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Gary M. Lovett
Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Ph.D., 1981, Dartmouth College. Dr. Lovett's research is primarily focused on how perturbations such as air pollution, introduced pests and pathogens, and insect defoliators affect forest nutrient cycling. His main field projects are in the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley of New York State and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire.
Current Research: Effects of Atmospheric Deposition on Biodiversity Ecosystem Effects of Exotic Forest Pests Control of Nitrogen Loss from Watersheds Patterns of Atmospheric Deposition Long-Term Monitoring of the Forest Ecosystem at Cary
As Project Director for CESA, Todd Olinsky-Paul manages member services and new member outreach efforts, along with communication efforts for members and external stakeholders. He is director of the Energy Storage and Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project, a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. He also directs the CESA Solar Thermal Working Group, and works on emerging projects in the areas of biomass thermal energy and critical infrastructure energy resiliency. Todd joined CESA from the Pace Energy and Climate Center, where he served as the Manager of Communications, Education, and Outreach, as well as an Energy Policy Analyst. Todd’s recent work has focused on energy storage technologies and policy, wind and biomass generation and siting issues, renewable energy and grid interactions, financing and policy incentives, and emerging science. He has authored numerous reports for state and federal agencies. Todd has a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from Bard College and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.
Professor of Philosophy, Bard College
B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Yale University. Teaches environmental ethics and technological applications of the Human Genome Project, including a focus on the ecological consequences of genetically modified agricultural crops. Areas of specialization include 19th-century Continental philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, and environmental ethics. Author of two books on the German idealist philosopher Hegel, essays in the Dictionary of Existentialism, and numerous articles and reviews. Scholarship on environmental ethics and the philosophy of ecology includes articles on Marxist ecology, 19th-century ecological thought, Aldo Leopold, and bioregionalism. Environmentally related public lectures include talks on the animal rights movement, bioregional politics, ecofeminism, and social ecology.
Executive Director, Hudsonia, Ltd.
Erik Kiviat, PhD, is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley and cofounder of Hudsonia, a nonprofit institute for research, education, and technical assistance in the environmental sciences. A certified wetland scientist and certified wildlife biologist, he has more than 40 years’ experience with natural history and environmental issues in the Northeast, and elsewhere in North America. He also has worked extensively with policy-makers, land use planners, and environmental managers.
Formerly professor of environmental studies at Bard College’s Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Kiviat has researched the habitats and populations of rare and common turtle species, and performed landscape-level management of animals with large area requirements. He has conducted studies of biota, communities, and ecosystems in tidal wetlands and other habitats of the Hudson River, and other northeastern estuaries. He spent 10 years researching biodiversity and its management in the urban landscape of the Hackensack Meadowlands, and researched the ecology and management of invasive plants, especially long-present species such as common reed, purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, and water chestnut, which have both positive and negative impacts on native biodiversity and environmental services.
Erik Kiviat has authored or coauthored 80 publications and 200 technical assistance reports on wetland ecology, rare species, conservation science, invasive plants, Hudson Valley natural history, and human ecology. He is author of The Northern Shawangunks: An Ecological Survey; Hudson River East Bank Natural Areas; and Hackensack Meadowlands, New Jersey, Biodiversity: A Review and Synthesis; and coauthor of Biodiversity Assessment Manual for the Hudson River Estuary Corridor.
Stuart E. G. Findlay
Scientist, Institute of Ecosystem Studies
B.A., University of Virginia; M.S., University of South Carolina; Ph. D., University of Georgia. Scientist, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York. Articles in scientific journals including Ecological Applications, Estuaries, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, and Limnology and Oceanography. Served on advisory panels and committees, including Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee, New Jersey Sea Grant Science Advisory Committee and Proposal Review Panel, Estuarine Research Federation, Hudson River Museum, and Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the USEPA. Current research focuses on microbial ecology of subsurface stream sediments, functional assessment of wetlands, and the Hudson River ecosystem. Research interests include land-use effects on water quality; contribution of dissolved organic carbon to aquatic microbial food webs; the relationship between community structure and gradients of microbial function; the effects of human-induced changes in tidal marsh vegetation on nutrient retention and other wetland functions; and the contribution of submersed aquatic vegetation to organic matter and oxygen budgets of the Hudson River.
Educational Director, The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center
Scott Kellogg is the co-author of the book "Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide" (South End Press) and the primary teacher of R.U.S.T. - The Regenerative Urban Sustainability Training, an intensive weekend workshop in urban ecological living skills that has been attended by over 650 people since it was first taught in 2006
Currently, Scott is developing a new organization in Albany, New York named the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center. It is a demonstration of environmental technologies and sustainable micro industries applicable in today’s urban environment. www.radixcenter.org Radix contains a solar heated bioshelter greenhouse that contains an integrated food production system involving fish, plants, rabbits, worms, chickens, ducks, silkworms, and black soldier flies.
Scott was also a co-founder of Austin, Texas' Rhizome Collective, an urban sustainability education project, and worked as the director of its sustainability program from 2000-2009.
Scott has a Masters in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, is an adjunct professor in Environmental Science, and is an appointed member of the mayor’s Community Advisory Committee on Sustainability in Albany. He has taught at numerous universities in the US, and has given numerous workshops and multi-part sustainability courses both nationally and internationally.
Scott is now writing a new book about urban ecosystems and human interactions, tentatively titled “Your City is an Ecosystem: A DIY Field Guide” with The Experiment, an NYC based publisher.
Associate Professor of Economics; Director, Economics Program
B.A., Macalester College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. Research associate, Levy Economics Institute (2009– ); visiting fellow, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2004). Areas of expertise include development economics and applied microeconomics. Current research interests include economic aspects of race, ethnicity, gender, and migration. Recent publications in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Housing Studies, and Housing Policy Debate. At Bard since 2000.