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2019 - 2020 SPEAKER BIOS

September 11 - 12, 2019

Kaveh MadaniKaveh Madani
Henry Hart Rice Senior Fellow, Yale MacMillan Center
Visiting Professor, Imperial College London

Dr. Kaveh Madani is an environmental scientist, educator, and activist, working at the interface of science, policy, and society. He is known internationally for his work on integrating game theory into water resources management models as well as his role in raising public awareness about water and environmental problems in his home country, Iran.

October 16 - 17, 2019

Rob JacksonRob Jackson
Professor & Chair, Stanford University

Rob Jackson and his lab examine the many ways people affect the Earth. They seek basic scientific knowledge and use it to help shape policies and reduce the environmental footprint of global warming, energy extraction, and many other issues. They're currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. They are also working to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Global Carbon Project (

November 6 - 7, 2019

Danica LombardozziDanica Lombardozzi
Project Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Lombardozzi investigates carbon, water, and energy fluxes between Earth’s surface and the atmosphere, focusing primarily on plant responses to air pollution and climate. Her work combines field measurements and data syntheses with global-scale modeling to understand the mechanisms governing these processes at different spatial and temporal scales.

December 4 - 5, 2019

Nyeema HarrisNyeema Harris
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

The principle goal of Dr. Harris' research program is to understand the biogeography of ecological communities by answering three leading questions. 1) What abiotic and biotic factors delimit species ranges including those of conservation and human concern? 2) How are species interactions distributed across temporal and spatial scales? 3) What are the consequences of extirpations (or expansions) on communities? 

January 15 - 16, 2020

John FiebergJohn Fieberg
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

Dr. Fieberg's research interests are broad, but generally involve the application of statistical and mathematical models to problems in ecology and natural resource management. Much of his recent work has focused on the analysis of wildlife telemetry data, with application to survival, home range, and habitat selection modeling.

February 12 - 13, 2020

Clare AslanClare Aslan
Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University

Dr. Aslan is a community ecologist and conservation biologist whose current research projects include examination of the impacts of invasive predators on pollinators in Hawaii; assessment of factors driving biodiversity on islands and in mainland ecosystems; spatial prioritization of species-focused conservation and restoration activities across landscapes in the arid southwestern US; exploration of pollinator communities and their response to resource availability across landscapes; and examination of the implications for interactions of shifts in communities and species in response to climate change.

March 11 - 12, 2020

Chelsea WoodChelsea Wood
Assistant Professor, SAFS, University of Washington

Dr. Wood's research program explores the ecology of parasites and pathogens in a changing world. She works primarily in marine ecosystems, where biodiversity change is driven in large part by fishing. A key goal of her research is to develop general ecological principles for predicting the shape and direction of biodiversity-parasitism relationships across parasites and ecosystems.

April 8 - 9, 2020

Ivette PerfectoIvette Perfecto
George Willis Pack Professor, University of Michigan

Dr. Perfecto is the George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources and Environment. Her research focuses on biodiversity and arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in rural and urban agriculture. She also work on spatial ecology of the coffee agroecosystem and am interested more broadly on the links between small-scale sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and food sovereignty.