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Ethics Committee

Committee Members



Committee Role

Eric Davidson

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Committee Chair

Billy Williams


Staff Partner; Executive Vice President, Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion

Committee charge and initiatives

The Ethics Committee reports to the Board and is responsible for investigating allegations that breach AGU’s Ethics and Scientific Integrity Policy[PDF] that are deemed by the Ethics Committee chair to be substantial and requiring investigation. The Ethics Committee will be appointed, as needed, and membership is selected based on the nature of the case or allegation. The chair will name one of the committee members as the vice chair to assist and serve as chair in the event of conflict of interest, or if the chair cannot serve for other reasons. Because of their other substantial responsibilities, current AGU committee and task force chairs should not be considered for nomination to the committee. The AGU president works with the Ethics Committee chair and staff partner to review nominations and finalize the membership of the Ethics Committee.