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MaryCarol Hunter

My transition from scientist to designer came with desire to support the health and well being of humans living in urban areas and to support the health and well being of the natural systems in which cities are embedded.  Since arriving at the University of Michigan in January 2006, I’ve embarked on a research program that links design work with longstanding expertise in ecological experimentation and an emerging interest in the evaluation of human attitudes and perceptions toward the built environment. See my SNRE web page.

Sara Hadavi

Sara Hadavi

I am a PhD candidate in landscape architecture. I did both my bachelors in Landscape Engineering (2001) and my masters in Environmental Design (2004) in Iran. After more than four years of professional work I joined the wonderful SNRE community in 2009. My research interest is translational design of urban open spaces with a special focus on mental wellbeing.

Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson

I graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and will spend the next several years earning my MLA, also at the University of Michigan, with an emphasis on sustainable design.  During summer of 2012, I continue to work on the NatureforCities research team and also as a GIS specialist for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.   My experiences and education have made me realize the importance of the natural world in forming healthy communities.  I hope to design for a world where communities of all sorts have better and equal access to nature and that my designs enable an excitement in people that is self-sustaining.

Helen Graham

Helen Graham

I received my MLA in May 2012 and currently work for a design-build firm as well as doing survey research on attitudes about easement gardens in Ann Arbor.  I also contribute to the design and content of this website.  My background as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar inspired my choice of landscape architecture.  Working directly with local farmers to solve prevalent environmental concerns, I realized the impact small changes in everyday life could have on the quality of the landscape.  My work in design and landscape architecture aims to create a healthy sustainable environment through ecologically- influenced decisions and planning.  See my website.

Brandon Pence

I am currently pursuing my Master of Architecture. The forest behind my house as a child started my architecture and design experience as I was always striving to build my tree forts higher into the canopies of the trees. After successfully not breaking my legs, I have continued my interest in architecture through the built environment and its direct relationship to its urban and regional environments. My intended thesis will focus on temporary and portable architecture and the low-impact effects it can have on a site. I believe in a digital revolution where the internet can provide people with information without printing. My role in this project is web-architect; providing you information through an “eco” and sustainable way.

From MCH: many thanks to Brandon, webmaster, for his command of Word Press and creative vision for the internal architecture and visual tone of this website.

Julia Gankin

I finished my Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Michigan in Spring, 2012. I am now working at Norr, an architecture firm in Detroit, remodeling existing buildings for accessibility. It’s the perfect place to start my professional practice.  For more see my LinkedIn page.

Sam Gibbes

Samantha Gibbes worked with Nature for Cities in 2009-2010 while finishing her Masters degree in spatial analysis at SNRE.   She demonstrated real talent for methods development in field and data management protocols for spatial analysis.  Along with Julia Gankin, Sam visited over 22K properties in Ann Arbor in a relentless search for easement gardens. Sam also supported our efforts to explain spatial patterns of urban gardening using GIS technologies.

Sara Turner

After graduating with a MLA from Michigan, I pursued a career in arboriculture. Currently I work in Washington, DC enhancing the tree canopy. I manage a team responsible for installing more than 1000 trees a year through various programs and grants and help oversee day to day field logistics. My  favorite tree is Sassafras. See more at Casey Trees.

From MCH: thanks to Sara for illustration found on Home Page and top edge design of all other title pages.

Allison Krueger

Allison Krueger has a Bachelor’s of Science from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan.  Allison currently coordinates the restoration efforts of Humbug Marsh and the Refuge Gateway as the Landscape Designer for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR).  The Refuge Gateway has a history of industrial activity and is adjacent to Humbug Marsh, the last mile of undeveloped shoreline on the US mainland of the Detroit River.  The Refuge Gateway is undergoing a dramatic transformation resulting in the restoration of over 40 acres of Great Lakes coastal habitat.

Lauren DeSilva

Lauren DeSilva

I am currently working as a landscape designer in the San Francisco Bay area, specializing in ecological restoration. Exploring my city and and discovering great examples of nature in cities is still a favored pastime- but I also find time to steal away to the great Redwood Forests. For more see my LinkedIn page.

Robin Burke

Robin Burke is currently the Land Protection Coordinator for the Legacy Land Conservancy whose mission is to protect forests, prairies, farms, wetlands and waters.  Robin is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and enjoys reading, running, drawing and begin outdoors.  She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a MLA from the University of Michigan.  She currently lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and two dogs.

Brooke Nanna

Brooke Nanna

I have a long standing interest in human health and the biological sciences.  I have a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Michigan focusing on epidemiological methods to prevent disease and promote health among populations. I (actually) enjoy data management and analysis which has brought me to my current position as a clinical data analyst for Trinity-Health. Additional interests include mountain biking, the Detroit Tigers, ice cream, and the adventures and insights gained through traveling.

Cara Kappler

Cara Kappler

After graduating in spring 2009, Cara worked for AECOM, an interdisciplinary design firm, as a landscape designer in their Alexandria, Virginia office. She has since relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband, where she now works as an independent designer doing contract work for Parker Rodriguez, a small landscape architecture and planning firm also located in Alexandria, Virginia. She hopes to find permanent work in her new hometown and is considering starting her own residential design business.

Dan Milz

Dan Milz

Dan Milz worked with Nature for Cities in 2006 and 2007 while finishing a Masters in Urban Planning. Afterwards, Dan was a GIS Specialist for Applied Ecological Services in West Dundee, IL. He is currently a doctoral student in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Miranda Mumford

Miranda Mumford

Miranda Mumford worked with Nature for Cities in 2006 and 2007 while enrolled in SNRE.  She was a pivotal force in the initial development of the Michigan Native Plants data base and the early stages of our study on people’s response to extensive loss of residential street trees.

 

 

 

 

 


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