MARGARET A. PALMER
Dr. Palmer is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. Her research has focused on coastal and freshwater ecosystems with an emphasis on restoration of rivers, streams, and wetlands. She is an international leader in restoration ecology, with more than 150 publications. She spear-headed the National River Restoration Science Synthesis, the first comprehensive national database on river and stream restoration. Her research has been supported primarily by the National Science Foundation with additional funding from other federal agencies, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, and CALFED. Dr. Palmer serves on numerous scientific advisory boards including American Rivers; Conservation International and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology. Her awards include AAAS Fellow, Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Ecological Society of America Fellow, Lilly Fellow, and the Society of Freshwater Science Award of Excellence. She has been an invited speaker in numerous and diverse settings including regional and international forums, science-diplomacy venues (e.g., in North Korea), and popular outlets such as the Steven Colbert show.
Evan Hansen founded Downstream Strategies, an environmental consulting firm in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 1997. He has more than 25 years of experience as an environmental consultant for nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, attorneys, private businesses, and individuals. He has developed and applied computer models; provided testimony and training on issues related to environmental laws, policies, and permits; and led multi-disciplinary research teams that integrate science and policy. Mr. Hansen received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from U.C.-Berkeley.
Nathan Fetty is the managing attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. A native of Spencer, West Virginia, he is a graduate of the WVU College of Law and West Virginia Westleyan College. After law school, he clerked for Hon. Thomas A. Bedellin West Virginia's Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. He later was a Skadden Fellow. Fetty's background includes work in environmental andland use law, coal mine health and safety, and consumer protection. He resides in Buckhannon, West Virginia, with his wife and daughter.
Joe Lovett is a native West Virginian who has been a catalyst for focusing local and national attention on mountaintop removal coal mining for nearly two decades. As the Executive Director and co-founder of the environmental public interest law firm, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Joe has litigated many precedent-setting cases to protect the region. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and served as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.