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Meet The Fellows

David Mickelson

David M. Mickelson is Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, Geological Engineering, and Water Resources Management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He came to Wisconsin in 1971 after obtaining a BA degree in Geography at Clark University, an MS degree in Geology at the University of Maine, and a PhD in Geology at Ohio State University.

Gregg Mitman

Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher, whose interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world. His commitment to environmental and social justice is reflected in his work.

Dipesh Navsaria

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children’s librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate.  With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together.

Kevin Shafer

Kevin L. Shafer became the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in 2002. As Executive Director, he is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership, and direction of MMSD. Under Shafer’s leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff.

John Valley

John W. Valley is the Charles R. Van Hise Distinguished Professor of Geology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He received his AB from Dartmouth College and PhD from the University of Michigan (1980). He was Chair of the Department of Geoscience at UW–Madison from 1996 to 1999, and has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses including Introductory Geology (33 times), Mineralogy and Petrology. He has advised 34 MS and 17 PhD students, and 25 post-doctoral scholars.

Marcia Bjornerud

Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton. Bjornerud’s research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain-building, and she combines field-based studies of bedrock geology with quantitative models of rock mechanics. Bjornerud has done research in high arctic Norway (Svalbard) and Canada (Ellesmere Island), as well as mainland Norway, Scotland, New Zealand, and the Lake Superior region.

Stephen Carpenter

Stephen R. Carpenter is the S.A. Forbes Professor of Zoology and Director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research on lake ecology led to fundamental concepts of trophic cascades, ecological regime shifts, and resilience of ecosystems and the societies that depend on them. Carpenter was among the co-chairs of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the first global assessment of the benefits that nature provides to society.

Parry Karp

Cellist Parry Karp is Artist-in Residence and Professor of Chamber Music and Cello, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 39 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet's over 100 year history.


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