Jessica Hellmann

Jessica Hellmann

Jessica Hellmann

Committee Co-Chair
Director, Institute on the Environment
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Jessica Hellmann is the Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She is also the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

Hellmann’s research focuses on global change ecology and climate adaptation. She was among the first to propose and study ways to reduce the impact of climate change through new techniques in conservation management. Hellmann led an important paradigm shift in ecology and natural resource management by showing that adaptation — living with climate change — is just as crucial to the future of humanity and Earth’s ecosystems as slowing and stopping greenhouse gas emissions. Her research and that of her students also has shown that differences in the way populations respond to climate change are key to predicting and managing their future.

Hellmann earned her Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Biodiversity Research. She is an alumna of Stanford’s Leopold Leadership Program and a recipient of a career enhancement fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Paige Novak

Paige Novak

Paige Novak
Co-Director MnDRIVE Environment

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Paige Novak is the co-director of MnDRIVE Environment and the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering.

Novak researches how external environmental factors influence the biodegradation of hazardous substances. This is of critical importance in designing and implementing biologically based remediation systems, using microorganisms to treat drinking water, or optimizing wastewater treatment. Novak’s work takes her from laboratory to the field, trying to understand the interactions between microorganisms and environmental conditions. She has been involved in field work which focused on implementing remediation technologies that alter environmental conditions and thereby stimulate beneficial biological activity.

Novak received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa. She was a founding fellow in the Institute on the Environment, and has been a member of the BioTechnology Institute since 2010. In 2016 she was named a fellow in the Water Environment Federation. She is the recipient of Sara Evans Woman Scholar/Leader Award from the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Women’s Center at the University of Minnesota in 2013.

Lawrence Baker

Lawrence Baker

Research Professor Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
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Lawrence Baker is a research professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering. He was the Editor of the book, The Water Environment of Cities. Baker is a strong believer in making research accessible and creates practical tools that can be used by planners, engineers, and water resources managers, developed in parallel with conventional publication.

Bakers research applies hybrid education in environmental engineering and ecology to the study of applied biogeochemistry, with a focus on human ecosystems – cities and farms. His research interest moves between theory and application. Baker’s research is highly interdisciplinary and he often lead interdisciplinary research groups. He is active in various synergistic activities, including many workshops on urban sustainability, both as an organizer and participant. Increasingly he has been interested in how social and political factors drive the biogeochemistry of urban systems and how these systems will have to adapt to create resilient human ecosystems.

Baker received a PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. He regularly publishes in journals and is frequently a consultant for environmental groups, most recently the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and the Northeastern Minnesota Friends of Wilderness.

Peter Calow

Peter Calow

Professor, Humphrey School
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Peter Calow is a professor in the Humphrey School’s Science, Technology, and the Environment Area.

Calow’s research is on the interface between science and public policy with a focus on the use of risk assessment in environmental policy and regulation. His current interests are centered on barriers to the use of science in public policy and include concerns about relevance, bias, and effective communication. He has published more than 300 papers and 20 books.

Calow has previously held faculty positions in the USA, Denmark, and Britain. In addition, he has held a number of government advisory positions in the UK, Denmark, and for the European Commission.

John Downing

John Downing

John Downing

Director, Sea Grant College, UMN
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downing@d.umn.edu

John Downing is the Director of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. He is also a professor in UMD’s Department of Biology, and is a member of the Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth.

The author of over a 150 academic publications, Downings area of research interest includes the global role of lakes and streams, lake management and restoration, and aquatic ecology.

Downing was awarded his PhD in 1979 from McGill University. He is a founding member of the Itasca Water Legacy Partnership. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, Downing served as a Regent’s Excellence Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University.

Thomas Fisher

Thomas Fisher

Director of the Minnesota Design Center
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Thomas Fisher is the Director of the Minnesota Design Center and the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design in the School of Architecture in the Department of Design.

Fisher was recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States. He has written 9 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications. He was named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence and has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings. He has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. His newest book, Designing our Way to a Better World (Minnesota) will come out in Spring 2016, and he is working on a book on “On-Demand Cities.”

Thomas Fisher is a graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history and was previously the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine.

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