Julie Doll

Julie_DollDr. Julie E. Doll has been the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Long-term Ecological Research Project at the Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University since 2009. She develops programming for various stakeholders—including farmers, Extension Educators, policy makers, teachers, students, and the general public—on ecology and field crop agriculture, with an emphasis on climate change. Previously, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Graduate Research Assistant in the Agronomy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation research investigated agronomic, ecological, and social aspects to using native prairie grasses in grazed pastures. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay from 2000–2002, Julie fell in love with working with famers, grasslands, and meeting the needs of people through improved agricultural production and care for the environment. She is passionate about strengthening the linkages between people, agriculture, and the environment. She has experience integrating ecological concepts into religious education for youth and adults and presenting on climate change to churches and non-scientific groups.

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In addition to speaking on climate change and justice issues, Dr. Julie Doll has taught ‘How Green is Your Faith?’ sessions for adults and youth at a United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Working with poet Jennifer Clark, she combined theology, science, and the arts to explore how faith and sustainability are linked.

During the first course for teens, the youth ended each session by jotting down just one thing they loved about God’s world. The result? A poem emerged, and as Pastor Julie Kline explained to the congregation, the poem “serves as a reminder for all of us that while there is much work to be done to heal our earth, there is still much to revere. As Wendell Berry wrote, ‘…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.’”

I love everything about the world.
We have life.
Sunrises.
Trees.
Northern Lights.
Tree Frogs.
Music.
Kitten’s triangle tails.
The variety of living things.
The way the man-made feature—Horseshoe Curve—blends in to the Appalachian Mountains.
The Rocky Mountains.
The Sandia Mountains. Let them stay beautiful.
The Kal Haven Trail and its surroundings.
The Great Lakes.
Bananas taste great.
Chips.
Cake.
Beef.
Tacos.
Renewable Resources.
The water cycle.
The way that all landscapes are beautiful.
It’s great that there are new discoveries.
I love my land.
I love how the earth always has surprised and I hope that never changes.

A group poem created during How Green is Your Faith? For Teens. First United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo, MI, Fall 2011.


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