As Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the world's leading geographic information system software, research and development company, Dawn aids in formulating and advancing the intellectual agenda for the environmental, conservation, climate, and ocean sciences aspect of Esri's work, while also representing Esri to the national/international scientific community. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Dawn's research interests include seafloor mapping and tectonics, ocean conservation, environmental informatics, and ethics in information technology. She is also currently into road cycling, apricot green tea gummy bears, pirates, her dog Sally, and SpongeBob Squarepants. Follow her on Twitter @deepseadawn.