2011 Resident Fellows

The 13 individuals chosen as 2011 IonE resident fellows were each awarded $50,000 over three years to carry out interdisciplinary projects related to environmental grand challenges. Here’s what they’re doing with their fellowship funds:

Arindam Banerjee
Banerjee is focusing on two of his favorite applications for his expertise—social media and environmental science—in collaboration with Dialogue Earth and the Global Landscapes Initiative. Full bio

Meggan Craft
Craft develops mathematical models to understand the spread and control of infectious diseases in animal populations. She studies pathogens in food production animals, in wildlife, and at the interface between wild and domestic animals, both locally and internationally. Full bio

Sherry Enzler
Enzler’s research brings together policy and law with natural systems and environmental issues. She is particularly interested in how society can change political and social systems to protect ecosystems, as well as the development of non-regulatory tools to enhance environmental performance.

George Heimpel
Heimpel is expanding his work into an interdisciplinary exploration of the interface of energy use, climate change, pests and biological pest control. His work is focusing on the implications of species invasions on global climate change. Full bio

Marc Hillmyer
Hillmyer is expanding his interdisciplinary research activities related to the development and application of synthetic polymers. One area of focus is on exploring the use of renewable feedstocks to make small molecules that can be polymerized. Full bio

Sarah Hobbie
Hobbie is developing a new freshman seminar, Living Sustainably in Urban Ecosystems. The seminar includes field trips and use of the Household Flux Calculator, a tool she developed with colleagues that provides a snapshot of the cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus through a home. Full bio

Tom Johnson
Johnson is bringing together aquatic scientists, economists, social scientists, environmental attorneys and marketing experts to create a plan for establishing an international institute on the shore of one of the great lakes of the East African Rift Valley. Full bio

Nick Jordan
Jordan is developing and evaluating a working model for research structures and processes that span multiple disciplines, and applying the model to assessing the potential for biofuel production in urban areas. Full bio

Alexandra Klass
Klass is collaborating with experts in architecture, engineering, public policy, agricultural economics and public lands policy on green building technology as well as renewable energy and transmission issues. Full bio

Paige Novak
Recognizing the importance of policy as well as scientific research in reducing harm from pollutants, Novak is bringing together scientists, policy experts, social scientists, behavioral scientists and policymakers around the issue of estrogenic contaminants. Full bio

C. Ford Runge
Runge is developing and implementing a model private sector sustainability initiative that applies genetic engineering and related technologies to improving food production and environmental protection. Full bio

Jonathan Schilling
Schilling is extending his fundamental work on fungal biology to those studying forest ecology, forest management and biomass economics, and bringing context back to the lab from those working in areas such as the social sciences and economics. Full bio

George Weiblen
Weiblen is expanding his efforts to incorporate rain forest conservation into his work in Papua New Guinea. Full bio

Elizabeth Wilson
Wilson is continuing her studies on the differences between states in energy planning and developing project-based interdisciplinary courses providing real-world experience for students in areas of energy and the environment. Full bio