Dining with Sustainability Participants

Aditi Bhaskar

Aditi Bhaskar
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University
I work at the intersection of natural and engineered hydrology, focusing on the effects of urban development on streams and groundwater. My interests are particularly in groundwater-surface water interactions, groundwater recharge, base flows, water use, and green infrastructure storm water management in urban and suburban areas.
Five descriptive words: 
hydrologist, urbanization, early career, land use change

Annie Bierbower

Civic Engagement Liaison, City of Fort Collins
Five descriptive words: 
Engaging and encouraging public involvement

Katy Bigner

Katy Bigner
Environmental Planner, City of Fort Collins
I am a planner who works on climate change adaptation planning, energy solutions project (FortZED) and also other internal efforts to advance organization sustainability. I am a department liaison and responsible for facilitating and advancing dialogue to advance innovative and sustainable projects and minimize barriers.
Five descriptive words: 
innovation, collaboration, quality of place

Brittany Bloodhart

Brittany Bloodhart
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Atmoshperic Science, Colorado State University
My research examines the psychological barriers, processes, and facilitators of engagement in social justice issues, primarily focused on gender and environmental justice. I am particularly interested in why people choose to ignore or oppose the amelioration of social injustices and how to overcome these potential barriers to increase engagement and support for social justice. I have experience with research on emotions, values, message framing and communication, political ideology, in-group and out-group relevancy, and attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to sustainability.
Five descriptive words: 
psychologist, early career, attitudes, behavior, social justice

Claudia Boot

Research Scientist, Colorado State University
I work at the interface of chemistry and biology with the aim of linking organic matter structure with ecosystem function. Microbial production and consumption of organic matter in natural systems drives global biogeochemical cycling. My aim is to understand processing and shifts in biogeochemical cycling due to global change, by accurately describing the microbial and chemical response to environmental drivers such as atmospheric nitrogen deposition, elevated carbon dioxide and drought.
Five descriptive words: 
soil ecologist, chemistry, microorganisms, interdisciplinary, organic matter

Thomas Borch

Thomas Borch
Associate Professor, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University
My research group is studying potential environmental impacts of energy production. We are studying the fate and transport of chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing. We study the fate and transport of radionulides and toxic metals at ISR U mines. We also study Fe and C cycling in subalpine wetlands.
Five descriptive words: 
Environmental Chemist, mid career, interdisciplinary, applied

Gillian Bowser

Gillian Bowser
Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
I work on interdisciplinary projects that are often targeted towards engaging diverse audiences currently underrepresented in the STEM disciplines and particularly ecology.
Five descriptive words: 
sustainability, equity, women, ecological indicators

Lincoln Bramwell

Chief Historian, US Forest Service
I serve as the Chief Historian of the USDA Forest Service, based in the agency’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. My duties include directing all aspects of this Federal agency’s history program, including research and publication, public speaking, digital asset management, archival storage, external outreach, producing and managing oral histories, as well as policy support, expert testimony in Federal court, and developing a strategic vision for history within the land management agency’s mission.
Five descriptive words: 
Environmental historian

Danielle Buttke

Danielle Buttke
One Health Program Manager, National Park Service
I have a joint position between the National Park Service's Wildlife Health Branch and Office of Public Health. I work at the interface of human, animal, and ecological health, and am interested in the ways in which conservation promotes health, particularly through the National Park lens.
Five descriptive words: 
ecologist, veterinarian, public health, conservation, wildlife

John Calderazzo

John Calderazzo
Professor, Department of English, Colorado State University
Co-Director, Changing Climates @ CSU
I'm a long-time CSU teacher and writer of nonfiction books and articles about the natural world aimed at the general public. In 2007, with my English Department colleague SueEllen Campbell, I founded Changing Climates @ CSU with the goal of creating a campus-wide conversation and series of talks about climate change. During it's first four years, the program sponsored about 100 campus talks geared mostly to students and the Fort Collins community, involving CSU faculty and researchers from 28 departments and all eight colleges. Since then I have worked regionally and nationally to help scientists in climate research and similar areas learn how to better communicate with the public, the media, and policy makers. I also write a science communication blog for the AGU's Plainspoken Scientist.
Five descriptive words: 
English professor, science communication educator

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