My team and I do more than just diagnose environmental problems. In partnership with experts from across the country, we discover what we can do to reduce those effects for the benefit of people and nature. And we collaborate with people outside of the university–the “Ivory Tower”–to accomplish this lofty goal.

We are willing to put forth controversial ideas like moving species around to adapt to climate change or gathering information about greenhouse gas emissions to share with corporate investors. And we aren’t just bringing up these ideas, but we’re staying at the table to talk about them and see transformative ideas implemented in the broader world.

A few recent collaborators include:

  • The Landscape Conservation Cooperative working group of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Robert Anderson, City College of New York
  • Abigail Derby, Field Museum of Natural History
  • Kimberly Hall, Nature Conservancy
  • Debra Javeline, University of Notre Dame
  • Kelly Klima, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jason McLachlan, University of Notre Dame
  • Shawn O’Neil, Oregon State University [former student]
  • Michael Pfrender, University of Notre Dame
  • Kirsten Prior, University of Binghamton [former student]
  • Dov Sax, Brown University
  • Mark Schwartz, University of California, Davis
  • Mark Scriber, Michigan State University (retired)
  • Brent Sinclair, University of Western Ontario
  • Ashish Sharma, University of Notre Dame
  • Caroline Williams, University of California, Berkeley
  • Justin Travis, University of Aberdeen
  • Susanna Lehvävirta, Maria Hällfors, Leif Schulman and others, University of Helsinki

I’m honored to be a member of the governing or advisory boards of the following organizations, who are striving to advance and implement science in the public interest. Please check out their good work:

Vision for the Twin Cities

In this video from the Greater MSP Partnership, I was honored to join leaders from across Minneapolis and St. Paul in sharing our vision for the region’s future. (You’ll find my snippet at about 2:20.)