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Mark Bergstrom

Mark Bergstrom, Director 

Mark Bergstrom is an accomplished scholar and award winning teacher in the Department of Communication; he has extensive administrative experience here at the U, he served 11 years as Senior Associate Dean as well as Acting and Interim Dean in the College of Humanities.  Mark was the founding Director of the Environmental Humanities Masters Degree program, and was actively involved in the University’s acquisition of the Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center. He knows and understands the Center and has watched its growth and development from the earliest stages; he is a passionate environmentalist who has a deep understanding of the landscape of the American West and Montana.

Lucas Moyer-Horner

Lucas Moyer-Horner, Associate Director 

Lucas is a scientist, educator, and outdoor enthusiast, who was inspired by the Rocky Mountains of Montana nearly 20 years ago and has been coming back ever since. He earned his PhD studying American pika ecology and climate change impacts in Glacier National Park, MT. He has been teaching biological sciences and environmental studies for 15 years and had a post-doc position focusing on science education and mentor-mentee relationships. Lucas is deeply concerned about biodiversity protection and concepts such as humanity's growing disconnect with nature and the role of protected areas in an era of rapid climate change. Lucas is thrilled to be at the intersection of the sciences and humanities, where real progress can be made on these challenging issues.

MaryAnne Russell

MaryAnne Russell, Associate Instructor 

My fascination with the natural world began at a very young age and eventually led me to the coastal redwood forest where I received my degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Since then, I have had the privilege of living and working as a naturalist in spectacular landscapes across the country, including the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the Colorado Plateau in Southeastern Utah. Throughout my career as a naturalist, I have become very passionate about bridging the gap between the natural sciences and other disciplines, and I am specifically interested in merging ecology with the arts and humanities. I am thrilled to be joining the Taft-Nicholson Center this summer to continue to pursue my passions and immerse myself in the unique ecosystems of the Centennial Valley.

Melissa Parks

Melissa Parks, Field Experience Graduate Fellow 

Melissa is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Her research lies at the intersection of environmental and science communication, with special focus on ecocultural communication and more-than-human rhetoric. She is a communication instructor at the U, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Malawi, 2011-2013), a writer, and an eager adventurer. She deeply loves the outdoors and is vastly grateful for the opportunity to play a part in the Taft-Nicholson Center’s mission to bridge the environmental humanities, sciences, and arts.
Last Updated: 6/15/18