Presentation Speakers From Past To Present
Dr. Charles Barden is originally from the East Coast. His love of trees and forestry is backed by a lot of history, stemming from his days of working on his grandparents’ apple orchard in North Scituate, Rhode Island and cutting firewood to heat his childhood home. Barden began his post-secondary education in Natural Resources, where he learned about forestry and wildlife, in addition to plant, animal and soil sciences. He decided to pursue Forestry in his graduate studies.


Wendy Bowles has been a Conservation Worker for Kanopolis State Park for 26 years. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Wildlife Biology.  She is a mother of twins girls who are now 22.  She loves to travel and do just about anything outside.  She has been doing nature programs for Kanopolis for 26 years and has developed the trail system and maps.  She says that she something new everyday about the area, because there is so much history in the area.


Ian Trevethan is originally from Spokane Washington, where he grew up and attended primary school. It was during this time that he began to develop an interest in earth history and deep time, due in no small part to the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, when he was in first grade.  As Ian grew older, he also developed a great love for science fiction (Star Wars was his all time favorite), which he saw as a doorway to understanding science.  He attended Montana State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in Earth science, with a minor in museum studies. Ian completed a senior thesis under the guidance of Dr. Jack Horner examining cranial variation within the extant phylogenetic bracket of the dinosauria.  Ian attended Graduate school at Fort Hays State University, where he earned a Master of science in geology in 2015. His graduate research centered around the thermophysiology of mosasaurs from the Western Interior Seaway of Kansas, via stable isotope analysis of biophosphate within fossil bone.  Ian took the position of Outreach Coordinator at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History in the summer of 2015. That job offered him the opportunity to work with a multitude of people and enables him to travel all around Western Kansas educating the general public about the natural history of our region. In addition to education outreach, he has the privilege of maintaining our museum volunteer program. 


Wes McCall - Wes is a licensed geologist with an M.S. in Geology. He’s managed investigations for over 25 years and has done trainings around the USA, and in Europe and China about groundwater investigations. He joined Geoprobe Systems, Inc. in 1995 and conducts research related to groundwater and environmental investigations.


Mike Rader - I have had an avid interest in birds since I was a kid and pursued that interest in college at Kansas State University. I have a degree in Park Resources Management, but have always gravitated back to the biological sciences and birds especially. I have worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a seasonal park ranger and as a forestry technician. I started my full-time career with the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks (now Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism) in 1989 at Wilson Lake as a Conservation Worker, where I worked in that position for 18 years. The opportunity to work as the Wildlife Education Coordinator came my way and I’ve been doing that job, based out of our state headquarters in Pratt, for almost nine years now. I am responsible for the supervision of employees at the Milford Nature Center, the Prairie Center in Olathe, the Pratt Education Center & Museum, and one person at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. My oldest daughter, Jennifer, works as the director of the Southeast Kansas Nature Center at Galena and while I am not her supervisor, I’m responsible for some of the operation decisions at that facility as well. I am also responsible for a statewide program instrumental in assisting schools and other unique locations create wildlife habitat call Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites (OWLS). We provide funding and expertise for the purpose of promoting and establishing outdoor classrooms. I am from Kensington, in north central Kansas, but have lived in Wilson since 1989 and continue to live there with my wife, Ellen and youngest daughter Andrea. Our middle daughter, Heather, lives and works in Lindsborg.


Dr. Lynn-Sherow is an Environmental and Agricultural Historian of North America and the Executive Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State Univer-sity. She earned her PhD at Northwestern University and has been at K-State since 1998. Dr. Lynn-Sherow has been active in numerous societies and boards, is an author of books, essays and articles and has given many invited talks and interviews in various venues including newspaper, radio and television.


Jennifer Krehbiel is a lifetime resident of Kansas, currently living in Marquette. Jennifer has been a bee keeper for eight and a half years, managing from up to 60 hives. Currently she has 24 hives. She attempts to raise the bees employing natural methods, utilizing non-chemical treatments when needed. Jenn likes sharing the natural health benefits raw honey provides. Also, with the cut-off wax capping from the honey harvest, she likes making lib balms, soaps and lotions.


Dan Baffa has devoted his life to the conservation of species. As a zoo employee since 1969 he has worked as an animal keeper at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, general curator at the Indianapolis Zoo, director at the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville Indiana and retired as Zoo Director of the zoo in Garden City Kansas. He has served or been chairman of several boards and committees including chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Garden City Community College where he was influential in establishing the first ammonia refrigeration school in the country. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Garden City Leadership and Kansas Environmental Leadership Program.


Jeffrey Kasoff has a lifelong interest in the natural world and what science can tell us about its past, present , and future processes. His interest in environment extends back to his early undergraduates days taking a course titled ‘Problems in the Marine Environment'. His professional life, working in manufacturing, honed his problem-solving and critical thinking skills. His current ambition is to bring science and rational investigation alive for the general public and citizen scientist. He has a BS in Biochemistry from State University of NY at Stony Brook and a BSME from New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Tim Crews joined the staff of the The Land Institute in 2012 as director of research and an ecologist. He helps facilitate and coordinate research efforts of his colleagues, and conducts work on the ecosystem functions performed by soils. Before taking this position, he directed a program in agricultural ecology at Prescott College in Northern Arizona for 18 years. Tim's research interest spans topics in nutrient cycling ecology, intercropping, and global change. Education: B.A. 1985, Environmental Studies/Agro ecology, University of California at Santa Cruz. Ph.D. 1993, Cornell University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Post-doc, Stanford University


Scott Newland started his zoo career in 1988 as a volunteer at the Sedgwick Co. Zoo. Scott attended Fort Hays State University where he received a B.S. in Wildlife Management and an M.S. in Biology with emphasis on birds. While at FHSU, Scott was an instructor for Biology/Ornithology Labs and worked for 5 years on the FHSU Migratory Banding project. He worked in the field for FHSU at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Scott City Lake on several projects involving native Passerines. In 1999 Scott returned to Sedgwick County Zoo as a research intern, but quickly was hired on as a Bird keeper in 2000. Scott was promoted in 2002 to Senior Zookeeper shortly after receiving his M.S. Scott oversaw the Jungle building at the zoo until his promotion to Curator of Birds in 2012. Since 2011, Scott has traveled annually to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands as part of the Mariana Avifauna Conservation team. While in CNMI, the MAC team has been working to protect eight native forest bird species from human pressures. Scott currently serves as the SSP coordinator for three species within the Marianas; Guam Rail, Golden White-eye and Bridled White-eye.


Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute, was born in 1936 on a farm near Topeka, Kansas. After attending Kansas Wesleyan (B.A Biology, 1958), he studied botany (M.A. University of Kansas, 1960) and genetics (Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1967). He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan and later established the Environmental Studies department at California State University, Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor. He resigned that position in 1976 and returned to Kansas to found The Land Institute.

Dr. Jackson’s writings include both papers and books. His most recent works, Nature as Measure (2011) and Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture (2010), were both published by Counterpoint Press. The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge (2008) and Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place (1996), were co-edited with William Vitek. Becoming Native to This Place, 1994, sketches his vision for the resettlement of America's rural communities. Altars of Unhewn Stone appeared in 1987 and Meeting the Expectations of the Land, edited with Wendell Berry and Bruce Colman, was published in 1984. New Roots for Agriculture, 1980, outlines the basis for the agricultural research at The Land Institute.

The work of The Land Institute has been featured extensively in the popular media including The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, National Geographic, Time Magazine, Yes! Magazine, The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Life magazine named Wes Jackson as one of 18 individuals they predict will be among the 100 "important Americans of the 20th century." In the November 2005 issue, Smithsonian named him one of “35 Who Made a Difference.” He was included in Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change” in March, 2009 and in Ingram’s “50 Kansans You Should Know” in January 2011. Wes Jackson is a recipient of the Pew Conservation Scholars award (1990), a MacArthur Fellowship (1992), Right Livelihood Award (Stockholm), known as “Alternative Nobel Prize” (2000), and the Louis Bromfield Award (2010). He has received five honorary doctorates. In 2007 he received the University of Kansas Distinguished Service Award and was one of the 2011 recipients of the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni Awards. Garden Club of America awarded him the Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor Medal in 2012.

In addition to lecturing nationwide and abroad, Dr. Jackson is involved outside The Land Institute with a variety of projects including being a Post Carbon Institute Fellow.