National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
Rapid Talks by Environmental Policy Immersion Scholars: Doug Lipton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries; Laurie Alexander, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Joanna Goger, University of Maryland
Doug Lipton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries
Doug Lipton is the Senior Research Scientist for Economics at NOAA Fisheries. In this role, he provides leadership and guidance to the economic and social science enterprise across the agency. In this role, he advises NOAA senior leadership on the conduct and interpretation of economic and social science analyses that impact agency policies. Areas of interest include commercial fisheries analysis, recreational fisheries economics, non-market valuation of marine resources and aquaculture economics
Lipton started his career at NMFS Headquarters in the Office of Science and Technology as a fisheries biologist and then industry economist while obtaining his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics (AREC) at the University of Maryland. He also has a Master’s Degree in Marine Science from the College of William & Mary (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) and a B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University. He spent 25 years (1989-2013) as a faculty member in AREC at the University of Maryland and also was Program Leader for the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program for 20 of those years.
Most of his research and extension work has focused on valuation of benefits related to improvements in water quality and the economics of ecosystem-based fisheries management with specific application to the Chesapeake Bay. His current focus is on integrating economics with ecosystem-based fisheries modeling approaches. He has conducted local and international research on the economics of finfish and shellfish aquaculture in extensive, intensive, and multi-trophic production systems. Lipton, until recently was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, Scientific and Statistical Committee. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade, Board member of the Marine Resource Economics Foundation and Board Member of the Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industries Development Corporation.
Joanna Goger, University of Maryland
Joanna Goger is a Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Science & Policy Program (ENSP) at the University of Maryland College Park. She teaches a large introductory lecture course, Introduction to Environmental Policy, and two upper-level courses, Introduction to Environmental Law, and the Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy. In addition to teaching, she advises students on environmental internships, Honors research, and careers in policy and law. She also currently serves as Co-Director of the Sustainability Studies Minor and she mentors the E-JUSTICE Gemstone Honors Research team.
Prior to her teaching career, Joanna was a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While there, she litigated cases involving the Florida Everglades and the Klamath River Basin in Oregon, which continue to provide interesting case studies in her courses. She also completed a clerkship for U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Joanna received her B.A. in History from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she concentrated in Environmental Law.
Laurie Alexander, U.S. Envrionmnetal Protection Agency (EPA)
Laurie Alexander is an entomologist and aquatic ecologist at U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Washington D.C. Her research on surface water dynamics and the watershed-scale functions of small or temporary streams and wetlands supports science-based environmental policy-making at EPA. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in College Park and a M.Sc. from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.