Two New Members Join Schoodic Institute’s Board
WINTER HARBOR – Schoodic Institute welcomes new members to its Board of Directors, Dr. David
Ellwood and Dr. Gary E. Machlis. Their depth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of public policy,
education, and science, will help Schoodic Institute in its mission to advance ecosystem science and
learning for all ages. Schoodic Institute will benefit from Dr. Ellwood’s and Dr. Machlis’ extensive
experience as public servants, scholars, and leaders in their fields.
Dr. David Ellwood
Dr. Ellwood grew up in Minnesota and later attended Harvard University where he earned both his
undergraduate degree and Ph.D. Dr. Ellwood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
Science, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Research
Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public
Policy. Over the years, Dr. Ellwood has become one of the country’s foremost scholars on poverty and
welfare. For his work, Dr. Ellwood has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, such as the
Morris and Edna Zale Award for Outstanding Distinction in Scholarship and Public Service among
others. Currently, Dr. Ellwood is the Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy at the John
F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he has also served as Dean. Dr.
Ellwood and his wife Marilyn have been married for over 25 years and enjoy hiking, sea kayaking, and
most forms of outdoor recreation.
Dr. Gary Machlis
Dr. Machlis, a Ph.D. graduate of Yale, is a Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson
University in South Carolina. In 2009, Dr. Machlis became the first person to be appointed Science
Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service. Dr. Machlis served in this role during both
terms of the Obama administration where he worked on science policy issues and programs. In
addition, Dr. Machlis served as co-leader of the U.S Departments of the Interior’s Strategic Science
Group where he worked on the response and assessment of environmental crisis such as the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy.
Throughout his career, Dr. Machlis has been recognized as a leader in collaborative higher education,
playing a key role in establishing the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network, that is
composed of 13 U.S. federal agencies and more than 200 universities. For his work at CESU, Dr.
Machlis was awarded the Department of Interior’s 2000 Conservation Service Award, one of the most
prestigious awards given to private citizens. In 2010, Dr. Machlis was elected as a Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and now serves as an advisor for the
National Committee on Opportunities for Women and Minorities in Science. Today, Dr. Machlis
conducts a variety of environmental scientific research projects such as applying human ecology to
sustainability issues, the orchestration of science for during major environmental crises, and
environmental DNA monitoring.
Schoodic Institute would also like to acknowledge and extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Daniel Poteet,
Institute board member since 2013. Dan has been a valuable member of the Institute board. He served
in a variety of capacities during his tenure, including on an Arts and Science Working Group, as Chair
of Advancement and Financial Management Committees, and on the Executive Committee. The
Institute is most appreciative of Dan’s support and contributions to Schoodic Institute’s mission and
Schoodic Institute is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to advancing ecosystem
science and learning for all ages through a unique partnership with Acadia National Park. Visit