People

The GCSC is a thriving campus network, linking scholars across departments and colleges. The GCSC catalyzes research on the environment, global change, and sustainability. Our small staff works with and supports affiliate faculty and their graduate students.  The Executive Committee guides policies and decisions for the Center, with each representative acting as a liaison between their college and the GCSC.

Brenda Bowen is smiling, wearing a dark blue suit jacket.

Brenda B. Bowen
Director, GCSC
Professor, Geology and Geophysics
(801) 585-5326
brenda.bowen@utah.edu

Brenda oversees the creation and execution of the GCSC Strategic Plan; develops and oversees the budget; represents the GCSC in outreach, collaborations, committees and initiatives; designs research, training and teaching activities; and supervises and supports the development of staff members.


Summer Rupper
Associate Director
Professor, Geography Department
summer.rupper@geog.utah.edu


Julie Johnsson

Julie Johnsson
Administrative Assistant for GCSC and the Sustainability Office
(801) 581-6414, (801) 587-3406
julie.johnsson@utah.edu

Julie supports the chief sustainability officer and administers GCSC graduate fellowships and funding for graduate student research and travel.


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Laurie Mecham
Administrative Program Coordinator
(801) 581-6414
laurie.mecham@utah.edu

Laurie coordinates GCSC programs including the seminar series, student and faculty grants, and graduate fellowships. She manages the GCSC website and communications, and supports the Center’s Director and Executive Committee.


Ming Li
Accountant for GCSC and the Sustainability Office
(801) 587-9542
ming.li@utah.edu


The Executive Committee includes representatives from affiliated colleges. Representatives act as liaisons between the GCSC and their affiliated faculty and administration. Significant matters related to  the operation and development of the GCSC are brought to the committee for approval.
COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Jennifer Weidhaas
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Alternate: Marc Calaf

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS

Wendy Wischer
Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History


COLLEGE OF HEALTH

Jeff Rose
Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Parks Recreation & Tourism


COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES

Sara Yeo
Assistant Professor, Communication


COLLEGE OF LAW

COLLEGE OF MINES & EARTH SCIENCES
John Lin
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Alternate: Gabe Bowen

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Luisa Whittaker-Brooks
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Alternate: Bryn Dentinger, Biology

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE
Summer Rupper
Associate Professor, Geography
Alternate: J. Tyler Faith, Anthropology

Advisory Members

Cheri Daily
Director, Development & External Relations
Office for Global Engagement

Jim Ehleringer
Jim Ehleringer
Distinguished Professor, Biology
GCSC Founding Director

Derrek Hanson
Executive Director
Red Butte Garden

Jason Cryan
Executive Director
Natural History Museum of Utah