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Center for Urban Ecology

The CUE Team

Julia Angstmann
Director of the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler Biological Sciences - LAS
Mckenzie Beverage
Sustainability Coordinator - Academic Program Coordinator Biological Sciences - LAS
Tim Dorsey
Farm Manager Center for Urban Ecology

Staff directly housed within the CUE 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 CUE staff, Butler students, faculty affiliates, and community partners. We consider each and every one of our collaborators a part of the CUE Team.

Student Interns & Volunteers

Butler students are the lifeblood of the CUE. 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 CUE Interns & Volunteers

Nick Bantz, Biology '20 – SAUSI Intern

Alena Chilian, Environmental Studies and Spanish '18 – CUE Farm Project Intern

Cindy Cifuentes, Biology '19 – Indy Wildlife Watch Research Intern

Jake Gerard, Biology '20  – Indy Wildlife Watch Volunteer

Gillian Fllippo, Science, Technology, and Society '18 – CUE Farm Project Intern 

Sarah Frischmeyer, Health Sciences '19 – CUE Farm Project Intern

Parker Hiday, Biology '20 – Bird Window Strike Intern

Caroline Klenck, Sociology & Criminology '19 – Environmental Sociology Intern

Becca Lewis, Biology & Chemistry '18 – SAUSI Intern

Spencer Lybrook, Biology '21 – Indy Wildlife Watch Volunteer

Maddie Miller, Biology '18Butler Sustainability Intern

Elissa Peck, Biology '18 – Bird Window Strike Intern

Jacob Reeves, Biology ’18 – Indy Wildlife Watch Research Intern

Emma Ryan, Sociology & Criminology '18 – Environmental Sociology Intern

Paige Tuten, Sociology with a Specialization in Social Work '18 – Environmental Sociology Intern

Ugo Udeogu, Computer Science '18 – Indy Wildlife Watch Intern

Alexi Zaniker, Biology '18 - Indy Wildlife Watch Honors Student

Faculty Affiliates

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

Community Partners

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 CUE works with many community partners to offer projects on which the CUE is a collaborative partner, expand the impact of CUE-led projects, and provide Butler students with real-world experience. 

Advisory Committees

The CUE Internal and External Advisory Committees play an integral role in guiding the brainstorming, planning, execution, and assessment of CUE 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. Elizabeth Davis, Instructor, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Rebecca Dolan, Director, Friesner Herbarium
  • Dr. Thomas Dolan, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Travis Ryan, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Carmen Salsbury, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Andrew Stoehr, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

External Advisory Committee

  • Mr. Imhotep Adisa, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Kheprw Institute
  • Ms. Linda Broadfoot, Director, Indy Parks
  • Dr. Burnell “Burney” C. Fischer, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Public and Environmental Affairs & Senior Research Fellow, The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University
  • Dr. Luke Gascho, Executive Director, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center & Professor, Sustainability and Environmental Education, Goshen College
  • Dr. Pierre-André Jacinthe, Director, Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences & Associate Professor, Earth Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Ms. Kelly Harris Brown, Metrics Manager and Collective Impact Coordinator, Reconnecting to Our Waterways & Founder and President, Current Consulting LLC
  • Mr. Neil Myers, Principal, Williams Creek Consulting 
  • Dr. Alison O’Malley, Manager, Advanced Analytics, John Deere
  • Dr. Leigh Raymond, Director, Center for the Environment & Professor, Political Science, Purdue University
  • Ms. Michele Schilten, Director of Education, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
  • Dr. Brandon Sorge, Research and Evaluation Specialist, STEM Education Research Institute & Assistant Professor, Technology Leadership and Communication, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Ms. Emily Toner, Urban Agriculture Extension Educator, Purdue Extension – Marion County