Solutions Series: Q&A
Dr. Cliff Duke
Linking Ecological Research, Management, and You
The University of Vermont
April 6, 2010
Cliff Duke received his B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Botany (1985) and an M.A. in Public Policy Science from Duke University (1986). Since 2003, he has directed the Office of Science Programs for the Ecological Society of America (ESA), which promotes the continued development of ecological science and its integration into decision-making and education. The ESA Science Office, which originated with ESA's Sustainable Biosphere Initiative in 1992, focuses on the application of ecological science to environmental problem solving. The Office works with ESA members, other professional societies, and public agencies to develop workshops and publications on a variety of topics related to ecosystem sustainability, global change, and biodiversity. Current projects include a series of reports on biofuels and sustainability; data sharing and archiving initiatives; and support for ESA's Emerging Issues Conference Series. Before joining the ESA staff, Dr. Duke worked for fourteen years in environmental consulting, managing preparation of environmental impact statements and ecological risk assessments for Department of Defense and Department of Energy facilities. He previously held postdoctoral positions at Northeastern University, Wellesley College, and Harvard University. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable and the Service to the Scientific Community Working Group of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition.
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