Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2011-2012
Ph. D. Student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Research Summary: Humans need and love rivers, streams and lakes. Unfortunately, the combination of ineptitude, social inertia and ignorance have led to their ongoing degradation. If my children and yours are to know the joy of seeing a native fish flash away or discovering strange bugs while playing in a creek that doesn’t poison them, then our culture needs to have a meaningful conversation about how it uses water. The current conception has failed, but opportunities exist to sustain local economies while stewarding fluvial biodiversity. We must find and capitalize on them rapidly.