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.

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.

Contributors 2021

MICHAEL BEN-ELI is the founder of The Sustainability Laboratory, established in order to advance the concept of sustainability, expanding prospects and producing positive, life affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world. Prior to launching The Lab, Michael pioneered applications of systems thinking and cybernetics in management and organization, and has worked on synthesizing strategy issues in many parts of the world and in diverse institutional settings. Michael is the author of the widely-acclaimed five core sustainability principles, and he is leading development of The Lab as a worldwide network of ecozone-based activity centers. In 2016, Michael was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame and recognized with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

KATRINA BLAIR began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to embrace a wild foods diet. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. She completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. Turtle Lake Refuge includes a wild local living foods café, sustainable education center and community farm. Katrina teaches permaculture and wild edible and medicinal classes locally and globally. She is author of several books including: Local Wild Life – Turtle Lake Refuge Recipes for Living Deep and The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival.

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.

DR. KARLETTA CHIEF is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. As an Extension Specialist, she works to bring relevant science to Native American communities in a culturally sensitive manner by providing hydrology expertise, transferring knowledge, assessing information needs, and developing applied science projects. Two of her primary tribal projects are The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Climate Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge and The Navajo Nation Gold King Mine Spill Impacts. Dr. Chief supervises and advises the research of 11 graduate students, 10 of whom are Native American working on topics related to tribal environmental issues. Dr. Chief received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2000 and a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from UA in 2007. She completed her post-doctorate at Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, NV. In 2011, Dr. Chief was named American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Most Promising Scientist/Scholar, 2013 Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar, 2015 Native American 40 under 40, 2016 AISES Professional of the Year, and 2016 Phoenix Indian Center Woman of the Year.

DR. MELINDA LAITURI is a professor emeritus of geography in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is the Founding Director of the Geospatial Centroid at CSU that provides support for geospatial research and teaching across the university. She is a Fulbright Scholar having taught GIS at the University of Botswana and conducted research in the Center for Scientific Research, Indigenous Knowledge, and Innovation on participatory mapping and conservation planning. Professor Laituri is a Rachel Carson Fellow for Environment and Society at the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich. Laituri is a founding member of the Center for Environmental Justice. She is a visiting scientist at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. Professor Laituri taught at CSU’s Mountain Campus – an in-residence, four-week, field-based, experiential learning course providing instruction on watershed science and field-data collection tools. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in Geography and held a three-year tenure track position at University of Auckland, New Zealand before joining Colorado State University.

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.

CLIFF VILLA is on the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Professor Cliff Villa teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional rights, environmental law, and environmental justice. He also serves as a supervising attorney in the UNM clinical law program. Before joining UNM, Cliff spent more than 20 years as an EPA attorney, through offices in Washington, D.C., Denver, Colorado, and Seattle, Washington. Cliff is the author of a number of professional journal articles and the co-author of two textbooks: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: LAW, POLICY &REGULATION (3 rd ed. 2020); and A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (2017). Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cliff graduated summa cum laude from UNM with a B.A. in English and economics and he received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

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