Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thank you, Dr. Drew Bell and Welcome to our next moderators!

We have all enjoyed reading the perspective of our entomologist this week, Dr. Drew Bell.  He took us along on a thoughtful journey ranging from the excitement of ant biology to the human need to grasp our natural world through storytelling.  As many of you have done already, we invite you to continue commenting on Dr. Bell's posts for as long as you like.  We are grateful to have Dr. Bell spend time with us online.  Thank you!

We move on to the next section of the book, Anthill, now:  
Section V The Armentarium.  
Your guides for this section will be Kris Hoellen and Mark Madison.  As you read this section in Anthill, consider why we invited Kris and Mark to host this week.  They have both been deeply involved in conservation over their careers, but in different ways.  We hope they will provide us with stories about their own professional lives and we explore the choices Raff makes in his.  WELCOME Kris and Mark!

Kris Hoellen is Director of the Conservation Fund's Conservation Leadership Network. Founded in 1998, the Conservation Leadership Network brings diverse professionals together to forge conservation solutions on the ground via collaborative learning opportunities, sustainability consulting/technical assistance, and innovative demonstration projects. Kris is responsible for the overall strategy, design, delivery and evaluation of CLN's programs; focus areas include strategic land-use planning, conservation partnerships/capacity building, sustainable tourism, and transportation planning among other fields.  Previously, Ms. Hoellen served as a Group Manager for the URS Corporation, as the Director of Environmental Programs for the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, as a Study Director for the Transportation Research Board/National Academy of Sciences, and as the Legislative Director/Associate Deputy Director for the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials.   Ms. Hoellen earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University. 

Mark Madison has degrees in Biology and History receiving a Ph.D. in 1995 from Harvard University in the History of Science.  He has taught environmental history, American history, environmental ethics, and conservation biology at Harvard University, the University of Melbourne, and Shepherd University. He is currently the historian for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stationed at the Conservation Archives/Museum at the National Conservation Training Center.  He spent three years doing tropical reforestation in the Philippines as  Peace Corps Volunteer.  When he is not working, he is usually coaching soccer for his 3 kids or flyfishing.

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