Dr. Dawn J. Wright, Ph.D.

Redlands, CA, USA
  • Chief Scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute (aka Esri)
  • Professor of Geography & Oceanography, Oregon State University
Sub Division(s)
  • Marine Geology, Marine Spatial Planning, Ocean Informatics/GIS
Awards & Accolades(s)
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Other awards at https://dusk.geo.orst.edu/vita.html#awards
About Me

Dr. Dawn Wright is Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (aka Esri), a world-leading geographic information system (GIS) software and data science company. Core to Esri’s mission is to inspire and enable people to positively impact their future by connecting them with the geoanalytic knowledge needed to make the critical decisions shaping the planet. Hence, Esri believes that geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future. As Chief Scientist, Dawn is responsible for strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the international scientific community. As such, she has served on many advisory boards including the NOAA and EPA Science Advisory Boards, the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, and the Science Advisory Boards of Conservation International, COMPASS Science Communication, and the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. Dawn is also Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University.  In April 2021 she was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She enjoys road cycling, 18th-century pirates, her dog Riley, and SpongeBob Squarepants. Follow her on Twitter @deepseadawn.