Eric Chapman, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Dr. Eric Chapman is a broadly trained scientist, ecologist, and educator. He received his B.S. from the University of Minnesota in Genetics and Cell Biology and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Life Sciences from Arizona State University. His dissertation focused on understanding ecosystem level effects of permafrost thaw in interior Alaska. As the graduate student representative of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAP LTER site he was involved in urban ecology projects. At the University of New England in Maine, he worked on a collaborative team of resource users, economists, and social scientists to inform sustainable resource management of nearshore ecosystem services. He has taught numerous courses across disciplines and served as a NSF GK-12 Fellow to develop sustainability science initiatives in high schools and a Graduate Partner in Science Education in K-8 education. His scientific and outreach work has been presented at dozens of scientific conferences and published in numerous articles in the scientific literature.
Jack Cochran, Co-Founder
Jack Cochran is a designer, writer, educator, and entrepreneur focused on the future of the city and the environment. He received Master of Architecture and Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degrees from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and is Founding Principal of Urbain DRC, a design, planning, and research firm based in New York and Boston. Urbain works in large-scale art installations, interior design, and architecture, from MIMMI, an installation in Minneapolis that detected and displayed the collective mood of the city and merged the physical and virtual layers of an urban space, to Konko and Teduh Hostels in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is Adjunct Professor at the Boston Architectural College and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and his work has focused on sustainable urban metabolisms, cross-disciplinary systems thinking, and proactive design solutions for the built environment.
Sarah Bolivar, Co-Founder
Sarah Bolivar received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. She has worked in non-profit and local government sectors to develop landscape designs for a new school campus in Surkhet, Nepal, build environmental conservation leaders with the USDA Forest Service in Philadelphia, and design a community space within a critical watershed area in Bellingham, Washington. Her thesis was focused on the development of a tribal park in the Pacific Northwest, working with local Native American groups to create an immersive park experience that also helped support their traditional activities and sources of income that respectfully utilize natural resources. She currently works for the Central Park Conservancy in New York.