People

Our Director:

Bruce Kingsbury is a Professor of Biology at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Director of the ERC, and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Kingsbury and his students are engaged in research on a variety of animals, notably snakes and turtles. Principal areas of focus are the ecological requirements of imperiled species, and the improvement of landscape management approaches to meet project objectives while maximally benefiting wildlife. He founded the ERC to provide a more direct connection between scientific research and capabilities at Purdue University Fort Wayne and the community at large. Learn more about him here.

Our Sustainability Coordinator:

Samantha Theisen is the Sustainability Coordinator for the ERC. She came to Purdue Fort Wayne after obtaining her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a focus in Natural Resources Planning and Sustainable Energy.

Samantha has a wide array of experience in university and local government settings. Project topics range from aquatic invasive species, brownfield redevelopment, bicycle and pedestrian route planning, agrotourism, nature-based recreation, and water quality monitoring, just to name a few.

Our Faculty Council:

The ERC Faculty Council is an internal advisory group comprised of Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty engaged in ERC activities. They are committed to promoting the vision of the ERC beyond direct self-benefit, regularly contribute content for social media, share expertise and experiences with ERC faculty and students, and meet regularly to strategize on improving the ERC.

The current Faculty Council is Dr. Kingsbury, Dr. Robert Gillespie, and Dr. Mark Jordan. You can learn more about each of them by clicking on their names to jump to their websites.

Our Community Advisory Board:

Members of the CAB will lend their expertise on occasion, provide insights into how they think we should be directing our efforts, alert us to possible opportunities for projects, and help us find financial support for our activities. Our initial Community Advisory Board is being established now. We will post more information about them at a later date.