The Fate of the Earth: A Roundtable on Environment Assessment

Speaker biographies

Daniel C. Esty is a professor of environmental law and policy at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a clinical professor at Yale Law School, the director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and the director of the Yale World Fellows Program. He is also a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College. Professor Esty’s research interests cover a wide range of environmental policy issues. His recent work focuses on new approaches to environmental regulation, including the use of economic incentives and other market mechanisms, environmental performance measurement, the benefit of data-driven environmental decision-making, environmental protection in the Information Age, environmental effects on competitiveness, trade and environment linkages, global environmental governance, corporate environmental management, and the environment and security. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Global Environmental Governance: Options and Opportunities; Greening the Americas: NAFTA’s Lessons for Hemispheric Trade; Economic Integration; Regulatory Competition and Economic Integration; Environmental Performance Measurement: The Global Report 2001–2002; Greening the GATT: Trade, Environment, and the Future; Thinking Ecologically: The Next Generation of Environmental Policy; and Sustaining the Asia Pacific Miracle: Environmental Protection.

Steven Hayward is the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Environmental Studies at AEI and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. He is also an adjunct fellow of the John Ashbrook Center and a former Bradley Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Weaver Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an Earhart Fellow, and the Olive Garvey Fellow of the Mont Pelerin Society. Mr. Hayward studies the environment, law, political economy, and the presidency. He is the author of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, published jointly by the AEI Press and the Pacific Research Institute, and a number of other books, including The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964–1980; Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity; and Greatness. Hayward writes AEI's Environmental Policy Outlook and has had works published in National Review, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reason, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, and the Chicago Tribune.

Robin O'Malley directs the Heinz Center’s Environmental Reporting Program, which recently released a book entitled The State of the Nation’s Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States. Mr. O’Malley joined the Heinz Center in November 1997 from the Department of the Interior, where he led U.S. government efforts to establish a biodiversity information network throughout the Americas. From 1993 to 1996, he was chief of staff for the National Biological Survey, where he was responsible for numerous program development, budgeting, implementation, and outreach activities. Mr. O'Malley has also served as a special assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt; deputy science advisor within the Interior Department; associate director for natural resources at the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and senior environmental advisor to Governor Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey. He has also held a variety of environmental positions within New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection involving financing of environmental infrastructure, hazardous site remediation, and solid waste management.

Denice Shaw is a senior science advisor at the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) and the Office of Research and Development (ORD), both research programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For the past four years, Dr. Shaw has been the lead for the development of the EPA’s Report on the Environment (ROE) Technical Document. Prior to her work on the ROE, she was the director of the EPA’s Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT). EMPACT enabled communities with science and technology solutions to collect and communicate timely environmental monitoring information. Dr. Shaw’s areas of expertise and interest include remote sensing and environmental monitoring. Dr. Shaw led the interagency coordination and subsequent development of the first national digital land cover data, the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics, which is used broadly across the United States. Her recent interests include the strategic use and optimization of environmental monitoring and indicators.

Robert T. Watson is the chief scientist and director for environmentally and socially sustainable development at the World Bank. In May 1996, Dr. Watson joined the World Bank as senior scientific advisor in the Environment Department. In July 1997, he became the director of the Environment Department and head of the Environment Sector Board. Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Watson was associate director for environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President in the White House. Prior to joining the Clinton White House, Dr. Watson was director of the science division and chief scientist for the Office of Mission to Planet Earth at the NASA. Dr. Watson has played a key role in the negotiation of global environment conventions and the evolution of the Global Environment Facility. He is currently cochair of: the International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development, a member on the boards of directors of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the International Scientific Assessment of Stratospheric Ozone. From 1997 to 2002, he was chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was also chair or cochair of a number of international scientific assessments, including the IPCC Working Group II, the United Nations Environment Programme/World Meteorological Organization (UNEP-WMO), and UNEP’s Global Biodiversity Assessment. Dr. Watson has received many national and international awards and prizes for his contributions to science, including the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility in 1993 and the insignia of Honorary Companion of St. Michael and St. George from the British Government on December 10, 2003.

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