The EHN Team


Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the the strategic planning and governing body for the Ecological Health Network, which is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. James Aronson, Neva Goodwin, and Laura Orlando are trustees. EHN is registered with the state of Massachusetts and the IRS as the Ecohealth Network, a 501-c-3 organization. Our EIN is 85-3484507.

James Aronson

James was a restoration ecologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development from 2016-2022. From 1992 to 2016, he was head of a small Restoration Ecology group at the CNRS Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France.

Over the past 30 years, James has participated in many projects, planning exercises, and publications on ecological restoration and related fields. His work has included the large-scale restoration of natural capital and sustainable development in arid and semi-arid lands.

James Aronson's curriculum vitae

Neva Goodwin

Neva is actively involved in the synthesis and institutionalization of contextual economics – an economic theory that will have more relevance to real-world concerns than the current dominant economic paradigm. In addition to a variety of educational materials, Neva is lead author of the introductory college-level textbook, Microeconomics in Context, whose Transitional Economies Edition was translated into Russian and Vietnamese and published in those countries in 2002. The US version and its companion, Macroeconomics in Context are currently published by Routledge in languages and editions that reach well beyond the English-speaking world.

In other activities, Neva has been involved with efforts to motivate businesses to recognize social and ecological health as significant, long-term corporate goals. A number of her articles and working papers are available on her ResearchGate profile.

Neva Goodwin’s curriculum vitae

Laura Orlando

Laura brings her interests in soil health, water quality, and human health to her work as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and Senior Scientist at Just Zero, an organization advancing community-centered zero waste solutions. She has over 30 years of international experience working on the design, construction, and management of sustainable systems in the built environment, with a special focus on community-led water and sanitation projects. Laura is also a Contributing Editor at Barn Raising Media.

Laura Orlando's BUSPH profile

Adam Cross

Adam is a restoration ecologist and botanist working to improve the recovery of ecosystems impacted by human activities such as mining, particularly in dryland ecosystems. He is particularly interested in seed-based restoration and the determinants of how plant communities assemble after disturbance. He has published many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as two books. After completing his PhD Adam held several postdoctoral positions until becoming recipient of a Research Fellowship in Restoration Ecology at Curtin University, co-funded by EHN from 2020-2023, before joining EHN’s Steering Committee in March 2023. Adam is also EHN's Science Director.

Adam Cross's Google Scholar page

Staff, Fellows, and Interns

Lauren Shew, Director of Operations

Lauren is an enrolled citizen of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with coursework in the American Indian Studies Program.

Previously serving as the Director of the Tribal Resource Center for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, Lauren adeptly led working groups focusing on cultural and natural resources as well as cultural education. Her primary interest was in wetland protection and restoration. She authored the EPA-Tribal Environmental Plan and collaborated with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to create a Wetlands Management Plan for the Tribe.

She has directed and managed grants through the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environment Quality, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and consulted on research projects for Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, and Old Dominion University.

Lauren believes strengthening the relationships between local, state, federal, and tribal governments is vital in order to protect and restore cultural and natural resources.

Eve Allen, Program Director

Eve is the Program Director for the Northeast Bioregion. She is directing multiple efforts related to helping catalyze, coordinate, and build the capacity of two multi-sectoral collaborative partnerships:1) the Northeast Seed Network focused on strengthening native seed and plant material supply networks to meet the accelerating demand for ecological restoration and allied activities, and 2) the Bioregional Restoration Network focused on connecting physical restoration sites to address critical gaps in science, policy, and practice.

She is a Master in City Planning graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her research focused on developing practicable solutions to increase native plant diversity in urban ecological restoration projects.

Previously, she has worked on a range of natural resource and environmental planning projects. Some of these include in situ conservation planning of regionally important crop wild relative species in 15 Sub-Saharan African countries; developing strategies to introduce 200 native plant species to an eco-city development in Southwest China; and helping Quechua smallholder farmers establish a community-led wild potato genetic reserve in the high Andean landscapes of Peru.

Eve is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s inaugural 2021 Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship.

Check out Eve's August 2022 interview on the Native Plants, Healthy Planet podcast about the Ecological Health Network, and her drone footage of Pinelands Nursery's native seed and plant production in New Jersey.


Jessica Stanhope, Research Fellow

Jessica is an epidemiologist and registered physiotherapist, with a broad research background in environmental and occupational health.  Jess has published more than 50 first author, peer reviewed papers. She leads the Environmental Allied Health group at The University of Adelaide, investigating the relationship between exposure to nature and health outcomes, and how this relates to allied health practice. Her research spans basic research, exposure science, social science and epidemiology, and brings together multidisciplinary teams including industry partners to ensure meaningful outputs. As an EHN Research Fellow, Jess will continue her work to show how ecosystem restoration improves human health. This includes the publication of quantitative laboratory evidence for health benefits from exposure to biodiverse aerobiomes, as well as an exposure science project linking vegetation, soil microbiome and biogenic volatile organic compound diversity across a restoration gradient in southern Australia.

Jessica Stanhope's curriculum vitae

Rebecca O'Brien, Intern

Becca is an intern with EHN working on the northeastern U.S. native seed & plant supply chain strategy plan and the Northeast Seed Supply Network.  She recently finished her PhD at Virginia Tech doing a combined social and ecological research project studying hellbender reproductive behavior and landowner engagement in private lands research.  Prior to that, she studied spadefoot toad call evolution at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and worked as a field technician for a variety of wildlife research projects.

Thibaud Aronson, Photographer

Thibaud grew up in the countryside of southern France, in a family of biologists and naturalists, and quickly developed a passion for the living things around him, from newts and water snakes that he caught in the nearby ponds, to the wild orchids that grew in the short-grass prairies. That passion stuck with him through his university years, and he eventually earned a Master's in evolutionary biology, studying the love lives of birds. These days, he aims to combine his interest in nature with his two other loves, namely photography and travel, telling stories of natural history from seldom visited corners of the planet. See more of his work on Instagram (@thibaudaronson).

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