Emily Zimmerman

Emily Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Global Resource Systems in the Department of Horticulture. Emily’s research interests focus on understanding the relationship between land use and ecosystem services in working landscapes. Recently, Emily’s work has focused primarily on evaluating placement, costs, and environmental outcomes associated with spatially targeted best management practices in agricultural landscapes. In addition to her research, Emily teaches several courses, including Natural Resource Policy, and has co-led study abroad and travel courses on four continents. Emily has been in her current role since August 2019. She holds a BS in Biology and Global Resource Systems from Iowa State University, a MS in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Science from Iowa State University.

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Linda Shenk

Linda Shenk is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Iowa State University. A humanist by training, she applies her background in storytelling and performance to community engagement and relationship building around issues of land and water conservation. She has worked with and learned alongside urban youth, neighborhood groups, women landowners, hydrologists, climate scientists, engineers, architects, and social scientists. Linda holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota and a MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (a place where she lived in a cabin with no running water for 4 years). She lives in Ames with her family and is slowly working to convert more of her yard to water-wise and pollinator-supporting plants. 

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John Tyndall

John Tyndall is an associate professor of natural resource economics at Iowa State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in resource economics, agroecosystem analysis, and forest management as part of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management and the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. John’s research and that of the students in his lab weaves economic and social analysis into trans-disciplinary work examining the capacity of agriculturally dominated landscapes to produce broader arrays of ecosystem and hydrologic services while maintaining economic viability at field, farm, and regional scales. Working with talented students and colleagues, John’s research has been expanding into integrated financial and spatial modeling so as to create innovative decision support tools for conservation planners and farmers alike. John lives in Ames, Iowa with his wife and two kids.

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Kevin Roe

Kevin Roe is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. His research centers around the evolution and conservation genetics of freshwater organisms and has included projects on freshwater mussels, fishes, shrimps, and snails. Through these projects his lab has provided state and federal agencies with critical information to inform the conservation and management of endangered species. Kevin has BS and MS degrees in Zoology from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Alabama. Kevin has been a resident of Iowa since 2005 and lives in Ames. 

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