Dawn Wright joined Esri as Chief Scientist in October 2011, after 17 years as a Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. As Esri Chief Scientist, she is responsible for strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. Dawn also remains on the faculty of Oregon State University. Over the past 25 years she has participated in several initiatives around the world to map, analyze, and preserve ocean terrains and ecosystems. Aside from GIS, Dawn is very much into road cycling, apricot green tea gummy bears, 18th-century pirates, her puppy Riley, and SpongeBob Squarepants.