António M. Baptista, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Institute of Environmental Health (IEH), Director, NSF Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction (CMOP), Oregon Health & Science University. My team’s research focuses on environmental systems, specifically coastal margins like the Columbia River. At high-level, we seek to understand how these systems function today, and how susceptible they are to regional (e.g., economic development) and global (e.g., climate change) stressors. At stake is society’s ability to sustainably manage unique and essential services (e.g., ecological, economic, and human health related) provided by coastal margins, at a time of profound change. Our approach is transdisciplinary (“from genes to climate”) and relies on modern scientific constructs (“collaboratories”) that integrate field and lab observations, computer simulations via open flows of information. I am among the pioneers of the concept of collaboratories, via a leading-edge observation and prediction system for the Columbia River estuary. My scientific expertise is rooted on mathematics and fluid dynamics, but I have peer-published in areas including computational science; physical, biogeochemical & microbial oceanography; fisheries; natural hazards; cardiac flows; and computer science.
By introducing contemporary scientists to Indigenous knowledge, Jon Waterhouse believes a clearer, richer and more vibrant understanding of our planet is emerging. Having spent the last decade working on water quality and monitoring techniques with Indigenous, place-based people who have lived on the frontlines of climate change since time immemorial, Waterhouse has witnessed the value of mixing the traditional with the modern in science. As he works to help small populations in remote regions around the world measure, document, preserve and fully understand their water and environments, he is also connecting these cultures with the modern world and with one another, to share their historic knowledge, and to respond together to the environmental challenges they face. John is an OHSU Indigenous Peoples Scholar, a National Geographic Education Fellow and Explorer, an Eco-trust Indigenous Leadership Awardee, Co-Founder of the Network of Indigenous Knowledge, and Presidential Appointee to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Council for Environmental Cooperation.
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