Working Groups

Communication with Impact


James Shanahan, Dean, The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington

Betsy Stirratt, director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art, School of Art, Architecture+Design, Indiana University Bloomington

This team considers new ways to share information with Indiana residents and foster an understanding of the challenges the state faces from environmental change. Strategies include generating public information through public relations efforts and using arts and humanities to enhance awareness of environmental change.

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Dynamic Earth Systems


David Polly, Associate Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, and Schrock Professor of Sedimentary Geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Researchers gather and analyze data to forecast change in temperature, precipitation, stream flow and erosion, and to predict the consequences of these changes for Indiana residents. The working group’s first project is to create and implement the Hoosier Environmental Forecast Matrix, a tool to predict rainfall, flooding and water supply and their effects on Indiana’s ecosystems.

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Human Communities


Eric Sandweiss, Professor and Carmony Chair, Department of History, Indiana University Bloomington

Members of this working group study environmental history in Indiana’s towns and cities. Using their Hoosier Social-Environmental Survey, they gather data about contemporary residents’ attitudes on environmental change, including their use of resources such as food, water and energy, and their expectations for work, social and leisure activities amid this change.

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Movement Ecology


Ellen Ketterson, Director, Environmental Resilience Institute and Distinguished Professor of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington

Keith Clay, Distinguished Professor of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington

This working group aims to forecast the impact of environmental change on the distribution, abundance and movement patterns of plants, animals and microbes, and how this movement affects humans’ interests.

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Public-Private Conservation


Robert Fischman, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington

Members of this working group are collaborating with decision makers to advance law, policy and management initiatives that facilitate efforts to maintain viable agricultural ecosystems, effective conservation corridors and healthy watersheds.

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Urban Green Infrastructure


Gabe Filippelli, Professor of Earth Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Beth Gazley, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

Heather Reynolds, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington

Jeffrey Wilson, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Geography, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

This working group investigates the socio-economics, policy and ecology of designing urban green spaces for human health, food and energy systems.  Projects include working with municipal partners to develop an inventory of community natural assets and developing a cost-benefit model to support greener, cleaner communities.

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