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. IonE Associates are those individuals with the greatest promise to become internationally recognized for their environmental and sustainability research and those most likely to affect transformative environmental outcomes. IonE Associates serve for two years. Ideally, Associate alumni will apply at a later date to become IonE Fellows.

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

IonE Associates attend monthly cohort-building workshops per year. This training will cover media and stakeholder engagement, best practices for interdisciplinary scholarship, and strategies for effective project management and strategic thinking to create impact in society. Each IonE Associates also will receive formal and informal mentorship by one or more IonE Fellow(s) during the fellowship period, with the hope that mentorship will continue to tenure. These mentors are established environmental scholars with considerable experience navigating an interdisciplinary career within a largely, disciplinary academy. IonE Fellows will learn new methods and approaches from IonE Associates through mentoring relationships as well.

For current Associates, view the Cohort 1 Calendar (2016-2018) or Cohort 2 Calendar (2017-2019) for more information on upcoming opportunities.

Download the IonE Affiliates Program PDF to learn more about the overall program.

Nominations for IonE Associates are due to the ioneaffiliates@umn.edu by Sept. 18, 2017, with announcement of new IonE Associates by late October.

IonE Associates

  • Portrait: Alison Hoxie
    Alison Hoxie
    IonE Associate since 2016
    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 2017
    Department of World Languages and Cultures
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Portrait: Ardeshir Ebtehaj
    Ardeshir Ebtehaj
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Audrey Dorelien
    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
  • Portrait: Daniel Larkin
    Daniel Larkin
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Diana Karwan
    Diana Karwan
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    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
  • Portrait: Jennifer Schmitt
    Jennifer Schmitt
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Institute on the Environment
    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
  • Karen Lutsky
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Landscape Architecture
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Kate Derickson
    Kate Derickson
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Laura Dee
    Laura Dee
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Neil Wilmot
    IonE Associate since 2017
    School of Business and Economics
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Ryan Bergstrom
    IonE Associate since 2017
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Sairaj Dhople
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Salli Dymond
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Earth and Environmental Sciences Department
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillón
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Sebastian Behrens
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Civil, Environmental and Geoengineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Tiffany Wolf
    Tiffany Wolf
    IonE Associate since 2016
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Zack Almquist
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Sociology and School of Statistics
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities