Dining with Sustainability Participants

SueEllen Campbell

SueEllen Campbell
Professor & Graduate Coordinator, Department of English, Colorado State University
Co-Director, Changing Climates @ CSU
I am a writer, an English professor specializing in the literature of nature and the environment, and co-director of a multidisciplinary climate change education initiative (for the general public). I run a web-based resource for that initiative, and I am interested in clear communication between specialists and non-specialists.
Five descriptive words: 
interdisciplinary, climate change, communication, writer, humanities

Jacey Cerda

Jacey Cerda
Instructor, School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Instructor, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
My work follows two related but different lines of inquiry - wildlife ecology and zoonotic parasitology and the interaction of science with law & policy. My graduate research focuses on the disease ecology of Echinococcus spp, a zoonotic tapeworm affecting humans and over 40 wildlife and companion animal species globally. As an attorney and a researcher, I am also deeply interested in how law interacts with science at multiple levels and I hope to complete research and teach in this realm in the near future.
Five descriptive words: 
wildlife ecology, parasitology, one health, law/policy

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke
Human Dimensions Specialist, National Park Service
PhD Student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE), Colorado State University
By day I work as a Human Dimensions Specialist in the Biological Resources Management Division of the National Park Service and by day and night I am a PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. My interest is in innovative ways to integrate social and ecological sciences. My current research focuses on applying a complex systems approach to human health-ecosystem interactions.
Five descriptive words: 
interdisciplinary, social-ecological, scientist

Doug Cloud

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Colorado State University
My research focuses on the rhetoric of social change, including public discourse surrounding climate change. I'm particularly interested in how identity categories (environmentalist, conservationalist, etc) help shape the debate surrounding climate change.
Five descriptive words: 
rhetorician, early career, public policy, sustainability

Rich Conant

Rich Conant
Associate Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University
Ecosystem Ecologist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Richard Conant is an ecosystem ecologist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and associate professor in the newly-formed Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. He is also affiliated with the International Livestock Research Institute and Queensland University of Technology. His research focuses on understanding the feedbacks between human activities and ecosystem biogeochemistry. Specifically, he is interested in how land use and land management practices impact carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural and grassland ecosystems. Dr. Conant has worked closely with scientists from diverse disciplines to understand the characteristics of scientific information that best informs decision making, and has worked to integrate those conclusions into his own research. He is a participant in national and international efforts to quantify human impacts on carbon cycling. Dr. Conant earned his Ph.D at Arizona State University in 1997.
Five descriptive words: 
ecosystem ecology, carbon, nitrogen, greenhouse gas

Shelley Crausbay

Shelley Crausbay
Research Scientist, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University
I combine spatial and temporal data on vegetation, climate, and disturbance in forests. I use paleoecological techniques to test ideas that are gleaned from the modern landscape. Integrating spatial and temporal data generates a deeper understanding of ecological relationships and can greatly aid predictions of ecological dynamics with global change.
Five descriptive words: 
paleoecologist, conservation, montane forests, climate change, ecologist

Amanada Cravens

Research Social Scientist, US Geological Survey
I am a social scientist whose research interests include the translation of scientific information into decision making, relationships between scientists and citizens, the role of technical information in conflict resolution, and evaluating the effectiveness of decision support software. I draw on a variety of disciplines, including law/institutional analysis and the learning sciences. My current work is focusing on decision support tools for climate adaptation planning. Previously, I have investigated similar issues in other resource contexts, including groundwater management and coastal and marine spatial planning.
Five descriptive words: 
social scientist, interdisciplinary, learning sciences, decision support

Alan Curtis

Program Manager, Innosphere
As Program Manager at Innosphere I manage our screening process and onboarding for new companies, our digital health companies and heathcare relationships, and our mentor network
Five descriptive words: 
startup, public health, economic development

Renee Davis

Water Conservation Specialist, Fort Collins Utilities
I’m a Water Conserve Specialist working for Fort Collins Utilities . My days are filled with everything from program development to talking with customers, to measuring water conservation effectiveness. Prior to joining Fort Collins Utilities in December 2014, I researched how water was used in homes and commercial sector. I am a board member of the Colorado WaterWise, a working group of conservation professionals.
Five descriptive words: 
Environmental engineer, water conservation, data geek

Rachael Lynn Davis

Fracking and Tar Sands Committee, 350 Fort Collins
I create mixed media works on paper and have exhibited both regionally and nationally since completing my graduate program with CSU in 2014. My work explores environmental concerns such as biodiversity, the climate crisis, and extreme energy extraction. Recently, my work is considering the process of participatory art and where the intersection of art and activism meet.
Five descriptive words: 
artist, educator, environmental activist, outreach, film screening organizer

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