Metcalf Institute Advisory Board Bios


Karen Bordeleau Karen Bordeleau, ex officio member, is senior vice president and executive editor of The Providence Journal, which she joined in 1996 as a copyeditor. During her career at The Journal, Bordeleau has served as a special sections reporter, section editor, assistant city editor, assistant managing editor/online, managing editor/production and deputy executive editor. She supervises all reporters, photographers and editors and is responsible for the entire news report on all print, digital and mobile platforms. Bordeleau is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Emerson College in Boston, where she teaches ethics as well as editing and design. She has also been on the adjunct faculties at the University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University and Bryant University. Bordeleau earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism cum laude from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in political science summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island. She was a Sulzberger fellow at Columbia University in 2011. She has organized and participated in journalism training and/or exchanges with several countries including Russia, Iran, Pakistan and Kenya.
Bruce Corliss Bruce H. Corliss, ex officio member, joined the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography as Dean in September 2012. Prior to joining URI, Dr. Corliss was Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and Director of the Duke/University of North Carolina Oceanographic Consortium. He also was interim chair of the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, senior associate dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, and chair of the Department of Geology at Duke. Dr. Corliss recently served as chair of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, an organization of 61 academic institutions and national laboratories that coordinates the activities of the United States oceanographic research ships. He is well known for leading the organization’s efforts in “greening” the Academic Fleet to help make existing and future research vessels more environmentally sustainable. Dr. Corliss received a B.A. from the University of Vermont and both his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
Trudy_Coxe Trudy Coxe is CEO and executive director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, responsible for the preservation, restoration and revitalization of some of Newport’s most outstanding buildings and landscapes. She served as Massachusetts’ Secretary of Environmental Affairs from 1993 to 1998 and was executive director of Rhode Island’s Save the Bay for 11 years, turning it into the largest citizen action organization in New England. Prior to this, she was director of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for two years. Among her honors, Coxe was the recipient of the 2011 Business Women Award for Overall Career Achievement from Providence Business News and a 2006 Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs, Inc., for environmental advocacy. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from URI and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Cornelia_Dean Cornelia Dean is a distinguished lecturer and writer-in-residence at Brown. She is best known as a science journalist at The New York Times, where she still writes and was science editor between 1997 and 2003. She began her newspaper career at The Providence Journal. Her first book, Against the Tide, was published in 1999 by Columbia University Press. Her guide for researchers on communicating with the public, Am I Making Myself Clear?, was published in 2009 by Harvard University Press. She is working on a book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life. Dean teaches at Harvard and has taught at Columbia, Vassar, and URI. AAAS recognized Dean “for compelling and engaging science and health reporting and journalism education spanning a career in the nation’s newspaper industry.” A trustee emerita of the Corporation of Brown University, Dean earned an A.B. from the University in 1969 and an M.S. in journalism from Boston University in 1981.
farady thumb Susan Farady, board vice chair, Metcalf Advisory Board vice chair, is director of the Marine Affairs Institute and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program and adjunct faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law. She has published and presented on marine protected areas, the National Marine Sanctuary Act and marine governance reform, she teaches marine policy topics and is co-author of Marine and Coastal Law 2nd edition (2010). She serves as advisor to various government and academic bodies engaged in marine and environmental activities. Prior to RWU, Farady directed the Ocean Conservancy’s New England Regional Office and practiced both civil and criminal law. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from Vermont Law School.
francis thumb Jennifer Francis is a research professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages, with roughly 40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. She has been at Rutgers since 1994, where she has taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues and co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. During the 13 months from July 2009-July 2010, her family of four spent a year sailing through Central America. She and her husband circumnavigated the world in a sailboat from 1980-1985, including Cape Horn and the Arctic, which is when she first became interested in Arctic weather and climate. Francis earned a B.S. in meteorology from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.
  Anne W. Garnett is a veteran consultant, nonprofit leader and fundraiser, with more than 30 years experience with environmental, especially conservation and marine-focused, non-profits. She has been a consultant to the Land Trust Alliance on federal policy and fund development as well as on national and agricultural communications projects since 2005 and for Sailors for the Sea since 2011. She is Senior Director, Institutional Advancement for the Preservation Society of Newport County. She is the former executive director of the Aquidneck Land Trust in Newport, Rhode Island. Anne was director of development for Save the Bay and the Rhode Island Zoological Society, and was named Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Rhode Island Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has taught workshops on fundraising and media relations at regional and national conferences, served on numerous boards, and has also worked as a guest naturalist and trip leader for several organizations She holds a MMA from the University of Rhode Island.
Rudi_Hempe Rudolph A. Hempe is editor of CELS News, the online news site for the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and retired weekly newspaper editor and former bureau manager of The (North Kingsotwn, RI) Standard Times. A 1962 journalism graduate of URI, he is a former adjunct professor in journalism and a member of both the New England and Rhode Island journalism halls of fame. He volunteers with the URI Master Gardeners, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival and the Southern RI Conservation District. His is a past board trustee and chair of South County Hospital, chair of South County Museum, founder of Ocean Woodturners, founder of the Master Gardener Foundation of RI and founder of Access Rhode Island.
John_Howell John Howell, board treasurer, has been president of Beacon Communications, Inc., since 1969. Beacon Communications publishes the Warwick Beacon, Cranston Herald, Johnston Sun Rise and the Pennysaver. He is a co-publisher of East Side Monthly, Providence Monthly and SO Rhode Island. Howell is president and founder of the Academic Decathlon of Rhode Island and past president of the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority. He is a former board member for the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. Howell graduated from American University with a B.A. in political science.
lloyd thumb Lloyd Irland has been a forestry consultant to industry, governments, trade and environmental groups since 1987. From 2003 to 2010 he taught at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He served with the U.S. Forest Service and the Maine state government and in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Irland is author of five books and was a junior author of the timber chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005). He participated in the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change and attended the global climate summits at Copenhagen and Cancun. A Fellow of the Society of American Foresters, his work on forests has brought him to China, India, Germany, Austria, Greece, Bhutan, France, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Ukraine. Irland earned his B.S. from Michigan State University, his M.S. from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. from Yale University.
Fraser_Lang Fraser A. Lang is co-publisher of The Block Island Times and has been in the publishing field for more than 40 years. He is a trustee emeritus of Brown University and serves on the Library Advisory Council and the Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine. Lang is a graduate of Brown University and holds a masters degree from Rutgers University where he studied under an Eagleton Fellowship. He served in the Peace Corps in Iran.
Rob Leeson Rob Leeson, now retired, spent most of his business career managing the international marketing, sales, service and legal portions of a public international engineering and manufacturing corporation that produced machinery used in the worldwide plastics and textile processing. Following its sale, he founded and operated a merger and acquisition business, consulting with international industrial products businesses interested in making acquisitions or being acquired. He has long been interested in the environment and has served on boards of many not-for-profit environmental organizations. Leeson received his A.B. from Harvard and served two years in the U.S. Army.
Chris Little- Advisory Board Christopher Little is an attorney who serves as an advocate and arbitrator in complex business disputes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and founded the Providence based firm Little Bulman Medeiros & Whitney, P.C. in 1993. He has been recognized by various prominent peer review organizations for his legal skills. Little has served various non profits engaged in education, health care, and environmental advocacy and management, assuming board leadership of Save the Bay, Inc. and South County Hospital, among others. He is a graduate of Duke University and received his law degree from Georgetown University.

Annie Sherman Annie Sherman Luke, board secretary, is managing editor of Newport Life Magazine. She interned at SAIL and Offshore magazines during graduate school and prior to that was an editorial assistant at Newport Life Magazine. She traveled to New Zealand during the America’s Cup and wrote about Newport sailors competing in the races. She was a reporter at the daily South County Independent when she was awarded a 2002 Metcalf Institute fellowship. Luke is writing her first book, Legendary Locals of Newport, due in 2014 by Arcadia Publishing. She received her Bachelor’s in sociology from St. Anselm College and her Master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Kendall_Moore Kendall Moore serves on the Journalism and Film/Media faculties at URI. As a journalist and field producer, she has created content for ABC News/Discovery Health, the Discovery Channel and PBS and has worked as a medical reporter for Reuters. Her films have also appeared in numerous film festivals, including, most recently, Media that Matters, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Provincetown Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, and Women of African Descent Film Festival. Her current research/film projects include Native American sovereignty (PBS), HIV/AIDS, race and gender, and alternatives to incarceration. Moore is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar awards, Tanzania (2001) and Jamaica (Specialist, 2004). In 2004, she was selected to be a Poynter Institute Teaching Fellow at Indiana University. She earned an M.A. in media studies from The New School for Social Research.
Pennell_photo Kelly Pennell is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students and conducts environmental research. Her research interests include the fate and transport of environmental contaminants, water disinfection processes, and environmental systems modeling. In addition to research and teaching, she has experience as an environmental consultant and a governmental liaison.  Drawing from all of her current and previous experience, her research is situated at the interface of research, policy and practice. She received a B.S. in civil engineering from Lawrence Technology University in 1997 and an M.S. in environmental engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2001. In 2005 she received her Ph.D. in civil (environmental) engineering from Purdue University. From 2005 until 2010 she was the state agencies liaison for Brown University’s Superfund Research Program. From 2010 until 2013, she was an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has been a licensed professional engineer (PE) since 2001. 
Rebecca_Robinson Rebecca Robinson is associate professor at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. She studies the ways ocean biology and chemistry have varied with respect to large-scale climate change in the past. She is particularly interested in the interactions of large-scale ocean circulation and biology in regulating atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean oxygen concentrations. A geochemist, Robinson develops and implements novel geochemical tools to assist in reconstructing the cycling of nitrogen and carbon in the ocean. She received an undergraduate degree in geology from Bryn Mawr College, an M.S. in earth sciences from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in marine geology and geochemistry from the University of Michigan.
sara finnie robinson Sarah Finnie Robinson is a Founding Partner and Head of Social at WeSpire, the leading technology provider of sustainability engagement programs to global companies.  Previously, Robinson spent fourteen years at The Atlantic Monthly, where she was the Editorial Promotion Director; at iVillage, where she was the launch editorial programming director; and at The New Yorker magazine.  Sarah received her MA from The Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College and a BA from Princeton University. She serves on the Board of The Boston Harbor Association. Robinson was named a scholar at the 2012 Aspen Institute Environment Forum. Publications include The Atlantic and Family Life.  Sarah and her husband Jack Robinson spend their free time in coastal Rhode Island gardening and relaxing with family and friends.
Tat_ry Tatiana Rynearson, Metcalf’s science co-director, is associate professor of oceanography at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and a biological oceanographer. She studies plankton adaptation and evolution and her fieldwork to understand dynamic marine ecosystems has taken her to all seven continents and most of the oceans in between. She teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students, and they routinely join her in the field. Rynearson is director of the plankton monitoring program in Narragansett Bay, underway since the 1960s, and co-director of the URI Marine Life Sciences Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in aquatic sciences from Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington.
Rich_Salit Richard Salit, Metcalf Institute’s journalism co-director, has been a reporter for The Providence Journal since 1994, where he has covered a wide range of environmental and healthcare issues. He writes the Journal’s weekly Environmental Journal column focusing on everything from wastewater treatment and land conservation to coastal erosion and climate change. Salit has won numerous Rhode Island Press Association awards for news, business, health, environment and features writing. He received a B.A. in English with a concentration in journalism and creative writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Bari Scott Bari Scott has produced many multiplatform projects as executive director of the independent non-profit SoundVision Productions including The DNA Files; The Really Big Questions; Burn, An Energy Journal, and the intensive weeklong Science Literacy Workshops; won all the major awards, including the Peabody, Robert Wood Johnson, duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, and the Science Journalism “Pinnacle of Excellence” from AAAS, and been honored by many organizations, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Association of Women in Communications. Bari’s earlier work includes The Racism Project; The Communications Revolution; The Grateful Dead Live New Year’s Eve national broadcast, and Blacks and Jews, a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the PBS series Point of View. She was coordinator of special events at the University of California’s Berkeley Art Museum, has independently produced a broad range of jazz and arts specials and live events, and sits on the board of many local and national organizations. Bari is deeply involved in her Oakland, California community where she is a certified volunteer emergency instructor with the Oakland Fire Department.
Peter_Thomson Peter Thomson is environment editor at BBC/PRI’s The World. He has been covering the global environment for more than 20 years, founding and editing the NPR environmental news program Living on Earth. He has worked for NPR, WBUR, Boston, WFCR, in Amherst, Mass., and Monitor Radio. His work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Grist Magazine and Yale Environment 360. His 2007 book, Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal, was called “superb” and “compelling” by The New York Times. Thomson was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy and is the recipient of numerous other fellowships and awards. He is a long-time member of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ board of directors and former member of the advisory board of the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.
Robert_Vanderslice Robert Vanderslice is the Healthy Homes and Environment Team Lead at the Rhode Island Department of Health and serves on the adjunct faculty of Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting since 2001 and served as its chair from 2004-2005. He is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. Prior to coming to Rhode Island, he was a toxicologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vanderslice has received numerous awards for both scientific scholarship and public service. He has a B.A. in biology from Brown University and conducted graduate research at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, receiving a Ph.D. in toxicology from North Carolina State University.
Christine_Woodside Christine Woodside, board chair, is a writer and editor specializing in environment, energy, and mountain adventure. She has written for Nature Climate Change, The New York Times, the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, New England Watershed and Connecticut Explored, and she edits Appalachia Journal and Connecticut Woodlands. She was a newspaper reporter and editor for 18 years for The (New London, CT) Day. Her book, Energy Independence, was published by Lyons Press in 2009 and she is currently writing a book about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the pioneer identity. An avid hiker, Woodside was a Fellow in the inaugural class of the Metcalf Annual Workshop. She earned a B.A. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.