Jessica Hellmann is director of the Institute on the Environment and the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hellmann’s research focuses on global change ecology and climate adaptation, extending from endangered species to human systems, and has proposed new techniques for living with climate change in conservation management. Dr. Hellmann also works extensively with state and national governments, among other stakeholders, to build investment in climate change adaptation and habitat management.
Jay Lennon is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Indiana University. Dr. Lennon’s research focuses on the ecology and evolution of microbial communities, with interests in factors that generate and maintain microbial diversity, eco-evolutionary dynamics between microbial populations and ecosystem processes, microbial community responses across environmental gradients, and how microbial traits evolve, shift, and influence communities and ecosystem processes.