2017 SCGIS 20th Annual Conference

Jul 16, 2017 to Jul 19, 2017, Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Pre-Conference workshops: Sunday July 16, 2017

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker

Dawn Wright & Frank Davis

Chief Scientist for ESRI & Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB.


Dawn Wright Chief Scientist of Esri, professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. In this role at Esri, she aids in formulating and advancing the intellectual agenda for the environmental, conservation, climate, and ocean sciences aspect of Esri's work, while also representing Esri to the national/international scientific community. Dawn also maintains an affiliated faculty appointment in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State. Her current research interests include data modeling, benthic terrain and habitat characterization, coastal/ocean informatics, and cyberinfrastructure. Her recent advisory board service includes the US National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board, the Blue Ribbon Panel of the World Bank's Global Partnership for Oceans, the Science Advisory Board of Conservation International, the Board of COMPASS, and many journal editorial boards. Dawn is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a fellow of Stanford University's Leopold Leadership Program. She holds an Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Marine Geology from UCSB, an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a B.S. cum laude in Geology from Wheaton College (Illinois). 

Frank Davis is Executive Director of the Long Term Ecological Research Network Communications Office (LTER NCO) and professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are in landscape ecology, biogeography and conservation planning. Founder and Director of the UCSB Biogeography Lab, he has studied the biogeography and conservation of California plant communities, particularly foothill oak woodlands and maritime chaparral. His current research focuses on the ecological implications of climate change for California plant species and ecosystems, including studies of the cumulative effects of renewable energy development, land use and climate change in the California Deserts, and collaborative research on cross-scale effects of climate change on California forests and woodlands.

Frank is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of California, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, and past member of the National Research Council Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He is also a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and a Google Science Communication Fellow. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Williams College in 1975 and Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1982.