SPEAKERS

James Cassidy

James Cassidy is a Senior Instructor of Soil Physics & Organic Agriculture at Oregon State University. His research focuses on the subjects of soil education, organic food production, and composting. He also founded and currently serves as the faculty advisor for the OSU Organic Growers Club. Before focusing on academics, Cassidy helped form the 80’s new wave band, Information Society.

Emma Marris

Emma Marris is an environmental writer based in Klamath Falls, Oregon. With a degree in science writing from John Hopkins University, Marris served as a staffer for the international journal, Nature. Her work has been published in several other publications including Slate, Orion, and the New York Times. She is the author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World as well as co-authoring four other books. She also has her own TED Talk.
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Karen M’Closkey

Karen M’Closkey is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University and co-founder of the award-winning, multi-faceted design and research firm, PEG office of landscape + architecture. Her design studios often “explore techniques for working with repetition, ornamentation and surface modulation as a means to produce new forms of topography.” She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in Digital Age, where patterns in contemporary designed landscapes are discussed.

Gena Wirth

Gena Wirth is the Design Principal at SCAPE, a landscape architecture studio based in New York City. She is trained in landscape architecture, horticulture, and urban planning, which allows her to understand and design ecologically sound and culturally important landscapes across. Gena has been project manager on many high profile projects, including Living Breakwaters, an award-winning design proposal for the Rebuild By Design competition.