Forest Isbell, University of Minnesota
Dr. Isbell is the associate director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve; an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; and an associate fellow at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. His research investigates the anthropogenic drivers of changes in biodiversity and the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem functioning, stability, and services. Previously, Forest was the Haines Family Professor of Aboveground Ecology at the University of Georgia and he completed postdoctoral research positions at the University of Minnesota and McGill University. Further information can be found at his lab website: z.umn.edu/isbell
Laura Dee, University of Minnesota
Dr. Dee is an Assistant Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and an Affiliate Fellow at the Institute on the Environment at the Uniersity. of Minnesota. Laura’s research falls at the interface of ecology and economics, addressing climatic, ecological and socioeconomic drivers of ecosystem services and their sustainable management. Laura completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara and a concurrent M.A. in Economics. She completed a post-doc at UMN, examining how climate change affects ecosystem services provided by boreal forests and management strategies to reduce those impacts. Laura is also affiliated with the Natural Capital Project at UMN. For more information, see her website: Lauraedee.com.