CCL Researchers


Mae Davenport, Director

Mae Davenport

In addition to directing CCL, 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. She was the 2013 recipient of the Richard C. Newman Community Service Award, presented annually to a UMN faculty member who achieves excellence in designing and delivering outreach programs in the natural resources sciences that have a positive impact on external communities and Minnesota citizens. 

Contact Info:

Center for Changing Landscapes

Department of Forest Resources
Email: mdaven@umn.edu
Phone: 612-624-2721


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


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

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:
Email: matso092@umn.edu


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 research focuses on the future of the littoral zone of the Great Lakes and the potential of the emergent lands 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 prioritized 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 Design Lab
College of Design
Email: klutsky@umn.edu


Emily Green, Research Professional

Emily Green

Emily Green is a writer, editor, and researcher with long-standing interests in environmental and climate-related civic engagement, sustainable land use, and natural resource protection. She has an M.S degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in English from Grinnell College.

Contact Info:

Center for Changing landscapes
Email: gree0307@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:
College of Design
Email: vogel001@umn.edu
Phone: 612-626-7417

Community-Environment Research Group


Jessica Lackey, Graduate Research Assistant

Natural Resources Science and Management

Interests: traditional management of natural resources, ethnobotany, and tribal and federal government relationships

Hannah Jo King, Graduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Greater Chicago area

Research: I am interested in how land and environmental policies affect communities of color on the ground. I am using community-driven research methods and the frameworks of environmental justice, critical race theory, multispecies justice, land as pedagogy, and community healing to support my work. I am currently engaged with the Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin project as a student social scientist.

Amelia Kreiter, Graduate Research Assistant

Natural Resources Science and Management

Interests: community engagement in natural resource protection, valuation of natural resources, climate change mitigation/adaptation, integration of natural resource management in urban areas

Joseph Nowak III, Graduate Research Assistant

Research interests: urban and rural food systems partnerships, post-industrial landscape futures, innovative natural resource management strategies

Bella Radler, undergraduate researcher

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Research interests: Bella is pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management with a minor in Applied Economics. Her interests focus on community engagement, environmental justice, sustainable economic development, and economic valuation of natural resources.