Dawn Wright is the chief scientist of Esri. She aids in strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services while also representing Esri to the scientific community. As a specialist in marine geology, Wright has authored and contributed to some of the most definitive literature on marine GIS. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, and Stanford University's Leopold Leadership Program, and she holds lifetime achievement awards from the American Association of Geographers and the Geological Society of America. 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.