Our Core Team: Steering Committee & Staff


Steering Committee

The EHN Steering Committee is the founding group, the strategic planning and governing body for the EcoHealth Network, which is an independent, nonprofit organization operating under the corporate umbrella of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

James Aronson

James Aronson is a restoration ecologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development. 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.

Neva Goodwin

Neva Goodwin 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.

Laura Orlando

Laura Orlando is a civil engineer, the executive director of the Resource Institute for Low Entropy Systems (RILES), and an adjunct assistant professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her work includes research and interventions at the nexus of public health and ecological systems.  Laura has 30 years of international experience working on the design and management of sustainable systems in the built environment, with a special focus on water and sanitation. She has served as a trustee on several boards of directors. She is currently on the editorial board of Rural America In These Times and president of the Higher Synthesis Foundation.


Adam Cross, Science Director

Adam received his PhD in Botany from the University of Western Australia. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, as well as two books, and has extensive experience in the study and restoration of ecosystems around the world, particularly in the semi-arid and monsoon tropical regions of Australia and in landscapes disturbed by mining activities. His work focuses primarily on how the ecology of species and communities reflect and respond to changes in environmental factors such as soils and climate, with a strong research background in seed biology and plant community ecology. A recipient of the Research Fellowship in Restoration Ecology at Curtin University, Adam is also Restoration Manager for Gelganyem Limited, an indigenous trust aspiring to return ecologically and culturally resilient landscapes to the Traditional Owners of the East Kimberley region in Western Australia, and President of the not-for-profit community conservation group Project Numbat, Inc.

Levi Wickwire, Project Manager

Levi brings more than 12 years of experience developing and managing programs to facilitate knowledge sharing in the field of ecological restoration. Before joining EHN, he was program manager for the Society for Ecological Restoration where he organized five international conferences and managed a first-of-its-kind database of restoration resources and project case studies. He originally came to the world of restoration from a social sciences background, and is keenly interested in understanding the social, cultural, and economic factors that drive both degradation and restoration. He believes restoration to be a critical tool for balancing environmental health and human health into the future and is honored to be part of the EHN team. Levi lives in Tucson, Arizona and is passionate about prickly plants and spicy foods.

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.

Supporting ecological restoration on a global scale.