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Dawn Wright (http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/) was appointed Chief Scientist of Esri in October 2011 after 17 years as a 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).