Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

 Congress on

Charting a new course for the 

Mississippi River watershed 

Craig Colten

Craig Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. Over his career he has authored numerous works including Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana and An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature. Colten’s current work involves diverse topics including adaptation efforts along Louisiana’s changing coast, community resilience, water issues, and hazards facing the southern United States.

Colten received a B.A. and M.A. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

Dan Barrie

Dan Barrie is a program manager in Climate Program Office (CPO) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Within CPO, he co-manages the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program, which focuses on model development, improvements to predictions and projections of climate conditions, and analysis of the climate system toward improved modeling and projections. He also served on the Federal Steering Committee for the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

Barrie received a B.A. in physics from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic science from the University of Maryland.

Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges is the senior research scientist for environmental science with the U.S. Army. He leads research, development, and environmental initiatives for the U.S. Army as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Bridges is the national lead for USACE’s Engineering with Nature initiative that promotes sustainable, resilient infrastructure systems.

Bridges received a B.S. and M.S. from California State University, Fresno and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

Chad Berginnis

Chad Berginnis is the executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. His professional focus includes floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and land-use planning. Recently, Berginnis testified on a myriad of flooding issues before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing titled “Water Resources Development Acts: Status of Implementation and Assessing Future Needs.”

Berginnis received a B.S. from Ohio State University.

Kris Johnson

Kris Johnson is the associate director for science and planning, North America Agriculture Program with The Nature Conservancy. In this position, he works to develop strategies that lead to large-scale adoption of conservation measures in agricultural practices. His broad range of expertise includes agriculture, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and floodplains.

Johnson received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. He was a Fulbright Scholar and MacArthur Scholar, and is currently a senior fellow in sustainable agricultural systems at the University of Minnesota.

Giuliana Torta

Giuliana Torta serves as counselor for environment, fisheries and ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington, DC. Giuliana worked in the European Commission headquarters for 11 years before moving to the US in 2017, first in the Director General for Environment, then for Climate. A forester by training, she has over 25 years of professional experience in environmental policies, including biodiversity and nature conservation, international forestry, climate adaptation and sustainable development. She was previously posted in the EU Delegation for the Pacific, with responsibilities over regional programs on environment, forestry and rural development.

Giuliana holds a Ph.D. in forest ecology.

Hans Pietersen

Hans Pietersen is a senior advisor for international affairs at the Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the Dutch agency responsible for the design, construction, management, and maintenance of the main water infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands. There, he coordinates the "Risks and Opportunities" program on European policy initiatives. He also coordinates international cooperation with Denmark, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prior to taking this position in 2007, he was a seconded national expert at the European Commission in Brussels, and worked in RWS as a program leader dealing with issues related to raw materials, dredging sludges, and polluted soil.

Hans holds a M.S. in geochemistry from Utrecht University and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Gerry Galloway

Gerry Galloway is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park. He has spent a long career working to solve water management issues, including 38 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a brigadier general. He served for three years as USACE District Engineer in Vicksburg, MS and later, for seven years as a presidential appointee to the Mississippi River Commission. Following the Great Mississippi Flood of 1993, he led an interagency study of the causes of the flood, making essential recommendations concerning the nation's floodplain management program.

Galloway received a M.S. in engineering from Princeton University; a M.P.A. from Pennsylvania State University (Capitol Campus); a master's in military art and science (M.M.A.S.) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and a Ph.D. in geography (water resources) from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

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