The CUES Team

Julia Angstmann
Julia Angstmann
Director of the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler

I am a research ecologist specializing in plant physiological ecology and ecosystem ecology seeking to connect human impacts of land alteration, pollution, and manmade infrastructure on ecosystem function, plant physiological response, and species diversity. I have a PhD in Ecology with a Minor in Statistics from the University of Wyoming and completed a postdoc at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In South Africa, I transitioned into urban ecology while studying the impacts of air pollution and subsequent deposition of pollutants on plant diversity in the urban ecosystem. 

After 3-years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as a Proposal Writer and Editor, I began my role as the Director of the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability at Butler University. In this role, I am responsible for the oversight of the CUES programs such as the CUE Farm and student internships as well as assisting faculty and community partners with research, education, and community outreach activities that focus on urban ecology and sustainability. I currently serve on the Ecology Committee of Reconnecting to Our Waterways and on the Advisory Team for the Purdue Extension Farm Incubator project in Indianapolis.

For more information on what the CUES does and how to get involved, check out our website at:

Jamie Valentine
Jamie Valentine
Assistant Director of the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability
Tim Dorsey
Tim Dorsey

Tim Dorsey began work as farm manager of the CUE Farm in 2011.

Staff directly housed within the CUES is small in number, so every project we undertake has a host of devoted individuals and groups that lead to success. Our projects are led and supported by a suite of CUES staff, Butler students, faculty affiliates, and community partners. We consider each and every one of our collaborators a part of the CUES Team.

Butler students are the lifeblood of the CUES. Students are involved through both paid and for-credit internships as well as volunteer opportunities. Our current interns and volunteers are working on the farm, with Butler Sustainability, on research projects with faculty, and with community partners.

Current CUES Interns & Volunteers

Corey Dea, Environmental Studies ’22  – Indy Wildlife Watch Intern

Katarine Glueck, Environmental Studies ’23  – Indy Wildlife Watch Intern

Taylor Coleman, Biology ’24 – Indy Wildlife Watch Intern

Nick Robie, Biology ’22  – Research Intern, Pollinator Study

Zoe Viglietta, Environmental Studies ’23  – Research Intern, Pollinator Study

Zac Stanley, Biology  ’23  – Research Intern, Pollinator Study

JP Clark, Environmental Studies and Anthropology ’22 – NSF Research Intern

Maggie Fornes, Environmental Studies ’23 – NSF Research Intern

Butler faculty who conduct urban ecology or sustainability research connect with the CUES to leverage resources including student internships and volunteers, assistance with project coordination and execution, grant application support, and connections to community partners. CUES Faculty Affiliates come from many different disciplines and interests.

Our location within Indianapolis enables us to focus our efforts on the needs and challenges facing the city, while gaining fundamental knowledge that can be applied to cities worldwide. The CUES works with many community partners to offer projects on which the CUES is a collaborative partner, expand the impact of CUES-led projects, and provide Butler students with real-world experience.

The CUES Internal and External Advisory Committees play an integral role in guiding the brainstorming, planning, execution, and assessment of CUES strategic planning and activities. The diversity of disciplines and organizations represented are meant to stimulate innovation and collaboration among members.

Internal Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Sean Berthrong, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Rebecca Dolan, Retired, Director, Friesner Herbarium
  • Michael Eikenberry, Office of Advancement
  • Dr. Stephanis Fernhaber, Professor, Lacy School of Business
  • Dr. Catherine Pangan, Professor, College of Education
  • Dr. Travis Ryan, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Carmen Salsbury, Professor, Department of Biology

External Advisory Committee

  • Mr. Imhotep Adisa, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Kheprw Institute
  • Ms. Paula Brooks, Environmental Justice Coordinator, Hoosier Environmental Council
  • Ms. Jessica Davis, Director, IUPUI Sustainability
  • Ms. Stephanie Goodrid-Lawson, Executive Director, McKinney Family Foundation
  • Mr. Gerry Jamieson, Butler Alumnus and Environmental Justice Researcher
  • Mr. Neil Myers, Principal, Williams Creek Consulting
  • Ms. Michele Schilten, Director of Education, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.