2014 Resident Fellows

Seven University of Minnesota faculty from seven different colleges have been named resident fellows of the Institute on the Environment. Representing a range of disciplines, the new fellows join others conducting interdisciplinary projects that seek to understand and address environmental problems.

Jonee Kulman Brigham, College of Design
Brigham will expand arts-integrated environmental education to high school students as co-investigators and active agents of authentic research and service projects, such as creating a public educational website about water infrastructure in their area. Full bio

Erik Thorson Brown, Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota Duluth
Brown will integrate our growing understanding of the limnology of Lake Malawi into a broader view of food sustainability as well as expand the scope of the work of LLO to include more applied research. Full bio

Valentine Cadieux, College of Liberal Arts
Cadieux will create a platform for building continuity and capacity around publicly engaged teaching and research on food and society at the University.

Matteo Convertino, School of Public Health
Convertino will identify common epidemiological, social and environmental processes that are physically and functionally responsible for the occurrence of communicable and non-communicable syndemics in socio-ecological systems. Full bio

Tian He, College of Science and Engineering
He will conduct environmental crowd-sensing data in a Chinese metropolitan area, collected for environmental application from roving taxicabs. Full bio

Kathryn A. Milun, College of Sociology and Anthropology, UMD
Milun will develop a business plan and demonstration project to take advantage of a new Minnesota law that enables communities to purchase solar power from solar arrays owned by investors or co-ops.

Robert W. Sterner, College of Biological Sciences
Sterner will develop the first community-level anaerobic digestion system in the country for use in converting organic solid waste to heat, electricity and compost in a St. Louis Park neighborhood. Full bio