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Monday, August 13

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Plenary

Joan Iverson Nassauer, University of Michigan

Joan Iverson NassauerJoan Iverson Nassauer, Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, develops ecological design proposals and investigates how human experience is affected by and can sustain socially and environmentally beneficial landscape patterns. Linking environmental performance with social benefits, she has developed green infrastructure approaches for several cities. Currently, she leads the NEW-GI project, Neighborhood, Environment, and Water research collaborations for Green Infrastructure in Detroit. She also leads social science investigations for the NSF-funded Smart and Connected Communities project: “Overcoming Social and Technical Barriers for the Broad Adoption of Smart Stormwater Systems”. The author of more than 80 refereed papers and books, she wrote about water quality and health in agricultural landscapes in From the Corn Belt to the Gulf: Societal and Environmental Implications of Alternative Agricultural Futures (2007, Resources for the Future Press), and urban green infrastructure in Placing Nature: Culture and Landscape Ecology (1997, Island Press).

A Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects (1992), she was named Distinguished Scholar by the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) (2007) and Distinguished Practitioner of Landscape Ecology in the United States (1998). She is co-Editor-in-Chief of Landscape and Urban Planning.

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