Sparks Fly: Building Consensus When the Science Is Contested, and Seeking Solutions: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Western Water Issues. She was the 2006 recipient of the Mary Parker Follett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution. She received a B.S. degree from Huxley College of Environmental Studies in Washington State and did graduate work in environmental planning at the University of California at Berkeley.


Jennifer Brewer (Program Officer) is now an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy of East Carolina University. Her research investigates models of environmental governance, especially in the areas of marine resources and climate change. Prior to her work on this study at the National Research Council, she worked in the areas of environmental policy, natural resource management, and international voluntary service. She held a fellowship in the U.S. House of Representatives, positions on the staff and board of Volunteers for Peace, and staff and consulting positions with nonprofit and governmental organizations involved in fisheries and coastal resources. She has a B.A. degree with high honors from the University of Michigan, an M.S. degree in marine policy from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in human geography from Clark University.


Caron Chess is a professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. She conducts research on the evaluation of public participation and the impact of organizational factors on public participation and risk communication. She has served as the president of the Society for Risk Analysis and she currently sits on the editorial board of Risk Analysis and the boards of two journals of environmental communication. In addition to publishing in academic journals, she has also authored publications that are used widely by government and industry practitioners, including Communicating with the Public: Ten Questions Environmental Managers Should Ask and Improving Dialogue with Communities: A Short Guide to Government Risk Communication, which has been translated into three languages. Prior to her academic career, she coordinated environmental programs for state government and environmental organizations and played a central role in the campaign for the country’s first public access right-to-know law. She received an M.S. degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Michael L. DeKay is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Ohio State University. Previously, he was an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.



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