Harry Bader Founder and CEO, Betula Group Harry Bader is the former Northern Region Manager for the Alaska state Department of Natural Resources where he was responsible for the stewardship of 40 million acres of public land in the arctic and boreal regions of Alaska. He currently is founder and CEO of Betula Group, a consulting firm committed to resource management solutions in physically and socially challenging environments. His work has extendended to Iraq and Central Asia. Mr. Bader is also a former professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Natural Resources, where he received tenure in 1994. He is a mid-career doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Michael J. Bean Senior Director of the Wildlife Program and Senior Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund Michael J. Bean has headed the Wildlife Program of Environmental Defense Fund since 1977. A Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment in 1990, he later served for several years as director of the program, during which time it was renamed as the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation. In 2003 he became co-director of Environmental Defense Fund’s Center for Conservation Incentives. A graduate of the Yale Law School, he serves on the boards of Resources for the Future and the Xerces Society, and served as a past member of Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. Bean pioneered the use of various incentive-based strategies to gain the cooperation of private landowners in conserving endangered species. Bean’s work in this area was instrumental in Environmental Defense Fund’s creation in 2003 of a Center for Conservation Incentives, which is dedicated to exploring, testing, and implementing incentive-based strategies for conserving biodiversity. His book, The Evolution of National Wildlife Law, the third edition of which was written with Melanie J. Rowland in 1997, is generally regarded as the leading text on the subject of wildlife conservation law. He is also the author of numerous book chapters, reviews, and articles on conservation, including “Lessons from Leopold in Assessing the Endangered Species Act” published in the Endangered Species Technical Bulletin.
Graeme Berlyn E. H. Harriman Professor of Forest Management and Physiology of Trees, Yale F&ES Professor Berlyn’s interests are in the morphology and physiology of trees and forests in relation to environmental stress. He studies the ways that leaf structure and function reveal the effects of environmental change such as global warming or altitudinal and latitudinal gradients. Professor Berlyn has also pioneered in the development of organic biostimulants that can help plants resist insect, disease, and other environmental stressors while reducing fertilizer use. He is the editor of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, a trustee of the Biological Stain Commission, and a member of the editorial board of Biotechnique and Histochemistry.
Peter Brown Professor, School of the Environment, McGill University Professor Brown’s teaching, research, and service are concerned with ethics, governance, and the protection of the environment. Professor Brown’s academic appointments at McGill, where he was the first full time Director of the McGill School of Environment, are in the Departments of Geography, and Natural Resource Sciences, as well as the School of Environment. Before coming to McGill he was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland’s graduate School of Public Affairs, where he founded the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, as well as the School of Public Affairs itself. Professor Brown established Environmental Policy Programs for the School, as well as Maryland’s Department of the Environment and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He has held numerous administrative positions within the University of Maryland System. He has taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at the University of Washington, and at St. John’s College in Annapolis. In the early 1970s, he was Visiting Fellow at Battelle Seattle Research Center and Assistant Vice President for Research Operations at The Urban Institute. His the author of several books, including most recently Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, co-written with Geoffrey Garver.
Baird Callicott Regents Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas J. Baird Callicott is Regents Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy and author or editor of a score of books and author of dozens of journal articles, encyclopedia articles, and book chapters in environmental philosophy and ethics. Callicott has served the International Society for Environmental Ethics as President and Yale University as Bioethicist-in-Residence. Callicott is perhaps best known as the leading contemporary exponent of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic and is currently exploring an Aldo Leopold Earth ethic in response to global climate change.
Susan Clark Joseph F. Cullman III Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Policy, Yale F&ES Susan Clark is the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd professor (adjunct) of wildlife ecology and policy sciences in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and fellow in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University. She is also board president of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative in Jackson, Wyoming. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973. Her interests include conservation biology, organization theory and management, natural resources policy, and the policy sciences. She is on the Executive Council of the Society for The Policy Sciences.
Sally Collins Director of Office of Ecosystem Services & Markets, U.S. Department of Agriculture Sally Collins was named Director of the USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets (OESM) in December 2008. The Director reports directly to the Secretary of Agriculture and plays an instrumental role advancing markets for critical ecosystem services provided by farms, forests, and ranches across the country. Collins has spent more than 25 years in public service. She served most recently as Associate Chief for the U.S. Forest Service, from August 2001 through December 2008, sharing responsibility for all Forest Service programs, budgets, and personnel. She received her BS in outdoor recreation from the University of Colorado and her Master’s degree in public administration, with a natural resources emphasis, from the University of Wyoming.
Ann Dunsky Screenwriter, Editor, Producer Ann Dunsky has been making films for the last 25 years, many for the US Forest Service. She met her husband Steve Dunsky at UCLA Film School where she earned both her BA and MFA degrees. Focusing mostly on conservation issues, the team has made many films including a forthcoming independent feature documentary about San Francisco’s San Bruno Mountain.
Steven Dunsky Producer/Director, U.S. Forest Service Steve Dunsky has been making films for twenty-five years, primarily for the U.S. Forest Service. He and his wife Ann have worked for the California region of the Forest Service for the past twenty years. Together, they have written, produced and edited dozens of projects on a wide range of conservation topics. Their work has taken them from Argentina to Alaska, and their programs are shown in visitor centers, on television and in environmental film festivals. With their Forest Service colleague Dave Steinke, they produced The Greatest Good, the awarding centennial history of the Forest Service. The same team is currently working with the Aldo Leopold Foundation on a feature length documentary about the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. Steve and Ann met at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where they each earned an MFA in film production.
Susan Flader Professor Emerita of History, University of Missouri Susan Flader is professor emerita of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she has taught American and world environmental history and the history of the American West. She has published widely on the career and thought of Aldo Leopold, including Thinking Like a Mountain (1974/1994) and The River of the Mother of God (1991), as well as numerous other works of forest history. She has served as president of the American Society for Environmental History and currently chairs the board of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and she has received numerous national and state awards for publications and conservation action.
Gordon Geballe Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, Lecturer in Urban Ecology, Yale F&ES Applying the concepts of ecosystem ecology to the study of humans is the principal focus of Dr. Geballe’s current interests. Of special interest to Dr. Geballe is the development of community organization, the role of formal and informal environmental education, and the identification of urban environmental issues. These topics are the focus of his teaching and numerous projects in New Haven. He is coauthor of the book Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony.
John Grim Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University John Grim comes from the Missouri drift plains of North Dakota where he grew up leaning against the winds until they blew him east to study with Thomas Berry in the history of religions at Fordham University. His area of scholarly exploration is indigenous traditions and in those studies he undertakes field studies in the summer with Crow people in Montana, and in the winter with Salish peoples in Washington state. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, and Environmental Ethicist-in-Residence at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. With Mary Evelyn Tucker he is the co-founder of the Forum on Religion and Ecology and series editors of “World Religions and Ecology” a 10 volume publication from Harvard University Press and the Center for the Study of World Religions. In that series he edited Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community (Harvard, 2001). He has been a professor of religion at Bucknell University, and Sarah Lawrence College where he taught courses in Native American and Indigenous religions, World Religions, and Religion and Ecology. John is also President of the American Teilhard Association.
Clive Hamilton Charles Sturt Professor of Public Ethics, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics Clive Hamilton is Charles Sturt Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, based in Canberra. For 14 years to early 2008 he was the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Australia’s leading progressive think tank. He is the author of a number of best-selling books, including Growth Fetish, Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change, and Affluenza (co-author). His most recent book is The Freedom Paradox: Towards a post-secular ethics.
Sylvia Hood-Washington Research Associate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago Sylvia Hood-Washington is an environmental scholar, scientist, and engineer. Her diverse academic studies and interests bridge the sciences and humanities, with special interests in environmental justice, environmental health, and environmental ethics especially as related to environmental literacy and activism among African Americans, Latinos and ethnic immigrant populations. She has published two books, Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago (2005) and Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Injustice (editor, 2006), and has several more forthcoming, including African American Struggles for a Sustainable Community in Cleveland, Ohio, 1917-1970 (2007). Sylvia sits on the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Environmental Justice board and directs the national project on Environmental Justice and Environmental Health co-sponsored by the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. and the USCCB’s Catholic Coalition for Children and a Safe Environment (CASE). She has also produced a video documentary of land use change and environmental attitudes among African Americans in the Chicago area, including a curriculum study guide. She directs an NSF-funded study, “Engineering, Infrastructure, and Environmental Justice,” comparing African American environmental attitudes and land ethics in ex-urban communities in the Great Lakes Region. She holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Buddy Huffaker Executive Director, Aldo Leopold Foundation As the executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Buddy Huffaker serves as a leading voice for the power of combining the emerging interests of the green building movement with the longer standing conservation and environmental movements. He has contributed to two books: The Farm as a Natural Habitat (Island Press) and Aldo Leopold and the Ecological Conscience (Oxford University Press). He has addressed audiences across North America on why and how society must develop an ecological conscience. Huffaker has been recognized as an executive scholar in not-for-profit management by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Wes Jackson Founder and President, The Land Institute Wes Jackson was born in 1936 on a farm near Topeka, Kansas and earned degrees in biology, botany and genetics. He established the Environmental Studies program at California State University, Sacramento, then returned to Kansas in 1976 to found The Land Institute.Dr. Jackson’s writings include The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge, co-edited with William Vitek, Becoming Native to This Place and New Roots for Agriculture. Wes Jackson is a recipient of the Pew Conservation Scholars award (1990), a MacArthur Fellowship (1992), and Right Livelihood Award (Stockholm), known as “Alternative Nobel Prize” (2000).
Dale Jamieson Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, New York University Dale Jamieson is Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, where he is also Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, and Affiliated Professor of Law. He is also past president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. Dr. Jamieson is the author of Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002). He is also the editor or co-editor of seven books, most recently A Companion to Environmental Philosophy (Blackwell, 2001), and the forthcoming Climate Ethics (with Steve Gardiner, Simon Caney, and Henry Shue).
Bruce Jennings Center for Humans and Nature, New York Bruce Jennings is Director at the Center for Humans and Nature, a private operating foundation that studies philosophical, ethical, and policy questions that arise at the intersection of public health, the environmental/ecological sciences, and democratic theory and practice. He teaches at the Yale University School of Public Health, serves as Senior Consultant at The Hastings Center, and is a member of the ethics advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A political scientist by training, Mr. Jennings is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1971) and Princeton University (M.A. 1973). He has written and edited twenty books and has published over one hundred articles on bioethics and public policy issues.
Clare Kazanski Program Associate, National Climate Campaign, Environmental Defense Fund Clare Kazanski, granddaughter of the late Luna B. Leopold, graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2007, where she majored in biology and minored in environmental studies and Spanish. She received the honor of distinction for her thesis on the role of plant-microbe mutualisms in terrestrial community response to elevated atmospheric CO2, and has published research on the ecosystem carbon dynamics of a north temperate forest in Forest Ecology and Management. At Carleton, Clare collaborated with peers on a plan for the college to become carbon-neutral. Now with Environmental Defense Fund, Clare assists in promoting federal legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Stephen R. Kellert Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology, Yale F&ES Stephen R. Kellert is the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is also a Founding Partner in the company, Environment Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in the environmental industry. His work focuses on understanding the connection between human and natural systems with a particular interest in the value and conservation of nature and designing ways to harmonize the natural and human built environments. He has authored more than 150 publications, including the following books among others: Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection (Island Press 2005); The Value of Life: Biological Diversity and Human Society (Island Press, 1996); The Biophilia Hypothesis (edited with E.O. Wilson, Island Press, 1993).
Patricia S. Leavenworth State Conservationist - Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, Pat graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Biological Sciences in 1974 and also received a Masters in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1979. She worked in water quality analysis for the State of New Hampshire and as an Event Researcher for the Smithsonian Institution Center for Short-Lived Phenomena. Pat joined the Natural Resources Conservation Service (in 1979). She served in the field in several locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut and was Deputy State Conservationist in Connecticut before her move to Wisconsin. Pat served as acting Deputy Chief for Programs from August through December 2002, and acting State Conservationist for Oklahoma from September-November, 2006. She received USDA Honor Awards in 2002 and 2004 for her outreach efforts to Tribal Nations and her work on a National Efficiency Team. Pat was Co-chair of the Waters of Wisconsin Initiative for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters from 2000 to 2002. She also served on the Coordinating Committee for the Academy’s Future of Farming and Rural Life Project from 2006 to 2007. Pat places a high priority on development of partnerships with organizations and individuals to achieve voluntary, incentive-based conservation on private working lands. Pat and her family live in Mount Horeb and manage a small farm in nearby Ridgeway, Wisconsin.
Estella B. Leopold Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, University of Washington Estella is a botanist whose field is the study of Cenozoic environments using pollen analysis. Her PhD at Yale under Paul Sears described the Late-Glacial vegetation trends in Connecticut, which led to her employment with US Geological Survey applying the use of pollen to study evolution of forests and climate history of North America. A long time conservationist, Estella has been a leader in helping establish the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado, averting the damming of Grand Canyon National Park and other issues. Her pollen work in the South Pacific on deep cores at Eniwetok was one of many confirmations of Darwin’s concept of atoll evolution, showing that the atoll was built on an ancient (Miocene) volcano that sank slowly to a depth of ~ 4000 feet. She is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Philosophical Society. She has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is co-founder and past President of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
Gene Likens Distinguished Senior Scientist, Ecologist Founding Director and President Emeritus of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies Dr. Likens’ research focuses on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest and aquatic ecosystems, primarily through long-term studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He was the co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in 1963, which has shed light on critical links between ecosystem function and land-use practices. He and his colleagues were the first scientists to discover acid rain and to document the link between the combustion of fossil fuels and an increase in the acidity of precipitation in North America. Dr. Likens was elected to be a member of the American Philosophical Society, having previously been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1981) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1979). In 2002 he was awarded the 2001 National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest science honor, for his contributions to the field of ecology.
Curt Meine Director for Conservation Biology and History, Center for Humans and Nature, Baraboo WI Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and writer based in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. He serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin; as Director for Conservation Biology and History with the Center for Humans and Nature; as Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation (also in Baraboo); and as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has authored several books, including the biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (1988) and Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation (2004).
Bill McKibben Author, Educator, Environmentalist Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he contributes frequently to various magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, and Mother Jones. In April 2007, he organized the Step It Up National Day of Climate Action, one of the largest global warming protests to date. Most recently, he co-founded 350.org, an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. He is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.
Zygmunt Plater Professor, Boston College Law School Zygmunt JB Plater, Boston College Law School. A.B. Princeton; J.D. Yale; LL.M., S.J.D. Michigan. Member of D.C. and Tennessee bars; teaching, writing, working in environmental law, property and land use law, administrative process, comparative international law, public interest litigation. Has taught on seven faculties; consulted on law issues in Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Nepal, Japan; worked on environmental legislation and litigation—most notoriously litigating Hill v. TVA, the endangered snail darter vs. TVA’s Tellico Dam, with extended agency and congressional process after the Supreme Court decision. Chaired State of Alaska Oil Spill Commission Legal Research Task Force after Exxon-Valdez spill; consulted in many environmental cases; authored lots of law review articles; is lead author of Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (2004 ). Awarded the 2005 David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award at 23d International Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Eugene Oregon.
Jedediah Purdy Associate Professor of Law, Duke Law School Jedediah Purdy teaches law at Duke Law is and a visiting professor in 2008-09 at Yale Law School. He teaches environmental, property, and constitutional law. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he is also a fellow at the New America Foundation, an affiliated scholar at the Center for American Progress, and a contributing editor at the American Prospect. He is the author of two books on American politics and culture and many essays and academic articles. His new book, A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom, will be published by Knopf in March, 2009, and Aspects of Mastery: Property, Freedom, and the Legal Imagination, will appear in the next year from Yale University Press.
Paul Sabin Assistant Professor of History, Yale University Paul Sabin researches and teaches United States environmental history and energy politics. His recent book, Crude Politics: The California Oil Economy, 1900-1940, examines how politics and law shaped a growing dependence on petroleum in California and the nation. Professor Sabin previously was a visiting lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale and a Newcomen Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He also served for nine years as the founding executive director of the non-profit Environmental Leadership Program, and presently is a member of the organization’s Board of Trustees.
Oswald Schmitz Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology & Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale F&ES Oswald Schmitz is the Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology, in the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He studies the linkage between biodiversity and ecosystem services using field experimentation guided by formal mathematical theory of species interactions. Both theory development and field research insights into functionally unique groupings of predators and herbivores are used to explain species composition, productivity of plants in ecosystems, and ensuing ecosystem processes such as nutrient and carbon cycling. Research also focuses on elucidating how important environmental disturbances, such as global climate change and natural resource exploitation, alter the nature and strength of species interactions and ensuing ecosystem services. The scientific insights aid efforts to conserve vital services that species in ecosystems provide to humankind. His research evaluates how to rethink conservation strategies by considering species as part of a natural portfolio which offers a wealth of potential alternatives to contemporary technologically intensive and expensive approaches in environmental management. His recent book Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation encapsulates much of his thinking about biodiversity and ecosystems and was heavily inspired by the writings of Aldo Leopold.
Melina Shannon-DiPietro Director, Yale Sustainable Food Project Melina Shannon-DiPietro has been a director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project since 2003. She has overseen Yale’s transition to a sustainable dining program, the creation of the Yale Farm, and the development of educational and academic programming related to food, agriculture, and the environment. Under her leadership, the Sustainable Food Project has emerged as one of the nation’s foremost leaders on innovative educational approaches to these subjects, making Yale a center for this work. Shannon-DiPietro also serves as a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, and she advised the development of model gardens at the 2008 Venice Biennale and the 2005 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Before coming to Yale, Shannon-DiPietro farmed in Sicily and Maine and taught history at the Maine Coast Semester. She grew up in Albany, New York, and holds a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University.
Gus Speth Dean, Yale F&ES From 1993 to 1999, Gus Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.Throughout his career, Dean Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute, and the Blue Planet Prize. His publications include Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment and most recently, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability.
Fred Strebeigh Senior Lecturer in Environmental Writing, Yale University Fred Strebeigh has written for publications including American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, E: The Environmental Magazine, Legal Affairs, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, Russian Life, Sierra, Smithsonian, and the New York Times Magazine. Topics on which he has published include: the history and origins of nature writing; the influence of nature on artistic form; the role of the bicycle in China; educational exchange between China and the United States; pressures on the Antarctic treaty system; natural and social conditions in the Falkland Islands; traces of early man in southern Africa; saving whales from fishing nets off the coast of Newfoundland; the impact of environmental issues on the presidential election in 2004, and defending the world’s largest system of scientific nature reserves in Russia.
Mary Evelyn Tucker Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. They are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. She is Research Associate at the Harvard Yenching Institute and at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. She is the author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase, Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism and The Philosophy of Qi. She co-edited numerous books on religion and ecology and also co-edited a Daedalus volume titled “Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change?” (2001). She edited Thomas Berry’s book, Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community. She is a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and served as a member of the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000. She is a member of the newly appointed Earth Charter International Council.
Mary Tyrrell Executive Director, Yale Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry Mary Tyrrell is the Executive Director of Yale’s Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry. Her work focuses on land use change, forest fragmentation, sustainable forest management, and U.S. private lands, with a particular emphasis on review and synthesis of scientific research, and making scientific information available to forest managers and conservationists. She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the New England Forestry Foundation; the Board of Directors of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust; and Chair of the Environmental Concerns Committee at Saint Thomas More Chapel. She received a BA in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University.
Julianne Warren Faculty, Global Liberal Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University Julianne Lutz Warren is the author of Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey (Washington, D.C.: Shearwater Books/Island Press, 2006). She received her Ph.D. in conservation ecology from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign. Her articles have appeared in Conservation Biology, Journal of Civil Society, and Politics and the Life Sciences. She is former president of the John Burroughs Institute in Roxbury, NY. She recently completed a visiting assistant professorship of environmental studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.
Courtney White Executive Director, The Quivira Coalition A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, Courtney White voluntarily dropped out of the ‘conflict industry’ in 1997 to co-found The Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others around the idea of land health. Since then, his work has expanded to include restoration, resilience, and local food production. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Farming, Rangelands, and the Natural Resources Journal. His essay “The Working Wilderness: a Call For a Land Health Movement” was published by Wendell Berry in 2005 in his collection of essays titled The Way of Ignorance. In 2008, Island Press published Courtney’s book Revolution on the Range: the Rise of a New Ranch in the American West. He co-edited, with Dr. Rick Knight, Conservation for a New Generation, also published by Island Press in 2008. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his family and a backyard full of chickens.