is a Circuit Rider and the Webmaster at the W. Alton Jones Foundation.
As a circuit rider, Sean offers technical support to grantees
of the foundation, which include a variety of environmental groups
around the world. Check out the Technical
Assistance section of this Web site for more information on
what circuit riding is and what Sean really does.
graduated from the University
of Virginia with a Ph.D. in Environmental
Science in 1994. While working on his dissertation on tropical
forest ecology he spent
ten months in Costa Rica and Panama. After leaving UVa he worked
with Stephen Hubbell at Princeton
University on temperate and tropical forest ecology. Though
trained as a scientist, Sean has pursued several unusual opportunities
for a scientist, for example, in the spring of 1996 he worked
as the Finance Director of the Rush
Holt for Congress campaign in central New Jersey (12th CD).
Dr. Holt is a physicist with a background in nuclear non-proliferation
and alternative energy technology. After the candidate lost in
the primary election, Sean accepted an apprenticeship at a boutique
investment banking firm in Princeton. He then returned to Princeton
to complete a project with Professor Hubbell and then went to
the Center for Energy
and Environmental Studies at Princeton to work with Professor
Rob Socolow on several workshops, including one on carbon sequestration
and another on scientists following nontraditional career paths.
In the spring of 1998, Sean again worked as the Finance Director
on the Rush Holt Campaign. He left the campaign to come to WAJF
after Rush Holt won in the primary election in early June (Dr.
Holt is now a Congressman). Sean is a co-author on papers in Science,
Ecology, Climatic Change. He has also published several articles
and reports in other publications.
Sean now lives in Charlottesville and rides the bike his wife won for him in a raffle to work.