Core Team 2021

MEGAN AHEARN serves as the Program Manager for the Wright-Ingraham Institute and works with the administration of the Field Stations program. She has broad experience, both domestically and internationally, with non-profit organizations that focus on environmental sustainability and social justice. Formerly, she served as the program manager for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, dubbed “socially-responsible design’s highest award.” She has a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, and a background in Anthropology. Megan attended the exploratory Field Stations faculty workshop in Colombia in 2018.

HADLEY ARNOLD leads DiviningLab LLC, providing hi-resolution flood risk and groundwater recharge analytics to water-stressed cities, worldwide. Before D-LAB, Hadley co-founded and led the Arid Lands Institute, an education, research and outreach center devoted to design innovation at the water-energy nexus. She and her team collaborated with students, NGOs, public agencies, design professionals, and communities across the west. Hadley earned her A.B. from Harvard and her M.Arch. from SCI-Arc. She has taught in architecture and landscape programs at UCLA, SCI-Arc, USC, and Woodbury, and lectured extensively.

KEVIN BONE was a professor of architecture at the Cooper Union from 1985 through 2018, teaching design, building technology and sustainability. During his time at Cooper he worked to integrate issues of environment into the curriculum and was the founding director of the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Bone has published on architecture, infrastructure, energy and landscape. Those publications include; Lesson’s From Modernism, Environmental Design Considerations in Architecture, 1925-1970; The New York Waterfront, Evolution of the Port and Harbor; and Water-Works, the Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply. Bone is also a principal at Bone/Levine Architects. The practice works in architectural design, technical consulting and historic preservation. Bone is now working with the Wright-Ingraham Institute to develop small scale, experimental, educational initiatives.

MARCIE DEMMY BIDWELL serves as Executive Director and landscape ecologist for Mountain Studies Institute. She has a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from University of Washington with a specialty in learning landscapes and community restoration. Marcie considers herself a hybrid designer-scientist working to infuse community collaborations with design thinking. She has eighteen years of leadership experience in natural resource management, climate adaptation, environmental science, and program development to achieve watershed health and environmental justice. Throughout her diverse professional experience, Marcie has worked with scientists and citizens to manage, design, and facilitate community-based projects for the restoration and management of public and private lands. Marcie is adept at integrating scientific findings into educational programs, natural resource management and decision making.

KIRK GORDON is a landscape architect and graphic designer with a background in plant biology and zoology. His work focuses on the relationships between ecological wisdom and new technologies in imagining resilient futures. Kirk received his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and currently works as a landscape designer at SCAPE Landscape Architecture in New York City. Kirk is an alumnus of the 2019 Field Stations workshop in Colombia.

ARIELLE MILKMAN is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests include undocumented migration, urban planning and energy transition. Arielle is trained in audiovisual, ethnographic and community-based research methods and has taught science writing to students at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an alumna of the 2019 Field Stations workshop in Colombia.

LILY RAPHAEL is a community planner currently living in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples. She has worked on a variety of sustainable development initiatives within rural, Indigenous and urban communities in Ecuador, the U.S. and British Columbia. Her work is rooted in community engagement and action research. Lily’s research interests include biocultural conservation, community-driven land stewardship, collective memory and placemaking, and systems transformation at the individual, organizational and community level. Currently, she works in Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development program, focusing on economic reconciliation and resilience planning. Lily holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from University of British Columbia and is an alumna of the 2019 Field Stations workshop in Colombia.

VALERIE SMALL (APSÁALOOKE) is the National Program Director at Trees, Water & People (TWP). There, Dr. Small has developed a US Tribal homelands regeneration program that works to empower Tribal culture, ecology, and food systems. TWP works with Tribes in South Dakota, New Mexico, and Colorado, increasing technical capacity and fostering connections through community-led restoration projects. Dr. Small completed her PhD in BioAgricultural Sciences & Pest Management-Weed Sciences Division from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2013. Her research was conducted on the homelands of the Crow (Apsáalooke) Tribe of Indians, the birthplace of her maternal grandfather. Dr. Small was a co-author of the 4th National Climate Assessment, Northern Great Plains Chapter 22, and is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Biology at CSU.

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