Rob Lilieholm is a professor in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, where he teaches and conducts research in natural resources economics, policy, and management. Lilieholm received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. His research examines ways in which wildlands can be sustainably managed to promote a wide range of ecological and social goals. Examples include a host of land use issues, including the modeling of alternative future growth scenarios to determine the long-term impact of development on natural systems at the landscape level. Lilieholm has also been active in research and assistance projects promoting the sustainability of African national parks, and the people that rely on them for their survival. For more information see: http://www.forest.umaine.edu/faculty-staff/directory/rob-lilieholm/
Jim N. Levitt is Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University and Fellow in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He is also a research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He currently serves as a director or advisor of QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment, the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, Saving Land (the journal of the Land Trust Alliance), the Patagonia Sur Foundation, and Patagonia Sur, LLC. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Management, Levitt has three decades of experience as a consultant and advisor to large public, private, and nonprofit organizations. In 2008, he was named by the Yale School of Management as a Donaldson Fellow, an honor given to alumni for career achievements that “exemplify the mission of the School.” He was also awarded the medallion of Chile’s Chamber of Deputies in recognition of his work to advance land conservation in that nation.
Ildiko Losconci serves as the Logistics Coordinator for the Acadian Program. Ildiko is a Resource Administration and Management M.S. Graduate Fellow from the University of New Hampshire, where she focused her research on natural resource economics and innovative ways to finance conservation, including the payment for ecosystem services theme. She received her degree in September 2012 and currently works as a Consular Officer at the Honorary Consulate of Hungary in Boston. She also actively participates in local environmental group activities such as an initiative that aims to address the challenges of sea level rise and serves th Eight Towns & the Great Marsh Committee. Her experience includes working for the Maine Sea Grant and researching economic, social and conservation issues related to fisheries in Downeast Maine, and developing a report for The Nature Conservancy on sustainable financial strategies to assess the process on the implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas. Prior to moving to the United States she was responsible for managing the financial operations of a World Wildlife Fund Initiative that aimed to protect large ecosystems across Europe.
Yvonne Davis is the Coordinator of Educational programs for the SERC Institute where she oversees the Advanced Placement Summer Institutes for teachers. She is a former educator and was the state director of Maine’s Career and Technical schools.
Isabella Gambill is a Spring 2012 graduate from Wellesley College, where she majored in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Justice. In her time at Wellesley, Isabella worked for the Neponset River Restoration Project, in which she researched historical land use and industrial production data from local factories in order to identify key point sources of pollution and priority locations for remediation along the Neponset River in Massachusetts. Isabella’s research cautioned against dam removal and/or modification in contamination hotspots along the Neponset River, and helped to prevent the uncontrolled mobilization of otherwise contained legacy metals in the process of watershed restoration. Currently, Isabella serves as James Levitt’s research assistant, and is helping to expand the Conservation Catalyst Network on both regional and global scales.