Annual Meeting 2018

The Institute on the Environment’s Annual Meeting brings together our community for a day of inspiration and lively discussion about how we can work together even more effectively toward a just and environmentally sound world. The meeting is for everyone – staff, students, affiliates, partners, and friends. Together, we’re building a future in which people and planet prosper together.

Friday, September 28, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration opens at 9:15 a.m.
St. Paul Student Center Northstar Ballroom
Optional reception with Affiliate recognition to follow
RSVP by Friday, September 7
*rolling RSVP open until September 14*

Any questions, please contact Kimberly Long, Events Manager,


Time and Event
9:15 am: Registration opens
Northstar Ballroom, Level 2
10:00 – 11:15 am: Morning Programming
Theater, basement level
11:30 – 1:00 pm IonE Community Exchange
(Lunch provided)
Northstar Ballroom, Level 2
1:10 – 2:10 pm Breakout one
Rooms as assigned
2:20 – 3:20 pm Breakout two
Rooms as assigned
3:30 – 4:00 pm Closing keynote
Northstar Ballroom, Level 2
4:00 – 5:30 pm Reception, optional
Northstar Ballroom, Level 2

Morning Program

10:00 a.m. Jessica Hellmann’s state of IonE address
10:25 a.m. IonE Impact Goals Lightning Talks
10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion and open Q&A (further information below)

Panel topic: How Might IonE and the U of MN System Contribute to Creating Solutions to Environmental and Social Challenges Facing MN?


Moderated by Alison Hoxie, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UMD

IonE Community Exchange

Come explore and celebrate the diverse work being done within the IonE community. IonE is comprised of hundreds of students, staff, and faculty from across all five University of Minnesota campuses. We are leaders, teachers, researchers, and artists. Below is a selection from the 30+ projects that will be highlighted in the IonE Community Exchange. Detailed project abstracts are available here (PDF format). The complete list of abstracts will be available prior to the Annual Meeting.

Acara Student Projects

Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems Via Improved Agroecological Management
Grand Challenge, Lawrence P Wackett

CREATE Initiative
Grand Challenge, Bonnie Keeler

Environment Reports
GLI and IonE Communications, Barrett Colombo and Peder Engstrom

Geofinancial Analytics
Mini Grant, Nathaniel Springer

Queer Science
Mini Grant, Mohamed Yakub

Roots To Healing
Mini Grant, Lisa Philander

Talking Arts, Sciences and Sustainability: A Roundtable Discussion Series
Mini Grant, David Syring

Understanding the zoonotic risk of echinococcosis for a northern Minnesota tribal community
Mini Grant, Tiffany Wolf

The View from Up Here is Great: Fostering University-wide Collaborations in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research
Mini Grant, George Host

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

During the afternoon, we’ll have two hour-long breakout slots, which will be an opportunity to spend time discussing and developing IonE’s Impact Goals. Each of the three goals will have a session during each slot. Therefore if you attend both breakout sessions, you will be able to participate in a session on two of the three goals.

The primary objective will be to identify related ongoing efforts that could be leveraged or coordinated with members of university and stakeholder communities who are interested in joining the effort. Additional background on the goals will be available two weeks before the meeting to help prepare for the discussion.

Achieving Safe Drinking Water

Description: From defining safe water and ensuring equitable access, to upgrading grey infrastructure and enhancing green infrastructure, to putting fewer pollutants in the water and taking them out more effectively, solving water problems for Minnesota and the world requires contributions from of a broad range of expertise in both social and biophysical sciences. Possible solutions are complicated by the opportunities and constraints presented by real-world implementation. This goal will help align findings from University of Minnesota research and identify knowledge bottlenecks and opportunities in the service of ensuring safe drinking water.

Breakout session: We will elicit ideas from the group about how their research could be useful to local decision makers and discuss what kinds of additional work would need to be done to make it operational.

Carbon Neutral Energy Transition

Description: Minnesota can be a model for a low-carbon economy that benefits people and the environment. Reducing or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions is a cross-cutting topic that touches all of IonE’s work. The University of Minnesota is uniquely positioned to work with academic and external experts to find solutions.

Breakout Session: We will discuss a unifying greenhouse gas reduction goal that focuses on energy systems transformation. Speakers and participants will be invited to share information about work they have done or will do in the future that contributes to towards this goal.

Sustainable Land-Use Planning for Minnesota

Description: IonE’s goal is to leverage and bridge the University of Minnesota’s collective knowledge of the connections between natural resources and human health and well-being with key government, NGO and corporate connections to land use management to develop a comprehensive and holistic sustainable land use plan for the state of Minnesota.

Breakout session: We will elicit ideas from the group about two complementary components of a future land use plan:

  1. Goals and potential metrics of those goals
  2. Brainstorming and identifying key government agencies, NGOs and corporations that could be part of an advisory group.

Part of identifying the goals and metrics will be to identify key university faculty whose research could direct inform the process.

Who’s Coming?

RSVP – and we’ll add you to the list! Last update 9/14/18 at 10:00 a.m. Final chance to RSVP, do so before September 21!

  • Aaron Hanson, IonE Staff, Energy Transition Lab
  • Alexandra Klass, IonE Fellow, Law
  • Alison Hoxie, IonE Associate, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • Andrea Hills, IonE Guest, Open Feasts Project/Mini Grant
  • Andrea Santos Garcia, IonE Visiting Scholar, GLI
  • Andreas Stein, IonE Grant recipient, Chemistry
  • Andrew Butts, Graduate Research Assistant, STEP (Humphrey)
  • Andrew Fang, IonE Guest, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Anita Pagey, Acara coach
  • Aparna Katre, IonE Associate, World Languages and Cultures
  • April Snyder, IonE Staff, IonE
  • Arne Kildegaard, IonE Fellow, UM-Morris
  • Ashley Keiser, NatureNet Science Fellow, EEB
  • Audrey Dorélien, IonE Associate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Barb Jacobs, IonE Staff, Energy Transition Lab
  • Barrett Colombo, IonE Staff
  • Beth Mercer-Taylor, IonE Staff, Sustainability Education
  • Bob Cline, IonE Guest, Statewide Board Chair – U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Bonnie Keeler, IonE Grant recipient, Humphrey School
  • Brett McDonnell, IonE Fellow, Law
  • Calli Thompson, IonE Guest, OLPD
  • Cara Santelli, IonE Associate, Earth Sciences
  • Carl Rosen, IonE Fellow, Soil, Water, and Climate
  • Carlisle Ford Runge, IonE Fellow, Applied Economics
  • Catherine Clark, IonE Grant recipient, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Cheryl Robertson, IonE Fellow, Nursing
  • Chris Nootenboom, IonE Staff, Natural Capital Project
  • Christine Baeumler, IonE Fellow, Art
  • Christov Churchward, IonE Staff, Carlson/Humphrey
  • Christy Dolph, IonE Guest, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Courtney Peters, IonE Staff, Events Coordinator
  • Craig Packer, IonE Fellow, EEB
  • Dan Larkin, IonE Associate, FWCB
  • Dan Philippon, IonE Fellow, English
  • Deepak Ray, IonE Staff, GLI
  • Denise Young, IonE Fellow, Bell Museum
  • Diana Karwan, IonE Associate, Forest Resources
  • Diane Willow, IonE Fellow, Aer
  • Dominic Travis, IonE Fellow, CVM VPM
  • Doug Franchot, IonE Guest, NE Board Chair- Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Dustin Carlson, IonE Staff, IT Manager
  • Elihuruma Kimaro, IonE Guest, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Elizabeth Borer, IonE Fellow, EEB
  • Ellen Anderson, IonE Impact Goal Lead – Energy, Energy Transition Lab
  • Eric Lonsdorf, IonE Impact Goal Lead – Land-use, Natural Capital Project
  • Eric Shook, IonE Associate, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Erik Brown, IonE Fellow, Large Lakes Observatory
  • Fatima Tufail, IonE Staff, Sustainability Education
  • Fred Rose, IonE Staff, Acara Director
  • Gabe Chan, IonE Associate, Humphrey School (Public Affairs)
  • Gaston Small, IonE Visiting Scholar, Univ. St.Thomas Biology Department
  • George Host, IonE Grant recipient, Natural Resources Research Institute
  • Jack DeWaard, IonE Associate, Sociology
  • Jacques Finlay, IonE Fellow, EEB
  • Jan Gerstenberger, IonE Staff, Development
  • Jane Wissinger, IonE Educator, Chemistry
  • Jeanette Voelz, IonE Guest, Chemistry
  • Jeannine Cavender-Bares, IonE Fellow, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Jeffrey Broadbent, IonE Fellow, Sociology
  • Jennifer Schmitt, IonE Staff, NorthStar Initiative
  • Jennifer Thissen, IonE Staff, Pre-Award Grants Coordinator
  • Jesse Fosheim, IonE Grant recipient, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jessica Gutknecht, IonE Associate, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
  • Jessica Hellmann, IonE Staff, Director
  • John Carmody, IonE Fellow, College of Design
  • John Downing, IonE Fellow, MN Sea Grant, LLO & UMD Biology
  • John Nieber, IonE Fellow, BBE
  • Jonee Brigham, IonE Fellow, Minnesota Design Center, College of Design
  • Jonna Korpi, IonE Guest, UMD Office of Sustainability
  • Julie Etterson, IonE Fellow, Biology
  • Julie Hanus, IonE Staff, Communications Senior Strategist
  • Justin Baker, IonE Staff, Human Factors & Ergonomics
  • Justin Johnson, IonE Staff, Natural Capital Project
  • Karen Gran, IonE Fellow, Earth & Environmental Sciences (UMD)
  • Kate Brauman, IonE Impact Goal Lead – Water, Global Water Initiative
  • Kate Knuth, IonE Fellow, CFANS
  • Kathy Dooley, IonE Staff, MGIS
  • Kathy Draeger, Partnering organization U of M, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Kathyrn Milun, IonE Fellow, Anthropology
  • Keith Harding, IonE Guest and Grant recipient, Windlogics/NextEra Energy
  • Kelly Meza-Prado, IonE Guest, NatCap
  • Ken Smith, IonE Fellow
  • Kim Todd, IonE Guest, English
  • Kimberly Hill, IonE Fellow, CEGE & SAFL
  • Kimberly Long, IonE Staff, Events Manager
  • Kristi Kremers, IonE Staff, Graduate & Faculty Leadership Programs
  • Kyo Suh, IonE Visiting Scholar, NorthStar
  • Lambros Tassoulas, IonE Grant recipient, Biotechnology Institute
  • Larry Wackett, IonE Fellow, BMBB
  • Laura Musacchio, IonE Fellow, Landscape Architecture
  • Leah Samberg, IonE scholar, Rainforest Alliance
  • Lee Frelich, IonE Fellow, Forest Resources
  • Lee Penn, IonE Grant recipient and Fellow, Chemistry
  • Lissa Pawlisch, IonE Guest, Extension, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Lusine Ghushchyan, Graduate student, CDes Architecture
  • Maike Hamann, IonE Post-doc, NatCap
  • Martina Grecequet, IonE Staff
  • Mary Hannemann, IonE Staff, Sustainability Education
  • Mary Hoff, IonE Staff, Ensia
  • Megan Voorhees, IonE Staff, Acara
  • Michael Wilson, IonE Fellow, Anthropology/EEB
  • Michelle Garvey, IonE Educator, GWSS
  • Mindy Granley, IonE Guest, UMD Office of Sustainability
  • Mona Shanbhag, Graduate Student, Architecture – College of Design
  • Nam Tran, IonE Grant recipient, Chemistry
  • Nicholas Goldsmith, IonE Grant recipient, EEB
  • Nicholas Jordan, IonE Fellow, Agronomy & Plant Genetics
  • Paliza Shrestha, IonE Visiting Scholar, University of Saint Thomas Postdoc Biology
  • Paul Imbertson, IonE Educator, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Peder Engstrom, IonE Staff, Global Landscapes Initiative
  • Peter Hawthorne, IonE Staff
  • Raj Rajan, IonE Fellow, FLC
  • Rebecca Meyer, IonE Grant recipient, Extension (Center for Youth Development)
  • Rebecca Montgomery, IonE Fellow, Forest Resources
  • Robert Gardner, IonE Visiting Scholar, HSTM
  • Roopali Phadke, IonE Fellow, Environmental Studies
  • Ryan Noe, Bonnie Keeler’s lab staff, Public Affairs
  • Rylie Pelton, IonE Post-doc, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise
  • Sabine Engel, IonE Staff, Director of International Partnerships
  • Sabrina Badger, Graduate Assistant with Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaborations, Agronomy and Plant Genetics
  • Salli Dymond, IonE Associate, Earth and Environmental Sciences (UMD)
  • Samuel Froiland, IonE Guest, History of Science and Technology
  • Samuel Reed, IonE Guest, Forest Resources
  • Sarah Hobbie, IonE Fellow, EEB
  • Sarah Huebner, IonE Guest, EEB
  • Scott St. George, IonE Fellow, Geography, Environment and Society
  • Sean Carroll, IonE Guest, RE-AMP Network
  • Sean Quinn, IonE Staff, Communications Graphic Designer
  • Sebastian Behrens, IonE Associate, CEGE
  • Shane Stennes, IonE Guest, University Services
  • Steve Kelley, IonE Guest, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Taegon Kim, IonE Post-doc, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise
  • Thomas Fisher, IonE Fellow, Design
  • Tiffany Wolf, IonE Associate, Veterinary population medicine
  • Timothy Smith, IonE Fellow, Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
  • Todd Reubold, IonE Staff, “Media Lab”
  • Tracy Twine, IonE Fellow, Soil, Water, & Climate
  • Troy Goodnough, IonE Grant recipient, UMM Office of Sustainability
  • Vinicius Taguchi, IonE Guest, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
  • Will Seuffert, IonE Guest, Environmental Quality Board
  • Xiaojia Wang, IonE Grant recipient, Mechanical Engineering
  • Yuan (Daniel) Cheng, IonE Guest, Humphrey School