Conference Speakers

Steven Apfelbaum

Steven Apfelbaum is the Chairman and Principal/Senior Ecologist at Applied Ecological Services, Inc. Steven has conducted ecological research, designed award-winning projects, successfully navigated regulatory programs, and contributed his unique creative scientific expertise and enthusiasm to over 1,500 projects throughout North America and beyond. He is one of the leading ecological consultants in the U.S., providing technical restoration advice and win-win solutions where ecological and land development conflicts arise. Apfelbaum has authored hundreds of technical studies, peer-reviewed technical papers, books, reports, ecological restoration plans, and regulatory monitoring and compliance reports. He promotes using ecological and conservation design principles in developments, industrial projects and parks that help clients save money while increasing ecological functionality, improving public perception and generating award-winning outcomes. Apfelbaum is also a much sought after speaker at educational events focusing on ecological restoration, ecosystem assessment, alternative stormwater management and conservation development.

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Teresa Arrate is a second year Masters student in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a Nelson Institute Student Representative. She is interested in the connection between women's empowerment and conservation. This summer she will complete an internship developing an outreach program for a new natural science museum in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Ian Baird

Ian G. Baird is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison who is also affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for Southeast Asia, and the Asian American Studies Program. He studies the interactions between large-scale hydropower dams, migratory fish, and people and governments in the Mekong Region in mainland Southeast Asia, and also the social and ecological implications of large-scale land concessions in Laos and Cambodia. He is particularly interested in upland minorities from mainland Southeast Asia, including the Brao in Laos and Cambodia, and the Hmong in Thailand, Laos and most-recently the USA. The expansion and development of the concept of indigeneity in Asia is also one of his research focuses.

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Carol Barford

Dr. Carol Barford's work centers on land use and risk, especially the physical, biological and economic sources of risk in agriculture. This work is supported by grants from Wisconsin's Focus on Energy Program and the Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) program at UW-Madison.

Barford spent most of the 2010-2011 academic year as a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University (UK). There she continued and developed her Wisconsin projects and collaborations with British scientists, including Dr. Drew Purves and his Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge. These collaborations are based on Barford's current research, and on continuing interests in environmental decision support, and data-constrained minimal models.

Prior to joining the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), Dr. Barford studied forest carbon cycling. Her synthesis of biometric and atmospheric methods of measuring forest carbon balance appeared in the journal Science (23 November, 2001). For her Ph.D. thesis, Barford measured nitrogen stable isotope effects of denitrification and applied the results to track N2O production in agriculture and wastewater.

Barford is a native of central Illinois. She completed her B.A. in Biology and M.S. in Ecology at Boston University, and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Harvard University. Dr. Barford held a post-doctoral position in Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard before joining SAGE.

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Craig Benson

Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Craig H. Benson serves as Director of Sustainability Research and Education and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Benson has a BS from Lehigh University and MSE and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Benson has been conducting experimental and analytical research in geoenvironmental engineering for nearly three decades, with the primary focus in environmental containment of solid, hazardous, radioactive, and mining wastes; sustainable infrastructure; and beneficial use of industrial byproducts. His research includes laboratory studies, large-scale field experiments, and computer modeling. Dr. Benson has received several awards for his work, including the Ralph Peck Award, the Huber Research Prize, the Alfred Noble Prize, and the Croes (twice), Middlebrooks, Collingwood, and Casagrande Awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Award of Merit and the Best Practical Paper Award from ASTM International. Dr. Benson is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He currently serves as President of the ASCE Geo-Institute (GI) and is Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. Dr. Benson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

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Chris Bocast

Chris Bocast is currently a dissertator at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, focusing on the emerging field of Acoustic Ecology. He brings a solid academic background in the humanities and a lifetime of experience in professional music and audio to his rigorous studies of sound environments. He has completed the Sound Analysis Workshop conducted by Cornell University's Bioacoustic Research Program, and produces environmentally-oriented audio programming for UW Sea Grant, Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and more. He currently teaches geography/geology classes at the University of Wisconsin - Rock County, and maintains an active music performance and recording schedule. He recently released an EP of classical music, Intrinsic, which includes a song that will be used in an upcoming Hollywood film.


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Peter Boger is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and has worked as the programmer for Nelson's Tales from Planet Earth environmental film festival since 2009. He first became involved with Tales in 2007, when his student film, In a Badger State of Mind, was one of the festival trailers and later played at the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival in Seattle. In addition to his work on Tales, he has served as a volunteer programmer for the Wisconsin Film Festival and guest curated animal- and environmental-themed films for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's Rooftop Cinema Series. His dissertation examines how animals on film are creating a new category of "celebrity" species, changing how we relate to animals in the real world.

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Ken Bonning

Ken Bonning joined Kohl's Department Stores as a Senior Vice President of logistics in 2001, he was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2004 and added the additional responsibility of store planning, design, remodel, fixture development and facility operations. In 2011, he was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President changing his responsibilities to lead Kohl's Information Systems team and also retaining Logistics leadership. Bonning was instrumental in leading Kohl's sustainability programs and its support of LEED certification for stores constructed beginning fall 2008.

Under Bonning's leadership Kohl's has achieved:

  • More than 300 LEED certified locations from the US Green Building Council, including a gold rating at six locations and 115 locations with a silver rating
  • More than 700 ENERGY STAR labeled stores
  • 137 activated solar arrays on building rooftops
  • Offset 100% of energy consumption through the purchase of renewable energy credits
  • Carbon neutrality in 2010, 2011, 2012
  • 83% recycling rate

Prior to coming to Kohl's, Bonning was Senior Vice President of supply chain at Zainy Brainy, and prior to that, associate partner in retail at Accenture. Bonning is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Celine Cousteau

Celine Cousteau Founder and executive director of the non-profit organization CauseCentric Productions, Céline Cousteau collaborates with other non-profits and individuals to increase their world-wide exposure by creating short documentaries about their work, thereby providing a visual communication tool. Céline seeks to educate and inspire through adventure and visual storytelling.

Céline has worked as field producer, on-camera presenter and photographer on numerous television documentaries including PBS' successful television series "Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures", CBS's "Mind of a Demon", Discovery Channel's "Mysteries of the Shark Coast". Most recently she co-hosted a 12-part documentary series produced by the Chilean based NuevoEspacio Producciones, called "Oceano: Chile Frente al Mar", during which she explored both diving under water and trekking on land from Antarctica to northern Chile and westward to Easter Island.

Endeavoring to explore and learn about the many regions of the world both above and below water in addition to their respective cultures, one might find Céline in any number of places around the globe: in the Patagonian wilderness filming puma, freeing an entangled whale, diving the frigid waters of Antarctica or swimming with an anaconda in the Amazon River. She has aided scientists in Australia conducting shark research and helped doctors deliver medical attention to remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon. When not in the field, Céline can be found speaking at conferences and universities around the world and continually working in the preparation of her next expedition. Also an accomplished painter, jeweler and photographer Céline uses these journeys and cross-cultural experiences as inspiration for her artistic work.

With a masters in International and Intercultural Management and fluent in three languages Céline uses photography, written word and micro documentaries to record the effort of others working in the name of a healthier and more harmonious world. Seeking to make connections between the human species and the environment, showcasing the importance of learning from one another and helping preserve the distinctive beauty and knowledge of each and every group of people are the baseline of Céline's work.

Daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau, Céline created "Ocean Inspiration" in 2011 in tribute to her grandfather's 100th anniversary as a platform to celebrate and recognize ocean advocacy in all forms, from science to art, dance to filmmaking. It is her belief that we all inherit part of the Cousteau legacy in that we can all be protectors of this fragile world.

Céline strongly upholds the notion that through collaboration we become more effective advocates for any number of causes.

Click here to visit Céline's website.

Click here to read Céline's blog.

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Phillip Duran

Phil Duran is an electrical engineer graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a double Masters student at the Nelson Institute and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. He is a member of the Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate and the Certificate for Humans and the Global Environment. Advised by Bernie Lesieutre, Phil works at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment and is investigating the political, technical, and economic feasibility of industrial scale renewable energy.

Phil has worked in Washington, D.C., for the House Committee on Science and Technology; in Golden, CO at the National Renewable Energy Lab; and in Austin, TX for the Applied Research Lab. Phil also served as the Energy Analysis and Policy Student Representative and the Nelson Student Representative Treasurer while at UW-Madison.

After graduation in May 2013, Phil plans to pursue a career in energy science and policy, hoping to inform policy decisions using the technical and political skills he acquired at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Patrick Eagan, PhD.,P.E., is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development and is co-appointed in the Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies through which he develops and offers continuing environmental engineering education to practicing professionals. He currently chairs the Environment and Resources program in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and is a Sustainability Fellow in the Campus Office of Sustainability.

Dr. Eagan has been actively involved internationally in the development of design-for-the-environment tools and education since 1992. He has worked with many companies tailoring educational programs on the emerging topics of environmental awareness, life-cycle management/design-for-the-environment, environmental management systems, and environmental purchasing. In addition to his research in industrial ecology, his outreach courses include a range of topics including wastewater treatment and collection, stormwater quality and restoration of water resources. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he teaches sustainability competencies and industrial ecology for engineers at a distance as a part of the Sustainable Systems Engineering Masters degree. He uses collaborative learning techniques and class exercises to meet his educational goals.

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Francis Eanes

Francis Eanes is a 3rd-year PhD student in the Nelson Institute's Environment & Resources program. His research focuses on the use of mobile technology for fostering environmental awareness, sense of place, and crowd-sourced valuation of natural resources in Great Lakes communities. When not at the office, you can find him working in the vegetable garden, sailing on the lake, or out on the roads training for marathons.

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Eve Emshwiller

Eve Emshwiller's research interests center on the ethnobotany, evolution, and conservation of crop plants and their wild relatives. Her research has focused principally on the origin of polyploidy, domestication, and ongoing evolution of the Andean tuber crop "oca," Oxalis tuberosa, and its wild allies. Her current research includes a study of the distribution of clonal genotypes of cultivated oca as an example of the evolution of clonally-propagated crops under human influence, as well as an international collaborative project on phylogeny of the genus Oxalis. She has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Botany at University of Wisconsin - Madison since 2006. Previously she was Adjunct Curator of Economic Botany at the Field Museum in Chicago for ~7.5 years. Between her two stints as a student at Cornell University (graduate student in the 1990s, undergrad in the mid-1970s), she lived in Maine for 12 years and worked in gardens and greenhouses. Most of her field work to date has been conducted in the central Andean region, especially in Bolivia and Peru.

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Erin Flynn

Dr. Erin Flynn is the Conservation Education Curator at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. She oversees all of the facility's education-related functions, including conservation education events, programming, curricula, outreach, interpretation, collection planning, and volunteers. Flynn graduated from Colorado State University with bachelor degrees in zoology and biology (Cum Laude) in 2006, and from the University of Tasmania, Australia, with a Ph.D. in conservation and reproductive biology in 2011. She comes from Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, where she started as a teenage volunteer, worked in the gift shop, was a zookeeper in the nocturnal exhibit, and was a Nocturnal Manager in the education department. She spent 4.5 years conducting remote conservation-based fieldwork in Tasmania, Australia, where she applied a multi-disciplinary approach (physiology, reproductive biology, ecology, and genetics) to study impacts of forest harvest on the brushtail possum. While living in Australia, she became a venomous snake handler, working with black tiger snakes. As a wildlife rehabilitator she raised orphaned brushtail possums and trained new rehabilitators while helping raise wombats, wallabies, and kangaroos. She is trained in captive Tasmanian devil management and breeding. She has been a veterinary technician and taught biology classes, live trapping, and animal handling at the University of Tasmania.

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Dr. Jane Goodall

In July 1960, Dr. Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 120 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Dr. Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall's honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit

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Maggie Grabow

Maggie Grabow, MS, MPH, is a Ph.D. candidate in Environment & Resources in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with a certificate in the Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE). Advised by Dr. Jonathan Patz in the Center for Sustainability and Global Health (SAGE), her general research interests include the effects of the built environment on human health. She recently published a journal article in Environmental Health Perspectives entitled, Air Quality and Exercise-Related Health Benefits from Reduced Car Travel in the Midwestern United States.

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Tracey Holloway

Tracey Holloway is an Associate Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she leads an air quality research program in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Prof. Holloway is a Leopold Fellow, deputy director of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and winner of the 2012 MIT C3E Award in Education and Mentoring, and the 2012 Council on Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

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Caitlin Kontgis

Caitlin Kontgis s a second year PhD student in Geography, and works at SAGE with Professor Annemarie Schneider. Her research focuses on the sustainability of rice agriculture systems in Vietnam's Mekong River Delta.

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Carl Korfmacher

Carl Korfmacher serves on the Nelson Institute Board of Visitors. He is the former president and CEO of Applied Ecological Services (AES), one of the world's leading ecological consulting firms. Korfmacher joined AES in 1995 and played a leadership role in many of the company's most complicated and successful projects. While at AES, he was instrumental in setting up The Earth Partners LP and served on its board of directors. This innovative partnership is dedicated to restoring ecological health on a large scale using financial and regulatory drivers as leverage. Throughout his career he has continued to focus on the intersection of science and design to resolve conflicts between humans and nature.

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Chris Kucharik

Chris Kucharik is an Associate Professor at UW-Madison in the Department of Agronomy and The Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. His faculty position is part of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI) and he has affiliate appointments with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Agroecology, and Limnology and Marine Science (LMS). He is a member of the Science Council for the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and is part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) - focusing on sustainability issues related to bioenergy production. He previously served on a subcommittee for Governor Doyle's Task Force on Global Warming. His research program is largely interdisciplinary, incorporating field work on cropping systems ecology and ecosystem modeling in a framework that is geared towards understanding the impacts of climate change and land management on ecosystem services.

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Vijay Limaye

Vijay Limaye is a fourth year Ph.D. student pursuing a joint degree in the Nelson Institute and the Epidemiology program of the Department of Population Health Sciences. A Madison native, Vijay is interested in work at the intersection of climate change and human health. He is advised by Dr. Jonathan Patz at the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE).

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Tse-Lynn Loh

Tse-Lynn Loh is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, working closely in collaboration with Project Seahorse on the conservation of seahorse populations in Southeast Asia. She recently completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, studying the cascading effects of overfishing on coral reef communities within the Caribbean region. With Project Seahorse, Tse-Lynn plans to conduct a series of surveys in Southeast Asia to characterize the populations of seahorse species there and determine habitat preferences. She will also be training and setting up local monitoring networks with in-country partners to provide long-term data for seahorse population trends.

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Claire Luby is a second year PhD student in the Plant Breeding Program. Her PhD is based on some of the work from the project that will be presented today and related in part to the open source seed initiative. She also earned a CHANGE certificate from the Nelson Institute.

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Lisa MacKinnon

Lisa M. MacKinnon is the Sustainability Coordinator/Audit Analyst in the Office of the Dane County, WI Board of Supervisors. Her focus is on improving the overall sustainability of county operations, management, policies, and decision-making. She convened and facilitates Dane County's Cross-Departmental Sustainability Working Group, which is collaboratively working on strategic planning and capacity building to accelerate the integration of sustainability into all aspects of county government.

She has been involved in various aspects of sustainable community development education, outreach, and training for over a decade.

Lisa has designed and delivered presentations and training workshops on the eco-municipality model, the Natural Step (TNS) sustainability framework, and sustainable community development in communities, organizations, and conferences in Wisconsin, the U.S., and Europe.

She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and lives with her family in Madison, WI.

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Jason McLachlan

Jason McLachlan is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Notre Dame. He studies the interaction of climate, vegetation, and conservation policy. He currently leads the PalEON project, who's aim is to improve estimates of changing climate, vegetation, and ecosystem disturbance over the last 2000 years and to integrate this knowledge into the models we use to predict future ecosystem change. He is a member of the leadership team of the Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change (, which facilitates decision-making for resource managers and policymakers in the context of changing climate. More information on Jason's work is available at:

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Cathy Middlecamp

Cathy Middlecamp is an Associate Professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Howe Bascom Professor in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This semester, Cathy is teaching a new place-based course on energy and food on the UW-Madison campus.

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Ming Huah

Ming Hua is a master student in the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development program in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies in UW-Madison. Her research interests center on the conservation biology, especially community-based conservation in developing countries; biodiversity and endangered species conservation. Graduated from Sichuan University in China, Ming has over two years of research and fieldwork experience in wildlife conservation areas in southwest of China. Her undergraduate research mainly focuses on the conservation of giant panda, ranging from habitat protection to breeding gene analysis. She also worked in collaboration with several NGOs both regionally and globally, such as Conservation International (CI), International Crane Foundation, Fauna & Flora International, and WWF. Her graduate research is done in partnership with CI-China office, helping them evaluate their payment for ecosystem project.

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Gregg Mitman

Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an award-winning author, whose most recent books include Reel Nature: America's Romance with Wildlife on Film and Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes. He is also curator of Madison's popular environmental film festival, Tales from Planet Earth. His work is deeply informed by a commitment and hope to build a more equitable and just environment. His current project, Where the Cotton Tree Grows, a film co-produced and co-directed with Sarita Siegel, follows the journey of a young Liberian man and of a scientific expedition 75 years earlier in the search for a forgotten past and a new future in a country that must rise again from the ashes of a brutal civil war.

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David Mladenoff

Dr. David Mladenoff is professor in forest and landscape ecology at UW-Madison, with an interest in historical ecology. His degrees are in forest ecology from UW-Madison, and has been with the University of Minnesota and The Nature Conservancy. He has worked in northern forest systems of the Lake States for over 25 years. His work has concentrated on the effects of natural and historical disturbance on forest ecosystem processes, structure, and composition. From 2005-2010 he was the Beers-Bascom Professor of Conservation. In 2011, he was awarded the campus Kellett research award. Recent research has focused on broad-scale modeling of ecosystem consequences of climate change and harvest levels on biomass and productivity, and field research on the relationships of biodiversity and ecosystem processes in forests. The current lab group includes 3 graduate students, a senior scientist, 3 postdocs, and undergraduate researchers and assistants. From 2000-2005 he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Landscape Ecology. Mladenoff is a native of northern Wisconsin.

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Gregory Nemet

Gregory Nemet is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He teaches courses in energy systems analysis, governance of global energy problems, and international environmental policy. His research analyzes the process of technological change in energy and its interactions with public policy. He has been an author Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment. He received his doctorate in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. His A.B. is in geography and economics from Dartmouth College.

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Trish O'Kane

Trish O'Kane is a Ph.D. candidate in Environment & Resources at the Nelson Institute and creator of the institute's "Nature Explorers" program. Through the lens of political ornithology, her research examines how race and class determine who has access to urban nature. A former human rights investigative journalist in Central America, O'Kane taught writing at two universities and a women's prison.

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Jonathan Patz

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He Co-chaired the health expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a Convening Lead Author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For the past 15 years, Dr. Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) - the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Dr. Patz has written over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change, and most recently, a co-edited five-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011). He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress, served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and federal agency science advisory boards for both CDC and EPA. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. In addition to sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, and earned the distinction of becoming a UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2009.

Aside from directing the university-wide UW Global Health Institute, Professor Patz has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Department of Population Health Sciences. He also directs the NSF-sponsored Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE).

Dr. Patz earned medical board certification in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and his Master of Public Health degree (1992) from Johns Hopkins University.

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Gary Radloff

Gary Radloff is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis for the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI). He is an Honorary Associate/Fellow with the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Radloff has also served as the Interim Director with the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative at the University of Wisconsin. He is the lead author or co-author of the Wisconsin Strategic Bioenergy Feedstock Assessment (2012), The Biogas Opportunity in Wisconsin (2011), and the Guidelines for Sustainable Planting and Harvest of Nonforest Biomass in Wisconsin (2012). Radloff is the former Director of Policy and Strategic Communications at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Past activities include helping to coordinate policy initiatives such as the Governor's Consortium on the Biobased Industry and the Working Lands Initiative.

Paul Robbins

As director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Paul Robbins oversees the institute's mission of serving as a world leader in addressing environmental change. He brings years of experience as a researcher, studying human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management, as well as administrative leadership. He has also taught a range of topics at both the University of Arizona and Ohio State University, from environmental studies and natural resource policy to social theory. Robbins comes to the institute from the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where he served for two years as director. Robbins helped establish the School of Geography and Development and during his time as director expanded its degree offerings, including two new master's degree programs and an interdisciplinary environmental studies major. A UW-Madison alumnus, he holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology, along with a master's degree and doctorate in geography, both from Clark University.

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Ricardo Rozzi

Ricardo Rozzi is a Chilean ecologist and philosopher who is professor at the University of North Texas (UNT) and the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG). His research combines both disciplines through the study of the interrelations between the ways of knowing and inhabiting the natural world, proposing a dynamic continuous reciprocal feedback between both domains. In addition to his theoretical work, Rozzi has collaborated with the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Latin American Ecology Schoolyard Program, and has participated in the creation of the "Senda Darwin" Biological Station (Chiloé Island, Chile), the Latin American Network of Ethnobotanical Parks, the Omora Ethnobotanical Park (Puerto Williams, Chile), and the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve at the southern end of the Americas, with the aim of incorporating environmental ethics in the practices of conservation and education in Latin America. Currently, he is the director of the Subantarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, coordinated by the University of North Texas in the US, and the Universidad de Magallanes and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile. With these institutions, he has been working in the consolidation of a biocultural conservation and "field environmental philosophy" program working in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Philosophy.

As the co-founder of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park and the leader in the creation of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, his academic work has been strongly associated with application and includes a novel focus on biocultural conservation and the linking of human wellbeing with the environment. Within this same line of inquiry, Rozzi coined the terms "biocultural ethics" and "field environmental philosophy" to denote his emphasis on applying philosophy to real life situations using direct encounter experiences to enrich both academic formation as well as inform social processes, such as decision-making and ecotourism. For example, based on the discovery of the outstanding diversity of mosses, lichens and liverworts (5% of the world's total) in the Magellanic sub-Antarctic ecoregion, Dr. Ricardo Rozzi and his colleagues has coined the term Tourism with a Hand Lens to refer to a new type of tourism being promoted in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Rozzi has called upon tourism operators to place this narrative into their offering for the region and take advantage of this biodiversity hotspot for non-vascular flora.

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Finn Ryan is a producer and educator based in Madison, Wisconsin. His current project, The Ways, features stories on language and culture from Native communities around the central Great Lakes. He produced and directed the regional Emmy Award winning Climate Wisconsin, which features multimedia stories and interactive data exploring local climate change impacts.

As a producer for Wisconsin Media Lab, a state public media agency, he has also collaborated with Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television to produce environmental science stories for QUEST, a national public media project headed by KQED.

Finn has worked as a high school special education teacher and co-founded an outdoor education program. He holds a bachelor's degree in special education and English, and a master's in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Annemarie Schneider

Annemarie Schneider is an Assistant Professor at the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Department of Geography. Professor Schneider earned her PhD in Geography and Environmental Science at Boston University, and was a faculty member at the University of California-Santa Barbara before coming to Wisconsin. Professor Schneider's research examines the causes and consequences of land cover change in urban and peri-urban environments, specifically the demographic, economic and policy changes responsible for rapid urbanization and urban sprawl, as well as the local- to global-scale environmental impacts that result. Her projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA's Land Cover-Land Use Change (LCLUC) Program and Interdisciplinary Science Program (IDS), the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Bank.

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Kevin Shafer

Kevin Shafer is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD in meeting short- and long-term goals and objectives; coordinates the establishment of strategic goals and objectives and their approval by the Commission; oversees the development of policies and operating plans; and represents MMSD to its customers, bond rating agencies, and the public. Prior to joining the District, Shafer spent 10 years in private industry with an international engineering firm in Chicago and Milwaukee, and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a bachelor's degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois and a master's in science and civil engineering from the University of Texas. He is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Chair of the US Water Alliance's Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Council. He currently serves on the EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee.

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Charles Snowdon

Charles T. Snowdon is Hilldale Professor of Psychology Emeritus. He and his students have studied the cotton-top tamarin in the wild and through breeding in captivity for over 30 years. His research team has pioneered the use of non-invasive methods for monitoring hormones and for studying communication, parenting, cooperation and cognition. He has served as editor of several journals and many books on animal behavior and comparative psychology. He has also served on many national committees reviewing grants and setting scientific policy for research.

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Stephanie Spehar

Stephanie Spehar is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who studies the behavioral ecology and conservation of nonhuman primates. She is especially interested in how primates respond to human disturbance and the implications of this for their conservation and coexistence with human communities. She has conducted research in South and Central America and Africa, but her current work focuses mainly on primates in Indonesian Borneo, in particular leaf monkeys and the endangered Bornean orangutan.

Stephanie is also active in promoting education for sustainability through community building, strategic planning, curriculum development, and workshops for faculty, administrators, and students. She has been the University Leadership Fellow for Sustainability at UW Oshkosh since 2010 and is also a board member, affiliated researcher, or advisor for a number of conservation and sustainability-focused nonprofits.

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Peter Stein

Peter R. Stein joined The Lyme Timber Company as managing director in 1990 and provides leadership in the development and structuring of conservation-oriented forestland and rural land purchases and dispositions. Peter also manages the Company's conservation advisory business. The Lyme Timber Company currently owns and manages 72,500 acres in northwestern Wisconsin, formerly owned by the Wausau Paper Company. Prior to joining The Lyme Timber Company, Peter was Senior Vice President of the Trust for Public Land(TPL) where he directed TPL's conservation real estate acquisitions in the Northeast and Midwest. Peter lectures extensively at graduate schools and professional conferences on conservation investment strategies, and co-directs the annual Yale and bi-annual Stanford Conservation Finance Bootcamps. He is a member of the Boards of the National Alliance of Forestland Owners, the Forest History Society and the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. In addition, he is a former Board Chair of the Land Trust Alliance, served as a founding Commissioner of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Rose Smart Growth Real Estate Fund No. 1. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Kingsbury Brown Conservation Leadership Award from the Land Trust Alliance. In 2010, he was granted the Forest Champion Award from the Pacific Forest Trust. Peter earned a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975 and was a Loeb Fellow and received a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 1981.

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Karen Strier

Karen B. Strier is Vilas Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her long-term field research on the critically endangered northern muriqui in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest has been critical to conservation efforts on behalf of this species, and has been influential in broadening comparative perspectives on primate behavioral and ecological diversity. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of a Distinguished Primatologist Award from the American Primatological Society and a Lifetime Honorary Membership Award from the Brazilian Society of Primatology.

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Tran Triet

Dr. Tran Triet (PhD, Nelson Institute, Land Resources 1999) is the Southeast Asia Program Coordinator at the International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Dr. Tran established the Phu My Lepironia Wetland Conservation Project in Vietnam in 2004 and has been managing the project since then. Phu My is a new model of protected area management in which profits from sustainable handicraft production have been used for improving the livelihood of local people and paying the costs of biodiversity conservation. Dr. Tran also holds a faculty position at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science where he teaches and supervises graduate students on wetland ecology and management. Dr. Tran is an honorary fellow of the Land Tenure Center, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His research interests include mangrove and tropical freshwater wetland ecology, invasive alien species ecology and management, and community-based biodiversity conservation.

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Karl van Lith

Karl van Lith is the Organizational Development and Training Manager for the City of Madison. His group is charged with facilitating quality improvement, sustainability and training efforts citywide. Prior to joining the City, Karl worked in a variety of positions in private industry and has over 20 years of experience working on quality, human resource, sustainability, marketing / sales and training initiatives. Karl was born and raised in Australia, but has lived, studied and worked in the US for over 30 years.

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Randy Vogel

Randy Vogel is a Principal Ecologist at Applied Ecological Services, Inc. Randy has over 25 years of professional experience in natural resource planning, impact analysis and habitat restoration. His educational training was as a plant taxonomist and ecologist and his experience includes mine reclamation, natural resource inventories, urban forestry, stream, wetland and natural community restoration, stormwater treatment and wetland delineations. He manages the Chicago, IL consulting office, supervising ecologists, landscape architects, engineers and GIS personnel. Previously Vogel served in a State regulatory capacity where he supervised review of surface mining permits and development of environmentally and ecologically sound reclamation methodologies. He was also employed in the not-for profit sector where he was actively involved in issues related to urban forestry, invasive plants (including development of protocols for quarantine and testing of new ornamental plant introductions), and accidental exotic insect introductions. In the private sector Vogel has supervised numerous projects involving shoreline protection, erosion control, watershed planning and natural resource inventories. He also has been actively involved in the design and construction of stormwater BMPs in the watershed and in overall ecological restoration of disturbed lands. Vogel is currently managing AES's involvement in the update of the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory including field operations and GIS data management.

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Marian Weidner

Marian Weidner is a 2nd year Masters of Science student in Environment and Resources and is fortunate to work under the advisement of Gary Green in Community and Environmental Sociology. She is also earning a graduate Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE) and is interested in transdisciplinary research addressing social equity and poverty within the context of environmental conservation.

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Jack Williams

John (Jack) Williams is the Director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research and Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Williams' research focuses on the responses of plant species and communities to past and future climate change, with an emphasis on the communities and climates of the last deglaciation as a model system for understanding 21st-century climate change. Awards include the Cooper Award from the Ecological Society of America, the Phil Certain Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Wisconsin, and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. More information can be found at or via Twitter @IceAgeEcologist

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Catherine Woodward

Catherine Woodward, PhD, is a tropical ecologist and amateur marine biologist who spends half her time as a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Biology Education at UW-Madison, and half as President of the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, a non-profit conservation organization based in Madison, WI. She is a tropical ecologist by training, with an interest in effects of forest fragmentation on population and landscape level processes. At UW, she teaches a course on ecology of rainforests and coral reefs, and has worked on K-12 science outreach. In 1997, she cofounded the Ceiba Foundation with a mission to work with local landowners in Ecuador to protect threatened tropical forests. She is responsible for implementing one of South America's first conservation easements to protect cloud forest and endemic orchid habitat in Quito's municipal watershed. Ceiba currently manages the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve, protecting one of the last remnants of deciduous tropical forests in western Ecuador, and strives to help local communities in the region meet the sometimes elusive goal of conserving biodiversity while improving livelihoods.

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Holly Youngbear-Tibbetts

Dr. Holly YoungBear-Tibbetts is Dean of External Relations at College of Menominee Nation, where she previously served for nine years as the Director of the college's Sustainable Development Institute. As Dean of External Relations, she is responsible for the college's federal, philanthropic, and intra-institutional collaborations and initiatives. Dr. YoungBear-Tibbetts has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, both in community development and in higher education. She received her degree in planning from Bemidji State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her scholarship focused on the privatization of native lands under the Dawes Allotment Act in the United States; and the privatization of Maori lands in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has authored numerous books and articles and has been the recipient of a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship and an award in writing on international peace and cooperation by the John C. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Dr. YoungBear-Tibbetts was a United Nations rapporteur for the Preparatory conference, "Women and Children First" in preparation for the first Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro. She was a Presidential appointee to the Congressionally-mandated Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee from its inception in 2000 to 2003 when the Committee's report was forwarded to Congress. She has subsequently served as a gubernatorial appointee to the State of Wisconsin's Bio-industry Board, and is the principal architect of two novel innovations in indigenous sustainable development: the triennial conference, "Sharing indigenous Wisdom: An International Dialogue on Sustainable Development ;"and the Center for First Americans Forest Lands, a collaborative project of the College of Menominee Nation, its Sustainable Development Institute, and four divisions of the United States Forest Service.

Her current projects include revising a college course on the Geography of Indian Country for delivery on iTunes so that it can be accessed by native students across multiple university campuses; serving on the National Roundtable for Sustainable Forests in preparation of the 2010 National Report on the State of the nation's forested lands; working with timber-rich tribes on the development of social and cultural criteria and indicators to assess forest sustainability under the Montreal Process; and developing a collaborative baccalaureate degree program in sustainable development between College of Menominee Nation and Galen University in San Ignacio, Belize which primarily serves Mayan students.

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