The Executive Committee oversees the activities of the Tyler Prize, including the selection of Tyler Prize Laureates. Members of this international Committee are selected for their experience in the fields of relevance to the Tyler Prize and are assisted by the Tyler Prize Administrator, based at the University of Southern California.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre is a member of a number of boards focused on environment, development, education, and good governance. She chairs the Executive Committee of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Donor Council of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, the Strategic Advisory Council to the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and the Board of Trustees of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. Other board memberships include the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Environmental Leadership Training Initiative of Yale University, the committee of Critical Friends to Veolia, Oxford University’s James Martin School, the Global Institute of Sustainability (Arizona State University), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Turkana Basin Institute, and the Institute of Oceanography of Monaco. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of France, Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles, Monaco, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 from the National Council of Science and the Environment. She was the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar at Yale University in 2016 and is a member of the World Academy of Art and Science and the World Future Council.
Rosina M. Bierbaum received an early introduction to pollution issues, growing up in smoggy Bethlehem, PA. Reading Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us at age 11 hooked her on a career to preserve the environment. Dr. Bierbaum is a Professor and Dean Emerita at the University of Michigan with appointments in both the School for Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Health. She is also a Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Her experience extends from climate science into foreign relations and international development. She chairs the Scientific and Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, is an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, and a lead author of the recently completed U.S. National Climate Assessment. Rosina served for two decades in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government, including serving as the Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She has lectured on every continent and in more than 25 countries.
Julia Carabias Lillo is a Biologist, whose research has focused on environmental issues, in particular on the regeneration of tropical forests, environmental restoration, natural resource management, ecology, and production systems. She was president of the National Institute of Ecology in 1994 and holder of the Semarnap (1994-2000). Getty 2000 Award, International Cosmos Award 2004, Champions of the Earth Award 2005, Belisario Domínguez Medal 2017. Doctorate honoris causa from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León 2013. She entered El Colegio Nacional on August 27, 2018.
Margaret Catley-Carlson operates at the Board level for improved water resource management and agricultural productivity and rural development. Vice-Chair Canadian Water Network Board, member UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water, Rosenberg Forum, Patron/ past Chair Global Water Partnership. Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize, Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Tyler Prize and Stockholm Water Prize, Boards of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Commission on Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Syngenta Foundation, and the IFDC (Fertilizer Management). Past positions include President Canadian International Development Agency 1983-89; Deputy Executive Director UNICEF New York 1981-1983; President Population Council New York 1993-98; Deputy Minister Health and Welfare Canada 1989-92. Ms. Catley-Carlson has ten honorary degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Alan Covich is a professor of ecology and former director of the Institute of Ecology in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, USA. He chaired Colorado State University’s Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology and was on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma and Washington University-St Louis. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University and an A.B. degree from Washington University. Covich is a past-president of the International Association of Ecology, the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the North American Benthological Society. He received the Icko Iben Award for Excellence by the American Water Resources Association, the Distinguished Service Award by the Ecological Society of America, and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. His research focuses on the impacts of droughts, floods, and hurricanes on freshwater ecosystem services and food webs. Covich co-edited three editions of the Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, and over 150 published peer-reviewed papers and reviews on climate change and drought impacts on ecosystems for Resources for the Future, and book chapters (Water in Crisis, Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Encyclopedia of Islands, and the Encyclopedia of Hydrologic Processes).
Exequiel Ezcurra has devoted his career to the study of the dryland ecosystems of northwestern Mexico and other deserts of the Americas. He has published more than 200 papers and books and developed the script for an award-winning film on the Sea of Cortés. He was honored with a Conservation Biology Award and a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation; he was Scientific Chair of the CITES Convention, and President of Mexico’s National Institute of Ecology; and Former Director of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS). Currently, he is a Professor of Ecology at the University of California, Riverside.
Judith E. McDowell is a Scientist Emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where her research and teaching career in the Biology Department spans four decades. She has been director of Woods Hole Sea Grant since 1993, and in that capacity has supported research and outreach opportunities at colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Judith received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Stonehill College and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire. She is also a Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment. Her research interests focus on the physiological ecology of marine animals and the effects of chemical contaminants in coastal ecosystems. She has served on numerous national and international committees and working groups on healthy coastal ecosystems and has led several studies for the National Research Council, including Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides, published in 2013.
Kenneth Nealson is the Wrigley Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC). He received his BS and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and after a postdoc at Harvard, he moved to San Diego (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), where he spent 12 years studying marine microbiology. He then moved to the Center for Great Lakes Studies in Wisconsin, where he spent 12 years studying freshwater bacteria and geobiological processes in the Great Lakes. In 1997, he moved to Caltech/JPL, where he established the astrobiology group at JPL and was the project scientist on the Mars Sample Return Mission. In 2001, Ken moved to USC, where he now studies geobiology. Ken has trained more than 30 Ph.D. students, and 30 postdocs, and is actively involved in undergraduate (non-science major) teaching. He has published more than 400 reviewed papers and received numerous awards for both research and teaching, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Election as a fellow of American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment, and Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Patz served as Health Co-chaired for the first US National Assessment on Climate Change and a lead author for the UN IPCC for 15 years. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. His awards include Aldo Leopold Leadership Award (2005), IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize (2007), Millennium Assessment’s Zayed International Prize (2006), UW Romnes Fellow (2009), Fulbright Scholar award (2014), and the American Public Health Association’s Environmental Health Leadership Award (2015). He has published over 90 peer-reviewed research papers and two textbooks on health and global environmental change. Photo credit: Sarah Rose Smiley
Jim Watson is Professor of Energy Policy and Research Director at the Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London (UCL). He was previously Research Director and Director of the UK Energy Research Centre from 2013 to 2019, and Director of the Sussex Energy Group, the University of Sussex from 2008 to 2013.
Jim has over 20 years’ research experience in climate change, energy, and innovation policy. He frequently advises UK government departments and other organisations, and has been a Specialist Adviser with three UK Parliamentary committees. He also has extensive international experience, including over ten years working on energy scenarios and energy innovation policies in China and India and a period as a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a judge for the Queens Awards (on sustainable development) and a member of the UK government’s fossil fuel price projections expert panel.