Nels Paulson, PhD is a sociologist at University of Wisconsin-Stout. His research generally focuses on the environment and civil society. Past research projects include hunting as a substantive issue among international environmental organizations, disaster relief and religion, and the place of indigenous groups in global environmental advocacy and governance. His publications have appeared in Conservation and Society, Nature and Culture, and Environmental Values, among other academic journals. His current work, for which he Co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation sponsored LAKES REU with Dr. Ferguson, is on phosphorus pollution in the Midwestern United States and the place of civil society and farmer social networks in mitigating non-point source pollution. Dr. Paulson regularly gives presentations on this topic, including a TEDx Talk and the keynote address for the National Science Olympiad.
Tina Lee, PhD is a cultural anthropologist whose work examines public policy and inequality in the contemporary United States. For the past three years, she has been a mentor in the LAKES REU program. She has worked with her students to investigate the daily work of local officials responsible for implementing environmental policy; the views and practices of those engaged in working to improve water quality; how impaired watersheds impact local communities, including business and tourism; and how community members remember the watershed and its uses. In addition to her work with the LAKES Project, Dr. Lee is the director of the Applied Social Science Program at UW-Stout, the Co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation Funded grant “Exploring, Documenting, and Improving Humanitarian Service Learning through Engineers Without Borders, USA,” and the author of the book Catching a Case: Inequality and Fear in New York City’s Child Welfare System.
Chris Ferguson, PhD is a public economist who studies local public policy issues, human capital, and strategic mechanisms for implementing sustainable economic growth policies. As a LAKES REU mentor, he has worked with his students to use contingent valuation methods to understand the value of clean water to communities, and the economic impacts of water pollution on tourism, businesses, and the housing market. This work has resulted in not only a better understanding of how the communities values water, but has led to a greater understanding of community resources and views that can potentially be tapped to lead to water quality improvement. His work with Dr. Paulson has also been funded by a grant from the WI DNR and the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to his work on the LAKES project, he is the director of the Honors College at UW-STOUT.
Jimmy Bramblett was selected to serve as State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin beginning in January, 2013.
Previously, he served as Chief of Staff for Regional Conservationists at NRCS National Headquarters in Washington, DC. He was responsible for operational support for all aspects of NRCS state, area, and field offices, including programs, technology, accountability, and administration. Jimmy has also held the post of Acting Mississippi River Basin Coordinator at National Headquarters.
Prior to arriving at the National Office, Jimmy served in multiple positions with NRCS-Georgia including Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources, Water Resources Planning Team Leader, Water Quality Specialist, Resource Conservationist, Economist, and Cartographic Technician. This varied background has allowed him to gain experience in many facets of NRCS including the development and implementation of Agreements, Ecological Sciences Standards and Specifications, Engineering Policy and Projects, Farm Bill Programs, Federal Contracts, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, National Resources Inventory, Operations Management, Soil Sciences, and Water Resources Projects.
While working for NRCS, Jimmy also served as an Instructor for the National Employee Development Center, as a member of the agency’s Master Facilitator Cadre, and as a Team Member on many special initiatives and rule-making opportunities at the national level.
Also while working with NRCS, Jimmy held an Adjunct Faculty (Research Scientist) position in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics at The University of Georgia for 10 years.
A native of Georgia, Jimmy grew up working on a poultry farm in the northeastern part of the state. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics, and a Master of Science in Environmental Economics from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He has also completed post-graduate work at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D., is a philosopher, environmental advocate, and essayist, best known for award-winning books about our cultural and moral relation to wet, wild places. Among them are Riverwalking, Pine Island Paradox, Wild Comfort, and Holdfast, winner of the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Until recently Distinguished Professor of Environmental Ethics at Oregon State University, Moore’s love for the reeling world has led her to a new life of climate writing, speaking, and activism. Her most recent book, Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change, follows the pivotal Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our obligations to the future. Moore’s environmental writing returns to the wild-weather coast in her novel, The Piano Tide, “a savagely funny eco-thriller” about a small town’s dramatic action to defend its freshwater. She writes from Corvallis, Oregon and from a small cabin where two creeks and a bear trail meet a tidal cove in Alaska.