Dawn Wright is chief scientist of Esri. She reports directly to the CEO with a mandate to strengthen the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. Wright also maintains an affiliated faculty appointment in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, where she was a professor of geography and oceanography for 17 years. Her research expertise includes seafloor mapping and tectonics, ocean conservation, environmental informatics and ethics in information technology. Wright has served on advisory boards for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies, Conservation International, and COMPASS Science Communication Inc., in addition to many journal editorial boards. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, as well as a fellow of Stanford University's Leopold Leadership program. She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in physical geography and marine geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in oceanography from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Wheaton College in Illinois.