IonE Associates

IonE Associates are relatively early-career researchers at the University of Minnesota seeking training and mentorship to develop engaged and interdisciplinary careers in environmental scholarship. Associates are individuals with great promise to become recognized for their environmental and sustainability research and those most likely to affect transformative environmental outcomes. The IonE Associates program lasts for two years. Ideally, IonE Associate alumni will apply at a later date to become IonE Fellows.

A key focus of the program is capacity building for pre-tenure faculty, however, early career researchers in long-term, non-tenure track appointments that include a track for promotion also are eligible. Post-tenure scholars can also apply if they are newly embarking on interdisciplinary career or shifting their research to environmental topics.

The cohort receives a range of support and training, such as workshops on media and stakeholder engagement, best practices for interdisciplinary scholarship, and strategies for effective project management and strategic thinking to create impact in society. Associates have also received formal and informal mentorship by one or more IonE Fellow(s) during the program, a mutual exchange through which fellows have learned new methods and approaches from their mentees as well.

The 2020 call for new associates closed on May 1, 2020. For current associates, you can find our travel policy here.

Associates Advisory Board

  • Portrait: Alison Hoxie
    Alison Hoxie
    IonE Associate since 2016
    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Portrait: Diana Karwan
    Diana Karwan
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Gabriel Chan
    Gabriel Chan
    IonE Associate since 2016
    Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Jack DeWaard
    Jack DeWaard
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Jessica Gutknecht
    Jessica Gutknecht
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Tiffany Wolf
    Tiffany Wolf
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities

IonE Associates

  • Adam Wilke
    IonE Associate since 2020
    Water Resources Center
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Afton Clarke-Sather
    IonE Associate since 2018
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Portrait: Alison Hoxie
    Alison Hoxie
    IonE Associate since 2016
    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Andy Wickert
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Earth Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Aparna Katre
    IonE Associate since 2019
    Cultural Entrepreneurship
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Audrey Dorélien
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Cara Santelli
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Earth Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Crystal Ng
    IonE Associate since 2018
    Earth Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Daniel Larkin
    Daniel Larkin
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Deepak Ray
    IonE Associate since 2020
    The Institute on the Environment
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Eric Shook
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Geography, Environment and Society
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Forest Isbell
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Gabriel Chan
    Gabriel Chan
    IonE Associate since 2016
    Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Jack DeWaard
    Jack DeWaard
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Jacob Jungers
    IonE Associate since 2019
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Jeff Standish
    Jeff Standish
    IonE Associate since 2019
    MnDrive
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Jessica Savage
    IonE Associate since 2019
    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Portrait: Justin Johnson
    Justin Johnson
    IonE Associate since 2018
    The Institute on the Environment
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Kara Nell
    IonE Associate since 2019
    Chemistry (Math and Science Division)
    University of Minnesota Morris
  • Portrait: Kate Derickson
    Kate Derickson
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Laurie Moberg
    IonE Associate since 2020
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Nathaniel Springer
    Nat Springer
    IonE Associate since 2018
    Wicked Econ Workshops
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Nathan Johnson
    IonE Associate since 2019
    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Neil Wilmot
    IonE Associate since 2017
    School of Business and Economics
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Noelle Noyes
    IonE Associate since 2018
    Veterinary Medicine
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Pete Marchetto
    IonE Associate since 2018
    Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Peter Kang
    IonE Associate since 2019
    College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Qi Zhang
    IonE Associate since 2018
    Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Ryan Bergstrom
    IonE Associate since 2017
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Salli Dymond
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Earth and Environmental Sciences Department
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Portrait: Tiffany Wolf
    Tiffany Wolf
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Tsutomi Shimotori
    IonE Associate since 2020
    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni
    IonE Associate since 2019
    School of Medicine
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Xue Feng
    IonE Associate since 2018
    Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Yuan Cheng
    IonE Associate since 2019
    Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Sample Programming (2019-2020)

Thursday, Aug. 22 + Friday, Aug. 23: Summer Retreat

Friday, Sept. 27: IonE Annual Meeting [All Day!]

Monday, Oct. 7: EQi Webinar with Case Clinics [Zoom, 2:30-4:30 p.m.]

Monday, Nov. 4: Understanding the University’s Budget with Dr. Brian Burnett, Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, the Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer for the University of Minnesota [2:30-4:30 p.m.]

Jan. 4-8: Deep Work Retreat in the Boundary Waters [Optional]

Use the password: “IonERocks” to access registration

Thursday, Jan. 16: Speaking Science Conference

Monday, Feb. 3: Conversation with members of the Board of Regents [2:30-4:30 p.m.]

Monday, March 2: Managing an Interdisciplinary Career with Sarah Hobbie and Tom Fisher [Zoom, 2:30-4:30 p.m.]

Monday, April 6: Engaging in the Legislative Process [Zoom, 2:30-4:30 p.m.]

Monday, May 4: Deep Work Mini Retreat* [10 a.m.-3 p.m.]/IonE Associates End of the Year Celebration [3-5 p.m.] @ A-Mill Artist Lofts