Contributor Bios

Joy Belsky

Joy Belsky, Ph.D., passed away in 2001 at the age of 56 after a long bout with breast cancer. Belsky was a highly qualified ecologist. She was an assistant professor at Syracuse University and senior research associate at Cornell University, where she also taught graduate courses in plant ecology and investigated the ecology of grazed ecosystems and the properties of tropical savannas in Tanzania and Kenya. She worked as the staff ecologist for the Oregon Natural Resources Council in the early 1990s. She was an activist for the environment and for the greater involvement of women in science and natural resource management.