Workshop Synthesis Session Moderator Biosketches
William W. Bowerman IV is a professor of wildlife ecology and toxicology and the chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland since May 2011. He has conducted research on wildlife as indicators of the health of the aquatic environment since 1984, and his studies have spanned every continent except Antarctica. He has conducted both field and laboratory studies with wildlife or model species. He served for 3 years on the Clemson University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and has written IACUC protocols approved in five countries. He has trained more than 400 professionals worldwide in laboratory and field animal techniques across the world. He served as the U.S. co-chair of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Science Advisory Board from 2011 to 2014 and was a member from 1996 to 2014. This service has resulted in extensive experience in cross-boundary and multi-jurisdictional natural resources and pollution abatement management issues and indicator development. He served on the Northern States Bald Eagle Recovery Team of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and is currently the vice chair of the Ornithological Council representing the Raptor Research Foundation on the Council. He received a B.A. in biology from Western Michigan University in 1985, aM M.A. in biology from Northern Michigan University in 1991, and a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife-environmental toxicology from Michigan State University in 1993.
Katherine Thibault, National Ecological Observatory Network, Battelle, Science Lead, is a vertebrate ecologist, macroecologist, and project manager by training, with many years of experience conducting field research of small mammals, including rodents, shrews, and bats. After her postdoctoral fellowship in macroecology at Utah State University, she joined the NEON program in 2011 as its vertebrate ecologist responsible for the small mammal and breeding bird sampling and data products. She then served as lead for the Terrestrial Observation Science team from 2015 until she assumed her current role as NEON Science Lead in 2017. She earned her Ph.D. in biology at the University of New Mexico, with her dissertation research focused on the temporal dynamics in the structure and function of the desert rodent community at the Long-term Research in Environmental Biology site near Portal, AZ.