Donna E. Fennell is an environmental engineer/environmental microbiologist who studies biological processes in natural and engineered systems. Her work seeks to discover novel activities of microorganisms and harness their power to treat contaminated groundwater and sediments; investigate the activity of microbes in air and their relevance to greenhouse gas fate in Earth’s atmosphere; and understand factors controlling the activity, makeup and efficiency of microbial consortia in the waste to energy process, anaerobic digestion. Her group uses interdisciplinary approaches, modeling and cutting-edge molecular and chemical tools to characterize diverse microbial environments. Donna E. Fennel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers - New Brunswick.
Kevin Lyons is Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. He serves as the Co-Director of the Office of Climate Action and Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute. He is also the Director of the Rutgers Business School Public Private Community Partnership Program.Kevin Lyons conducts research on developing and integrating global environmental, social, economic, ethical criteria and data into supply chain/procurement systems and processes. His research work includes the environmental and economic impacts on raw material extraction, logistics, manufacturing, consumption, consumer of multiple products and services research, designing and implementing local, national and international environmental economic development systems, waste-to-energy systems and environmental and sustainable social policy and financial impact forecasting.
Jorge Marcone is Professor of Spanish/Portuguese and Comparative Literature, and Associate Dean of Humanities at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Jorge’s broad interests are in how social-ecological crises, transitions, and resilience are addressed in Latin American culture. His preferable focus is Amazonian literature, film, and art; he is drawn to new explorations on human and nonhuman interaction redefining creativity and promoting publicly engaged research in the humanities. One of Jorge's research projects focuses on the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms from Latin America in current ecological thinking and activism.
Rachel Mundy is Associate Professor of Music in the Arts, Culture, & Media program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers - Newark. Her work is concerned with the way animal musicality has defined modern notions of life and rights in a post-climate change world. This is an interdisciplinary question that brings musical science into conversation with Western beliefs about race, gender, nation, and other forms of difference. In a series of nationally recognized books, articles, and public lectures, I have explored these questions through cases that connect human rights to animal voices.
Patrick Rosal is an interdisciplinary artist and author of five full-length poetry collections including The Last Thing: New and Selected Poems, which was included as one of the best books of 2021 by The Boston Globe and won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Book Award. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Research Scholar program, and the Civitella Ranieri Residency. His writing and visual work has been published in The New York Times, The Nation, e-flux, Best American Poetry and many other journals and magazines. He is the inaugural campus Co-Director of the Mellon-funded Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers-Camden, where he heads the Quilting Water Initiative. A winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, he has performed as poet and musician in Europe, Africa, Asia, and throughout the Americas at venues that include Lincoln Center, NJPAC, the Cabrillo housing projects for agricultural workers, and Filipino Community Hall in Delano.
Amy Rowe is a county agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Essex and Passaic Counties at Rutgers - New Brunswick. Her background is in water chemistry with a concentration on the fate and transport of contaminants. Amy has worked in stormwater management for more than 10 years and her outreach programming has focused on green infrastructure in urban environments and green jobs training classes. She is also a coordinator for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program. Dr. Rowe also works with the USDA NE Climate Hub on integrating climate impacts with Ag Extension. Amy is currently working on reducing food waste as part of climate change mitigation with a focus on New Jersey schools.Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is the Clement A. Price Professor of Public History and Humanities and the Director of the Price Institute. Extending his past work with disenfranchised communities (documenting and archiving the past, present, and future matters important to them), Professor Tchen is focused on two concerns – supporting research and documentation that tells the more accurate history of settler colonialism and enslavement’s extractivist impacts on Indigenous Lands and disenfranchised people in the Newark-NYC Metro Region, and grappling with the ongoing local, regional, and global legacies of climate change, environmental racism, and ecological injustice.
Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is the Clement A. Price Professor of Public History and Humanities and the Director of the Price Institute. Extending his past work with disenfranchised communities (documenting and archiving the past, present, and future matters important to them), Professor Tchen is focused on two concerns – supporting research and documentation that tells the more accurate history of settler colonialism and enslavement’s extractivist impacts on Indigenous Lands and disenfranchised people in the Newark-NYC Metro Region, and grappling with the ongoing local, regional, and global legacies of climate change, environmental racism, and ecological injustice.