Missouri River Independent Advisory Panels

Former Independent Panel Reviewers and History

The following individuals have served on either the Independent Social Economic Technical Review Panel or the Independent Science Advisory Panel.

Martin W. Doyle, Ph.D.
Director, Water Policy Program
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Duke University

Independent Science Advisory Panel
Area of Expertise: river hydrology, geomorphology
Dates Served: January 2011-November 2015

Martin Doyle is an environmental geographer with training in hydrology and engineering, specializing in rivers. His research is at the interface of science, economics and policy of environmental management and restoration, particularly focusing on the use of market mechanisms for environmental management and restoration. His research on infrastructure includes decommissioning dams and levees, as well as research on financing rehabilitation of aging drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.

Dr. Doyle works collaboratively with ecologists, engineers, and economists, as well as with state and federal agencies, and private industry. He has developed long-term research programs in which he and his students work alongside entrepreneurial mitigation bankers in order to more fully understand the realities and financial motivations for private investment in environmental markets.

Leonard A. Shabman, Ph.D.
Resident Scholar
Resources for the Future

Independent Social Economic Technical Review Panel
Area of Expertise: Economic analysis in the formation of water and related land resource policy, development of evaluation protocols for large-scale ecosystem restoration projects
Date Served: May –September 2014

After three decades on the faculty at Virginia Tech, Len Shabman joined RFF in 2002 as a resident scholar. His research and communications efforts are focused on programs and responsibilities for flood and coastal storm risk management, design of payment for ecosystem services programs, and development of evaluation protocols for ecosystem restoration and management projects, with special focus on the Everglades, Coastal Louisiana, and the Chesapeake Bay. Among the specific topics related to these broader themes is applied research on permitting under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, creating market-based incentives for water quality management and provision of ecosystem services, and design of collaborative water management institutions. In2004 Len was named an Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

David L. Galat, Ph.D.
Emeritus Associate Professor
Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences
University of Missouri

Independent Science Advisory Panel
Area of Expertise: Aquatic/Riverine Ecologist
Dates Served: July 2013 - June 2014

David Galat's professional interests include ecology and restoration of large rivers and floodplain wetlands, ecology and conservation of native riverine fishes, science informing natural resource policy, and application of collaborative adaptive management to socio-ecological sustainability. David has pursued each of these throughout a broad career in research, teaching, and technical assistance.

David received his undergraduate degree in natural resources from Cornell University and master’s degree and Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Colorado State University. He is author of over 100 professional publications and over 90 invited presentations in aquatic and restoration ecology.

For over two decades, David worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Missouri as a research fishery biologist and fisheries unit leader. Concurrently he served as a cooperative associate professor at the University of Missouri, where he remains as emeritus associate professor. He recently assisted The Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership as science advisor, helping develop a global network of river scientists and policy experts.

Dr. Galat has served on numerous national and international committees and science advisory boards related to river-floodplain ecology and restoration. Among these are the U.S. Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee—which was formed after the devastating flood of 1993 on the Upper Mississippi River to examine existing management policies and make recommendations for improvement, the Upper Mississippi River System Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program‘s Science Panel, the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Missouri River Recovery and Associated Sediment Management Issues, and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Independent Science Advisory Committee.

David is familiar with MRRIC, having served for two years as alternate member for Fish and Wildlife, and as a member of the Science and Adaptive Management Work Group.

Margaret A. Palmer, Ph.D.
Professor of Entomology and Biology
University of Maryland
Professor and Director
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Independent Science Advisory Panel
Area of Expertise: Aquatic/Riverine Ecologist
Date Served: January 2011- June 2013

Margaret Palmer received her Ph.D. in oceanography, but in the last 20 years has turned her attention to freshwater systems. The broad objective of Palmer's research is to understand what controls stream ecosystem structure and function. She specifically focuses on how land use and urbanization influence stream ecosystems and on producing the best science to guide ecologically effective restoration of rivers and streams.

Palmer has more than 90 peer reviewed publications and numerous awards including American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. She currently has an active research lab of 12 graduate students, postdocs, and research technicians working on various aspects of stream ecosystem science, and is a national coordinator of the National River Restoration Science Synthesis Project.

Dr. Palmer has served on numerous advisory boards and scientific panels including for the Grand Canyon Research and Monitoring Program, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Freshwater & Marine Ecology Faculty of 1000, EcoHydrology Science Agenda Committee, National NEON Design Consortium and National Network Design Committee, and National Research Council Committee on River Science. Palmer led the Ecological Society of America’s committee to develop an action plan for the ecological sciences for the 21st century. She was Program Director of Ecology at the National Science Foundation from 1999-2000. She also has been actively involved in scholarly work on women in science.

Background Materials

Best Practices in Peer Review Assure Quality, Value, Objectivity” by Robert S. Turner, PhD.

Independent Science Review Concepts and Practices.” Presentation to MRRIC, Partner Agencies, and the U.S. Institute, February 3, 2010, Robert Turner, Ph.D.

National Academy of Sciences. 2003. Policy and Procedures on Committee Composition and Balance and Conflicts of Interest for Committees Used in the Development of Reports. May 2003.













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