothy A. Canter is a nationally recognized expert in the decontamination of biological agents and in preparedness activities for responding to and recovering from attacks with such agents. She played an important role in the cleanups following the 2001 anthrax attacks. She prepared a generic remediation playbook for attacks with weapons of mass destruction and had lead responsibility for the 2008 US Defense Threat Reduction Agency-sponsored peer review of a group of biological decontamination agents and application devices proposed for outdoor use. Dr. Canter has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature on anthrax decontamination. She currently is the principal of Dorothy Canter Consulting LLC. She served as a senior professional biophysicist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from July 2005 until March 2009. Prior to that she worked at EPA for 15 years. Before joining EPA, she served as Assistant to the Director, National Toxicology Program. Dr. Canter received both a B.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in biophysics from The George Washington University. She has served NPCA for 22 years in a variety of volunteer capacities, including three terms on the Board of Trustees. She is currently a member of the Chesapeake Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land.   

Francisco Dallmeier received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University, and has been a conservation biologist with the Smithsonian Institution since 1986. Dr. Dallmeier is the Director of the Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability (CCES) of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). With his SCBI colleagues he has been formulating and implementing a partnership in conservation studies with George Mason University. This partnership will provide academic programs and facilities for national and international students and professionals.

Dr. Dallmeier has developed training programs in biodiversity research, monitoring, and conservation. He has taught several hundred university students and professionals, and he lectures frequently at professional conferences and to lay audiences. He represents the Smithsonian Institution on advisory boards for both conservation and governmental organizations. As a conservation biologist, his work has broad conservation implications for education and sustainable development throughout Latin America and Africa, which has contributed to the implementation of science-based best practices in sensitive rainforest areas worldwide. He has worked with UNESCO, Environment Canada, and a regional network of partners to develop forest biodiversity monitoring programs and capacity building for a network of sites globally. Together with Environment Canada in 2008, he led the International Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Americas.

Elizabeth A. Hadly is a Professor of Biology at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 and previously worked for the National Park Service as a paleoecologist for Yellowstone National Park. Her current research probes how perturbations such as climatic change influence the evolution and ecology of Neogene vertebrates. She works on the evolution and ecology of the Yellowstone ecosystem, and has established the suite of animals present there prior to exploration by Lewis and Clark. Documentation of the “native” mammals, including wolves and elk, was critically valuable for park management policies and wolf reintroduction. Recent work includes a Yellowstone study of how climatic change over the past two decades has severely impacted amphibians. Professor Hadly founded the field of phylochronology, which has yielded insights and predictions about ongoing and future responses of animals to global change. 

Professor Hadly is compelled to forge new interests in conservation of our natural lands among Americans. To that end she, along with an artist and science educator, has developed a roving Stanford course that visits parks along the track of the Yellowstone hotspot, bridging geology, biology, climate, and art in order to “see” the world differently and to communicate about it outside traditionally scientific venues.

Mr. Komatsu is president of Komatsu, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. Agency review and support jurisdictions under which many of the firm’s programs have been developed include The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; U.S. Department of Transportation; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Park Service; U.S. General Services Administration; and the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Komatsu has participated in professional architectural and planning experience programs in various locations from Washington, D.C., to Hawaii, Saipan, and Puerto Rico. Mr. Komatsu has also been involved in historic preservation and architectural environmental design programs. Mr. Komatsu served on the National Trust for Historic Preservation National Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2005; and on the National Parks Conservation Association National Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2006.  He was a George H.W. Bush Administration appointee to the National Parks System Advisory Board; chaired the National Performance Review of Historic Preservation Fund Programs; and was appointed to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Committee under then Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt in the Clinton Administration. He was appointed by Governor Clements to the Texas Historical Commission in 1987 to a six-year term and was reappointed by Governor Richards to guide the agency through its Sunset Review serving as chairman from 1991 to 1995.

Thomas Lovejoy is the President of The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment (a non-profit institution dedicated to improving the scientific and economic foundation for environmental policy through multi-sectoral collaboration among industry, government, academia, and environmental organizations). In the past, he served as Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for the Environment for the Latin American region for the World Bank, as the Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation, as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution, and as Executive Vice President of World Wildlife Fund-US. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. (biology) from Yale University, is past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, past chairman of the United States Man and Biosphere Program, and past president of the Society for Conservation Biology.  In 1998, Brazil awarded him the Grand Cross of the Order of Scientific Merit. In April 2001 he received the John & Alice Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He serves on numerous scientific and conservation boards and advisory groups, including: the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Wildlife Trust, Woods Hole Research Center, and the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies.

Barbara Pahl is the Regional Director of the Mountains/Plains Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation where she represents the Trust in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The National Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Ms. Pahl received the Montana Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2005, and in 2007, the Dana Crawford Award in recognition of her contributions towards saving Colorado’s built heritage. In addition to her duties as regional director, Ms. Pahl is also the Director of the National Trust Public Lands Program, which advocates for the protection of irreplaceable cultural resources located on federal public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Before coming to the Trust, Pahl was Curator of Material Culture with the Colorado Historical Society where she developed a major exhibition on mining. She also worked for the Colorado SHPO and the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places and Historic Engineering Record. A native of Rochester, New York, Pahl received a B.A. degree in American Studies from Skidmore College in 1975 and a M.A. degree in American Studies from the George Washington University in 1980.  

Alec Rhodes is a past member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he was recognized as a member of the Lone Star Sierra Club’s Environmental Defense Team and as a Legislator of the Year by the Sportsmen Conservationists of Texas. He served as chief operating officer of the S.P. Richards Company in Atlanta and owned and operated Martinez Office Supply in Austin, Texas. He taught business and management at Austin Community College, and served as a member of the Texas Research and Oversight Council on Workers’ Compensation. A founding member of the Dripping Springs Education Foundation, he is currently a member of the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas, and a trustee on the board of Texans Care for Children. His B.A. is from the University of North Carolina and his M.B.A is from Emory University. He has two children and three grandsons. 

Roger Sayre is a forest and ecosystems ecologist by training (Ph.D. Cornell University; M.S. Pennsylvania State University; B.S. University of California, Riverside). He led the Conservation Science Department of the International Program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for 13 years before joining the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2005. While at TNC, Roger conducted many Rapid Ecological Assessments in Latin America and the Caribbean, and wrote the industry standard book on this biodiversity assessment methodology (Sayre et al., 2000, Nature in Focus-Rapid Ecological Assessment, Island Press). At USGS, Roger has continued to pursue an ecosystem geography focus. In 2007, he concluded work with a small team of scientists to develop a new 10-year Science Strategy for USGS, which calls for a new focus on ecosystems as one of six core strategic science directions. Roger is currently leading an effort to produce a new map of standardized ecosystems for the United States at a meso-scale, which is finer than any previous ecoregionalization of the nation. Due to his experience in mapping standardized ecosystems over continental regions, Roger was recently designated as a GEOSS (Global Earth Observation Systems of Systems – an intergovernmental protocol) Task Lead to produce a standardized, robust, meso-scale classification and map of the planet's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.

Douglas W. Schwartz was president of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 1967 to 2001. He now serves as a Senior Scholar at the school. He continues to be a leader in the fields of anthropology and archaeology. Some of Doug’s major archaeological research was in the Grand Canyon, where over a period of 20 years beginning in the late 1940s he did a pioneering survey and the first major excavations in the Canyon and on the North Rim. Doug received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1950 and completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at Yale University in 1955. He has received numerous honors, including Distinguished Service Awards from the American Anthropological Association and the Society of American Archeology. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of New Mexico and the University of Kentucky. He has also held positions with numerous prestigious organizations and institutions. He was Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, Director of the university’s Museum of Anthropology, President of the Society for American Archaeology, President of the Board of the Jane Goodall African Wildlife Research Institute, Board President of the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and President of the Board of Trustees for the Santa Fe Preparatory School.

Dr. Talbot is Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and senior environmental advisor to World Bank and U.N. organizations. He is an ecologist and geographer with over 50 years’ experience in national and international environmental affairs, biodiversity conservation, management of wild living resources, environmental policies and institutions, environment and development, ecological research and advising in 131 countries. Formerly Director-General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), he also held the positions of Chief Scientist and Foreign Affairs Director of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality for Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter; and was head of environmental sciences at the Smithsonian Institution. Member of over 20 committees and panels of the National Academy of Sciences, he was also Senior Scientific Advisor to the International Council of Scientific Unions. He has conducted over 150 exploration and research expeditions to remote or unknown areas on five continents.

He is author of some 290 scientific, technical, and popular publications. He has received numerous national and international awards and recognitions for scientific accomplishments, environmental achievements, exploration, teaching, popular and scientific writing, and documentary film. He was cited as “an acknowledged leader in the shaping of national and international environmental policies and principles” when receiving the Distinguished Service Award, highest recognition of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Marty Talbot is a biologist, conservationist, and ecologist with experience in environmental research and advising in about 60 countries, including over six years of pioneering research on plainsland ecology in East Africa. She is President of the Society of Women Geographers, Vice President of Rachel Carson Council, Fellow of the Explorers Club, Council Member of Rachel’s Network, and Co-founder and Honorary Director of the Student Conservation Association (SCA). She also is active in and serves or has served on the Boards of other scientific, environmental, and community organizations. Co-author or editor of six books and monographs, over 20 other scientific and technical publications, and original maps, she has given lectures and seminars to scientific meetings and other audiences in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America. She is also a pioneer in organic viticulture.

Marty has received national and international recognition and awards for her contributions to conservation, scientific knowledge, and conservation education. Examples include the U.S. Department of Interior Conservation Service Award from the Secretary of the Interior, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Woman Geographers, the award for Outstanding Publication in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the Wildlife Society, The East Asia Award from the World Commission on Protected Areas, and the CINE Golden Eagle Award for a documentary film. 

de Teel Patterson Tiller is professor of historic preservation at Goucher College and holds an appointment as Professorial Lecturer in Historic Preservation, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Retired in 2005 after nearly 30 years with the National Park Service, Tiller served for seven years as that agency’s Deputy Associate Director for Cultural Resources. In that capacity, he was responsible for all of the Service’s principal federal historic preservation and heritage programs.   

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Science, University of Virginia in 1970, Tiller worked as a designer in professional theatre. Mr. Tiller then received a Master’s degree in 1977 in Architectural History with an emphasis in historic preservation from the University of Virginia, College of Architecture. He served as an architect in private practice and then as historic preservation planner to the West Texas Council of Governments. He then joined the National Park Service, serving in the agency’s Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado, offices.

Mr. Tiller has taught architectural history and historic preservation policy, planning, and practice at the University of Wyoming, the University of Virginia, Kansas State University, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Goucher College in 2003 in recognition of his national contribution to historic preservation.


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