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Ellis Adams

Ellis Adams
Department: Geography
adamsel8@msu.edu

Biosketch: Globally, over 1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water while over 2 billion have no access to improved sanitation services. To these people, access to clean, affordable water and basic sanitation is a daily luxury. My whole passion about interdisciplinary environmental research is to help contribute a solution to this global crisis. My research broadly seeks to shed more light on the nexus between water and development from a socio-economic standpoint. Following my bachelor's in Natural Resources Management from Ghana with an emphasis on Fisheries and Watershed Management, I shifted my focus from the laboratory to human-environmental interactions. I received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy from Michigan Technological University where my thesis sought to understand Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH) based NGO staff perceptions of water privatization, and how it influences their organizational WASH project decision making. At MSU, I will continue my broad research on water policy and governance through the lenses of political ecology. Recognizing that effective coordination of actors and stakeholders in the water sector is critical to improving water access, I will explore the political, social-economic and institutional dimensions of water governance especially in developing countries and how it can advance sustainable development. I also make time to play soccer and read everything from anthropology to zoology.

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Doe Andovor

Doe Andovor
Current position: USAID Food and Enterprise Development Extension Specialist
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MSU department: Agricultural Economics
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Stephen Aldrich

Stephen Aldrich
Current position: Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, Indiana State University
E-mail: steve.aldrich@indstate.edu
MSU department: Geography
Dissertation: Largeholder deforestation and land conflict in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon

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David Bidwell

David Bidwell
Current position: Assistant Professor, Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
E-mail:
dbidwell@uri.edu
MSU Department: Sociology
Dissertation: The Structure and Strength of Public Attitudes Towards Wind Farm Development

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Victoria Campbell-Arvai

Victoria Campbell-Arvai
Current position: HASKAYNE School of Business, University of Calgary, Post Doctorate Fellow
E-mail: campbelv@ucalgary.ca
MSU Department: CARRS (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies)

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John Clements

John Clements
Current Position: Research manager, College of Medicine, CMED Synergy Central Michigan University
E-mail: cleme3jm@cmich.edu
MSU Department:Sociology
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Saul Daniel Ddumba

Saul Daniel Ddumba
Department: Geography
ddumbasa@msu.edu

Dissertation Topic: Impacts of climate variability and change on crop production in Uganda

Biosketch: My academic goal is to contribute to improving the knowledge interface between climate and agriculture research. As a Ph.D. student in Geography, I’m fortunate to be part of the CLIP lab whose main goal is to understand climate and land use/change dynamics and also to contribute to solving food security problems related to the impacts of climate change in East Africa. My Ph.D. research is focusing on understanding the impacts of climate variability and change on crop production in Uganda. I hope to make a significant contribution to ensuring that people from developing countries, especially East Africa, have access to enough and nutritious food. I mainly use crop models, climate models and climate scenarios in trying to answer my research questions. The ESP Specialization will enable me to critically assess a policy component of his research. This involves evaluating the role of institutional settings (including government policies, common property management practices, or other social structures) in implementing adaptation strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate variability and change on crop production in Uganda.

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Robert Drost

Robert Drost
Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
E-mail: rdrost@gmu.edu
MSU Department:
Geological Sciences
Dissertation Topic: The role of memory in decision-making during exposure to natural hazard risk. In other words, how do people decide a course of action during warning situations (i/e, tornado warning).

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Benjamin Gramig

Benjamin M. Gramig
Current position: Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
E-mail: bgramig@purdue.edu
MSU department: Agricultural Economics
Dissertation: Essays on the Economics of Livestock Disease Management: On-Farm Biosecurity Adoption, Asymmetric Information in Policy Design, and Decentralized Bioeconomic Dynamics

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Matt Grisko

Matt Grisko
Current position: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois.
E-mail: mgrisko@harpercollege.edu
MSU department: Philosophy
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Richard Grogan

Richard Grogan
Current position: Department of Organization and Management, Antioch University, New Hampshire
E-mail: rgrogan@antioch.edu
MSU department: Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies

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Ryan Gunderson

Ryan Gunderson
Current position:Fixed-term faculty, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University
E-mail: rgunder@msu.edu
MSU Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Nature, Sociology and the Frankfurt School

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Ellen Holste

Ellen Holste
Department: Forestry
holste@msu.edu

Dissertation Topic: The interactions between mycorrhizae and plant/nutrient uptake in restoring nutrient degraded landscapes

Biosketch: The integration of basic and applied sciences is the basis of my academic and career goals. Both my past and current projects have the underlying goal of understanding and applying basic knowledge of ecological processes to improve people's lives through better land management. My current research is focused on understanding nutrient limitation and plant uptake through the interactions between mycorrhizae, soil resources, and plants in a restoration context. Mycorrhizal fungi typically form a mutualistic relationship with plants improving the plants' nutrient uptake from the soil; about 80-90% of land plants are colonized by mycorrhizae. While many factors have been suggested as important constraints to forest restoration, mycorrhizal fungi and deficiencies in soil resources are especially important in degraded landscapes where plant dependence on mycorrhizae increases for less available nutrients. Furthermore, the effects of mycorrhizae may be different depending upon size and severity of a site's degradation and species-specific responses of mycorrhizal-associated plants to different fungal species. A recent review in Trends in Ecology and Evolution criticized the field of restoration ecology for not fully integrating aboveground-belowground linkages in restoration. For my dissertation, I am examining the interactions of different fungal types (arbsucular vs. ectomycorrhizae) and specific mycorrhizal species with plant/nutrient uptake in nitrogen- and phosphorus-limited systems. I am interested in better understanding these mycorrhizal symbiosises, their role in plant/nutrient uptake, and how we may use them to improve plant growth and survival in restoring degraded landscapes.

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Kim Hiller Connell

Kim Hiller Connell
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design, Kansas State University
E-mail: kyhc@ksu.edu
MSU department: Human Environment and Design
Dissertation: Ecological Consumer Decision Making: Nature, Process, and Barriers in Apparel Acquisition

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Marcia JnBaptiste

Marcia JnBaptiste
Current Position: USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bowling Green, KY
E-mail: marcia.jn-baptiste@ars.usda.gov
MSU department: Crop and Soil Sciences
Dissertation: Effects of gypsum, compost and cover crops on soil nutrient availability, corn yield and quality and soil quality

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Jason Karl

Jason Karl
Current position: USDA Agricultural Research Service, Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico
E-mail: jkarl@nmsu.edu
MSU department: Fisheries & Wildlife
Dissertation: Object-based image analysis for scaling properties of rangeland ecosystems: Linking field and image data for management decision making

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Jennifer R. Kelly

Jennifer R. Kelly
Department: Sociology
kellyj24@msu.edu

Biosketch: Jennifer Rebecca Kelly studies environmental sociology focusing on the relationship that humans have with the living world. With an interdisciplinary background her scholarship and views on the nature society divide have embraced a holistic approach. As such, her interests have taken on an experiential dimension, that is, where nature and wildlife interface most vividly with humans. This is revealed in a broad range of areas from an individual's encounter with the portrait of a wild animal, to exploring the role of experiential education that is centered on the student immersion into a natural environment, to the hunting of wildlife, a relationship that has been portrayed both as an act of love and kill.

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Nicole Lamp

Nicole Lamp
Current position: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Program, Atlanta, GA
E-mail: nikki_lamp@fws.gov
MSU department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Dissertation: Organizational change in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) as the next conservation approach

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Zarraz Lee

Zarraz Lee
Current position: Post-Doc, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
E-mail: zarraz.lee@asu.edu
MSU department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Dissertation: Bacterial Growth Efficiency (BGE) of bacterial community in soil and factors that influence BGE.

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Abigail Lynch

Abigail Lynch
Current position: Research scientist, National Wildlife and Climate Science Center, USGS
E-mail: lynchabi@msu.edu
MSU department: Fisheries and Wildlife; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
Dissertation: Fisheries and climate change.

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Erin Maloney

Erin Maloney
Current position: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
E-mail: malone50@msu.edu
MSU department: Communication

 

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Elizabeth Mauritz

Elizabeth Mauritz
MSU Department: Philosophy
E-mail: mauritze@msu.edu
Dissertation Title: Are There Moral Foundations to Support Claims of Moral Economy?

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Colleen McClean

Colleen McLean
Current position: Department of Geological and Environmental Science, Youngstown State University, Ohio
E-mail: cemclean@ysu.edu
MSU department: Geological Sciences

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Max Melstrom

Max Melstrom
Current Position: Assistant professor of economics at Salisbury University, Maryland.
MSU Department: Economics and Agricultural Economics
E-mail: rmelstrom@salisbury.edu
Dissertation Topic: Three papers in resource economics. Two papers model demand for Michigan recreational angling opportunities; the third is about optimal management of a prey-predator system.

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Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller
MSU Department: Zoology
E-mail: mill1571@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: Nutrient-mediated relationships between algae and heterotrophic bacteria: implications for Mycobacterium ulcerans and other bacterial pathogens.

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Norbismi Nordin

Norbismi Nordin

MSU Department: Packaging
E-mail: nordinno@msu.edu

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Emily Norton

Emily Norton
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
nortone1@msu.edu

Dissertation Topic: The effects of lake shoreline development on painted turtle nest site selection and reproductive success.

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Linda Novitski

Linda Novitski
Current Position:Assistant Researcher, University of Michigan
Department: Zoology
Email: lindanovitski@gmail.com
Dissertation Topic: Microcystis in the Ohio River, analyzing population dynamics of an algal taxon with toxin-forming potential.

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Perdinan

Perdinan
Current Position: Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
MSU Department: Geography; Environmental Science and Policy Program
E-mail: perdinan@msu.edu

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Carson Reeling

Carson Reeling
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
reelingc@msu.edu

Biosketch: Economics is an extremely powerful tool that can be used to guide human behavior in a way that makes socioecological systems greener and more productive. This is particularly true with regards to agricultural systems, where more effective management is necessary to promote both greater agronomic productivity and environmental sustainability. My research interests broadly involve integrating both economic and ecological knowledge to better manage agricultural ecosystems through the analysis and valuation of ecosystem services. I am also interested in investigating the resilience of agricultural production systems against shocks from climate change and water availability.

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Allison Rober

Allison Rober
Current Position: assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Ball State University in Muncie, IN
MSU Departments: Zoology; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program; Environmental Science and Policy Program
E-mail: arrober@bsu.edu
Dissertation Topic: The role of abiotic and biotic factors in structuring benthic algal dynamics in northern boreal wetland food-webs

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Leilei Ruan

Leilei Ruan
MSU Departments: Crop and Soil Sciences
E-mail: ruanleil@msu.edu
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Carolina Santos

Carolina Santos
MSU Department: Geography
E-mail: santosca@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: Complex Land Use and Cover Trajectories in the Northern Chocó Bioregion of Colombia

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Sara Parr Syswerda

Sara Parr Syswerda
Current position(s): Working with Andy Anderson in Teacher Education on the Math Science Partnership based at MSU's Kellogg Biological Station; running her own farm (4th season!); helping to run a green business, Heritage Antique Lumber; and coaching adult runners.
E-mail: parrsar1@msu.edu
MSU department: Crop and Soil Sciences
Dissertation: Ecosystem services from agriculture across a management intensity gradient in Southwest Michigan

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Rachel Shwom

Rachel Shwom
Current position: Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University
E-mail: shwomrac@rci.rutgers.edu
MSU department: Sociology
Dissertation: Greens, Suits, and Bureaucrats: A Sociological Perspective on Interorganizational Relations in Appliance Energy Efficiency Policy

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Sara Tanis

Sara Tanis
Department: Forestry
tanissar@msu.edu

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Sheldon Turner

Sheldon Turner
Current position:
MSU department: Geological Sciences
E-mail: turne184@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: Understanding human-earth system interactions: The role of visual representations

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Mamta  Vardhan

Mamta Vardhan
Current position: HASKAYNE School of Business, University of Calgary, Post Doctorate Fellow
E-mail: mvardhan@ucalgary.ca
MSU Department: CARRS (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies)
Dissertation Topic: Implications of incentive-based conservation programs for governance, gender and collective action in the Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania

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Pariwate Varnakovida

Pariwate Varnakovida
Current position: Division of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, and Physics, Lake Superior State University
E-mail: pvarnakovida@lssu.edu
MSU department: Geography
Dissertation: Human-environment interactions in urban environment and sustainable development: Spatial modeling and landscape prediction in northeast Thailand

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Leigh Whittinghill

Leigh Whittinghill
Current Position: 2012-2014 cohort at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
MSU Department: Horticulture
E-mail: whitti18@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: The use of green roof technology for growing vegetables

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