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Sylvie Brouder
Sylvie Brouder - Dr. Sylvie Brouder is a Professor and Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research in the Agronomy Department at Purdue University and Director of Purdue’s Water Quality Field Station (WQFS). Dr. Brouder received her B.A. in Biology from Harvard University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Ecology from the Ecology Graduate Group at the University of California – Davis (1993). A foundational theme of her program as well as that of the WQFS research portfolio is to advance quantitative approaches and ecological accounting frameworks to inform the valuation of multiple ecosystem services (ES) and their synergies and tradeoffs. She is an expert in ecological / sustainable intensification of mixed use landscapes and climate smart agriculture for food security; her research focuses on field-to-landscape scale nutrient cycling with an emphasis on crop ecology, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient balances and losses in agro-ecosystems, and multivariate statistical and simulation modeling approaches to analysis of environmental data. She collaborates with crop breeders, agricultural engineers, economists and sociologists for an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems and has experience working with a host of annual and perennial cropping systems as well as native prairies. As an Extension Specialist, she has worked on management strategies for resource-use efficiency and on diagnostics to balance production and stewardship goals for major agricultural land uses with a particular emphasis on nitrogen and potassium management. Finally, as director of a Core Facility, she is keenly interested in all aspects of leveraging science and society’s investment in such efforts including standardization of experimental measurement and data protocols, data sharing (preservation, curation, accessibility and repurposing), cultural barriers to open access, and work-flows for data ingestion in environmental accounting studies.


Thomas Hertel
Thomas Hertel - Dr. Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, where his research and teaching focus on international trade, climate change, food and environmental security. Dr. Hertel is a Fellow, and a Past-President, of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hertel is the founder and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), which now encompasses more than 15,000 researchers in 170 countries around the world. This Project maintains a global economic database and an applied general equilibrium modeling framework which are documented in the book: Global Trade Analysis: Modeling and Applications, edited by Dr. Hertel, and published by Cambridge University Press. He has supervised more than forty PhD students and published more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles, along with several dozen book chapters as well as four books. Professor Hertel is the inaugural recipient of the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award. He has also received a number of AAEA awards, including: Publication of Enduring Quality, Distinguished Policy Contribution, Outstanding Journal Article and Quality of Communication. He has also been Advisor to two Outstanding AAEA Ph.D. and M.S. theses.


Brent Hueth
Brent Hueth - Brent Hueth is the faculty director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching focuses on cooperative organizations, agricultural markets, and applied microeconomics. Brent is currently leading research projects on cooperative governance, behavior, and performance, and on the economic impact of cooperatives on the U.S. economy. Other recent research topics have included incentive pay for CEOs in cooperative firms; cooperative conversions, failures and restructurings; and the role of the cooperative bargaining association. His research has been published by the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics, among others. After receiving his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Maryland-College Park, Brent spent two years at the University of California-Berkeley as a Research Economist. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University for eight years prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Jill James
Jill James - As the Associate Director for Information Products at the National Agricultural Library, Jill James leads the digital library, customer engagement and services, and the information centers for nutrition, food safety, animal welfare, water and agriculture, alternative farming, invasive species, and rural information. In her more than 14 years of federal service, she has worked on digital projects and programs that help citizens discover and access public government information resources and data. She holds an MLS and an MA in U.S. History from the University of Maryland and a BA from the University of Delaware. She serves as a fellow for the 2018-2019 cohort of the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Program.


Adam Kriesberg
Adam Kriesberg - Adam is a Lecturer at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and a University Cooperator with the USDA National Agricultural Library. His research focuses on the ways in which digital environments affect the preservation and curation of public sector information and research data. He received his PhD in 2015 from the University of Michigan School of Information. A 2016-2017 Research Data Alliance Data Share Fellow, his work has appeared in publications including Archival Science, The American Archivist, The International Journal of Digital Curation, and Data Science Journal.


Greg Thoma
Greg Thoma - Greg Thoma, Ph.D. is the Bates Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas and served as inaugural Director for Research of The Sustainability Consortium. He has led numerous food and agriculture life cycle assessment projects: milk, cheese, milk delivery systems, yogurt, swine, poultry, corn, and beef. He serves on the steering committee for the Swiss National Research Program, “Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production.” He is the North American subject editor for Agriculture for the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment, and has served on the scientific/technical/organizational committee for numerous international LCA conferences. He has been active with the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership since its inception acting as the Technical Advisory Group Lead/Co-lead for development of the poultry, swine, and large ruminants’ guidelines. He is currently serving on the nutrient cycling and biodiversity technical advisory groups.


Doreen Ware
Doreen Ware - Dr. Doreen Ware is Molecular Biologist with the USDA ARS and Adjunct Associated Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She is recognized as a leader in plant genomics and bioinformatics. Over the last several years her laboratory has contributed to collaborative projects supporting genomics enabled science, with a focus on understanding genome architecture in maize and the impact on complex traits. Dr. Ware’s group has supported the development of several Cyberinfrastructure projects, supporting reference genomes, and access to computational resources. Dr. Ware serves in several leadership positions within the plants science community, and served as acting CSIO for USDA ARS from 2014-2017.