Wright, Dawn

Chief Scientist
ESRI

Dawn Wright was appointed Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in October2011. In this role, 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 as Professor of Geography and Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Her current research interests include data modeling, benthic terrain and habitat characterization, coastal/ocean informatics, and cyberinfrastructure. She serves on 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, 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 the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a B.S. cum laude in Geology from Wheaton College (Illinois, USA). Follow her on Twitter @deepseadawn.