Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine
Ever since he became embroiled at the age of 17 in a controversial proposal regarding the environmental and economic future of a coastal California watershed, David Hart has been searching for ways to increase the value of science in societal decision making. Along the way, he has conducted ecological research on a wide range of problems; served as a science advisor to government, the private sector, and NGOs; and co-created a new kind of institution—the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions—designed to help accelerate the transition to sustainability.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at www.sesync.org and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.