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Todd Dawson Todd Dawson is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and the director of the Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry at UC Berkeley. He has been investigating the relationship between plants and water resources in the environment for over 20 years and has worked in deserts and savannas, in the arctic and alpine, and in forests across North America, Australia, Chile, Brazil and Europe. A great deal of Todd's work has focused on the unique adaptations plants possess in relation to the constraints they face in getting access to adequate water resources for growth and reproduction. Todd received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1987.

Richard P. Hilton is a professor of geology and paleontology at Sierra College. In addition, he serves as a paleontological consultant and is chairman of the Sierra College Natural History Museum. Dick has published numerous scientific articles in the field of vertebrate paleontology and a book entitled, Dinosaurs and other Mesozoic Reptiles of California, published in 2003 by the University of California Press. He has led natural history trips to parts of Africa and South America, the Galapagos Islands, Baja California and Alaska, as well as paleontological digs throughout the western United States. He collects fossils and early California impressionist art, and is an avid nature photographer.

Jere Lipps, a geologist and professor of Integrative Biology and curator in the UC Museum of Paleontology, teaches paleontology, geology and marine biology, areas in which he also does research. He works on the history of coastal California and the early evolution of animals. In order to learn as much as possible, his work takes him all over the globe:  Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, Moorea, Bimini, Enewetak, the Australian outback as well as the Great Barrier Reef, Siberia, the Russian Arctic, and the mangrove swamps of coastal Mexico are among the places he has done research.  However, most of his work and his heart has been right here in California.

Douglas Long received an M.S. in paleontology and a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied shark evolution and ecology. He further pursued two post-doctoral assignments in the Department of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences and is now the collections manager and former chair of the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy. Dr. Long is also an adjunct professor at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, and is on the research faculty in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University.

James L. Patton is professor emeritus in the Department of Integrative Biology and curator emeritus of mammals in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley He has engaged in biodiversity surveys in countries around the world — west Africa, Asia, and nearly all Latin American countries. His research has ranged from the ethnobiology of the Aguaruna Jívaro in Amazonian Peru to the systematics of rodent lineages. Jim received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1968 and retired from the active faculty at UC Berkeley in 2001. Currently, he is leading the field teams of the Museum as they revisit sites across California that were originally surveyed for their vertebrate species diversity in the early decades of the last century.

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