Ulmer, a lawyer and former mayor of Juneau, has also been a member of the Commission on Arctic Climate Change run by the Aspen Institute, a Colorado think tank.
Thomas Lovejoy, former president of the Heinz Center for the Environment, serves on that panel with Ulmer and praised her.
"Fran is a very accomplished academic administrator, understands scientific issues well, is very evenhanded," Lovejoy said. "She knows what the story is and what the science says."
He added: "The three (panel members) that I know well, Bill Reilly, Bob Graham and Fran are people who are really solid and have a lot of experience in environmental issues. They'd be on anybody's panel."
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