Outreach and Service Activities

I continue activities on science communication. I am invested in a science communication initiative that was developed as a consortia of research institutions in the Northeast: Syracuse, Harvard University, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Boston University, University of New Hampshire and the Cary Institute, called the Science Policy Exchange (SPE). I am chair of the advisory group for the SPE.  We have initiated several projects through the SPE. I lead project is an evaluation of the co-benefits of implementing carbon dioxide emission controls on electric utilities associated with improved air quality, discussed above, funded by the JPB Foundation (Discussed in Research).

Professional societies:

  • National Academy of Engineering
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


Committee Name Role Organization Timeframe Description
Professional Committees
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Research, Science Partner Journal of AAAS Editorial Board Member AAAS 2018-present  Journal Editor
United Nations Environmental Programme Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Lead Author UNEP 2016-2017 Report on Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment
Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Member Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Advisory Board 2015-present Board member
Long-Term Ecological Research Network Executive Board Member National Science Foundation 2014-2017 Board member
Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur Member U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2014-2018 Review plans by the U.S. EPA to develop a secondary standard to protect ecosystems for effects of acid and nutrient inputs.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Panel for Review Risk and Technology Review Method Review Panel Member U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2017 -2018 Review plans by the U.S. EPA to revise a screening process for evaluation of hazardous air pollutants.
International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant Chair 2013-present Organize international meeting on mercury in the environment and its effects
Science Policy Exchange Advisory Committee Member Science Policy Exchange 2011-present Provide advice on program scope, projects and fund raising
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Board of Directors Member Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) 2014-2017 Board member
Journal, Biogeochemistry Associate Editor Biogeochemistry 2009-present Journal Editor
Division of Environmental Biology Panel member National Science Foundation 2016 Reviewer
Everglades Restoration Member National Research Council 2006-present Evaluate the progress of the restoration of the Everglades; reports to Congress, gave briefings to Congressional, agency and State staff.
Skaneateles Lake Association Advisory Board Member Skaneateles Lake Association 2014-present Board member

Syracuse University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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