Dining with Sustainability Participants

Peter Backlund

Peter Backlund
Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability
My career has focused on planning, management and leadership of complex research activities. I am interested in the relationship of human activities, climate change, and other environmental changes; assessment of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and response strategies; development and use of information and observational technologies for environmental research and education; use of scientific research for decision-making and public policy; and improving the communication of scientific information to non-technical audiences.
Five descriptive words: 
mid career, interdisciplinary, climate impacts, science policy, science management

Daniel Baker

Daniel Baker
Research Scientist, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University
My research and consulting focuses on mitigating human impacts to streams and rivers; stream restoration training and education; and GIS analysis of riverine features.
Five descriptive words: 
rivers, holistic, engineering, transparent, objective

James R. Barborak

James R. Barborak
Co-Director, Center for Protected Area Management, Colorado State University
I am co-director of the Center for Protected Area Management, which provides capacity building and technical assistance to support national and international protected area management efforts. In addition, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU and serve as an adviser and mentor to students in our department.
Five descriptive words: 
wildlands; internationalist; biodiversity; sustainability; ecotourism

Ann Baron

Ann Baron
Board Member & Secretary, Northern Colorado Nonprofit Resource Center
I am a Board member of the Northern Colorado Nonprofit Resource Center where we support nonprofits in Northern Colorado. We offer monthly workshops, resource fair, and board development. There are over 3,000 nonprofits in Northern Colorado and we connect them through various educational events. We also offer workshops on foundations and grants in collaboration with the Fort Collins Public Library. These events share valuable information with our local nonprofits and we are a resource to their organizations.
Five descriptive words: 
Connector, Cheerleader, Resourceful, Support, & Communicator

Jill Baron

Jill Baron
Research Ecologist, Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory
Dr. Jill S. Baron is an ecosystem ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Senior Research Ecologist with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Her interests include applying ecosystem concepts to management of human-dominated regions, and understanding the biogeochemical and ecological effects of climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition to mountain ecosystems. She is also Founder and Co-Director of the John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis, a center that facilitates collaboration among scientists to produce new knowledge and insight.
Five descriptive words: 
ecosystem ecologist, biogeochemistry, interdisciplinary, synthesis, adaptation

Stacey Baumgarn

Stacey Baumgarn
Campus Energy Coordinator, Colorado State University
I work on advancing, teaching and sharing energy conservation practices and behaviors to faculty, staff and students at Colorado State University. Energy and resource conservation is a great opportunity for all of us to contribute to lowering the environmental impacts of CSU.
Five descriptive words: 
energy conservation champion, partner, service-minded, caring

Carrie Bennett

Carrie Bennett
Founder, Learning Through Difference LLC
I help people engage in difficult conversations with greater safety, efficiency, and outcomes. I work with broad clients form city governments to small businesses, school districts and nonprofits.
Five descriptive words: 
Facilitator, Mediator, conflict manager, listener, collaborator

Drew Bennett

Drew Bennett
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
I study the design and outcomes of incentive programs for the conservation of wildlife, water resources, and open space. Trained broadly as geographer, I integrate both ecological and social dimensions into my work and use qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial techniques. At CSU, I am leading the development of a initiative focused on conservation efforts on private lands. I have focused the majority of my work in the America West but have also worked and have continued interest in conservation efforts in Latin America.
Five descriptive words: 
social scientist, early career, applied, social-ecological systems, conservation

Delwin Benson

Delwin Benson
Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
Extension Wildlife Specialist, CSU Extension
I chair the 8th International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands: Livestock, Tourism, and Spirit, Sept 7-12, 2014, Estes Park Colorado; http://tiny.cc/2014WildlifeCongress. Work has consistently helped to connect persons with nature through outreach, curricula, courses on and off of campus, publications, and organizational development.
Five descriptive words: 
multiplier of messages and actions

Autumn Bernhardt

Autumn Bernhardt
Professor, Honors Program, Colorado State University
I write and teach about environmental and social justice. I also operate a small cattle operation called Steer Me Home, LLC. Prior to becoming a professor in the CSU Honors Program, I worked for a number of years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Federal and Interstate Water Unit. In my position, I represented Colorado before the U.S. Supreme Court and Colorado Supreme Court in cases related to interstate water compacts and water management. In addition, I have worked and continue to work on behalf of tribes to protect environmental and cultural resources.
Five descriptive words: 
environmental/Indian law, justice, writer

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