Hans W. Paerl is Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences. His research addresses aquatic nutrient cycling and primary production dynamics, environmental controls and management of harmful algal blooms, and assessing effects of human and climatic alterations of water quality and sustainability of inland and coastal waters. He has published over 250 refereed article and book chapters on these research topics. He received the 2003 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and the 2011 Odum Award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation for addressing the causes, consequences and controls of eutrophication in aquatic ecosystems.
Laura Paine is a Grazing & Agriculture Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She provides economic, business and market development education and assistance to producers in developing specialty business and marketing opportunities. She coordinates and advises several private sector advisory councils and teams including the GrassWorks Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council. Paine has been a guest speaker at the Wisconsin Grazing Conference and the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference. She and her husband raise grass-fed beef on their farm near Columbus, Wisconsin.
Nels Paulson, Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Nels Paulson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Stout. His research focuses on the environment and civil society. Past research projects on civil society include disaster relief and religion, hunting as a substantive issue among international environmental organizations, and the place of indigenous groups in global environmental advocacy and governance. His research has been published in Conservation and Society, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Nature and Culture, and Environmental Values. His current work is on phosphorus pollution in the Midwestern United States and the place of civil society in mitigating non-point source pollution.