Tobias Baskin joined the board in 2007. He is a Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he leads a laboratory investigating the regulation of plant morphogenesis during growth and development. Dr. Baskin is recognized for his research into how plants control their shape via cellulose microfibrils and the microtubule cytoskeleton. He has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of how local cortical microtubule organization is related to microfibril orientation, which constrains cell and, ultimately, organ growth in longitudinal and radial directions. He has combined physiological, cytological, ultrastructural and genetic approaches to his studies of cell growth, and is credited with important innovations of microscopic techniques. Dr. Baskin is currently investigating the interaction of specific proteins with cortical microtubules, the plasmamembrane, and the cellulose synthase complexes in the membrane, to critically evaluate his proposed model of cell wall control of its own microfibril orientation.
Jon D. Erickson joined the board in 2004. He is Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in ecological economics (EE); leads an international service-learning program in the Dominican Republic focused on human rights and health in migrant communities; and leads a research program on both the theoretical development of EE and applied work on human and ecosystem health, rural livelihoods, regional sustainable development, land and biodiversity conservation, watershed planning, forest management, climate change policy, and renewable energy technology. He has published extensively on these topics, including a co-edited book on The Great Conservation Experiment: Voices from the Adirondack Park. Dr. Erickson is past president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and former editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies.
Patricia Fobare Erickson joined the board in 2005. She is a practicing veterinarian and Senior Lecturer in the Animal Science Department at the University of Vermont where she teaches courses in Companion Animal Medicine, and Zoos, Exotics and Endangered Species. She also leads service-learning courses to the Dominican Republic where she’s been working since 2005 in Haitian migrant settlements on community health interventions and HIV/AIDS prevention education. Another dimension of her work is conservation medicine, an area she first got involved with as a participant in Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzoo Project, and more recently as an annual faculty member of Envirovet Institute. Dr. Erickson received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, and when not teaching during the summer practices medicine in her hometown of Saranac Lake, NY.
David R. Foster joined the board in 1994 and became the Foundation’s clerk, a position he still holds. He retired from the board in 1999 after serving on it for five years. He is Director of the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, and a professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. A graduate of Connecticut College in botany and religion, he received his doctorate in ecology in 1983 from the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the role of human land use, natural disturbance and environmental change in controlling the long-term development of boreal, temperate and tropical forest ecosystems in Scandinavia, Northeastern North America and the Yucatan.
Richard H. Goodwin, Jr. joined the board in 1984 and served as its treasurer from 1986 to 2002. He is president of Neuro Probe, Inc., a company which develops and manufactures biomedical research instruments. He is a graduate of Reed College and has pursued graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. After two years on the faculty of the University of Maryland, he left teaching to establish his own enterprise. He now serves on the board of the Institute for Conservation Leadership.
Crea Lintilhac joined the board in 1994 and was secretary of the Foundation from 2001 through 2008. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and holds a masters degree in geology from the University of Vermont. She is involved with Lake Champlain research studies at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College, and also with conservation projects and education programs in Vermont. She is a director of the Lintilhac Foundation.
Philip M. Lintilhac joined the board in 2002. He is Associate Research Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont. Born in Shanghai in 1940, he spent most of the first ten years of his life in China. Graduating from the University of Vermont with a major in botany, he obtained his doctorate in the same field at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971. After over four years conducting research as a post-doctoral fellow at Berkeley and at Stanford University, he returned to Vermont to join the faculty at the University. His research interests lie in the fields of plant development and physiology, in the pursuit of which he has invented a number of sophisticated biomechanical instruments. In 2006, Phil was honored by the Botanical Society of America with their Centennial Award.
V. Ernesto Mendez joined the board in 2010. He is an Assistant Professor with the Environmental Program and the Department of Plant and Soil Science, at the University of Vermont. His work analyzes interactions between agriculture, livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation in tropical and temperate landscapes, with an emphasis on small-scale farmers and their organizations. He is also a research associate with the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation at Antioch University New England, Adjunct Professor at the International University of Andalucia in Spain, and a founding member of Advising & Interdisciplinary Research for Local Development and Conservation in El Salvador,and the Community Agroecology Network in California. He holds degrees in Crop Science (California Polytechnic State University), Tropical Agroforestry (Tropical Agriculture Research and Education Center, Costa Rica), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. For more information on his work and publications, see: http://www.uvm.edu/~emendez/.
William Ryerson joined the board in 2013. He is the Population Institute’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Ryerson, who also serves as President of the Population Media Center, has a long history of working in the field of reproductive health, including 20 years of experience adapting the Sabido methodology for behavior change communications to various cultural settings worldwide. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which has led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. Bill received a B.A. in Biology from Amherst College and an M.Phil. in Biology from Yale University (with specialization in Ecology and Evolution). In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development.
Louise M. Tritton joined the board in 1997. She is an ecological consultant on a project to restore and revitalize the trails, woodlands and streams of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she combined interests in literature, science and environmental studies. After receiving her master of forest science degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1976, she worked on the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in New Hampshire. She earned a doctorate from Yale in forest ecology in 1980. Her research on natural resource management issues with the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, first in Connecticut and then in Vermont, led to her present involvement at the interface between human and physical ecology. She has taught at the University of New Haven, Connecticut College, University of Vermont, and Haverford College.
Thomas C. Vogelmann joined the board in 2002. He is presently Professor of Plant Biology and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont, his masters degree in botany at Washington State University and his doctorate in biology in 1980 at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. In 1980 he was Research Plant Physiologist at the North Central Forest Experiment Station in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and the following year, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lund in Sweden. From 1984 to 2001 he was on the faculty of the University of Wyoming with the exception of two years abroad, one as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund, and one as Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra. His research interests lie in various aspects of plant physiology, including photobiology and environmental stress.
Mary G. Wetzel joined the board in 1961 and served as the Foundation’s secretary from 1973 to 1993. In 2001 she was elected president. She received her bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College and her doctorate in zoology from the University of Maryland in 1967. She spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow and seven years as a staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health, studying carbohydrate and lipid synthesis and transport. For several years she was a Research Associate for the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation at the National Eye Institute studying photoreceptor cell biology. She then taught cell biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and later on the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas, where she was involved in research on oxidative damage and aging in the human brain. Her research at the University of Kansas Medical Center dealt with photoreceptors in the vertebrate retina, gene transcription and its control by tumor suppressor genes, cystic fibrosis and RNA viruses.
Alex Wilson joined the board in 1980. He is founder and Executive Editor of Environmental Building News, a monthly newsletter on environmentally responsible design and construction. He coauthoredGreen Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate (1998, John Wiley & Sons) with the staff at the Rocky Mountain Institute, co-authored the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 7th Edition, 1999), and has written several hundred articles on energy conservation, building technology, and the environment for dozens of trade and consumer magazines. He has also written a series of books on quiet-water paddling for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Prior to beginning full-time work as a writer in 1985, Mr. Wilson was Executive Director of the New England Solar Energy Association (1980-1985), Associate Director of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (1978-1980), and a research intern at the Library of Congress. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Ithaca College in 1977.