Our Land Stewardship Fellows program is designed to help beginning natural resources professionals become proficient in land management tools and practices; develop a deeper awareness of the land; and understand the challenges of managing for land health as a whole rather than for individual resources. We are pleased to welcome our 2016 crew who will be with us for the next nine months.
After graduating from Luther College with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Jennie Solverson was an intern for six months at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Minnesota. The internship focused on biodiversity and climate change research, but Jennie yearned to play a more active, hands-on role in addressing environmental issues. Remembering how she adored the land around her family’s southwestern Wisconsin dairy farm, she pursued conservation opportunities in the Driftless area and was thrilled to accept a fellowship with the foundation. Jennie is excited to contribute to conservation following Aldo Leopold’s vision, as well as to develop land management skills within an agricultural landscape. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing piano, running, and classic film.
John Zeiger graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in natural resources in 2014, then spent the next year working as a technician on various wildlife projects. While conducting wildlife surveys and observations, John realized his passion for nature extended beyond the conservation of specific species. His goal at the Aldo Leopold Foundation is to learn how to manage landscapes to promote biodiversity and overarching conservation goals, all in the context of a working landscape. When he’s not working, John enjoys backpacking, reading, cooking, and playing soccer.
Angus grew up in Leland, WI, where he spent his childhood attending Sauk Prairie schools, following his wildlife biologist dad on various field projects, and exploring the Baraboo Hills. He is currently a junior at Yale University where he is majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology. Recently, his interest in conservation led him to Greece and Jordan to conduct research. Now Angus has returned to his own backyard, where he’s excited to learn from all the good people and opportunities in Sauk County. Specifically, he hopes to investigate sustainable management practices as well as how ecosystems change in response to human land use. Angus likes playing folk music, going on adventures big and small, biking, and laughing with his family.