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FACULTY + STAFF

Vacant

Executive Director

Dr. Dan Collins

President

As president of the Board of Trustees of the Telluride Institute in Colorado, he has helped to develop and administer a number of environmentally-based curricula in the Colorado River Basin. His recent work, “The Colorado River Re-Storied,” focuses on locative media, participatory research methods, and documentary video with an environmental focus. Dan holds an MA from Stanford in Education, an MFA in Sculpture/New Forms from UCLA, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Arizona State University. Dan is the founding Co-Director of the PRISM lab (a 3D visualization and prototyping facility) and heads the first-year art program in the School of Art (artCORE) at Arizona State University. As a member of the Intermedia faculty at ASU, Dan teaches courses in the School of Art and the new Digital Culture program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA). Over the past two decades, Dan has collaborated on a variety of discipline-based research projects that harness digital media for 3D visualization, prototyping, and archiving.

dan@tellurideinstitute.org

Dr. Evan Iverson

Director of Science and Research

Evan is the Director of Science and Research for the Telluride Institute. He is also a Trustee and on the Executive Committee. Evan moved to Telluride in 2016 to pursue his interests in environmental science and to build the Telluride Environmental Science and Engineering Laboratory (TESEL), for which he is the Director. Evan has a strong interest in systems biology, particularly for high-mountain soils, wetlands, and forests. He also does work in microbiology, plant morphogenesis, mycology, and biodiversity/biocomplexity. Work at TESEL also includes the development of specialized instrumentation for unattended in situ environmental monitoring and the application of physics and engineering principles to address climate resilience, particularly related to small-scale renewable energy. Evan is also interested in STEM education through project-based learning, and is a volunteer at the Pinhead Institute and a leader for the establishment of a Telluride Community Makerspace.

Evan holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and MS and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics, with a focus on computer science and physics, from the University of Arizona. He was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13 years where he conducted research in computational physics, computer science, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, complex systems, and artificial neural networks. In 1990 he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led R&D in remote sensing, computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and digital signal processing. In 1998 he became a Vice President and served as the Manager of SAIC’s Imagery Technology and Systems Division from 1998 to 2006. This was followed by a year serving as Chief Scientist of SAIC’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation. In 2007 he joined Rincon Research Corporation and served as Chief Scientist and Program Manager until transitioning to Consulting Employee and moving to Telluride.

evan@tellurideinstitute.org

Vacant

Secretary

Kris Holstrom

Treasurer

Kris Holstrom is currently San Miguel County Commissioner from District 3. She is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high-altitude demonstration and education farm at 9000’ above Sawpit, Colorado. Kris grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado and has lived in San Miguel County since 1987. From 2007 through 2013, she was the Regional Sustainability Coordinator and Executive Director of EcoAction Partners, a non-profit focused on sustainability issues in the San Miguel Watershed. Prior to that she worked for the Telluride
Institute as its Sustainability Director. Kris has a B.S. in Forest Management from Utah State University and an M.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. She has a diverse background having held many different positions in the region from cleaning houses to operating a small saw mill. She co-founded and is Board President for SWIRL – the Southwest Institute for Resilience – a non-profit that supports community gardens, greenhouses and the Telluride Farmers Market. Kris has spent over three decades educating the public and youth about sustainability issues including renewable energy, food security, waste reduction and “out of the box” systems thinking to contribute to regional solutions to current challenges.

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Dr. Dan Collins

Sustainable Communities and Place-Based Eduction (SCAPE)

As president of the Board of Trustees of the Telluride Institute in Colorado, he has helped to develop and administer a number of environmentally-based curricula in the Colorado River Basin. His recent work, “The Colorado River Re-Storied,” focuses on locative media, participatory research methods, and documentary video with an environmental focus. Dan holds an MA from Stanford in Education, an MFA in Sculpture/New Forms from UCLA, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Arizona State University. Dan is the founding Co-Director of the PRISM lab (a 3D visualization and prototyping facility) and heads the first-year art program in the School of Art (artCORE) at Arizona State University. As a member of the Intermedia faculty at ASU, Dan teaches courses in the School of Art and the new Digital Culture program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA). Over the past two decades, Dan has collaborated on a variety of discipline-based research projects that harness digital media for 3D visualization, prototyping, and archiving.

dan@tellurideinstitute.org

Dr. Evan Iverson

Telluride Environmental Science and Engineering Laboratory (TESEL) & Prospect Basin Fens Research

Evan is the Director of Science and Research for the Telluride Institute. He is also a Trustee and on the Executive Committee. Evan moved to Telluride in 2016 to pursue his interests in environmental science and to build the Telluride Environmental Science and Engineering Laboratory (TESEL), for which he is the Director. Evan has a strong interest in systems biology, particularly for high-mountain soils, wetlands, and forests. He also does work in microbiology, plant morphogenesis, mycology, and biodiversity/biocomplexity. Work at TESEL also includes the development of specialized instrumentation for unattended in situ environmental monitoring and the application of physics and engineering principles to address climate resilience, particularly related to small-scale renewable energy. Evan is also interested in STEM education through project-based learning, and is a volunteer at the Pinhead Institute and a leader for the establishment of a Telluride Community Makerspace.

Evan holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and MS and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics, with a focus on computer science and physics, from the University of Arizona. He was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13 years where he conducted research in computational physics, computer science, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, complex systems, and artificial neural networks. In 1990 he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led R&D in remote sensing, computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and digital signal processing. In 1998 he became a Vice President and served as the Manager of SAIC’s Imagery Technology and Systems Division from 1998 to 2006. This was followed by a year serving as Chief Scientist of SAIC’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation. In 2007 he joined Rincon Research Corporation and served as Chief Scientist and Program Manager until transitioning to Consulting Employee and moving to Telluride.

evan@tellurideinstitute.org

Lia Cristadoro

Watershed Education Program

Lia completed her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since, she has been inspired to promote sustainable community development through scientific and cultural efforts. One of her passions is entomology, specifically the relationships between insect health, climate change, social implications, and modern agricultural practices. Additionally, Lia is incredibly motivated to integrate Indigenous voices and perspectives into creating environmental management strategies. She has been working to create a graduate school project that considers all of these elements, while addressing the distinct needs of Telluride and the surrounding region. Away from school, she spends her time coaching gymnastics, climbing, and skiing. Working with children and devoting her time to exploring outdoor spaces has enhanced her appreciation for community and the value it holds in addressing environmental problems. Beyond this, she recognizes that providing environmental education to children from a young age is the recipe for generating a healthy, resilient, and climate-friendly world. She plans to pursue her future endeavors with a dedication to progressive science, sustainability, environmental justice, and unity.

Lia@tellurideinstitute.org

Pamela Lifton-Zoline

Clute Science Fiction Library

Pam is a writer and environmental educator who has a long history of projects created at the intersection of speculative fiction, environmental education, and politics. Zoline is admired for her experimental approach to both the form of the short story and the genre of science fiction, especially for using the language of science to interrogate the scientific world view. Her 1967 novel, Heat Death of the Universe, is structured in a loosely encyclopedic style, with 54 numbered paragraphs narrated in a deliberately matter-of-fact third-person voice. As the narrative veers back and forth among scientific explanations, descriptions of household events, and philosophical speculation, the cumulative effect is of a mind and a culture on the verge of collapse. Zoline has also written a children’s book (Annika and the Wolves), libretti for two operas (Harry Houdini and the False and True Occult, The Forbidden Experiment), and original science fiction radio plays for the Telluride Science Fiction Project.

Art Goodtimes

Director of Talking Gourds Poetry Program

Art retired in 2017 after serving for 20 years on the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners, the first and only Green Party county commissioner in Colorado. A co-founder of the local enviro group, the Sheep Mountain Alliance, he has won numerous environmental awards and been a member of dozens of boards and commissions on the local, regional, state and even national levels. Twice director of the local arts council in Telluride, he has also worked as a pre-school teacher/director in California, as well as a journalist, editor, and now weekly op-ed columnist for the on-line MontroseMirror.com and monthly for Cortez’s print newspaper, the Four Corners Free Press.

Former Institute president and long-time trustee, Art directed the Telluride Mushroom Festival for its first 25 years and helped spearhead the founding of three Institute initiatives: the Talking Gourds poetry program, the Ute Reconciliation program; and the Prospect Basin Fens Project.

Former poetry editor for Twin Peaks, Earth First! Journal, Wild Earth, and the Mountain Gazette, he currently serves as poetry editor for Fungi magazine and the on-line anthology Sage Green Journal. He was appointed as the first Western Slope Poet Laureate (2011-12). His latest poetry books are Dancing on Edge: the McRedeye Poems (Lithic Press, Fruita, 2019), Looking South to Lone Cone (Western Eye Press, Sedona, 2013) and As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2007). He performs his poetry widely in the region.

shroompa@gmail.com

MASTERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COHORT (MEM TELLURIDE)

Dr. Evan Iverson

Western Colorado University Liaison

Evan is the Director of Science and Research for the Telluride Institute. He is also a Trustee and on the Executive Committee. Evan moved to Telluride in 2016 to pursue his interests in environmental science and to build the Telluride Environmental Science and Engineering Laboratory (TESEL), for which he is the Director. Evan has a strong interest in systems biology, particularly for high-mountain soils, wetlands, and forests. He also does work in microbiology, plant morphogenesis, mycology, and biodiversity/biocomplexity. Work at TESEL also includes the development of specialized instrumentation for unattended in situ environmental monitoring and the application of physics and engineering principles to address climate resilience, particularly related to small-scale renewable energy. Evan is also interested in STEM education through project-based learning, and is a volunteer at the Pinhead Institute and a leader for the establishment of a Telluride Community Makerspace.

Evan holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and MS and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics, with a focus on computer science and physics, from the University of Arizona. He was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13 years where he conducted research in computational physics, computer science, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, complex systems, and artificial neural networks. In 1990 he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led R&D in remote sensing, computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and digital signal processing. In 1998 he became a Vice President and served as the Manager of SAIC’s Imagery Technology and Systems Division from 1998 to 2006. This was followed by a year serving as Chief Scientist of SAIC’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation. In 2007 he joined Rincon Research Corporation and served as Chief Scientist and Program Manager until transitioning to Consulting Employee and moving to Telluride.

evan@tellurideinstitute.org

Kris Holstrom

Student Community Coordinator

Kris Holstrom is currently San Miguel County Commissioner from District 3. She is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high-altitude demonstration and education farm at 9000’ above Sawpit, Colorado. Kris grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado and has lived in San Miguel County since 1987. From 2007 through 2013, she was the Regional Sustainability Coordinator and Executive Director of EcoAction Partners, a non-profit focused on sustainability issues in the San Miguel Watershed. Prior to that she worked for the Telluride
Institute as its Sustainability Director. Kris has a B.S. in Forest Management from Utah State University and an M.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. She has a diverse background having held many different positions in the region from cleaning houses to operating a small saw mill. She co-founded and is Board President for SWIRL – the Southwest Institute for Resilience – a non-profit that supports community gardens, greenhouses and the Telluride Farmers Market. Kris has spent over three decades educating the public and youth about sustainability issues including renewable energy, food security, waste reduction and “out of the box” systems thinking to contribute to regional solutions to current challenges.

TELLURIDE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

Art Goodtimes

Facilitator Festival Management Team

Art retired in 2017 after serving for 20 years on the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners, the first and only Green Party county commissioner in Colorado. A co-founder of the local enviro group, the Sheep Mountain Alliance, he has won numerous environmental awards and been a member of dozens of boards and commissions on the local, regional, state and even national levels. Twice director of the local arts council in Telluride, he has also worked as a pre-school teacher/director in California, as well as a journalist, editor, and now weekly op-ed columnist for the on-line MontroseMirror.com and monthly for Cortez’s print newspaper, the Four Corners Free Press.

Former Institute president and long-time trustee, Art directed the Telluride Mushroom Festival for its first 25 years and helped spearhead the founding of three Institute initiatives: the Talking Gourds poetry program, the Ute Reconciliation program; and the Prospect Basin Fens Project.

Former poetry editor for Twin Peaks, Earth First! Journal, Wild Earth, and the Mountain Gazette, he currently serves as poetry editor for Fungi magazine and the on-line anthology Sage Green Journal. He was appointed as the first Western Slope Poet Laureate (2011-12). His latest poetry books are Dancing on Edge: the McRedeye Poems (Lithic Press, Fruita, 2019), Looking South to Lone Cone (Western Eye Press, Sedona, 2013) and As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2007). He performs his poetry widely in the region.

shroompa@gmail.com

Kris Holstrom

Government Facilitator Festival Management Team

Kris Holstrom is currently San Miguel County Commissioner from District 3. She is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high-altitude demonstration and education farm at 9000’ above Sawpit, Colorado. Kris grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado and has lived in San Miguel County since 1987. From 2007 through 2013, she was the Regional Sustainability Coordinator and Executive Director of EcoAction Partners, a non-profit focused on sustainability issues in the San Miguel Watershed. Prior to that she worked for the Telluride
Institute as its Sustainability Director. Kris has a B.S. in Forest Management from Utah State University and an M.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. She has a diverse background having held many different positions in the region from cleaning houses to operating a small saw mill. She co-founded and is Board President for SWIRL – the Southwest Institute for Resilience – a non-profit that supports community gardens, greenhouses and the Telluride Farmers Market. Kris has spent over three decades educating the public and youth about sustainability issues including renewable energy, food security, waste reduction and “out of the box” systems thinking to contribute to regional solutions to current challenges.

Daiva Chesonis

Creative Aesthetic Facilitator Festival Management Team

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Britt Bunyard

Dean of Faculty

Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Britt has worked academically as a mycologist his entire career, teaching a number of university courses and writing scientifically for many research journals and popular science magazines. He has served as an editor for mycological and entomological research journals, and mushroom guide books. A popular evangelizer on all things fungal, Britt has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, PBS’s NOVA and Wisconsin Foodie television programs, and in The Atlantic, Vogue, Forbes, Saveur, Women’s World, and others. He serves as Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. He co-authored Amanitas of North America (2020; The FUNGI Press), Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States (2012; The Ohio State University Press), and the forthcoming The Beginner’s Guide to Mushrooms (coming November 2020; Quarry Books).
mushroom festival staff organize volunteers at pre-fest meeting

Matt Guertin

Co-Operations Director

Bio coming soon!
matt@tellurideinstitute.org

Teal Stetson-Lee

Co-Operations Director

Bio coming soon!

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