Executive Director, Camp Kawartha & The Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre
Jacob has taught in the field of Outdoor Education for almost 30 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre. He recently received recognition from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication as an Outstanding Educator and the Stony Lake Environmental Award for his work in promoting environmental education in the region. In 2010, Jacob received the Award for Leadership in Environmental Education by the Ontario Society of Environmental Educators, offered annually to one or more persons who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in Environmental Education for at least five years. In 2007, he was awarded the Richards Education Award for excellence in Natural History Education from Ontario Nature. He teaches at Trent University in environmental education. Jacob graduated from Trent University with a joint major in environmental studies and geography. He holds a teacher’s certificate and a Master’s in Education. He has published a number of articles on children, nature and the environment. Recently Jacob co-authored “The Big Book of Nature Activities” which won a gold medal from the Green Book Festival, a double gold from Nautilus Book Awards, a silver medal from Moonbeam Children’s Award and was a finalist for the Indie (Independent) Book Awards. Jacob conceived and spearheaded the construction of one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings at Trent University called the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre. This unique facility teaches children and future teachers about sustainable living practices, alternative energy and conservation. Jacob is also working with stakeholders throughout the region to create an environmental framework for children of all ages. Called the Pathway to Stewardship & Kinship, this approach to environmental education helps provide children with the experiences they need in order to become future stewards. Jacob also helped to establish the Peterborough/Kawartha area as a designated UNESCO Regional Centre of Expertise in environment and sustainability education.
Ronald Sandler is a professor of philosophy, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and Director of the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University. His primary areas of research are environmental ethics, ethics and emerging technologies, and ethical theory. Sandler is the author of Environmental Ethics (Oxford), Food Ethics (Routledge), The Ethics of Species (Cambridge), and Character and Environment (Columbia), as well as editor or co-editor of Ethics and Emerging Technologies (Palgrave), Environmental Justice and Environmentalism (MIT), and Environmental Virtue Ethics (Rowman and Littlefield). Sandler teaches course in moral philosophy and applied ethics, and has received Northeastern University’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde is a Professor in the Department of Biology and the Canada Research Chair in Applied Evolutionary Ecology at Laurentian University. His research interests are both fundamental and applied but unified by a conceptual framework grounded in evolutionary ecology. Dr. Schulte-Hostedde has worked on sexual selection, host-parasite interactions, and population genetics in a variety of species, focussing on mammals. His work also examines the effects of urbanization in wildlife, but most importantly he has been working on questions related to zoos and their captive populations. Dr. Schulte-Hostedde has collaborated with both academic partners and government (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and non-governmental organizations (e.g. Toronto Zoo). Dr. Schulte-Hostedde is also the Director of ReNewZoo, a graduate training program for conservation professionals working with zoos and aquariums. ReNewZoo supports graduate students (MSc and PhD) from across Canada are conducting conservation research with CAZA members.
Dan Vandersommers is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities at Ball State University. Previously, he has served as an NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (in Philadelphia); an SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal History at McMaster University; and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Modern U.S. History at the University of Mississippi.
Dan is finishing a manuscript titled Humanism Encaged: Popular Zoology and the American Zoo, 1887-1917. This book tells the story of how zoos changed the world. Between 1890 and 1920, as Darwinism was debated endlessly in intellectual circles, zoological parks appeared suddenly at the heart of every major American city and had tens of millions of visitors. Darwin’s theory of evolution inspired scientists and philosophers to theorize about humans and animals. Public zoos allowed the multitudes to experience daily the similarities between the human world and the animal kingdom. Researched at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and fifteen other institutions, Humanism Encaged tells the story of how zoos transformed the way that Americans thought about humans, animals, and environments.
Dan has published widely, including an important article in the Journal of American Studies about bighorn sheep. Dan also has just published a co-edited volume (with Tracy McDonald) titled Zoo Studies: A New Humanities with McGill-Queens University Press.