2012 USSEE Officer & Board Elections


It is time for the USSEE elections.  You can cast your vote at the end of this page. Voting is open to all members of USSEE until September 30. Please enroll or renew at http://www.isecoeco.org.


President | One Position Available

Valerie Luzadis

imageProfessor of Ecological Economics and Policy
Chair, Environmental Studies Department
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Founding Member of USSEE

Her research focuses on the relationships among social, economic, and ecological systems. Luzadis’ current focus is on systems approaches to social-ecological foundations for conservation and sustainability. Luzadis’ scholarly work also includes a focus on the practice of interdisciplinary science and efforts to bring science into policy. She brings to the academy strong practical experience having worked in Extension and a forestry trade organization for several years. Luzadis was a leader of the Founding Organizational Committee for the United States Society for Ecological Economics, 1999-2000; Board of Directors At-Large Member – 2001-2003; and Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Board Member – 2007-2009.

Professional society leadership experience also includes National and State level leadership in the Society of American Foresters, including: Chair, House of Society Delegates, National Society of American Foresters, 1996 (first woman to serve in this position); Chair, New York SAF – 1995-1996; and she won the National Young Forester Leadership Award, Society of American Foresters – 1997.

She received a PhD in Forest Policy from SUNY ESF, MS and BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University.

Secretary/Treasurer | One Position Available

Robert Richardson
Michigan State University

imageRobert Richardson is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. He is a core faculty member with MSU¹s Environmental Science and Policy Program, and he is also affiliated with the Center for Advanced Study of International Development and the African Studies Center. His research focuses on sustainable development, and the dynamics of relationships between the environment and socioeconomic welfare. His published work has appeared in Ecological Economics, Sustainability, and World Development.

He also authored several studies of the economic benefits of wilderness areas in the western USA, including the values of ecosystem services. Dr. Richardson teaches courses in sustainable development and environmental studies at Michigan State University, and he has taught courses and conducted research in various regions of the USA and in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and the South Pacific. His research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Agency for
International Development, and the United Nations Development Programme.

He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University and a Master¹s degree from New York University. He has been involved in USSEE since 2001, and he was chairperson of the 2011 USSEE conference, which was held in East Lansing, Michigan. He has previously served on the USSEE board as secretary-treasurer.

David Timmons
University of Massachusetts Boston


Dave Timmons is an assistant professor in the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate environmental and ecological economics courses. He completed a Ph.D. in resource economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and at the University of Vermont completed an MS in community development and applied economics along with a graduate certificate in ecological economics. Dave is particularly interested in the economics of renewable energy, and how society might transition to a renewable energy basis. Recent research looked at the potential for biomass energy crops in Massachusetts, and current research explores energy and environmental impacts of urbanization. Other research has included local food systems. Before a mid-career move into academia, Dave worked for many years as a higher education facilities manager, and has extensive budget planning and oversight experience.

Member at Large | Four Positions Available

Ken Bagstad

clip_image001Like many in our field, I began my career far from economics – studying botany for undergraduate and masters degrees before going on to a PhD at the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont. That research spanned several themes of ecological economics – subsidy reform, alternative macroeconomic indicators, and ecosystem services mapping, valuation, and policy. Since then I have worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, primarily on advancing the science of ecosystem services and on bringing ecosystem services into policy for federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Forest Service.

Board statement: I identify with USSEE as my primary academic/professional society and have been an enthusiastic member of the society since 2005. I currently work at USGS out of a belief that the policy solutions advocated by our field must find their way into federal policy to operate at the scale and speed needed to promote much-needed change. I would like to work to further the presence of ecological economics in federal service and to reach out more strongly to those in government who identify with key principles of our field.

I would also like to help confront two related issues facing USSEE: too many good ideas, submitted by our members, to act upon by our volunteer board, and the fact that most of our members are dispersed across the country and lack day-to-day interactions with other ecological economists. I believe we can better use technology and social media to support collaboration on member-driven initiatives within the society – on education, policy, media relations, etc. put forth by the membership at the USSEE membership meetings. I believe we can do better to foster and harness member enthusiasm for these initiatives, and in the process create a society that feels more connected as we work to advance ecological economics beyond academia.

Kyle Gracey
Global Footprint Network

clip_image002Kyle Gracey is a Research Scientist and the Science Coordinator at Global Footprint Network. He holds B.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Ecological Economics and Biochemistry/Biophysics, where he is their only Truman Scholarship recipient, and his graduate degree is from the University of Chicago in the Geophysical Sciences Department and Harris Public Policy School, where he was a Harris Fellow. He has been published in Ecological Indicators and presented research at conferences of the USSEE, ISEE, and Society for Conservation Biology. He served on the Board of Directors for the Working Group for Ecological Economics and Sustainability Science at the Society for Conservation Biology, where he continues as the Chair of their International Conservation Treaties Task Force. He formally worked for the United States Treasury Department and was an expert advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. Other recent employers include The White House, Worldwatch Institute, United States Department of Transportation, Carnegie Mellon University, and Climate Action Network – International. He has served on boards of directors for 5 nonprofits and scientific societies. He has over 150 media interviews, presentations, and public writings. Kyle has studied economic development and environment issues in Brazil, Israel, Iceland, and the United Arab Emirates. He has participated in over a dozen international negotiations on social development, sustainable development, and climate change.

Kris A. Johnson, PhD
The Nature Conservancy-Minnesota

clip_image003Kris Johnson is the Ecosystem Services Scientist for the North America Freshwater Program of The Nature Conservancy. In this role he works with pilot projects around the country to bring ecosystem services concepts and analysis to floodplain management. He provides scientific support and guides technical analysis that can highlight how floodplains can be managed to minimize risk, support communities and sustain healthy and productive ecosystems.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Kris was the Sustainability Scientist at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment where he collaborated with federal, state and local partners to address climate change and other challenges in northern Minnesota. Previously he also served as the Program Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Initiative, where he helped lead the development of first-of-their kind sustainability education and research programs. He completed an MS and PhD in Conservation Biology and remains a Senior Fellow in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota.

Lisi Krall
SUNY – Cortland

clip_image004Lisi Krall is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Honors Program at the State University of New York at Cortland. She received her PhD from the University of Utah in a heterodox economics program. She has expertise in political economy, labor economics and ecological economics. She is an institutional economist with a breadth of academic articles and essays published in (but not limited to): the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Issues, Ecological Economics, Conservation Biology, Fisheries and Northern Lights. She has worked with the Foundation for Deep Ecology and is a board member of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Her book, Proving Up: Domesticating Land in US History was published with SUNY Press in 2010. The book explores the interconnection of economy, culture and land in the United States. She is presenting working with John Gowdy on an evolutionary approach to understanding the impasse in reconciling the economy with the biophysical limits of the planet.

Laura Schmitt-Olabisi

imageLaura Schmitt Olabisi is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, jointly appointed in the Environmental Science & Policy Program, and the department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies. She is a systems ecologist and modeler, often working directly with stakeholders using participatory model-building techniques. Laura’s past and present research has addressed soil erosion, population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, water sustainability, energy use, deforestation, adoption of organic/sustainable agricultural techniques, climate change and human migration, and climate change and human health.

Laura holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Prior to her appointment at Michigan State, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher with the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Initiative, housed at the University of Minnesota. Laura served on the scientific committee for the USSEE’s 2011 conference, and is helping to create a Masters’ level environmental modeling certificate at Michigan State.

Rumi Shammin

ShamminMd Rumi Shammin is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and has an interdisciplinary background that combines environmental engineering, natural resources policy and management, and environmental science. While he is not an economist, he has embraced ecological economics in his teaching and research. He teaches undergraduate courses on Environmental Analysis, Sustainable Cities, and Energy and Society where he covers topics related to ecological economics; authored several papers using economic input-output life cycle analysis of embodied energy and carbon emissions in the US; coauthored a paper on the Genuine Progress Indicator of north-east Ohio; used hedonic price analysis and travel cost method in his research involving valuation; leads an international research project on the economics and equity of solar home systems in Bangladesh; and is currently engaged in projects involving ecosystem service valuation and sustainability indicators. Professor Shammin closely identifies himself with the ecological economics community. He has presented papers at each USSEE biennial meeting since 2005 and at ISEE meetings in Montreal, Oldenburg and Rio de Janeiro. He is excited to have the opportunity to be part of the board with a commitment to work on building a shared consensus about the core principles of ecological economics; developing innovative modes of communicating key messages to academics, policy makers and practitioners; and exploring ways to advance both professional and student membership of the society.

John Sorrentino
Temple University

imageJohn Sorrentino began his professional involvement with environmental issues in his 1973 Ph.D. dissertation at Purdue University on the theory of externalities. Since then he has turned his attention to aircraft noise abatement, open space preservation, the effects of environmental information systems, sustainable business practices, sustainable housing placement, urban agriculture & online learning. He has taught courses including Ph.D.-level mathematical, welfare & environmental economics, MBA-level managerial economics, undergrad “Energy, Ecology & Economy” as well as intermediate micro theory & micro & macro principles. He was a co-founder of the Environmental Studies program at Temple University. He has presented at ISEE & USSEE conferences. After recently taking two courses in geographical information systems, he has ventured into collaboration with planners interested in various aspects of sustainability. He is on his township’s Environmental Advisory Commission, & he is a continuous subscriber to a local community-supported-agriculture (CSA) organic farm.

Can add to board: John has been involved with environmental/ecological issues in teaching, research & service for over 40 years. He can help guide USSEE/ISEE on the theoretical plane & in the applied “trenches.” The latter includes fostering the use of geographical information systems to make explicit the tradeoffs involved in promoting the Triple Bottom Line – ecology, economy & equity. He is a self-starter & highly enthusiastic about the missions of USSEE & ISEE. He has considerable experience working in groups, & is thrilled when getting young people to “see the Light.”

Matthew Wilson
CH2MHILL Environmental Services

After several years researching, working and teaching in the academic field of Ecological Economics, Dr. Matthew Wilson is currently acting as a principal consultant and sustainable finance leader with the global sustainability practice at CH2M HILL, an international environmental consulting firm that is widely recognized for its leadership in sustainability practices. Matthew’s responsibilities include supporting public and private sector organizations to develop sustainable business strategies and incorporate ecosystem values as part of their daily activities in planning and finance. Before joining the private sector full time in 2007, he was a research fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and an assistant professor of strategy and management at the University of Vermont. During that time, he developed a core curriculum for the sustainable business MBA program at the School of Business Administration, working with colleagues to incorporate key themes from the field of Ecological Economics into business theory and practice. With 29 peer-reviewed publications and numerous speaking engagements with colleagues worldwide, he remains active as an internationally recognized expert in the fields of sustainable business and ecological economics.

As a candidate for USSEE board membership, Matthew brings experience and focus reconciling the theory of ecological economics with everyday practice. During his professional career he has initiated, developed and led a wide range of competitive national and international projects in both academia and the private sector focused on ecological economics and sustainability issues. For example, he is currently working with the State of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to develop the first-ever voluntary carbon accounting methodology for coastal wetland habitats, leveraging carbon markets to create a new financial revenue stream for coastal restoration and conservation. He remains engaged with many former students and colleagues from academia and continues to play an active role advising and mentoring young professionals in their career choices. He also works closely with private capital and non-profit organizations that specialize in areas of financing sustainability projects worldwide, providing a strong connection and expertise in leveraging capital for initiatives that the USSEE may wish to pursue in the future.

Student | One Position Available

Mairi-Jane Fox
Colorado State University

Whitney Lash-Marshall copyAn enthusiastic teacher and dedicated researcher, Mairi-Jane Fox holds a Masters of Science in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh & undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. With a global background, she has researched carbon capture & storage, corporate social responsibility, education theory, well-being & work, and heterodox economic theories & measurement tools. Mairi-Jane aims to be a discipline-connector, thought-encourager, and big-picture-synthesizer.

Currently, Mairi-Jane is an impassioned adjunct professor at Colorado State University teaching Environmental Economics and the Economics of Gender and a PhD candidate in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

At other times Mairi-Jane has composed sections of environmental impact assessment and trained colleagues about oil companies’ health, safety, security and environment procedures at an international environmental consulting company; educated children as a classroom teacher and been a teacher mentor; served on the boards of non-profits; written situation reports for a private intelligence agency. A bibliophile living in Fort Collins, Mairi-Jane teaches dance and rides her bike to work.

Pooja Kanwar
University of Vermont

clip_image008Pooja Kanwar is a PhD student in the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Her dissertation research investigates the Kaipara Harbour in New Zealand through an ecological risk assessment and governance analysis, examining the competing demands on the resources of the ecosystem. For the first three years of her doctoral degree, Pooja was a USDA Multicultural Fellow and presently is the Performance and Tracking fellow for the Office of Sustainability at the University of Vermont. She obtained her M.S. in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England, and her B.S. in Geography and Environmental Studies from The University of Iowa.

Pooja’s work concentrates on international water resources management. She has focused her research on water supply, sanitation, rainwater harvesting, governance and multijurisdictional issues in India, New Zealand, and the Northeast and Midwestern regions of the United States. She has 13 years in the field and has experience in academia, governmental positions, interdisciplinary collaborations, nonprofits, and with voluntary groups. The range of projects include examining human-water interactions in the 20th century, coordinating volunteer water quality and acid rain monitoring, examining the quality of harvested rainwater in relation to the degree of household maintenance of the structures, and investigating culvert infrastructure studies in light of increased precipitation and flooding events.

Pooja recently received her certificate in Ecological Economics from the University of Vermont. She is actively involved in her community and was a graduate student senator for her department on campus, coordinated grants on the Graduate Student Advisory Board for the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, assists in event planning and sits as a graduate student fellow at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics.

Whitney Lash-Marshall

W LashMarshallWhitney Lash Marshall is a PhD Candidate at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy. During her time at SUNY ESF, she has been active in the graduate student community though election to the Graduate Student Association as Chair of the Professional Development Committee for three years and currently as President. She has also served in several leadership roles on campus, including as a four year teaching fellow for the Graduate Student Colloquium on Teaching and Learning, a graduate assistant for the Office of Assessment, and through involvement in teaching and curriculum development as a graduate teaching assistant and teaching fellow for the ESF in the High school program. She also has a MS in Conservation Biology from SUNY ESF. Her research integrates ecological and economic data in the analysis of conservation policy in Costa Rica as a Social-Ecological System, including for the development of principles for interdisciplinary social-ecological research. She has been involved with USSEE as a presenter and session chair at both the 2009 and 2011 conferences.

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