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(one to be elected)
 
B. L. Turner II. Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Ph.D. 1974, University of Wisconsin; MA, BA, University of Texas at Austin (1968, 1969)
 
Service to Geography: Editorial Board, Annals AAG (1985-pr); N.S.F. Review Panel, Geography and Regional Science (1985-86); Chair, AAG Nominations Committee (1986-87); Oversight Committee, Geography and Regional Science, NSF (1988); Planning Committee, International Geographical Congress (1992); U.S. National Committee (AAG), International Geographical Union, NRC (1989-87); National Councilor, AAG (1991-94); U.S. Delegate, International Geographical Congress (1992); Rediscovering Geography Committee, NRC (1993-96); Chair, Committee on Geography, NRC (1997-2003); Long-Range Planning Committee, AAG (2000-03).
 
Other Service: Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, NRC (2001-06); Chair, Section 64 (Human-Environment Science) NAS (2001-04); Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, NRC (2002-07); Committee on America’s Climate Choices, NRC (2008-09); Associate Editor, Proceedings NAS (2009-pr); Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, NAS (2009-pr); Scientific Committee, DIVERSITAS (2010-pr); Committee on Needs and Research Requirements for Land Change Modeling, NRC (2011-12).
 
Honors, Awards and Grants: Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1981-82); Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1994-95); Honors, Association of American Geographers (1995); National Academy of Sciences (1995); Centenary Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1996); American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998); Fellow, AAAS (2002); Fellow, Massachusetts Academy of Sciences (2008); Sustainability Science Award, Ecological Society of America (2009). NSF research grants (1978, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2000, 2004); NASA (1997; 2001; 2006).
 
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1974-76); University of Oklahoma (1976-1980); Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Clark University (1980-2008); Director, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University (1983-88, 1997-98, 2004-08); Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University (1991-1997); Distinguished Research Professor, Clark University (2008-pr).
 
Research and Teaching Interests: Sustainability science, land system science, cultural and political ecology, ecosystem services, history of geography.
 
Publications: Author/co-author or co-editor of 13 books, 160 journal articles and book parts in such outlets as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Annual Reviews in Environment and Resources, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, Ecological Applications, Annals AAG, Progress in Human Geography, Ambio, Land Use Policy, Climatic Change, American Antiquity.
 
Statement: U.S. geography has never been more programmatically healthy than it is now. The numbers of professional geographers increase across academe, government agencies, NGOs, and private businesses. GIS and spatial analysis, human-environment interactions/sustainability science, earth system science, and culture theory/cultural studies—geographic traditions all—are emerging as integrated degree programs from first-tier research institutions to liberal arts colleges. These developments offer new employment opportunities for geographers and infuse large numbers of non-geographically trained researchers and scholars into our annual meetings, research collaborations, and publication venues. It is important to embrace these changes in a way that makes geographic thinking and geography relevant in the reconfiguration of knowledge and practice in the 21st century. If elected, I will focus on this positioning for all geography, regardless of programmatic and institutional contexts.
 
JULIE A. WINKLER. Professor, Department of Geography, Michigan State University. PhD, MA (Minnesota, 1982, 1977); B.S. (North Dakota, 1975).
 
Service to Geography: Elected Member and Chair, AAG Nominating Committee (2009); Member, AAG Publications Committee (2007-2009); Member, AAG Affirmative Action and Minority Status Committee (2006-2007); Elected Member, AAG Honors Committee (2004-2005); Co-Chair, AAG Membership Committee (2002-2006); AAG Secretary (1999-2001) and National Councillor (1998-2001); Chair, Climate Specialty Group (1992-1994); Associate Editor, Annals (1996-2000); Editorial Board, Annals (2011- , 2000-2009, 1993-1996); Editorial Board, Professional Geographer (2005-2010).
 
Other Service: Member, NOAA Environmental Information Services Working Group (2009- ); Core Team Member, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (2010- ); American Meteorological Society (AMS) Planning Commissioner (2011- ); Member, AMS Fellows Committee (2010- ); AMS Commissioner for Education and Human Resources (2003-2009); Chair, AMS Board on Higher Education (1998-2000); Member, Department of Energy Climate Science Program Product Development Advisory Committee (2006-2008); Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2006-2010); multiple NSF review panels and site visit teams.
 
Awards, Honors, Grants: American Meteorological Society Charles Franklin Brooks Award (2010); Alumni Award, Department of Geography, University of North Dakota (2009); Fellow, American Meteorological Society (2005); Fulbright Senior Specialist (2003); National Research Council Associateship (1984); PI or co-PI on research grants from federal agencies including NSF, EPA, NOAA, USDA, DOE.
 
Professional Experience: Assistant to Full Professor, Michigan State University (1987-present); Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1982-1987); Research Associate, National Weather Service Techniques Development Laboratory (1984-1985); Lecturer, San Diego State University (1981-1982).
 
Research and Teaching Interests: My long-term research interest is synoptic climatology, which relates atmospheric circulation to local and regional climate. Recent research focuses on the impact of low-level wind maxima on the precipitation and temperature climatology of central North America. I have also applied my background in synoptic climatology to the investigation of the impacts of climate variability and change at the local and regional scale with an emphasis on agricultural impacts. I am concerned with the development and communication of climate scenarios and the incorporation of temporal and spatial dynamics, such as spatial differences in adaptation, into assessment strategies. Another long-term research interest is the participation of women in geography and atmospheric science. I teach courses in introductory meteorology, climate change, weather analysis and forecasting, and physical geography.
 
Publications: Author or co-author of over 70 articles, book chapters and conference proceedings including papers in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Climatic Change, Geography Compass, International Journal of Wildland Fire, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Monthly Weather Review, Physical Geography, Professional Geographer, and Weather and Forecasting.
 
Statement: Geography has an unlimited, but not yet fully realized, potential for contributing to social and scientific discourse, discovery, and application. The AAG can help amplify the collective geographic voice for addressing today’s challenging societal and environmental issues, as well as promote the current and potential contributions of geographers to basic research endeavors. Additionally, the AAG can provide a forum for geographers to collectively confront changing professional expectations and responsibilities, and in so doing strengthen geography’s voice, relevance, and contributions to interdisciplinary problem solving. To effectively serve as an “amplifier” and advocate, the AAG must represent the entirety of the discipline, serve as the professional home for geographers from all employment sectors, and reflect the diversity of our society. If elected, I will work to 1) encourage young professionals to remain involved in the AAG beyond graduation, 2) enhance diversity in order to better position geography to address issues of concern to all members of society, and 3) promote the interactions of the public, private, and academic employment sectors through joint projects, panels, and investigative endeavors. I will also encourage discourse on redefining and balancing our professional activities in a manner that allows geographers to compete for the resources necessary to address large scientific questions that demand multi-investigator efforts, novel technologies, and substantial time commitments and investments. In addressing these issues of diversity, greater cross-sectoral interactions, retention of young scholars, and competition for large-scale resources, we can all make the discipline of geography a louder, resonating voice in the choir of scientific pursuits.