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 2022 call for new associates has been extended to May 1, 2022. For current associates, you can find our travel policy here.

Associates Advisory Board

  • Afton Clarke-Sather
    IonE Associate since 2018
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Andy Wickert
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Earth Sciences
    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
  • Amy Kinsley
    IonE Associate since 2022
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Andy Wickert
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Earth Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anna Cates
    IonE Associate since 2020
    Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
    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
  • Brandon Miller
    IonE Associate since 2022
    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Cara Santelli
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Earth Sciences
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Corinne Teed
    IonE Associate since 2020
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Craig Hill
    IonE Associate since 2022
    Swenson College of Science & Engineering
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • 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
  • David Beard
    IonE Associate since 2020
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Deepak Ray
    IonE Associate since 2020
    The Institute on the Environment
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Elise Harrington
    IonE Associate since 2021
    HHH School of Public Affairs
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Eric Shook
    IonE Associate since 2017
    Department of Geography, Environment and Society
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Fayola Jacobs
    IonE Associate since 2020
    Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Forrest Fleischman
    IonE Associate since 2020
    Department of Forest Resources
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Portrait: Gabriel Chan
    Gabriel Chan
    IonE Associate since 2016
    Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Gillian Tarr
    IonE Associate since 2021
    School of Public Health
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Gretchen Hansen
    IonE Associate since 2021
    Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Harsh Jain
    IonE Associate since 2021
    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Heidi Roop
    IonE Associate since 2021
    Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
    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
  • 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
  • Jonathan (Jon) Knott
    IonE Associate since 2022
    Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
    USDA Forest Service
  • Joseph Bauerkemper
    IonE Associate since 2021
    College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Joshua Barnett
    IonE Associate since 2018
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Portrait: Justin Johnson
    Justin Johnson
    IonE Associate since 2018
    College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences
    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
  • Kristen Blann
    IonE Associate since 2021
    The Nature Conservancy
    The Nature Conservancy
  • Laurie Moberg
    IonE Associate since 2020
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Melissa Maurer-Jones
    IonE Associate since 2021
    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Portrait: Nathaniel Springer
    Nat Springer
    IonE Associate since 2018
    The Institute on the Environment
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Natasha Wright
    IonE Associate since 2020
    College of Science and Engineering
    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
    Conservify & Sensing, LLC
    Engineer & Small Business Owner
  • Portrait: Peter Hawthorne
    Peter Hawthorne
    IonE Associate since 2020
    The Institute on the Environment
    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
  • Rachel Olson
    IonE Associate since 2021
    Center for Learning Innovation
    University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Ryan Bergstrom
    IonE Associate since 2017
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Rylie Pelton
    IonE Associate since 2021
    Institute on the Environment
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • 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 Duluth
  • Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni
    IonE Associate since 2019
    School of Medicine
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Xinyi Qian
    IonE Associate since 2022
    University of Minnesota Tourism Center
    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
  • Zhenong Jin
    IonE Associate since 2020
    Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities