Bill Jordan, Editor
Environmental Prospect editor Bill Jordan is widely recognized as an intellectual leader in the field of ecological restoration. In the course of a career spanning 39 years he has played a key role in the shaping of ideas about the value of restoration as a conservation strategy, a technique for basic research, and as a performing art and the basis for a “new communion” with nature. He was the founding editor of Ecological Restoration, the first journal devoted specifically to restoration, and a founding member of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He is currently director of the New Academy for Nature and Culture.
William R. Jordan III, Michael E. Gilpin and John D. Aber, Editors. Restoration Ecology: A Synthetic Approach to Ecological Research (Oxford, 1987)
William R. Jordan III. The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature (California, 2003)
William R. Jordan III and George M. Lubick. Making Nature Whole: A History of Ecological Restoration (Island, 2011).
Steve is a practicing restoration ecologist. He researches the history of ecological restoration, studies how it is affected by public policy, and puzzles over factors that contribute to—or hinder—the success of long-term restoration projects. He is Emeritus Land Care Manager of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, the principal at The Restoration Ecology Lab, a consulting collaborative in Madison, and President of the Midwest Great Lakes chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He does volunteer work for local watershed projects, uses photography to document restoration projects, and in fact shot most of the footage for the video that introduces our Restoration department. He earned an M.S. degree in Landscape Architecture at the UW-Madison, specializing in restoration ecology.
As a geographer, Mrill Ingram maps networks. Based in Madison, Wisconsin her current investigation involves networks of artist-scientist collaborations with a focus on participatory environmental art. Her scholarship has focused on human-nonhuman relations, geographies of knowledge, science and environmental policy, ecological restoration, and alternative agriculture. She has published specifically on microbial biopolitics in food safety, alternative farmer networks in the US, and the making of US federal organic regulations. Previously, she edited the journal Ecological Restoration for the University of Wisconsin-Arboretum and was a researcher at the Environmental Resources Center at UW-Madison where she pursued issues related to agricultural sustainability. She has recently completed a co-authored book, The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks on the use of narrative analysis to map environmental networks. She earned her M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
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Diana Lutz is currently writing about science for Washington University in St. Louis. But in the past she has been a writer, editor, contributing editor or editor-in-chief for Muse, ChemMatters, Wisconsin Natural History, Natural History, The Sciences, American Scientist and Scientific American. An inveterate reader, she annoys her friends and family by reading more than 100 books a year.
Senior Science Editor
Washington University in St. Louis
Emma McGuire is a senior at the University of Wisconsin Madison, studying Communication Arts: radio, TV and film. Having started a dog-grooming business during her middle school years, which thrived throughout her high school career, Emma established herself as a hardworking individual. This has certainly served her well as she is currently working in a leadership position for one of the nation’s top retailers. When she is not working or in class she spends her time editing videos, researching and constructing costumes, and thinking about the next business venture that she can direct her passion into. She did the video and editing for several videos for “Environmental Prospect”, including the video that introduces our Values Project department.
Stephen is widely recognized for his pioneering efforts in community-based ecological restoration, which trace back to his experiences discovering the prairie and oak-opening ecosystems as a newcomer to the Chicago area in the late 1970s. He has helped conceive and organize many initiatives including the Volunteer Stewardship Network, Mighty Acorns, the Society for Ecological Restoration, the Chicago Region Biodiversity Council (Chicago Wilderness), and Friends of the Forest Preserves, and his work on oak savannas and open oak woodlands has helped clarify understanding of the composition and dynamics of these now-rare communities. He served as Field Representative with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (1978-1983), director of science and stewardship for the Illinois Nature Conservancy (1983-1999), and founding director of Audubon Chicago Region (1999-2014). He is on the national Advisory Board of Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, and is the key figure in William Stevens’s 1996 book Miracle under the Oaks.
Tom is Research Field Station Ecologist for the McHenry County (Illinois) Conservation District where he does restoration, conducts research and teaches workshops for the public and the District staff. Before coming to MCCD Tom was an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Northeastern Illinois University (1996 to 2002), and before that he was the Naturalist and Ecologist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle , IL (1990 to 1996). Tom has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, an M.S. in Forest Ecology from Auburn University, and a B.S in Forest Science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alex Turner is the first person to implement a working simulation of the Buddhist theory of the life process at the artificial microbial level. On the strength of that he holds a Master of Science degree in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin’s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. While there he contributed essays to Ecological Restoration, and has collaborated on other projects with Bill Jordan over the years. He works as a Java and PHP programmer, and helps environmental and human rights nonprofits with their technology. He has studied and practiced in the Zen, Tibetan and Theravada Buddhist traditions. His core issue is saving the planet from the incipient climate change emergency, especially with regards to the currently-starting-to-fire “clathrate gun”. He enjoys amateur haiku poetry and bird photography.
He lives in Escondido, California.
Keith recently retired as manager of the Policy, Research, and Planning Section of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where he had worked since 1981. His work concentrated on building interdisciplinary policy and management frameworks that address complex and contentious environmental issues. Prior to MNDNR, Wendt worked at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum where he helped launch the journal Ecological Restoration. He did MS degree work in vegetation ecology and environmental planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.