Metcalf Advisory Board Bios

Austin Becker
Austin Becker, is assistant professor and director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. He is an interdisciplinary scientist working across the fields of urban planning and policy, engineering, and ocean science. He uses seaports as a case study, creating and testing tools that help decision makers engage with complex natural hazard resilience. He has received funding from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to conduct work on seaport resilience and vulnerability assessments.Read more.
Karen Bordeleau
Karen Bordeleau, ex officio member, is senior vice president and executive editor of The Providence Journal, which she joined in 1996 as a copyeditor. During her career at The Journal, Bordeleau has served as a special sections reporter, section editor, assistant city editor, assistant managing editor/online, managing editor/production and deputy executive editor. She supervises all reporters, photographers and editors and is responsible for the entire news report on all print, digital and mobile platforms.Read more.
Cornelia Dean is a distinguished lecturer and writer-in-residence at Brown. She is best known as a science journalist at The New York Times, where she still writes and was science editor between 1997 and 2003. She began her newspaper career at The Providence Journal. Her first book, Against the Tide, was published in 1999 by Columbia University Press.Read more.
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Jennifer Francis Jennifer Francis is a senior scientist at Woods Hole Research Center where her research is focused on the rapidly changing Arctic: why it’s happening, how changes are affecting the Arctic system, and how disproportionate warming there is affecting temperate regions on Earth. Francis is widely respected as a leading expert on the connection between extreme weather and melting Arctic sea ice.Read more.
Gail Ginnetty Gail A. Ginnetty spent forty years as a senior banker in the retail, commercial and wealth management divisions at Fleet Financial Group and Citizens Bank followed by four years serving as a senior development officer at the Rhode Island Foundation. She is currently consulting with non-profit organizations assisting with a broad range of endowment matters.Read more.
lloyd thumb Lloyd Irland has been a forestry consultant to industry, governments, trade and environmental groups since 1987. From 2003 to 2010 he taught at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He served with the U.S. Forest Service and the Maine state government and in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Irland is author of five books and was a junior author of the timber chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005).Read more.
John Kirby Dr. John D. Kirby is dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) at the University of Rhode Island (URI). With a community of over 100 faculty members and 2,200 total students, CELS offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the following areas: Biological Sciences; Cell & Molecular Biology; Environmental & Natural Resource Economics; Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Science; Geosciences; Marine Affairs; Natural Resources Science; and Plan Sciences & Entomology. Read more.
Fraser_Lang Fraser A. Lang is former co-publisher of The Block Island Times and has been in the publishing field for more than 40 years. He is a trustee emeritus of Brown University and serves on the Library Advisory Council and the Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine. Lang is a graduate of Brown University and holds a masters degree from Rutgers University where he studied under an Eagleton Fellowship. He served in the Peace Corps in Iran.
Rob Leeson Rob Leeson, now retired, spent most of his business career managing the international marketing, sales, service and legal portions of a public international engineering and manufacturing corporation that produced machinery used in the worldwide plastics and textile processing. Following its sale, he founded and operated a merger and acquisition business, consulting with international industrial products businesses interested in making acquisitions or being acquired. He has long been interested in the environment and has served on boards of many not-for-profit environmental organizations. Leeson received his A.B. from Harvard and served two years in the U.S. Army.
Chris Little- Advisory Board Christopher Little is an attorney who serves as an advocate and arbitrator in complex business disputes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and founded the Providence based firm Little Bulman Medeiros & Whitney, P.C. in 1993. He has been recognized by various prominent peer review organizations for his legal skills. Little has served various non profits engaged in education, health care, and environmental advocacy and management, assuming board leadership of Save the Bay, Inc. and South County Hospital, among others. He is a graduate of Duke University and received his law degree from Georgetown University.
Annie Sherman Annie Sherman Lukeboard secretary, is managing editor of Newport Life Magazine. She interned at SAIL and Offshore magazines during graduate school and prior to that was an editorial assistant at Newport Life Magazine. She traveled to New Zealand during the America’s Cup and wrote about Newport sailors competing in the races.Read more.
Kendall Moore serves on the Journalism and Film/Media faculties at URI. As a journalist and field producer, she has created content for ABC News/Discovery Health, the Discovery Channel and PBS and has worked as a medical reporter for Reuters.Read more.
Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He is the Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at the Woodrow Wilson School and Faculty Associate of the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences ProgramPrinceton Environmental Institute, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.Read more.
Pennell_photo Kelly Pennell is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students and conducts environmental research. Her research interests include the fate and transport of environmental contaminants, water disinfection processes, and environmental systems modeling.Read more.
Rebecca_Robinson Rebecca Robinson is associate professor at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. She studies the ways ocean biology and chemistry have varied with respect to large-scale climate change in the past. She is particularly interested in the interactions of large-scale ocean circulation and biology in regulating atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean oxygen concentrations.Read more.
Bari Scott Bari Scott has produced many multiplatform projects as executive director of the independent non-profit SoundVision Productions including The DNA Files; The Really Big Questions; Burn, An Energy Journal, and the intensive weeklong Science Literacy Workshops; won all the major awards, including the Peabody, Robert Wood Johnson, duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, and the Science Journalism “Pinnacle of Excellence” from AAAS, and been honored by many organizations.Read more.
Manuela Zoninsein is a Brazilian-American passionate about accelerating change in some of the world’s most fundamental industries. Currently, she works at Palantir Technologies focused on international business development. She is also an early stage impact investor, supporting women-led companies focused on urban sustainability solutions.Read more.