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MSU scientist appointed to EPA advisory board

September 22, 2008 -- From MSU News Service

Duncan Patten (MSU photo by Jean Arthur).   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- A Montana State University scientist who specializes in wetlands and riparian areas has been appointed to a national board that advises the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Duncan Patten will start Oct. 1 and serve three years on the EPA's Science Advisory Board. Brought in as a landscape ecologist, he will be one of about 40 people advising the EPA on scientific, technical and policy aspects of environmental issues.

"This is a very prestigious appointment and highlights the quality of our LRES and MSU faculty," said Bruce Maxwell, interim director of MSU's Department of Land Resources and Environmental Science.

Patten, who has served on several national committees, boards and commissions with the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, said his latest appointment builds on those and other experiences. He has been a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 1979. He has been a scientific consultant to the National Science Foundation and many other organizations. He continues to serve with the Heinz Center on the "State of the Nation's Ecosystems" project and serves on an independent science board guiding restoration and science for the California Bay Delta Authority river/water/levee programs. Patten has also been president of the Society of Wetland Sciences and business manager of the Ecological Society of America.

Duncan received his doctoral degree in 1962 from Duke University. He then worked three years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and 30 years at Arizona State University before retiring to Montana where his family owns a ranch between Yellowstone National Park and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Patten -- whose degrees are based on research he conducted in that area -- became involved with MSU in 1999. He is now a research professor in MSU's Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and affiliate faculty with MSU's Big Sky Institute. He will continue in those positions during his voluntary service to the EPA.

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