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Faculty Bios

Kathryn Lynch is Co-Director of the Environmental Leadership Program. Katie is an environmental anthropologist who has a strong commitment to participatory, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches in both her research and teaching. She has worked in Peru, Ecuador, Indonesia and the United States examining issues of community-based natural resource management. This has included examining the role of medicinal plants in Amazonian conservation efforts and the potential for engaged environmental education to promote conservation. Before joining UO she was a researcher at the Institute for Culture and Ecology, where her research focused on the relationships between forest policy and management, conservation of biodiversity, and nontimber forest products. She has also facilitated various courses and workshops that examine the nexus between environmental and cultural issues.


Peg Boulay is Co-Director of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). She is a wildlife ecologist with a broad, applied background in research, conservation, management, planning, policy, and communications. As ELP Co-Director, she creates undergraduate courses and service-learning projects focused on conservation science (habitat restoration, conservation planning, and environmental monitoring) and community engagement (communication campaigns, interpretive materials, social media, and creative expression). She emphasizes participatory, field-based teaching methods and structures her courses so that students can learn from community members and each other. Before joining UO, she worked in the public sector as a professional wildlife biologist. Though she has experience with a variety of taxa and issues, she has worked extensively with large carnivores and migratory birds.