Josh is a landscape ecologist and conservation biologist focused on applied conservation questions and their real-world applications. He is most interested in how anthropogenic factors affect species distributions, population dynamics, and community composition at regional and continental scales. His research involves investigating the effects of climate change on species distributions and populations, exploring the influence of landscape pattern on animal populations and communities, and climate-change adaptation for natural and human systems. Some of his current work has begun to involve the field of conservation psychology—exploring how people make environmental decisions and what psychological benefits people gain from nature.
- Collaborating with Katie Davis in the iSchool to develop and test NatureCollections, an app to help kids connect with nature
- Working with the National Park Service to prioritize parks across the US for climate change vulnerability assessments
- Assessing the relative impact of land-use regulations and land acquisitions on wildlife habitat in Washington State
Sara Jo Breslow
Environmental Anthropologist & Program Manager
Sara is an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinarian working at the intersections of sustainability and social justice, with interests in transdisciplinary, participatory, and arts-based practices. The bulk of her research has focused on the social and cultural aspects of environmental conflict and ecosystem recovery in the Puget Sound region. In the spirit of participatory and public scholarship, she worked with a theatre artist to turn her ethnographic interviews into a play. More recently, Sara worked on the Western Governors’ Association’s Get Out West! initiative to promote outdoor recreation, conservation, and health, and led the development of human well-being indicators at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Sara holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Washington and a BA in biology from Swarthmore College.
- Gave the opening keynote address at the European Society for Ecological Economics in Budapest, Hungary, on “Collaborative Practices at the Science-Society Interface”
- Completed a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitators’ training at the Mandala Center in Port Townsend, Washington
- Participating in the State of Alaska’s Salmon and People working group on Well-Being and Alaska Salmon Systems
- Helped develop an approach for valuing nature’s contributions to people, and helped assess the values of pollination and pollinators to people, as a participant in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Senior Research Scientist
Spencer does interdisciplinary research on people’s connections with nature, and works directly with partner organizations who use this information to make conservation decisions that benefit people. Spencer’s science often combines empirical and mathematical approaches to understanding socio-ecological systems. Recent research has included studies on how nature influences tourism, whether urban parks improve visitors’ moods, and how ancient hunting practices altered marine food webs around the Aleutian Islands. While away from the Center for Creative Conservation, Spencer also works as a Senior Scientist with the Natural Capital Project and as a Naturalist with OuterShores Expeditions. He earned his PhD from the University of British Columbia and lives in a thick forest on Vashon Island, Washington.
- Featured in Smithsonian Magazine: Is #Hashtagging Your Environment on Instagram Enough to Save It?
- Published recently on ecosystem services in central Kenya, coastal planning in Belize, and the value of coral reef tourism
- Led a successful meeting of the Lake Recreation working group on valuing lake water quality at SESYNC (National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center)
Shannon is a graduate student in Communication Leadership with a focus on communities and networks. Her previous research dove into the social and environmental repercussions of human disease, overlapping her interests in both human health and the environment. She is currently studying how to best communicate critical information about health crises with the public. This year, Shannon is learning to apply digital media communications to this line of work and is eager to contribute those skills to the C3 team. She holds both a B.A. in Cultural Geography and a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech and is a current Masters Candidate within the University of Washington.
Jane Calderbank, studies anthropology at Reed College. Reflecting on her experiences transitioning from a student of STEM to a student of anthropology, her approach explores how chosen discipline and gender identity coalesce to privilege certain modes of knowledge creation over others. She focuses on epistemological discrepancies between environmentally-centered disciplines to dissect climate change discourse, especially as it relates to expertise. In interviews with scholars of queer/feminist theory, natural science, and social science, Jane asks “What are the functions and faults of expertise? How do certain fields carry a gendered character?” “Do gendered stigmas contribute to the prevention of a full understanding of climate change?” “Why is quantitative data favored over qualitative?” Also a dedicated poet, Jane plans to transform her findings into ethnographic poetry to encourage interdisciplinary communication as well as empower alternate conceptions of being, space, and future.
2018 Intern · Videography
Satenik joins C3 as a sophomore interested in both communications as well as law societies and justice. Satenik enjoys filmmaking and photography and has helped create various short films. She is excited to learn more about environmental science and to apply her background in filmmaking to communicate ideas of conservation with the general public. Her first project worked on a video that advertised the C3 climate change video contest. It blended clips from past submissions and gave information on the contest requirements. She hopes to help make a difference in the environmental community through her contributions.
Jon Akira Doyle
2018 Intern · Videography
2018 Intern · Using Visual Art to Provoke Moral Inquiry and Environmental Advocacy
Tyler Ung, used line drawings superimposed on photographs to provoke moral inquiry and collective action about issues of sustainability in our everyday lives, such as climate change, plastic pollution, and landscape alterations. His project was titled, “A Mind’s Meadow: Beauty beyond Suppression.” Following a study abroad quarter in China and India, Tyler combined field research and art to explore how these three countries, along with the United States are intricately connected in their responsibility for global sustainability. Specifically, he focused on how waste generation is experienced and perceived differently in Beijing, Bangalore, and Seattle. In an online exhibit of more than 35 visual artworks, Tyler explored how art can raise awareness of the complexities and inefficiencies in our systems, shape cultural, moral, and aesthetic values, and thereby promote environmental consciousness and advocacy.
2018 Intern · Exploring the Social Implications of Elephant Conservation
Ava Holmes, asked, “How can we design conservation solutions that enable humans and African elephants to co-exist peacefully?” While ivory poaching is detrimental to elephants, humans, and other animals alike, popular media rarely addresses the complexity of why it continues. Through video-recorded interviews, Ava explored various perspectives on the conservation of African Elephants and created new media that dives deeper into the social dynamics around poaching. Interviewees were selected for their expertise and unique perspectives, ranging from an anthropologist working with indigenous tribes living in close corridors with elephants, to the director of a major conservation organization, to a prominent elephant researcher. Ava anticipates that understanding the human intentions surrounding elephant poaching and conservation is a pathway to solutions that better address both human and elephant needs. In her spare time, Ava blends a passion for elephants, conservation—and fashion!
2017 Intern · Change from Within: Diversifying the Environmental Movement
Jasmmine Ramgotra began working with us as a UW senior, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Dance. She conducted interviews with leaders in academia, government, non-profits, and the business community to assess awareness and scope solutions for the lack of diversity in environmental fields. She then interpreted those interviews in the format of contemporary dance. Using the interview audio as a sound score, and four dancers to communicate the message, the performance – called Change from Within: Diversifying the Environmental Movement – presents clear takeaways about how to create positive change on an individual level. The piece was performed twice in June 2017, at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, and at the UW Ethnic Cultural Center as a culmination to the Racial Ecologies Conference—and was featured in the UW Environmental Studies newsletter. Jasmmine is now pursuing opportunities to stage additional performances and has launched a new blog called Walking the Border Between Worlds.
Charlotte Coté, American Indian Studies
Philip Govedare, Art, Art History, and Design
Martha Groom, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
Peter Kahn, Psychology
Julian Olden, Conservation and Ecology
Richard Watts, French and Italian Studies
Ken Yocom, Landscape Architecture
University of Washington Affiliates
|NAME||UW UNIT||ROLE IN C3|
|Gina Aaftab||Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity||Collaborator|
|Ernesto Alvarado||School of Environmental and Forest Sciences||Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems|
|Rachel Arteaga||Simpson Center for the Humanities||Collaborator|
|Stanley Asah||School of Environmental and Forest Sciences||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Greg Bratman||School of Environmental and Forest Sciences||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Sara Brostrom||School of Marine and Environmental Affairs||EarthGames|
|Patrick Christie||School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, Jackson School of International Studies||Social Science for the Salish Sea|
|Nives Dolsak||School of Marine and Environmental Affairs||Collaborator|
|Stacia Dreyer||School of Marine and Environmental Affairs||Social Science for the Salish Sea|
|Kristie Ebi||Department of Global Health||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Dargan Frierson||Department of Atmospheric Sciences||EarthGames|
|Howard Frumkin||School of Public Health||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Sara Gonzalez||Department of Anthropology||Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems|
|Anjum Hajat||School of Public Health||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Lisa Hayward Watts||Center for Creative Conservation||Storymap of Climate Change|
|Marnie Hazlehurst||School of Public Health||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Deborah Illman||Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences||Storymap of Climate Change|
|Janine Jones||College of Education||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Joyce LeCompte||Program on the Environment||Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems|
|Phil Levin||School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, The Nature Conservancy||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Stacey Long-Genovese||Institute of Translational Health Sciences||Collaborator|
|Guillaume Mauger||Climate Impacts Group||Storymap of Climate Change|
|P. Sean McDonald||Program on the Environment||Student Internships|
|LeiLani Nishime||Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity||Collaborator|
|Paula Nurius||School of Social Work||Collaborator|
|Aseem Prakash||Department of Political Science, Center for Environmental Politics||Collaborator|
|Brett Ramey||Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program||Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems|
|Nancy Rottle||Department of Landscape Architecture||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Amir Sheikh||Department of Urban Design and Planning, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Amy Snover||Climate Impacts Group||Collaborator, EarthLab|
|Pooja Tandon||Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development, General Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Ann Vander Stoep||School of Public Health||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Usha Varanasi||School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Kathy Wolf||School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station||Nature Contact & Human Health|
|Kyle Yasuda||Department of Pediatrics, BestStart Washington||Nature Contact & Human Health|