DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
NATIVE PLANT PROGRAM
WATERSHED RESTORATION Program
Senior Fellows bring expertise, connections and advanced knowledge to collaborate on projects, grants, and programs that contribute to BRN's mission.
Dr. Laura Monti
Laura Monti is a Cultural Ecologist at the Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies. Her research and practice focuses on bio-cultural diversity and social and ecological health, with a Ph.D from University of Arizona in Arid Lands Resource Sciences-Ethno Ecology and Medical Anthropology, and an M.S. in Community Health and Pediatrics from St. Louis University. During the last twenty years she has lived and worked in southwestern US and northern Mexico, teaching with universities, developing intercultural community programs and guiding philanthropic investments to address complex social and ecological challenges that face indigenous communities living.
Dr. Gary Nabhan
Gary Paul Nabhan is an Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist, Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, and author whose work has focused primarily on the interaction of biodiversity and cultural diversity of the arid binational southwest. He is considered a pioneer in the local food movement and the heirloom seed-saving movement.
A first-generation Lebanese American, Nabhan was raised in Gary, Indiana. While excelling in some of his studies, he dropped out of high school and then had the opportunity to attend Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa for 18 months. During that time, he worked at the headquarters for the first Earth Day for two stints in Washington DC.
He then transferred to Prescott College in Arizona, earning a BA in Environmental Biology in 1974, and has remained in-state ever since. He has an MS in plant sciences from the University of Arizona (1978) and a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary arid lands resource sciences also at the University of Arizona. During this time he started working with and learning from farmers and foragers in several indigenous communities on both sides of the US/Mexico border.