Mae Davenport, Director

Mae Davenport

Mae Davenport is a professor in the Department of Forest Resources. Her research interests are focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management, specifically sustainable land use planning; community-based ecosystem management; recreation planning; and human beliefs, attitudes and behaviors associated with landscape change

Contact Info:
Center for Changing Landscapes
Department of Forest Resources
Email: mdaven@umn.edu
Phone: 612-624-2721





Amit Pradhananga, Affiliate Faculty

Amit Pradhananga

Amit Pradhananga has participated in several research projects that explore community engagement in water resource protection. His research focuses on the human and policy dimensions of natural resources in the context of water resource, invasive species, and parks and trails management, climate change adaptation, as well as understanding the drivers and constraints of conservation behavior and the community engagement in natural resource management. He is especially interested in investigating constraints and strategies to engage racial and ethnic community members in natural resource issues.

Contact Info:
Center for Changing Landscapes
Email: prad0047@umn.edu
Phone: 612-624-6726


Karen Lutsky, Great Lakes Design Lab Director

Karen Lutsky

Karen is an Assistant Professor in the department of landscape architecture within the College of Design. Her current design research focuses on landscape architecture’s role in the future of the littoral zone of the Great Lakes and the potential of the lakes’ emergent land to address larger environmental issues and establish healthier relationships between people and the water. Karen is particularly interested in how landscape architecture, a design field that has long worked with issues of change and adaptation, may move the region to better celebrate and engage the dynamics of the littoral landscape in its efforts to establish a more resilient future. 

Contact Info:
Great Lakes Desing Lab
College of Design
Email: klutsky@umn.edu


Bonnie Keeler, Researcher

Bonnie Keeler

Bonnie is an Assistant Professor in the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are in ecosystem services, the economic value of clean water, and sustainability science. Bonnie works in partnership with state agencies, community organizations, and other external stakeholders to advance policies and management strategies that promote more equitable and just environmental futures. Current projects relate to the planning of water resources in Minnesota, the environmental justice implications of urban green infrastructure, and assessing the costs and benefits of alternative management of agricultural landscapes.

Contact Info:
Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Email: keel0041@umn.edu


Mary Vogel, Senior Research Fellow

Mary Vogel

Mary Vogel has led community-engaged design efforts in the metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota that address community sustainability, environmental issues, recreational opportunities, economic development strategies, personal safety issues, neighborhood stabilization, community enhancement, and transportation systems. Her work has emphasized land uses as a critical component of community livability systems.

Contact Info:
Center for Changing Landscapes
College of Design
Email: vogel001@umn.edu
Phone: 612-626-7417



Emily Green, Research Professional

Emily Green

Emily Green is a writer, editor, and researcher with particular interests in supporting natural resource protection, climate change understanding, sustainable land use, and community engagement in environmental protection. She has an M.S degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in English.

Contact Info:
Center for Changing Landscapes
Email: gree0307@umn.edu








Laura Matson, Researcher

Laura Matson

Laura Matson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research focuses on expansions of American Indian Tribal jurisdiction over resource policy, water regulation, and ecosystem protection in the Great Lakes region. She has previously worked on law and resource issues with Canadian First Nations in British Columbia and the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, a M.S. from the University of London, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Ph.D. in Geography, Environment and Society from the University of Minnesota.

Contact Info:
Center for Changing Landscapes
Email: matso092@umn.edu


Sarah Fellows, Research Professional

Sarah Fellows

Sarah Fellows is a researcher with interests in environmental outreach, conservation behavior, and decision making, specifically understanding the the beliefs, drivers, and barriers associated with conservation action. She has an M.S. degree is Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota (under guidance of Mae Davenport) and an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from North Carolina State University

Contact Info:
Center for Changing Landscapes
Department of Forest Resources
Email: fello067@umn.edu





Bree Duever, Researcher

Bree Duever

Bree Duever is a Researcher at the Center for Changing Landscapes and her research interests include creating inclusivity in natural resouce decision-making. More specifically, the inclusion of tribal government voices and traditional ecological knowledge in natural resource management. She obtained her B.A in English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and went on to receive her B.S in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Contact Info:
Center for Changing Landscapes
Email: dueve020@umn.edu