Dear LBA-ECO Investigators and Colleagues:
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Davidson has agreed to serve as the new LBA-ECO Project Scientist. Eric has been involved in LBA from its early planning stages and is a veteran Principal Investigator, having led investigations in all three phases of LBA-ECO. This experience, his command of the science and ability to see the “big picture”, and the high regard in which both American and Brazilian scientists hold him make Eric ideally suited for this role. Darrel Williams, Peter Griffith, and I are very much looking forward to working with Eric over the next two years as the LBA-ECO Project Office oversees the completion of LBA-ECO’s formal synthesis and integration research phase. I think most of you know Eric quite well, but for any of you who may not, we have posted a brief biography for Eric.
I request that you please support Eric in his new role and be generous with your time and scientific insights when he seeks information about your LBA activities. One of Eric’s most important tasks will be to stay on top of LBA-ECO scientific results and to help me report on significant contributions and accomplishments. Please keep him apprised of your research progress and results -- and especially of important publications nearing completion and/or in press.
As you know, Dr. Michael Keller resigned as LBA-ECO Project Scientist in order to accept a new job with NEON. Please join me in wishing him well in his new endeavor. Michael’s exemplary leadership and scientific contributions to LBA will be sorely missed. I still cannot find the words to describe my full appreciation and gratitude for all that he did to make LBA a success, but I am working on it. Michael’s responsibilities as Project Scientist for LBA-ECO will end as of November 30, 2007, but he will be able to complete his own LBA research and continue working on the IGBP synthesis book. Eric Davidson will assume the position of LBA-ECO Project Scientist on or around January 1, 2008. I am hoping for a tranquil holiday season, but if any urgent LBA Project Science business comes up during this period, please feel free to contact Peter Griffith or me.
Again, please join us in welcoming Eric to the position of LBA-ECO Project Scientist!
My regards and best wishes for a happy holiday,