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The Institute on the Environment houses a range of experts in topics such as global food security, agriculture, renewable energy, climate change, sustainable business, ecosystem services, freshwater resources, social entrepreneurship and more.

For assistance reaching an IonE expert or to request high-resolution photos or IonE branding elements, please contact IonE Director of Strategic Communications Julie Hanus via email or at 612-624-6566.

You may also contact our experts directly with the information provided below.

Jessica Hellmann

Institute on the Environment

Expertise: Biodiversity, ecology, climate change adaptation, impacts of climate change, biogeography, natural resource management, conservation biology, population genetics

Bonnie Keeler

Program Director and Lead Scientist
The Natural Capital Project

Expertise: The economic value of clean water, ecosystem services, conservation, sustainable cities, nitrogen pollution

Tim Smith

Program Director
NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise

Expertise: Industrial ecology, environmental accounting/footprint, supply chain management

Fred Rose

Program Director

Expertise: Impact or social entrepreneurship, impact investing, learning abroad course development, experiential course development

Kate Brauman

Lead Scientist
Global Water Initiative

Expertise: Ecosystem services, ecohydrology, land-water relationships, water scarcity, agricultural water use

Kristi Kremers

Program Director
Boreas Leadership Program

Expertise: Leadership for social change, visionary leadership, graduate leadership education, ethics, intercultural competence in the sciences, societal response to climate change

Beth Mercer-Taylor

Program Coordinator
Sustainability Studies Minor

Expertise: Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability education, community-based sustainability projects on campus and in Minnesota

Paul West

Co-Director and Lead Scientist
Global Landscapes Initiative

Expertise: Ecology, agriculture, biodiversity, land use change, how food systems affect climate change

Megan Voorhees

Associate Director

Expertise: Student leadership development, experiential education, campus-community engagement