Troy Cochrane is an economist. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Ryerson University and Course Director at York University in Toronto. Cochrane is an editor of The Forum on Capital as Power, which brings together a diverse range of radically minded people who seek to explore the possibilities and limitations of the concept of power as an alternative basis for re-thinking political economy and its foundational categories of value, capital and accumulation. He has contributed economic research to the Blackwood Art Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga and to Mining Watch Canada. Through his work with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET), Cochrane is also providing political economic analysis to support opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by Secwépemc land defenders.
Mariel Collard Arias
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Mariel Collard Arias is currently a dual degree candidate in the Master in Landscape Architecture and the Master in Design Studies (Risk & Resilience) and a researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She works with the living and built environment in the intersections between architecture and landscape architecture. Her work focuses on environmental migration, nomadic life and explores the countryside and productive landscapes as sites of inquiry, particularly in Latin America. Mariel obtained her Professional Degree in Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and received the Cátedra Blanca CEMEX Prize in 2013. Prior to her arrival at the GSD, she worked as an architect independently and in collaboration with Estudio MMX.
Historian of Science
University of Illinois, Harvard University
Jimena Canales is a historian of science working towards a better understanding of science and technology in relation to the arts and humanities. She was formerly the Thomas M. Siebel Professor at the University of Illinois and an Associate Professor at Harvard University. Canales is the author of A Tenth of a Second (The Guardian’s Top 10 Books About Time) and The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time (Best Science Books 2015 Science Friday, NPR, and Brainpickings, Top Reads 2015 The Independent, Books of the Year 2016 The Tablet, 10 Books to Read if ‘A Brief History of Time’ Was Too Brief for You Undark 2018). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and NPR, and in numerous scholarly journals and her work has been presented at BBC, the Musée Georges Pompidou, the 11th Shanghai Biennale, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Liverpool Biennale.
Project Leader, YardMap
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Rhiannon is the project leader of YardMap at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which is a socially networked habitat mapping project designed to promote and study the potential impacts of crowd-sourcing conservation practices in backyards, on farms, in parks, and on lands set aside for conservation. YardMap is the first citizen science project to fully integrate data collection with social networking, rendering it a compelling tool for studying and supporting environmental discourse and behavior. Rhiannon is an extension associate at Cornell and co-PI of the NSF Cyberlearning grant for YardMap research funded in 2014.
Greet De Block
Associate Professor of Urban Studies
Department of History
University of Antwerp
Greet De Block is an architect and urban planner. De Block’s research mobilizes history to provide insight in, and critical reflection on, the current urban condition and related design theories and practices. Her teaching and writing mirror current resilient design and questions about programmatic uncertainty with earlier sociospatial schemes dealing with open-endedness and risk in a context of rapid change. Recent publications advance an interdisciplinary approach linking landscape and ecological urbanism with political ecology, philosophy, and landscape studies, to explore the (dis)connections between ecological and social resilience.
Department of Geography
University of California, Berkeley
Seth Denizen is a researcher and design practitioner trained in landscape architecture and evolutionary biology. He has received a number of design awards, including first prize in the ARCH + Bauhaus Dessau Foundation Out of Balance Competition 2013, and has published texts on art and design with the Asia Art Archive, LEAP International Art Magazine of Contemporary China, Volume, and Fulcrum, among others. He continues to sit on the editorial board of *Scapegoat Journal: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy*. After three years of teaching architecture at the University of Hong Kong, he has moved to the University of California Berkeley where he is currently completing a PhD in geography. His doctoral research investigates the vertical geopolitics of urban soil in Mexico City, where he is working with geologists and systems ecologists to characterize the material complexities and political forces that shape the distribution of geological risk in DF’s urban periphery.
Rosetta S. Elkin
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Rosetta S. Elkin is Principal of RSE Landscape, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and Faculty Associate at Harvard Arnold Arboretum. Her research and teaching consider living environments with a particular focus on plant morphology, behavior, and intelligence. She is committed to design as a means to address the risk, injustice, and instability brought about by planetary climate disintegration. As a registered landscape architect in the Netherlands, Elkin founded RSE Landscape in 2007. Current projects include the study of root systems in coastal defense strategies, an investigation of state-scale ecological transformation in Rhode Island, and design research for sea-level adaptation on barrier islands in Florida. RSE Landscape is also currently working on a commission from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation concerning landscape adaptation on Captiva Island, Florida, and a Harvard Climate Change Fund-supported project that documents climate-induced retreat case studies worldwide.
Professor of Visual Art
Visual and Environmental Studies
Sharon Harper received an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Art in New York. Her work explores the intersection of technology and perception. It is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and the New York Public Library among other collections. She has received and attended numerous artist residency fellowships at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, MacDowell, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia, and the Leighton Residencies at the Banff Centre in Banff, Canada. She is a 2013 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in Photography. She is currently a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Sustainable Solutions Lab, UMass Boston
A former community organizer focusing on economic and racial justice issues, Rebecca got interested in climate adaptation when she realized how disproportionately climate change will impact low income communities and communities of color. Before coming to UMass Boston, Rebecca worked at Boston Harbor Now, Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability and the Urban Land Institute on various climate resilience projects. She has a B.A. from Carleton College and an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
Professor of Landscape Architecture
University of Minnesota, College of Design
John Koepke is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota as well as Principal in the firm Urban Ecosystems. Because of his Ojibwe heritage, Koepke has always had a significant interest in both Native American Cultures and environmental science. This has led him to conduct landscape-based research on ancient Native American sites and work with tribal and other communities in pursuing teaching and design opportunities that focus on cultural interpretation, environmental education, ecological restoration and reclamation. His latest research with Christine Carlson focuses on the Laurentian Vision Partnership, a long-term project on the Mesabi Iron Range that promotes sustainable mining and the reshaping of mining sites into productive future landscapes.
School of Architecture and Miller School Dept. of Public Health Sciences
University of Miami
Joanna Lombard is an architect and Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine. She is a member of the UM Built Environment Behavior & Health Research Group working in the area of neighborhood design and health, and a co-leader of one of the eleven university-based teams selected as charter members of the American Institute of Architects Design & Health Research Consortium. She works on projects that include strategies for healthy communities, new and existing healthcare campuses, and focuses on the intersection of architecture, landscape and public space.
Louis Bacon Environmental Fellow
Harvard Kennedy School, Center for Public Leadership
Patrick J. Lynch is an American attorney, kayaker, and Louis Bacon Environmental Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and participates in various environmental organizations, including the World Commission on Environmental Law, the Chilean Free-Flowing Rivers Network, and Futaleufú Riverkeeper.
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Malone Matson is a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate, teaching assistant, research assistant, and elected representative on the Student Forum at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Her work questions baselines in the globalized world and explores new futures with a particular interest in coastal and riparian landscapes. Currently she is developing a thesis on the potential of ‘disturbance’ as a mechanism for regenerative design in post-agricultural land in Central Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College where her capstone analyzed the relationship between indigenous mythologies of water and regenerative land management practices.
Professor of Practice
Department of Transmedia
Edward Morris works with photography, video, writing, and installation. He works in collaboration with his wife Susannah Sayler as Sayler/Morris. Of primary concern to their work are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness and the possibilities for art in support of activism. In 2006 Sayler/Morris co-founded the Canary Project, a collaborative that produces visual media and artworks that deepen public understanding of climate change and other ecological issues. Morris is also the co-director of the Canary Lab at Syracuse University.
Department of Transmedia
Susannah Sayler is a photographer and the co-founder of the Canary Project. As a photographic artist, she has assembled a collection of landscapes taken around the world where scientists study the impacts of climate change. Her photography is exhibited in diverse venues and frequently combined with other elements, such as archival objects and video. In 2006, Sayler co-founded the Canary Project, which produces art and media dealing with ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, food systems, and water resources. Canary has produced more than 20 projects involving hundreds artists, designers, scientists, writers, and volunteers. Sayler is also the co-director of the Canary Lab at Syracuse University.
Studio Art Department
Christina Seely is an artist and educator whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Interested in human understandings of time and the natural world, Christina Seely’s expedition based work explores global systems, both built and natural, and finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and our contemporary relationship with the planet. An experiential examination of our relationship to time and the natural world makes up the root of her practice. While the work culminates in photographic, textual, collaborative and performative translations it is guided by both the potentials of the photographic medium as an artistic tool and its deconstruction as a dominating cultural syntax.
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Isaac Stein is currently a dual-degree candidate for the Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Design Studies (Risk and Resilience) as well as a research assistant at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research focuses on environmental degradation, development paradigms, risk abatement, and property rights with a particular focus on the Gulf Coast. Prior to attending the GSD, Isaac received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and practiced as a landscape architect at West 8 in New York and Rotterdam.
Adrienne Telford is a lawyer based in Toronto, Canada. She practices with the law firm Cavalluzzo LLP in the areas of Aboriginal, constitutional, labor, and human rights law, and is legal counsel to Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation). She has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario and federally, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Adrienne brings to her practice a deep commitment to workers' struggle, Indigenous rights and sovereignty, and women's and LGBTQ rights. She is a member of the Law Union of Ontario's Movement Defence Committee and Anti-Colonial Committee, as well as a member of a Toronto-based collective of white folks working against racism.
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Maggie Tsang is currently a Master of Design Studies candidate in the field of Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology as well as a researcher at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She studies topics of environmental risk, land use regulation, and property with an interest in exploring alternative, socially-engaged design methods. Her current research focuses on the conflict between private property and environmental degradation along barrier islands of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Tsang holds a Master in Architecture from Yale School of Architecture and previously practiced as an architect at WORK Architecture Company in New York.
User Group Inc. LLP.
Etienne Turpin is a philosopher, founding director of anexact office, his design research practice based in Jakarta and Berlin, and co-founder and research coordinator of User Group, a London-based, worker-owned cooperative designing and developing open source software for humanitarian response and environmental monitoring. Etienne is also a co-principal investigator of ReassemblingNature.org, an exhibition-led inquiry into the meaning of natural history collections in the Anthropocene, and co-editor of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series, produced as part of Das Anthropozän Projekt for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and published by K. Verlag in Berlin. He is the co-editor of The Work of Wind: Land (w/ Christine Shaw, K. Verlag, 2018), Fantasies of the Library (w/ Anna-Sophie Springer, MIT Press, 2016), Art in the Anthropocene (w/ Heather Davis, Open Humanities Press, 2015), and Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation (w/ Adam Bobbette and Meredith Miller, Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013), and editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013).
Terry Tempest Williams
Writer in Residence
Center for the Study of World Religion
Harvard Divinity School
Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. "So here is my question," she asks, "what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?" Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. In 2015, she and her husband, Brooke Williams, purchased BLM oil and gas leases in Utah as conservation buyers.