P. Wesley Schultz
Wesley is Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Marcos where he teaches courses in conservation psychology, social psychology and statistics. His research focuses on social influence, and the application of psychology to understand and solve social issues. Much of his work has focused on environmental issues, and he has conducted a number of widely-cited studies on energy and water conservation, environmental attitudes, littering and climate change. He has also published studies on community crime-prevention programs, science training programs and the impact of technology use on children and adolescents. Dr. Schultz received his PhD from the Claremont Graduate University and has held visiting appointments at several European institutions. He is a fellow at the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Over the past twenty years, Professor Schultz has published more than fifty peer-reviewed journal articles and invited chapters, along with seven books and edited volumes. He has served as advisor to multiple government, corporate, and NGOs in the application of psychology to environmental issues. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine and National Public Radio.
Louise is a Professor in the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, an editor of the journal Children, Youth and Environments, and associate director of the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Community Engagement. Her interest in children’s informal learning in their communities led her to a masters in Education and Child Development at Bryn Mawr College and a doctorate in Environmental Psychology at the City University of New York. She has written widely on children and nature, children in cities, and the development of committed action for the environment. Her publications include the books In the First Country of Places: Nature, Poetry and Childhood Memory and the edited collection Growing Up in an Urbanising World. When she served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research, she revived the Growing Up in Cities project of UNESCO, which remains active in involving urban children in evaluating and improving their local communities. It is the basis of the Growing Up Boulder project, a current partnership with the CYE Center, the City of Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District.
Thomas Joseph Doherty
Thomas specializes in education and group facilitation that illuminates the complex emotions, beliefs and identity processes associated with conservation and sustainability issues and that fosters innovative, collaborative outcomes. Thomas is an expert on the emotional impacts of environmental issues and will discuss how helps people to maintain optimism and resilience in the face of ecological threats. He developed the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is founding editor of the Ecopsychology journal. Thomas served on the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Global Climate Change and has written about the psychological impacts of climate change. He was recently named President-elect of APA Division 34, The Society of Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology. Thomas has provided professional talks and workshops for organizations and businesses such as the American Psychological Association, Natural Step USA, New Season's Markets, the Bioneers, and the Association of Oregon Recyclers. The New York Times called Dr. Doherty "the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline known as 'ecopsychology.'" Thomas's work has also been featured in the Oregonian; New Hampshire Public Radio; the Detroit Metro Times; Sustainability: The Journal of Record; and Alternative and Complementary Therapies. Thomas received his BA from Columbia University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England. Early in his career, Thomas worked as a wilderness therapy expedition leader in the Western United States and a river rafting guide in Grand Canyon.
Carol is one of the founders of Conservation Psychology. In 2003 she co-edited a special issue of the Human Ecology Review, which attempted to define this new field. As a research faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, in NH, Carol advises and teaches graduate students. Previously, she had an extensive career as director of communications research at the Chicago Zoological Society. She was responsible for a wide range of program evaluation, visitor studies and exhibit development. Carol received her PhD in behavioral biology from Cornell University and a master's in psychology from the University of Virginia. For her dissertation, she used observational methods to study the ecology of baboon social behavior in Kenya. Since then, she has been studying how people develop affective connections with animals and nature, and factors that promote conservation behavior. She is especially interested in how people experience wildlife, the personal impacts of public programs designed to focus attention on the natural world, and possible links to the development of an environmental ethic.
Molly is the Director of Science Education at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, PA) where she oversees the majority of the organization's youth education, community outreach, and developing research programs. She holds a BS Biology from the University of Dallas, an MS Ecology from Purdue University, and is a current PhD candidate in Zoology at Miami University (OH), conducting environmental psychology research on how youth relate to nearby nature. She is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments, an Executive Committee member of Let's Move Pittsburgh, a city-wide collaborative to improve children's health, a Fellow with the Fine Outreach for Science program at Carnegie Mellon University, and an Affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a project-driven organization consisting of many of the top nature photographers in the world; she is also an internationally recognized photographer herself focusing mainly on human-environment interactions in cities. Molly has over ten years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level to science and non-science majors and formal and informal educators, in topics including ecology, primate behavior and conservation, plant-people interactions and inquiry learning, and more recently, photography and communicating science; and she has taught in classroom, field, zoo, botanic garden, and online settings. Additionally, she has over ten years of research experience in topics including animal behavior, conservation genetics, and plant community composition, conducting fieldwork in desert, woodland and coastal habitats around the US. She formerly served as Board member for the Society for Conservation Biology's Religion and Conservation Working Group and as the Environment Committee Chair for the North American Nature Photography Association. Her work has been featured in Grist, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and other local to international media outlets.