Advisory Board Bios Highlights
We would like to welcome our three new Advisory Board members – Quin Holifield, Chris McLaughlin, and Ricardo Rozzi and thank our existing Board members for their dedication to SEEDS. Advisory Board bios are below and will tell you more about our outstanding program advisors.
I am an Associate Professor of Biology at Hampton University, an HBCU. I currently teach freshman biology (the half of the year devoted to Mendelian and population genetics, evolution, the kingdoms of life, and ecology), medical entomology, Toxic and Venomous Animals, and zoology (currently, only the labs). I spend a lot of time maintaining the Native Plant Butterfly Garden that was planted with funds from a SEEDS Special Project Award. I am also becoming knowledgeable about native pollinators of native plants, with ongoing research in the garden. My hope for our students is that they come to realize that they themselves are important to the health of the environment. I hope that every SEEDS student makes at least one small lifestyle change that causes him or her to ‘tread more lightly” on the planet. I also hope to convince them that careers in ecology are every bit as noble as careers in medicine, and that “helping others” can be accomplished as well.
I have recently returned to Bismarck, ND where I will be doing some professional development work and am currently pursuing education and research partnerships between the tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and several groups in the Eastern U. S. and the Northern Great Plains. My wife, Marla Striped – Face Collins, and I plan to obtain advanced degrees and use the additional skills and knowledge to assist the Lakota, as well as other Tribal Nations in the region to find ways to better manage their vast natural resources. I am deeply honored to serve on the SEEDS Advisory Board and strongly support the mission and goals of SEEDS. As a campus chapter advisor at UTTC for four years, I have had a first-hand opportunity to see the wonderful benefits, opportunities and resources this organization provides to budding ecologists and related scientists. Marla, as student campus representative, and I established the chapter at UTTC and have seen the program grow nationally to award-winning levels. I am humbled, yet proud to be affiliated with SEEDS and ESA.
I am a soil scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Research Work Unit 8, located in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to my duties as a researcher, I am actively involved with outreach activities that involve promoting environmental education and environmental literacy on all education levels, including K-12, collegiate and informal settings with adults. My past educational activities include Green Horizon in New York City and Urban Resources Initiative in New Have, Connecticut. I currently serve as an educational advisor for the Project B.L.U.E. (Baltimore Lessons in Urban Environments), an environmental education after school program that promotes urban stewardship. Project B.LU.E, is a program that focuses on the middle school grades and is sponsored by the Parks and People Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore City. I highly support the SEEDS mission and am looking forward to my term on the SEEDS Advisory Board.
I am a recent graduate of Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND. I have been a SEEDS member since 2003 when I started my path into the realm of Ecology. The support I have received from my SEEDS family has played a vital role in my current status. It is with great honor and enthusiasm I take this role as board member. I will hope to continue assisting the SEEDS organization in anyway I can. I currently work for SWCA Environmental Consultants in the Bismarck, ND office as an ecologist/environmental technician. I assist other ecologists with a variety of field and office work including but not limited to, environmental assessments, range inventory, threatened and endangered species, wetland delineation and document preparation as well as Class I pre-field surveys for our archeologists. My experience with SEEDS, my degree, and my job with SWCA has helped me to see myself advancing my education in an Environmental field. I see a great need for specialized knowledge in areas that would benefit the rural areas of North Dakota and the Reservations
I am an associate professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas, and an associate researcher of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity and the University of Magallanes, Chile. My research combines ecology and philosophy through the study of the interrelations between the ways of knowing and inhabiting the natural world, proposing a dynamic continuous reciprocal feedback between both domains. My work focuses on biocultural conservation and the linking of human wellbeing with the environment.
I have collaborated with the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Latin American Ecology Schoolyard Program, and have participated in the creation of the "Senda Darwin" Biological Station (Chiloé Island, Chile), the Latin American Network of Ethnobotanical Parks, the Omora Ethnobotanical Park (Puerto Williams, Chile), and the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve at the southern end of the Americas, with the aim of incorporating environmental ethics in the practices of conservation and education in Latin America. I am working in the consolidation of a biocultural conservation and "field environmental philosophy" program known as the Omora Sub-Antarctic Research Alliance. With SEEDS, I helped create a partnership to expand the program internationally through UNT’s International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) in Chile.
As Education Coordinator for Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP), I am responsible for the Jasper Ridge education program, including Stanford university classes, teacher professional development, community education, and K12 outreach with local schools http://jrbp.stanford.edu/. Since 1998, I have worked closely with members of the Muwekma Tribe on various projects and workshops at JRBP and I advise the SEEDS Stanford chapter which was established in 2007.
Currently, I am working together with Professor Rodolfo Dirzo, Stanford SEEDS students and others with the Redwood Academy of Leadership (REAL) program at Redwood Continuation high school in Redwood City, CA. The REAL program is an ecology-based education program funded by the Stanford K12 Initiative. The REAL program provides experiential learning focused on the restoration of the Cordilleras Creek and the understanding of riparian ecosystems. I also live part of each year in Chicxulub Puerto, Yucatán, Mexico, working with Proyecto Itzaes http://www.proyectoitzaesusa.org providing educational resources to Maya communities. I am honored to be part of the SEEDS Advisory Board and hope that through my participation I will be able to further the mission of SEEDS and strengthen connections for SEEDS students in research opportunities and graduate school.
I am pursuing my PhD at Arizona State University in Sustainability Science. I am interested in biogeochemistry, ecosystem services, ecological economics, and land-use change. The sustainability program allows me to simply examine environmental problems with an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach. My hope is that SEEDS provides students from diverse backgrounds with a supportive and intellectually challenging community that allows them to thrive in the field of ecology. Also I think SEEDS can greatly help the ecological community by offering new perspectives, leadership, and innovative techniques towards tying research to local communities.