Earth Week Speaker Bios 2020

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Speakers 2020 By Date

Camille Heatherly – 04/20/2020

Camille provides staff support for the Hopelink Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative, a mobility coalition supporting the cities of Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Mercer Island. She works alongside local stakeholders to improve mobility options and address regional gaps in transportation. In addition to this, Camille coordinates travel programs for the Eastside, empowering individuals and organizations with transportation resources and education.

Maggie Harger – 04/20/2020

Maggie provides staff support to Hopelink’s North King County Mobility Coalition, which encompasses the areas of North Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville. This community partnership works to discover and address transportation gaps for people who live and work in these areas. Maggie also conducts travel and education programs to help people better understand the wide range of transportation options in our region.

Jennifer Ewing – 04/21/2020

Jennifer Ewing is the Environmental Stewardship Program Manager for the City of Bellevue, WA, and oversees Bellevue’s environmental sustainability efforts. She oversees a portfolio of projects, programs, and policies designed to improve the environmental sustainability of Bellevue. Prior to joining the City of Bellevue, Jennifer consulted with local and state governments around the country on their climate and sustainability programs as an independent consultant and was the Director of Tools and Technical Innovation for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. At ICLEI, Jennifer developed guidance, tools, and resources for climate and sustainability planning. Jennifer has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Prior to graduate school, Jennifer worked as a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies and for international government agencies in San Francisco, New Zealand, and Germany.

Dr. Jennifer Atkinson -04/21/2020

Jennifer Atkinson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she teaches courses on environmental humanities, environmental ethics, and American literature and culture. Her seminar on Eco-Grief & Climate Anxiety, which explores the emotional toll of climate change and environmental loss, has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Seattle Times, NBC News, Grist, Medium, and many other publications.

Jennifer regularly collaborates with activists, psychologists, educators, and scientists beyond the university to provide resources on navigating the emotional terrain of our climate crisis, and recently received a grant from the Rachel Carson Center in Munich to co-facilitate an interdisciplinary series focusing on Eco-Grief and the Climate Generation. This project, titled “An Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators,” will launch in summer 2020.

Jennifer is also the author of Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy and Everyday Practice (University of Georgia Press, 2018), a book that explores American garden literature as a “fantasy genre” where people enact desires for community, social justice, joyful labor, contact with nature, and more vibrant and democratic cities. She holds a PhD in English Literature & Language from the University of Chicago, and currently lives in Seattle, where she’s taught at the University of Washington for the past 11 years.

Dr. Brian Casserly – 04/22/2020

Brian Casserly has taught at Bellevue College since 2009 and has been a full time faculty member since 2012. Before joining BC as a full time instructor, he also taught at the University of Washington and at North Seattle, Highline, Shoreline, and Everett Community Colleges.  Casserly teaches U.S. history, Pacific Northwest history, U.S. military history, and the history of World War II.  He is developing a class on the environmental history of the U.S., which he hopes to teach in the next year or two.

Dr. Tiara Moore – 04/23/2020

Dr. Tiara Moore is a postdoctoral scholar at The Nature Conservancy of Seattle. She has been featured in the Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Index Journal, Baltimore Sun,, ASLO Bulletin, ProQuest, Daily Bruin and Reddit. Tiara received her B.S. in Biology at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She completed her M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science at Hampton University in Virginia. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UCLA in California. Dr. Moore has conducted research on the Chesapeake Bay, Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Upper Newport Bay, and the Ellsworth Forest. Internationally, she has conducted research in Bali, Indonesia, and Mo’orea, French Polynesia, where she has explored various topics such as the effects of macroalgal decomposition on sediment biogeochemistry and the microbial community using environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques recently developed to assess the biodiversity of entire ecosystems with only a soil sample. A long way from a little hometown on the east coast, Dr. Moore hopes her research inspires others to cherish the small things…especially dirt.

Last Updated February 19, 2021