Copeland Fellows 2009/2010
Bethany BradleyBethany is interested in how terrestrial ecosystems respond to land use and anthropogenic climate change. Her research takes a biogeographic approach to understanding what affects plant distributions across landscape and regional scales. She uses tools that include remote sensing and geospatial analysis to identify drivers of land cover change and model risk based on future scenarios. Thus far, her work has largely focused on assessing risk from invasive plants under current conditions and projecting shifts in risk with continued anthropogenic climate change. She is particularly interested in the implications of global change (climate change and land use/land cover change) for invasive plant management and restoration. Bethany earned a B.A. in Geology from Pomona College in 2000 and a PhD in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 2006. From 2006-2009, she was a postdoctoral research associate in the program for science, technology and environmental policy (STEP) in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Beginning in September, 2010, she will be joining the faculty of the Department of Natural Resources Conservation at UMass, Amherst.
Chris Cuomo is a theorist, activist, and artist, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia. Her work is in ethics and political theory, feminist philosophy, environmental philosophy, and science studies, and performance. Chris’s books and edited volumes include The Feminist Philosophy Reader, The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love and Knowledge, Feminism & Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing, Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Reflections, and a special issue of Ethics and the Environment on Art. Chris holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has been awarded grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Charles Phelps Taft Center. She is currently working on a project on indigenous knowledge concerning climate change in Northern Alaska.
C. Josh DonlanJosh Donlan is the founder and Executive Director of Advanced Conservation Strategies. Josh leads the organization by building interdisciplinary teams to tackle problems in novel ways. Trained as a field ecologist and conservation biologist, he holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and an M.A. from University of California. He has worked on a variety of environmental issues in more than a dozen countries, including the management of invasive species, island restoration, ecological history, and developing financial and incentive instruments for conservation. Josh served as the Science and Conservation Advisor for Galápagos National Park, where he helped run Project Isabela, the world’s largest island restoration project. He has also worked closely with the international NGO Island Conservation over the past decade. Josh currently serves as a key advisor to the Chilean and Argentinean governments on the restoration of the Tierra del Fuego bioregion. He is a senior fellow with the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, the Environmental Leadership Program, the Kinship Foundation, and the Alcoa Foundation’s Conservation and Sustainability Program. Josh has published more than seventy-five scientific and public articles on a variety of topics, some of which have received widespread media attention. He was highlighted in the New York Times Magazine’s “Big Ideas of 2005” issue and named “25 of 2005 Saving the Planet” by Outside Magazine. Most recently, his work was selected for Houghton Mifflin’s “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008” anthology. Josh is a visiting fellow at Cornell University and resides near Park City, Utah.
Seth Shulman has worked for more than twenty-five years as a journalist and author focusing on issues in science, technology, and the environment. He is the author of five books and hundreds of articles for magazines including: The Atlantic, Discover, Nature, Parade, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian and Time, among many others. He also served as a columnist for Technology Review magazine, writing monthly about innovation. Among his accolades, Shulman has been honored as the first-ever Science Writing Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT (2004-5); finalist for a National Magazine Award in the public interest category (2001); a recipient of a research and writing grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation. His latest book, The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret, (W.W. Norton, 2008) was chosen as one of the “best books of 2008” by the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and Booklist, the publication of the American Library Association. It was also a Book-of-the-Month-Club selection, an Amazon.com “pick of the month,” a Barnes & Noble “discover great new writers” selection, and is currently being adapted into an episode of NOVA on PBS. His 2006 book, Undermining Science: Suppression and Distortion in the Bush Administration (University of California Press) is recently out in paperback. A campaign based upon the evidence he uncovered—seeking to “restore scientific integrity” in the federal government—drew the support of more than 16,000 U.S. scientists, including 52 Nobel Laureates and 63 National Medal of Science winners. His other books are: Unlocking the Sky (HarperCollins, 2002)—about aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss; Owning the Future (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)—about fights in high-tech fields over intellectual property; and The Threat at Home (Beacon Press, 1992)—about the U.S. Military’s environmental track record. For the 2009-2010 academic year, he will be at Amherst College researching efforts around the world to engage the public in issues of global sustainability.
Diana Pei Wu
Diana Pei Wu uses ethnic studies and cultural studies methods and theories to interrogate the texts produced by social movements—including public events, open mics, community murals, reports and policy papers. She is most interested in the cultural productions of youth and young people’s organizing in the environmental justice movement, and in excavating the radical, decolonial and prophetic veins contained within the myriad actions, campaigns, artwork, trainings, gatherings, and every day practices of organizers and the communities they work with. Diana received her PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of ReGeneration: Young People Shaping Environmental Justice (Movement Strategy Center, 2005) and the Annotated Bibliography on Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism (Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics, 2002), as well as several articles in the movement journal Race, Poverty & Environment. She has had the privilege and honor of working with such groups as the Movement Strategy Center (MSC), Funders' Collaborative for Youth Organizing (FCYO), University of California, Berkeley Labor Research and Education Center, Chinese Progressive Association, Community Youth Center, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Highlander Research and Education Center, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, environmental leadership program and Justice Now, as well as a myriad of youth organizing, racial justice, environmental justice and immigrant rights organizations. Diana was also part of a collaborative that founded the radical community group Chin Jurn Wor Ping (CJWP). Her prior training as an ecologist brought her to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Panama, Cameroun, Malaysia, Western Samoa, Belize and Kosrae and strengthened her commitment to social justice in connection to sustainability. Like Robin D.G. Kelley and Chela Sandoval, Diana knows that social movements generate new knowledge and new theories that allow survival, as well as inspire the “ability to live with hope, faith, and moral vision in spite of all else.”