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					 VOLUME NO. 19

  NOVEMBER 2009
                                                      Waterbodies 2009
                                                                              Tahoe-Baikal Institute
                                                                               Alumni Newsletter




                                                                            Photo courtesy of Boyd Norton

Twenty Years of Exchange Programs and TBI Alumni
Hello again to the TBI family! I am so glad to be     international support network of colleagues and
back on staff at TBI this year, and I wanted to       friends who share the same environmental and
take this opportunity to let you all know how         social challenges in their own communities. It is
grateful I am for all of our donors, partners and     exactly these types of connections, or “products,”
alumni who give so generously to TBI and our          that TBI is creating through its programs and
programs. Supporters like you make everything         exchanges: an educational platform, a global
that we do possible. Thank you. I couldn’t be         network, and the skills and contacts for partici-
                                                                                                             Inside this issue:
more pleased to work with all of you in educating     pants to return home to their local watersheds         Board Corner…………………………                       2
tomorrow’s environmental leaders at these two         and take the lead in protecting and restoring their
beautiful and important lakes, while also creating    natural environment. All over the world – in           Executive Director’s ………………...               3
a global network of colleagues and friends dedi-      communities in Pakistan, Cameroon, Russia,             Impressions of SEE 2009.…….……..              4
cated to world peace. It is truly inspiring to work   Norway, Israel, the United States and Canada –
with such an accomplished and motivated group         TBI alumni are making a difference for their           AmeriCorps Member ……………….                    6
of people. Serving as the SEE Program Coordi-         communities and their environment.
nator is a pleasure and a privilege. I hope we can
                                                                                                             TBI EcoLeague…………...…............            7
continue to offer our exceptional educational         Beginning in 2010, the TBI staff, Board of Direc-
                                                      tors, and the newly formed Alumni Committee,
                                                                                                             Alumni Updates……………...……...                  8
programs in the Tahoe and Baikal watersheds for
many years to come!                                   would like to recognize the accomplishments and        Staff Updates………………………...                    18
                                                      contributions of TBI alumni to the global village
In my role as SEE Program Coordinator, I am           and to their local environments by awarding them       Scientific Adventures in Siberia….…          20
most proud of being able to impact the mindsets       with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s inaugural SEE
and understanding of our participants through         Program Alumni Award. In celebration of TBI’s          TBI Alumni websites………………..                  21
the many “teachable moments” that our pro-            20th anniversary, we will be honoring two alumni
grams and events provide. We at TBI work hard         with this award during the Annual Friendraiser         Alumni Spotlight…………………….                    22
to create a program that is academically rigorous,    Event at Heavenly on July 2nd, 2010. (For award
mind-opening and life-changing, and we live to        details and nomination information, please see         How to Stay Involved with TBI.... ...        24
see the flash of insight when something clicks in     article on page 3.) As a TBI supporter, you are
a participant’s mind and their face lights up with    invited to join us in celebrating 20 years of TBI
comprehension. These singular moments of              and the SEE Program by honoring two members
clarity and connection that TBI fosters and cre-      of our TBI family that have made the world a
ates for our participants – indeed, they are a        better place to live, thanks to your support for
common thread which has run through the TBI           programs like the Summer Environmental Ex-
experience for all the years and all of the partici-  change.
pants from all of the nations of the world that
TBI encompasses – make the work of planning Even as we reflect on 20 years of educational
and funding the SEE program all worthwhile.          programs and exchanges, the TBI staff and Board
                                                     will continue to work hard to earn your support,
After completing 19 years of exchanges, TBI has to put on world-class educational and exchange
alumni all over the world. This year, we created programs, and to host extraordinary students and
our first connection with the Himalayan commu- leaders at Lakes Tahoe and Baikal in 2010 and
nities of Pakistan through Rukhsana Saleem, beyond. We are encouraged and sustained by                      SEE 2009 at Fort Ross State Park (a former
TBI’s first Pakistani participant. In her mountain such a remarkable network of alumni and sup-             Russian-American colony in California, 1812-1841)
village of apricot orchards and ibex sheep, glacial porters, and we hope you’ll join us with your           with Hank Birnbaum former TBI Coordinator
peaks and 20,000 ft. passes, Rukhsana is a world continued support as we look forward to an in-             (TBI 1993, 1996).
away from Tahoe and Baikal. Thanks to her TBI spiring and influential 20 more years!                        Photo courtesy of Faye Gotlieb
experience, this young woman now has an
                                                             — Jon Green, SEE Program Coordinator
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                                    Board Corner: Introducing TBI’s New Board Members
                                    Richard M. Frank is Executive Director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) at the Univer-
                                    sity of California at Berkeley School of Law. Before coming to CLEE and UC Berkeley, Mr. Frank practiced law
                                    with federal and state agencies for 32 years. Immediately prior to joining Berkeley Law in 2006, he served as Cali-
                                    fornia’s Chief Deputy Attorney General for Legal Affairs. At Berkeley Law, Mr. Frank is also a Lecturer in Resi-
                                    dence; he teaches courses in environmental law, climate change and public interest litigation. His research interests
                                    include climate change, water supply and allocation, and California environmental law and policy. In addition to
                                    his duties at Berkeley Law, Mr. Frank is Counsel to the Resources Law Group in Sacramento, and he advises the
                                    State of California on environmental issues. In 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Frank to the Delta
                                    Vision Task Force – an advisory body that is developing policy recommendations for the Governor and Legisla-
                                    ture with respect to the environmental problems of the California Delta – he served on the Task Force until 2008.
 Richard Frank, Executive           In May 2009, the Chair of the California Air Resources Board appointed Mr. Frank to the Economic Allocation &
 Director, UC - Berkeley            Advisory Committee, an advisory group that assists the Air Resources Board in implementing California’s land-
 Center for Law, Energy & the       mark Global Warming Solutions Act. As California’s Chief Deputy Attorney General for Legal Affairs, Mr. Frank
 Environment                        was a gracious supporter of TBI’s programs and met with many SEE participants. Over the years, SEE partici-
                                    pants have benefitted from his knowledge of the Tahoe region and his insights into California’s environmental
                                    issues. TBI is very honored to welcome Mr. Frank onto its distinguished Board of Directors.

                                    For 28 years, Dr. Nazir Ansari was a Professor of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He is
                                    widely respected as an expert in the field of strategic management and international business, and has mentored or
                                    taught many students who have gone on to become prominent leaders in their chosen fields. In addition to influ-
                                    encing thousands of students’ lives through his teaching, Dr. Ansari’s contributions to the university and the
                                    greater community are considerable. His gifts to UNR include the endowment of the Mary B. Ansari Map Library,
                                    establishment of the Business & Government Information Center, and the support of University scholarships.
                                    The UNR College of Business building was named for him in 1995. On several occasions, Dr. Ansari has been an
                                    expert witness before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on issues of national economic policy. He serves as a
                                    board member for numerous non-profit organizations and consultant to many U.S. and foreign public companies.
                                    He is President and Trustee of the Nazir and Mary Ansari Foundation, a charitable foundation seeking to improve
 Dr. Nazir Ansari (with his         lives through support of human services, education, the arts and culture in northern Nevada. He is a Professor
 wife, Mary), Professor Emeritus,   Emeritus of Business at UNR and currently acts as the University Marshal. Dr. Ansari also supports the use of
 University of Nevada - Reno        environmental science research to improve people's lives as a Fellow for the Desert Research Institute (DRI)
                                    Foundation. For his dedicated service to the community, Dr. Ansari has received many awards and honors. In
                                    2007, he and his wife, Mary, were recognized by the University of Nevada Board of Regents as “Distinguished
                                    Nevadans” and as “Outstanding Philanthropists” by the Sierra Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Profes-
                                    sionals. Dr. Ansari and his wife reside in Incline Village, Nevada. Over the years, he has been a strong supporter of
                                    research at Lake Tahoe. Dr. Ansari’s renowned dedication to education, science and philanthropy prompted Dr.
                                    Charles Goldman to invite Nazir to join TBI’s Board of Directors. TBI looks forward to Dr. Ansari involvement
                                    on the Board.

                                    Edmund James is currently the Dresslerville Community Council Member and the Vice Chairman of the Washoe
                                    Cultural Resource Advisory Council. He is involved with the Nevada Archeological Site Stewardship Program and
                                    the Cultural Resource Advisory Council, especially when Washoe cultural resources are disturbed or damaged in
                                    any way. Mr. James is passionate about restoring the Washoe culture in the Tahoe Basin, particularly with regards
                                    to place names and archeological sites around the basin. To this end, he is serving as the Washoe Steward for the
                                    Geotourism Committee working with the tribe in El Dorado County. Above all, Mr. James sees himself as a
 Edmund James, Vice Chair-
 man of the Washoe Cultural         “cultural liaison” educating the public about his tribe. TBI is very pleased that Mr. James will bring his important
 Resource Advisory Council          Washoe perspective to the Board of Directors.

                                    John Thomas Ravize is one of Tahoe’s finest photographers; his well-known images are prominently displayed in
                                    many establishments around the Tahoe region. Mr. Ravize’s love of Lake Tahoe dates back to his early childhood,
                                    when he first visited the lake and learned to ski. Summer adventures at Tahoe left strong impressions in his mind
                                    as well. Mr. Ravize moved to the Tahoe area in his early twenties to pursue his art as a photographer. By relocat-
                                    ing to the lake, Mr. Ravize apprenticed himself to the alchemy of light and weather, the texture and color, and the
                                    rhythms and patterns that make Lake Tahoe the singular and significant site that it is. Mr. Ravize. writes, “Almost
                                    20 years later, I feel that I have barely scratched the surface of the complexity of Lake Tahoe, and I look forward
                                    to manifesting ever more quintessential and exquisite photographs of the region as my own ability to perceive
                                    matures and improves.” He says that his life’s work has become "treasure hunting for light," and sharing his find-
                                    ings through his images in order to inspire and teach others to love and care as deeply about Lake Tahoe as he
                                    does. Mr. Ravize and his wife, Linde, reside in South Lake Tahoe. Mr. Ravize’s most recent book, “Hearts of
                                    Light: Impressions of Lake Tahoe,” is an exquisite collection of his work, accompanied by poetic verse penned by
                                    Linde. Since joining the Board of Directors, Mr. Ravize has assisted with fundraising efforts by making hard and
J.T. Ravize (with his wife,
                                    soft cover versions of his book available to TBI as a gift for donors. TBI is grateful for his extremely generous
Linde), Photographer                contributions and looks forward to his continued involvement on the Board.
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Executive Director’s Note: TBI’s Commitment to Supporting Alumni
By Jennifer Smith-Lee
Greetings!                                                 The Strategic Plan will be approved by the Board in
I know that many of you have distinct memories of me       early 2010, and these preliminary discussions are TBI’s
as the Program Director, organizing the logistics of the   first steps towards making big strides to support our
SEE program and getting you from one meeting to the        alumni. Why is this so important to TBI? Because not
next during your weeks in Tahoe (“In the van, NOW!”).      only are our alumni are our most significant “product,”
I have now left that job in the capable hands of Jon       but they are the backbone of our organization. Each
Green, and have stepped up to the role of Executive        and every one of our alumni is an integral part of the
Director. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead     TBI family, which also includes all of the dedicated
                                                                                                                      Jennifer pointing out a great bumper
this amazing organization, because I deeply believe in     members of our Board of Directors, our donors, pro-        sticker of Lake Baikal!
what we do from the bottom of my heart: we empower         ject leaders, volunteers and other supporters.             Photo: TBI Archive
rising environmental leaders from around the world to
effect change in their communities, and in the process     I spent most of this November in Russia, meeting with
we are building a more sustainable and peaceful future,    our alumni and partners, interviewing and selecting new
one TBI alumnus at a time.                                 staff for 2010, and organizing the preliminary logistics
                                                           for a United States Forest Service-sponsored seminar
Recently, TBI held a strategic planning session with our   that will take place in Irkutsk in January 2010. While I
Board at Lake Tahoe, and we also received important        was in Irkutsk, many of our local alumni gathered one        “This is truly the
input regarding the planning process from our alumni       Saturday afternoon to talk with me about the future of
groups in Irkutsk and Ulan Ude. One of the main            TBI in Russia: what it should look like, how can we
                                                                                                                        strength and legacy of
themes that came up in our discussions in both Califor-    improve the SEE, ideas for new programs, how to in-          TBI: people who have
nia and Russia was how to support our alumni beyond        crease collaboration between the alumni groups in Ulan
the program. What can TBI do – both during our ex-         Ude and Irkutsk, and much more. I was overwhelmed            been through our
changes and afterwards – to help our participants effect   with emotion as I looked around and saw participants         programs and who come
change in their local communities and advance in their     from 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. This is truly
own careers as environmental professionals?                the strength and legacy of TBI: people who have been         back to support the
                                                           through our programs and who come back to support
                                                           the organization both financially as well as with gener-
                                                                                                                        organization both finan-
                                                           ous contributions of time, energy, and ideas. Everyone       cially as well as with
                                                           in the room that day agreed to help with fundraising         generous contributions of
                                                           and to make a personal donation to TBI in 2010! It is
                                                           this type of commitment and dedication to TBI that           time, energy, and ideas.”
                                                           allows us to continue to change lives by offering excel-
                                                           lent programs.
                                                                                                                        -Jennifer Smith-Lee,
                                                           I hope that you will enjoy this issue of our annual
                                                                                                                        TBI Executive Director
                                                           alumni newsletter, whether you are an alum, a donor, or
TBI staff together in Russia in 2007:                      even someone just learning about TBI for the first time.
Zhargalma Alymbaeva (TBI 2005),                            We are honored to have you amongst our “family” of
Jennifer Smith-Lee, Elya Eremchenko (TBI 2005).            truly exceptional people!
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Introducing the 1st Annual SEE Program Alumni Award in 2010.
TBI is pleased to debut the inaugural SEE Program Alumni Award in 2010! This is intended to recog-
nize the accomplishments of TBI alumni that have gone on to make significant contributions to one or
more of the following fields, all of which promote the long-term mission and vision of TBI:

                 •    Watershed Protection
                 •    Cultural Exchange
                 •    Sustainable Development
                 •    Contribution to the Tahoe-Baikal Institute
Two alumni recipients – one American or international, and one Russian – will be awarded annually. The
nomination process is open to all alumni, current and former staff, Board of Directors and Advisory
Board members. Nominees will be vetted by the Alumni Committee, but final selection will be deter-
mined by an open vote. All are encouraged to nominate candidates for the award and to participate in the
final vote! Please visit our website: www.tahoebaikal.org/alumni/award

To nominate one of our outstanding alumni for this award, please complete and submit the SEE                  Irina Moiseeva (TBI 2003) at the Annual
Program Alumni Award Nomination Form by Friday, January 8th, 2010 to the TBI office. The                      Friendraiser Event at Heavenly.
nomination form is available by email from Jon Green (jgreen@tahoebaikal.org).                                Photo: TBI Archive
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                                   Ruth & Walter Schulz Memorial Scholarship
Last year, alumna Kathy Schulz (TBI 1999) and several of her family members donated a combined $20,000 to endow an annual TBI Summer Environ-
mental Exchange (SEE) scholarship in the name of her grandparents, Ruth and Walter Schulz. TBI is extremely grateful to Kathy and the entire Schulz
family for their important contribution, which helps make the SEE program more affordable for outstanding applicants requiring financial assistance.
This year, the very first Ruth and Walter Schulz Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Zielinski. Read about Lauren’s SEE experience below!


                         All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in my 3000-Level Courses
                                                                   By Lauren Zielinski
“Well, that’s what I thought before TBI…”                                       right answer, and they came supplied with all of the information needed
                                                                                to find the correct answer. This project had neither of those. Instead, we
I applied to TBI during my senior year at college, looking for an adven-
                                                                                had monitoring wells that were too shallow, and our final results were the
ture before I entered the job market, or “real life” as my roommates and
                                                                                opposite of what my professors and textbooks said should happen. My
I called it. Coming into the SEE, I had completed four years of Earth
                                                                                academic confidence was crumbling, again. But then I fell back on some-
and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, and I was ready
                                                                                thing else I had learned in college: asking questions. As any undergradu-
to be outside in the environment instead of studying it from a textbook.
                                                                                ate knows, there are many people out there who know much more than
Having just graduated and still elated from the ever-present compliments,
                                                                                you – and who are very happy to share their knowledge. So I began ask-
I felt on top of the world. On the subject of watershed science, I almost
                                                                                ing questions around the CTC office. Why is this happening? What
felt overqualified for TBI. These feelings of confi-
                                                                                               results have you gotten in the past? Has this occurred in
dence soon disappeared once the meetings started.
                                                                                               previous projects? While the answers I received weren’t as
There were at least three talks per day, on subjects
                                                                                               perfect as my exam solutions (the experts weren’t entirely
like governmental policy, Tahoe geology, and inva-
                                                                                               sure what was happening either!), I did learn a lot along the
sive species – all of which I knew nothing about. I
                                                                                               way – much more than if I hadn’t asked at all.
had just spent the past four years of college in an
environmental program, but I was beginning to seri-                                            TBI is now over. I am back at home in New Hampshire,
ously question my education. Did I learn anything                                              and I have yet to enter the “real world.” I find myself con-
during that time?                                                                              stantly reflecting on my journeys over the past few years,
                                                                                               and how my experiences in college and TBI informed one
The first time I recognized something resembling
                                                                                               another. Coming into the program, I thought the most
what I had learned in college was during our tour of
                                                                                               important part of school was learning the classroom mate-
the wastewater treatment plant at the South Tahoe
                                                                                               rial. Through the SEE, however, I learned that it was actu-
Public Utility District. Secondary and tertiary treat-
                                                                                               ally the skills acquired trying to master the classroom mate-
ment, aerobic bacteria, activated sludge: it all made
                                                                                               rial that are the most important: keeping an open mind,
sense to me! In college, my 9am classes about waste-
                                                                                               taking the initiative to ask a lot of questions, and actually
water treatment seemed, well, a waste of my time.
                                                                                               listening to the answers. (Turns out, mastering the art of
But at the plant I was astounded to see that it was far Lauren Zielinski on the UC Davis
                                                        research vessel, John LeConte.         staying up until 2am to finish a presentation doesn’t hurt
more interesting than the textbooks made it out to be Photo courtesy of Lauren Zielinski
                                                                                               either.)
– and a lot smellier too!
                                                                                              Another lesson I learned in school is that nothing is accom-
When my education came through for me was during                                plished alone. I would like to thank Jennifer, Jon, Sarah, and TBI’s Board
our two-week research project at Lake Tahoe. Working with the Califor-          of Directors for putting together such an amazing program and for their
nia Tahoe Conservancy (CTC), we were assigned to perform baseline               personal support throughout the SEE. I would also like to thank Kathy
vegetation and aquifer monitoring for a river restoration project. In           Schulz (TBI 1999) and her family for supporting my participation in this
school, I had taken a class on river and marsh systems, and a whole se-         year’s program through their generous gift of the Ruth and Walter Schulz
mester learning Geographic Information Systems. I had spent two years           Memorial Scholarship. Without their support, my past summer of adven-
working on groundwater theory and monitoring wells, and I had done a            ture, education, and personal growth would not have been possible.
senior design project determining groundwater movement. I felt so ready         Thank you with all my heart.
to take on this project!
                                                                                Editor’s Note: TBI is proud to announce that in December Lauren was selected
At the beginning of the project, the objectives and underlying theory
                                                                                for a position with the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership in Tahoe. She will
made complete sense. (Turns out my professors weren’t lying to me, the
                                                                                spend a year of service as the California Tahoe Conservancy's Natural Resource Tech-
information they taught me was actually useful!) But there were a few
                                                                                nician and will continue work on the project she began with TBI.
things that my classes didn’t prepare me for: incomplete information and
unexpected results. All of the problem sets and exams in school had a

                                                    Left: Alex Jones, Natallia Leuchanka, Veronika
                                                    Zhaborzhieva, and Lauren Zielinski collecting
                                                    grass samples during their CTC project.

                                                    Right: Lauren Zielinski, Alex Jones, CTC project
                                                    leader Melissa Faigeles, and Natallia Leuchanka
                                                    at the Annual Friendraiser Event at Heavenly.

                                                    Photos courtesy of Natallia Leuchanka
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Life Changing Experience
  By Rukhsana Saleem
Note: This summer, for the first time in the history of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, a young participant from Northern
Pakistan was accepted for the Summer Environmental Exchange program. TBI would like to recognize the generous
contributions of the Chevron Corporation and the Los Angeles Ismaili Council in support of Ms. Saleem.
My name is Rukhsana Saleem, and I come from an area which is much isolated from the rest of the
world, but where one can find nature at its best, with world’s highest snow packed mountains, mes-
merizing springs, an amazing biological diversity, and a strong culture and society. Pakistani people,
my people, and nature are highly interconnected with each other but sometimes such a strong de-
pendency weakens the relation – when people mostly depend on nature for their subsistence.
Right from the beginning of my career I have been constantly trying to develop effective environ-
mental leadership qualities so that I can work with communities of the fragile mountain ecosystems
for the prosperity of nature as well as people. I am proud to be part of an international organiza-
tion, WWF-Pakistan (it is the World Wide Fund for Nature, but it is known as the World Wildlife
Fund in the U.S.), since it allows me to come in contact with diverse groups of people involved in
the protection of environment, from the local to the international level.
In continuation of my endeavors to develop professionally, I found an advertisement for the SEE
program on the website of the Asia Pacific Mountain Forum. When I looked at the themes of the
program, like Environmental Leadership, Watershed Conservation and Management, Sustainable
Communities, Cultural Aspect of the Environment and Peace; that attracted my whole attention and
something from my inner side (maybe my soul) said, “go for it!”
I fell in love with the people of the United States when I started correspondence with Jon Green,
the SEE Program Coordinator. His struggle for my participation in the program is unbelievable,                          Friends brought together from around the world:
but it is not just true for Jon: when I came to California, I realized how all the people— from sup-                    Rukhsana Saleem, Faye Gotlieb, and Natallia
porters of TBI to the Board of Directors— struggled for me. I salute all the people involved in                         Leuchanka give TBI a “thumbs up!”
helping me; actually this is one of TBI’s steps toward promoting peace in the world. We all have                        Photo courtesy of Natallia Leuchanka
environmental issues, but most troublesome is peace because of hate in the hearts. Let’s fill the
hearts and minds with love for each other instead of hate!
Thanks to TBI’s well-organized program, I developed excellent qualities for environmental leader-
ship. Based on my participation in the SEE, I was accepted as an intern for WWF-USA, a great                             “I salute all the people involved in
honor for me and the organizations I work with in Pakistan. Many developments, individually and
collectively, have been going on in my organization since my return. We have been able to develop                        helping me; actually this is one of
linkages between WWF-Pakistan and WWF-USA for future collaboration in many aspects, such as                              TBI’s steps toward promoting
climate change, sustainable development and trans-border conservation for peace and development.
Also, right after my return from USA, I represented WWF-Pakistan amongst all South Asian coun-                           peace in the world.”
tries at a climate change summit in Nepal.                                                                               -Rukhsana Saleem, 2009
Accepting me to the SEE program was basically a great gift for Pakistan from the United States,
because peace can be promoted through knowledge and intellectual development. Once again I
express my gratitude for all the people who supported my participation in the program for giving
me a life changing experience. Thank you.




Rukhsana and project leader Jenny (Francis)             Yulia Misevich, Faye Gotlieb, Natallia Leuchanka, and               Max Neale and Rukhsana at the Russian
Hatch of CalTrout display a picture of                  Rukhsana on the steps of the International Hostel in                cannon in Fort Ross State Park.
Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.                               Sacramento, CA.                                                     Photo courtesy of Faye Gotlieb
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                                            Stay Connected — Join a TBI Committee!
 There are countless ways to give back to TBI, influence our programs and events, and even boost your resume! Many alumni are already playing a crucial
 role in 2010 by volunteering for one or more of our committees. We hope that even more of you will be interested in doing so as well – it is a great way
 to contribute to TBI’s success and stay connected with other alumni!
 Currently, TBI has several committees that you are invited to participate in:
 • Program Committee: Helps plan the SEE Program curriculum and events. Develops new program ideas and connections. Meets quarterly.
 • Selection Committee: Reviews SEE Program applications, conducts interviews with and votes on applicants. Ad hoc – mostly by email.
 • Alumni Committee: Plans alumni events and weekends. Nominates and selects recipients for the SEE Program Alumni Award. Meets quarterly.
 • Special Events Committee: Involved in planning for special events, including the Annual Event at Heavenly, Dwight Steele Award, fundraising
      house parties, etc.
 You can participate in all of our committees remotely by conference call and/or web conference, so you don’t have to be local to be involved! Please
 watch for announcements by email or contact Jon Green (jgreen@tahoebaikal.org) if you are interested in serving on any of these important commit-
 tees. We look forward to working with you!


                                                      AmeriCorps Member’s Note: The SEE “Family”
                                                                                   By Sarah Bowers
                                    Weeks upon weeks were spent getting ready for the 2009 SEE program, and yet on the day before the program was
                                    set to begin, I did not know what to expect. I had been a counselor or administrator of many youth camps with in-
                                    ternational students, but I knew that this was going to be different. I could feel that this would be different. I didn’t
                                    want to tell anyone about my feeling that I was entering into a totally new type of experience, however, because I
                                    didn’t want them to think that I couldn’t handle running the SEE. I had my expectations, what I firmly wanted from
                                    this group of young environmental professionals: flexibility, playfulness, curiosity, a desire to know more, but most
                                    of all I wanted them to see one another as family! They needed to look after one another and take care of each other.
                                    All of this was going through my mind, over and over again. I thought to myself about how I must be an example to
                                    them of what I want, and how the wording I use – from the first words out of my mouth, to the explanations of the
                                    chores and daily roles – must reflect this idea of working together as a family.

                                    Over the course of the SEE program, I saw my goals for how the participants should ideally behave and interact,
                                    realized at times and end in a stalemate at others. However, at the end of the US portion of the SEE we all said
                                    good-bye to the Fredericks’ Cabin and I had a powerful realization. The group went around the room and said thank
                                    you to the place and to one another. In doing so, many of the participants used the term “family.” “We all did it!,” I
                                    thought to myself as tears streamed down my face; my goal for these individuals to learn and grow throughout the
                                    program and to become a family had been realized! I had been worried about how “my kids” would handle the next
                                    part of their journey (without me) in Russia. But this burden of worry was lifted – it was going to be great, since they
                                    saw each other as family!

                                    I find that the idea of “family” extends throughout the TBI network; it is a humbling experience to be asked to join
                                    such an amazing group of individuals! Thank you for the opportunity to be this year’s and next year’s AmeriCorps
Sarah Bowers poses before           member with TBI – this year has forever changed me and I am grateful for the memories and experience I have
lighting off a Russian cannon at    gained – especially through the dedicated staff, board, volunteers, and alumni! I can’t wait to come back in January
Fort Ross State Park.               for a new year with TBI! See you all again soon!
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•     Where it says “enter your charity here ...” type in “Tahoe-Baikal Institute” and click Verify
•     Enter your search terms in GoodSearch and when you get answers, TBI gets cash!
•     If you are shopping, you just have to start out at the GoodSearch site and select the online store you want to shop at, such as iTunes, Amazon,
      Nordstrom, or Target, and you will be taken there to do your shopping. There’s nothing else you have to do. TBI will automatically get a percent-
      age of anything you buy on those sites. It couldn’t be any easier!
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                        Introducing the Eco-League: TBI’s Russian Alumni Association
TBI prides itself on helping young environmental leaders from around the     Over the course of the project, EcoLeague organized and led six work-
world gain some of the critical skills, knowledge and experience needed to   shops on ecological science methods and conservation (of rare plants, birds
return to their home communities and make a difference. In Ulan-Ude,         and other species) for teachers of Biology, Ecology, and History. With
TBI alumni are working together to do just that. In early 2008, a group of   support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of
alumni led by Zhargalma Alymbaeva (TBI 2005), Eduard Batotsirenov            Buryatia, teachers from 32 schools in Buryatia attended the seminars. The
(TBI 2006), Olga Plishkina (TBI 2007), Anastasia Ogneva (TBI 2006) and       EcoLeaguers also started doing environmental education – competitions,
Dr. Denis Sandanov (TBI 2006), formed a new NGO called “EcoLeague.”          environmental games, and ecological lectures – in the schools of Ulan-Ude.
Under the auspices of EcoLeague – which is partially a
TBI “alumni association” – TBI alumni have a means to                                               In August, EcoLeague and participants from the
apply their environmental expertise and to share it with                                            TBI SEE jointly organized a fundraiser featuring
local communities, government, scientists, educators                                                performances about nature conservation. Proceeds
and other interested parties.                                                                       from this event went to a summer ecological camp
                                                                                                    for schoolchildren, and to fund a project to set up
Within months of its inception, EcoLeague was awarded                                               trash containers on the beach of Lake Baikal. In
funding through the Conservation Leadership Program                                                 September, EcoLeague initiated a round-table
to conduct a project entitled “Conservation of Rare                                                 gathering of all environmental NGOs in the Lake
Plants of Lake Baikal, Russia: Monitoring of Plants and                                             Baikal region. Representatives from 16 NGOs
Education of Local Community.” The project targeted rare plants and shared their general strategies and challenges, and discussed how to ex-
local communities that would be affected by development of tourism in the change information and collaborate in the future.
newly designated Lake Baikal “Special Economic Zone” (SEZ). Led by
Dr. Denis Sandanov, EcoLeague conducted a scientific study of rare plants All in all, despite its newness, the EcoLeague has been incredibly success-
endemic to Baikal’s eastern shore, organized constant monitoring of the ful. In just over a year, the group has made good contacts with local gov-
plants, studied how human activity impacts the plant populations, carried ernment, NGOs, local communities and environmental educators.
out a sociological survey to understand local people’s needs and expecta- EcoLeague plans to continue to broaden and deepen the range and scope
tions, and raised public awareness about conservation of rare plants of its work in cooperation with its many partners. And TBI looks forward
through published materials, seminars and educational events.             to many more fruitful collaborations with this dynamic group of alumni!




 All participants of an EcoLeague seminar on rare plants.         A joint TBI-EcoLeague and SEE           Students eagerly answer
                                                                  2009 performance about nature           questions about the ecology of
All EcoLeague photos courtesy of Denis Sandanov                   conservation.                           Lake Baikal.


                                  Project Leaders
Leading a TBI small-group research project is great way for alumni, agency leaders, and community
members to get involved with the SEE Program. This year, we had another set of meaningful and
timely projects at Tahoe and at Baikal. Many projects were led by TBI alumni in both locations.
Many thanks to all of this year’s project leaders and agency sponsors for another great summer of
SEE Program research projects!
At Lake Tahoe: Karen Fink (TBI 1995) and Shay Boutillier, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency;
Jenny (Francis) Hatch, CalTrout; Sudeep Chandra (TBI 1997) and Marianne Denton, Univer-
sity of Nevada, Reno; Scott Cecchi, Scott Carroll, Adam Lewandowski and AmeriCorps Mem-
ber Melissa Faigeles, Califonia Tahoe Conservancy; Hugh Safford and AmeriCorps Member
Dan Deegan, Tahoe Resource Conservation District.
At Lake Baikal: Vera Kuklina (TBI 2005) Geography Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Rus-
                                                                                                        Faye Gotlieb, Snezhana Kalinovich, and TRCD
sian Academy of Sciences; Sergei Kalyuzhny (TBI 2007), Irkutsk State University Botanical Gar-          project leader Dan Deegan identifying plants in
den; Svetlana Kuklina, Irkutsk State University.                                                        the Angora Fire burn area.
                                                                                                        Photo: TBI Archive
Check out the new TBI research brochure online at www.tahoebaikal.org
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                                  1991 Updates                                                                 of us who demand LEED-certified structures, the more
                                  Dr. Sharon Eicher                                                            the building industry will be forced to change.” David’s
                                  Associate Professor of Economics, Friends                                    environmental activities include being a member of the
                                  University; Wichita, KS                                                      US Green Building Council (USGBC) and volunteering
                                  Sharon teaches economics, advises students, and is start-                    with the San Joaquin River Parkway. On Russia and
                                  ing a new program in international business at Friends                       the TBI experience David writes, “I still think Lake Bai-
                                  University. She has written and published a book,                            kal is amazing. It is so rare here in the US to see areas
                                  “Corruption in International Business,” and is currently                     untouched, or minimally touched by humans, even way
                                  looking for new research projects – perhaps in the for-                      in the outback of the Sierras.” On November 20, 2008,
                                  mer Soviet Union. Of her environmental efforts, Sharon                       David became the proud father of a new baby boy: Jack
                                  described a project she participates in through her                          David Roberts. He says that traveling with two little kids
                                  church called “menno’s closet.” Parishioners share many                      to Holland and Mexico was a highlight of the past year.
                                  household goods with each other. Sharon says she ap-
Mary Ford (TBI 1995) smiling                                                                                   Other 1993 Participants: Ekaterina Ageenko, Vladimir Babikov,
her way through the Marine
                                  preciates this lending program because, instead of con-                      Michael Bartz, Susanna Berglund (Breiling), Vitaliy Bogdanov, Anthony
Corps Marathon in                 suming metals and energy by buying things that she may                       Brunello, David Bruns, Joel Calland (CCC), Greta Gilbert, Elina Rjepka, Joe
October 2009.                     use only occasionally, she is able to borrow or share with                   Rubin (CCC), Olga Sedelyova, Sean Shopes (CCC), Sergei Shubenkov,
Photo courtesy of Mary Ford       her friends. Also in the spirit of sharing, Sharon notes                     Pyotr Yelnikov (Deceased)
                                  that being introduced to the Buryats and their religion
                                  was a highlight of her TBI experience.                                       1994 Updates
                                                                                                               Ben Jones
                                  Other 1991 Participants: Tuyana Bartukova, Johanna Belson, Matt              Associate Professor, Kellogg School of
                                  Bisbee, Alexander Buyantuev, Jason Carkeet (CCC), Laura Castro (CCC),        Management; Chicago, IL
                                  Nikolai Fedun, Tamara Gladysh, Yuri Granovsky, Isabel Gutierrez, Sumiko
                                  Hong, Laura Hoover, Roy Hunter II (CCC), Nimazap Ilyukhinov, Andrei
                                                                                                               Ben writes, “Seventy-five percent of my work is research,
                                  Ivanov, Darima Jelbayeva, Nancy Joyce, Sergei Kononov, Frank Lake, Kairat    largely about economic growth. Twenty-five percent of
    “The TBI experience           Masenov, Evgenia Matapova, Vyacheslav Melnikov, Alexander Moronov,           my work is teaching, mostly about obstacles to economic
                                  Eliza Sater, Yuri Shavnya, Clara Shin, Dmitri Tartishev, Olga Terletskaya,   prosperity in poor countries.” He is working on
   lives on with me every         Geoffrey Thomas, Irina Tumanovskaya, Leonid Vaschuk, Natalya Voinkova        a number of projects regarding climate change. Ben is
     day in the wonderful         1992 Updates                                                                 now the proud father of two “delightful” children:
                                                                                                               Sophia, age 4 and Hugh, 8 months.
 memories of the people           Ellen Fred
                                  Attorney, Smith, Haughey Rice & Roegge,                                      Other 1994 Participants: Eric Batsie, Natalya Burikh, Erdeniy Elaev,
      I met, traveled, and        Law Office of Ellen A. Fred; Cedar, MI                                       Virginia Esperanza (CCC), Catherine Fullerton, Alexei Grachev, Oleg
                                                                                                               Korsun, Andrei Lyapin, Alexei Naumov, Brigg Noyes, Erika Nystrom,
                                  Ellen specializes in tax and real estate law, and develops
 learned with – and the           conservation easements to protect land in perpetuity in
                                                                                                               Natalya Sokolova, Evgeniy Veretenin, Jeanny Wang, Paul Griffin

  experience of the vast,         exchange for federal and state tax incentives. Last sum-                     1995 Updates
                                  mer, Ellen, her husband of 7 years, and their 2-year-old                     Janina de Guzman
      wild and wonderful          son Jack moved back to her home state of Michigan.                           Analyst, US Department of State; Washington, DC
  natural treasures that          They have just built a straw-clay "green" home on a com-                     Janina works on nonproliferation issues – tracking and
                                  munity farm, where they share 88 acres – including a 7-                      responding to WMD proliferation. She is on the State
           are Tahoe and          acre vineyard – with eight other families. Ellen reports,                    Department's newly-established Greening Council Work-
                 Baikal.”         “We have a Jersey cow named Fiona who is due to have
                                  her first calf any day!” Looking back on the SEE pro-
                                                                                                               ing Group and is excited about helping the State Depart-
                                                                                                               ment go green. In the past year, Janina purchased a
    -Janina de Guzman,            gram, Ellen muses, “I think it was through TBI that I                        yellow rowhouse in downtown DC, where she lives with
                     1995         caught my adventurer ‘bug.’ Going to Siberia knowing                         her significant other, Jay Solomon. “Please contact me if
                                  no one to collect scientific data and work on trails, while                  you live in the DC area, or if you pass through on a
                                  at the same time immersing ourselves in the local culture                    visit,” she says. Of the SEE program, she writes, “The
                                  is not for the faint-hearted. I went on to have many more                    TBI experience lives on with me every day in the won-
                                  adventures after that summer, but I credit my TBI sum-                       derful memories of the people I met, traveled, and
                                  mer as the beginning of a new era in my life.”                               learned with – and the experience of the vast, wild and
                                  Other 1992 Participants: Jon Bowers, Corey Chase, Jamison Crosby,            wonderful natural treasures that are Tahoe and Baikal.”
                                  Darya Popova, Charles Anderson
                                                                                                               Mary Ford
                                  1993 Updates                                                                 Manager of Education,
                                  David Roberts                                                                National Audubon Society; Washington DC
                                  Contractor,          Cabinet          Maker;         Fresno,         CA      Mary’s work is “all about environmental education and
                                  David runs his own contracting business doing historic                       action!” She coordinates Audubon's network of nature
                                  restoration, kitchens, and perhaps even a Buddhist Tem-                      centers, education programs, state offices and chapters
                                  ple in the next year. David credits TBI for instilling in                    around the country to help connect people to nature and
David Roberts (TBI 1993)
                                  him new ways of thinking and running his enterprise.                         involve them in conservation action. Mary pursues the
bonding with his son, Jack.
Photo courtesy of David Roberts   He says, “Energy and resource efficient buildings built to                   “conservation-minded life” by growing veggies on her
                                  last generations can solve many of our environmental                         tiny porch and as a member of the Washington Area
                                  problems. Our buildings consume most of the energy,
                                  water, and natural resources in this country. The more                                                                      (Continued on page 9)
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Bicyclist Association. She also just ran her first mara-   that I haven't finished it by now. But I read approxi-
thon on October 25! She served as a team captain           mately one page per week so it is lasting very well.”
with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in
                                                           Other 1995 Participants: Jason Beal, Sara Duker (Deceased),
Training marathon program. Mary is thankful for the        Alexander Mikhalev, Igor Olennikov, Tatyana Sapozhnikova (Boyle),
“beloved friends, leadership skills, a strong enduring     Sergei Sokolov, Jeremy Sokulsky, Sergei Somov, Vladimir Sychov, Alexei
love for Siberia and Tahoe, and problem-solving            Voropaev, Vera Yankova, Elena Zelinskaya
abilities” she gained through TBI. She adds, “I still
think and hope that I will work in Russia again some-      1996 Updates
day!                                                       Nikolay Alekseev
                                                           General Director, Southern Baikal                                        Home sweet home: the beloved
Jeremy Mills                                               Travel Company; Sludyanka, Russia                                        Fredericks’ Cabin on Fallen Leaf
Eureka, CA                                                                                                                          Lake.
                                                           Nikolay runs active adventure tours and informative
                                                                                                                                    Photo: TBI Archive
Since leaving Caltrans in July of 2008, Jeremy has yet     excursions in the Baikal area. He says that he is
been able to find another professional position. He        “constantly involved in different environmental pro-
has nonetheless kept busy by working as an enumera-        jects because tourist business is closely connected
tor for the 2010 Census and working for Friends of         with environmental issues.” Nikolay also writes that
the Dunes. Jeremy has been mapping invasive annual         his daughter, Valeria, is graduating from high school
grasses on coastal dunes in northern Humboldt Bay          next spring, “So all the efforts of my family are fo-
from the mouth of the bay to the Mad River, and            cused at her entering Irkutsk State University to be-
removing invasive plants along the coast with “Creek       come a journalist.”
Geeks,” a part of the AmeriCorps Watershed Stew-
ards program.                                              Caelan McGee
                                                           Senior Mediator, US Institute of Peace;
Anne Orlando                                               Baghdad, Iraq
Polar Bear Researcher, Government of Nunavut;              Asked to briefly describe his job, Caelan appropriately
Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada                                  used two words: “Jazz Hands.” Of his work, he
                                                                                                                                       “I still think and
Anne is in charge of field research for the polar bears    writes, “I've gone from working on environmental                            hope that I will work
of Nunavut. She works on censusing and tracking            and land use conflicts (mine waste, transportation
bears to study their use of ice habitats. Outside of       planning, forest management, etc) to just straight-up                       in Russia again
work, Anne is learning a lot about the traditional Inuit
lifestyle and culture, and becoming more integrated in
                                                           conflicts, nasty ones, in the context of post conflict                      some day!”
                                                           reconstruction.” Caelan acknowledges the SEE pro-
the community. She says, “That means a lot of seal         gram as “a very important and perspective-changing                          -Mary Ford, 1995
hunting and fishing trips. People here live by a lot of    event” in his life, from which he still has some very
subsistence hunting – whale, seal, walrus, caribou,        close friends. He adds, “I wish that I had better con-
fish. They still build igloos from time to time, and       tact with some others in my TBI class.” (Please see
meat is eaten raw, sitting on the kitchen floor. It’s      the Alumni Spotlight article about Caelan on page
really a great experience for me, learning so much         23.)
about less consumer-oriented ways of living, in a
communal society.” Of TBI, Anne says, “It was a            Janice Alexander
very important cultural experience which gave me the       Sudden Oak Death Outreach Coordinator,
broader perspective that benefits me in my job here.       University of California Cooperative Extension;
I'm constantly straddling two different cultures and       San Francisco, CA
value systems concerning wildlife. And I still enjoy       Janice’s work focuses on providing education about
good vodka!” (Please see the Alumni Spotlight article      Sudden Oak Death and Phytophthora ramorum.
about Anne on page 22.)                                    Outside of work, she executed a successful family
                                                           backpacking trip to revisit one of many TBI locales:
Karen (Smallwood) Fink                                     Saddlebag Lake (outside of Yosemite National Park).
Senior Planner, Tahoe Regional               Planning      She says, “It was amazing and glorious, even with car-
Agency; South Lake Tahoe, CA                               sick kids!” Remembering the SEE, Janice counts the
Karen still works for the Transportation Division of       “friendships” and “personal growth” she experienced
the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). She             as highlights of the program.
says that in summer 2009 she was “very lucky to have
                                                           Oleg Lyubinsky
three Tahoe-Baikal participants help out with bicycle
trail user counts and surveys.” The data from the          Post-doc, Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular
surveys will be used to create a model for estimating      Medicine; Berlin, Germany
bicycling and walking on future shared use paths and       Oleg is working on a project which aims to elucidate
bike lanes in the Tahoe Region, and in the 2010 up-        molecular mechanisms leading to a human congenital
date of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.        brain malformation called ‘holoprosencephaly’ (fused                      Janice Alexander (TBI 1996), with
Karen writes, “In personal news, my dad and I have                                                                                   Alina and Axel, and on their very
                                                           forebrain). Though there are some indications that                        first family backpacking
been reading the Russian version of Ilf and Petrov's       cholesterol metabolism during embryonic develop-                          trip in the Sierra.
‘12 Chairs’ together for the past two years. Erdenii       ment is crucial for proper development of the brain,                      Photo courtesy of Janice Alexander
Elaev (TBI, 1993) gave me a copy of the book in
Russian back around 1999, and I bet he is surprised                                                 (Continued on page 10)
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                                 the findings are still too preliminary to "save lives"           climate change on the cycling of carbon, and how to
                                 from this severe condition. Oleg writes that unfortu-            restore or conserve native fish species. Sudeep credits
                                 nately he is not currently involved in any environ-              TBI for jumpstarting his career working on conserva-
                                 mental projects. In the last year, he did get his                tion issues both locally and globally. He writes, “TBI
                                 driver's license and traveled to Florida, where he vis-          opened my eyes to the complexity of using science
                                 ited national parks and was “amazed” at the wildlife.            and policy to restore aquatic environments. I still use
                                 Oleg writes, “My experience with TBI has no doubt                these experiences to plan meaningful scientific pro-
                                 shaped my personality. Also, despite the fact that I am          jects that will assist policy makers. I am very grateful
                                 not working in environmental sciences or conserva-               for the experiences TBI gave me to meet policy folks,
                                 tion biology at the moment, I think a lot about the              especially at the first Federal Summit at Tahoe. There
                                 time I had the privilege to spend with remarkable                I was able to meet with Vice President Gore and oth-
                                 people within the TBI program.”                                  ers.” In the past year, Sudeep was able to collaborate
Pipetting water samples at the                                                                    with TBI alum Katey Walter to study methane release
University of Nevada-Reno        Silke Rover
laboratory.
                                                                                                  in Siberian Arctic lakes. Sudeep also continues to
                                 TBI Annual Campaign Manager;                                     work closely with fellow SEE alum, David Gilroy, to
Photo: TBI Archive               South Lake Tahoe, CA                                             conserve the world's largest trout (Hucho taimen) in
                                 Silke and her family—husband Bill, twins Finn and                Mongolia.
                                 Luke, and daughter Yona—still reside in South Lake
                                 Tahoe. Silke is active with TBI in many ways, most               Other 1997 Participants: Anna Ambarova, Bobby Jo Close (CCC),
                                 importantly as the Annual Campaign Manager. Also,                Eial Dujovny, David Gilroy, Vladimir Golodyshin, Sergei Gordeev,
                                                                                                  Mikhail Grigoriev, Erjen Khamaganova, Henrika Marcinkenaite
                                 she and her family frequently gets together with fel-            (Lithuania), Elena Maysyuk, Dawn Ng, Elyse Niemann, Sergei Rudikh,
                                 low TBI alumni in Tahoe and when traveling.                      Mary Small, Ekaterina Serysheva, Maria Zakazova
   “TBI opened my eyes           Other 1996 Participants: Duan Changqun (China), Elena Dzuba,     1998 Participants
                                 Natalya Elaeva, Andrew Greaves, Matthew Harris, Pavel Kryukov,
     to the complexity of        Elizabeth Lindsay (CCC), Dorothea Panayotou, Jim Smith, Maxim
                                                                                                  Byambaa Ayush (Mongolia), Randy Brown (CCC), Viktor Buyantuev,
                                                                                                  Martha Chang, Daniel Fabian (Germany), Yulia Gerasimova, Anna
 using science and policy        Timofeev, Vyacheslav Tokarev, Viktor Vorotintsev                 Grigorieva, Uugantsetseg Horloo (Mongolia), Konstantin Kravchenko,
                                                                                                  Victoria Kuptsova, Jessica Mahalingappa, Katarina Mikhalyova, Lauren
        to restore aquatic       1997 Updates                                                     Martin, Tatyana Shushpanova, Sharon Unis, Katey Walter, Sandra
                                 Erin McCauley                                                    Yulke
    environments. I still        Civil Design Manager, California Water Service
                                 Company; San Jose, CA                                            1999 Updates
 use these experiences to        Erin manages the staff that design and build Cal                 Sarah Waybright Barr
         plan meaningful         Water’s tanks, pipelines, wells and water treatment              Client Director, The Brand Union;
                                 facilities. Of her work at Cal Water, Erin notes, “The           San Rafael, CA
   scientific projects that      main goal of these projects (and many of my projects             Sarah is currently employed as a client director at a
                will assist      at work) are not environmental protection per se, but            branding and design agency.        She manages client
                                                                                                  relationships and leads strategy, design and employee
                                 because of our commitment to sustainability, we must
          policy-makers.”        always consider environmental consequences of our                brand engagement projects. On July 1, 2009, Sarah
                                                                                                  and her husband and welcomed their first child into
       -Sudeep Chandra,          projects.” She has been working on Fish Passage
                                 projects in San Francisquito creek, however, which               the world - Rudy Maddox Barr. They are enjoying
                     1997        are designed to improve habitat for Steelhead trout.             watching him grow day by day! Of the lasting influ-
                                 Also, she has been involved with Engineers Without               ence of TBI on her life, Sarah writes, “I met wonder-
                                 Borders. Commenting on the influence that TBI has                ful people through my TBI experience; people that I
                                 had in her life, Erin states, “TBI taught me about the           am still in contact with today. It also was my first
                                 real complexities of environmental issues and how                ‘west coast’ experience and I am thrilled that my hus-
                                 multiple interests need to be balanced to achieve re-            band and I decided to move out here. It is an amazing
                                 sults. It also gave me a boldness and confidence to              place to live and we have enjoyed exploring the parks
                                 take on new challenges, which influenced the direc-              and natural beauty of California.”
                                 tion my life has taken.” In her personal life, Erin (with
                                                                                                  Kathy Schulz
                                 her husband) bought a Victorian house in downtown
                                 San Jose about a year and a half ago. She says, “It
                                                                                                  Interpreter, California State Parks;
                                 needs a lot of love, but we are enjoying the process
                                                                                                  Sacramento, CA
                                                                                                  Kathy’s work involves research, writing, planning, and
                                 immensely.”
                                                                                                  facilitating communication among various parties and
                                 Sudeep Chandra                                                   specialties involved in planning interpretive exhibits.
                                 Assistant Professor of Limnology and                             In early March, Kathy and her husband, Ed, wel-
                                 Conservation Ecology, University of Nevada;                      comed future TBI participant (SEE 2031?) Zachary
Participants of the 1999 SEE     Reno, NV                                                         Dylan Vance into the world. He made his first trip to
display “peace” on the beach.    Sudeep mentors and teaches undergraduate and                     Tahoe in May, and is looking forward to snowshoeing
Photo courtesy of Kathy Schulz   graduate students in the field of limnology and con-             with mom and dad when there is enough snow on the
                                 servation. His graduate students focus their projects            ground. By early 2010, Kathy expects to leave her
                                 on understanding how invasive species impact the                 current position and relocate to the East Bay for her
                                 ecology of aquatic ecosystems, the implications of                                                       (Continued on page 11)
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husband’s new job. She says that she hopes to tap the                  suits. Her primary endeavor has been to establish a
TBI alumni network to find more environmentally                        non-profit called The Moon Hut Project to help re-
focused work in the East Bay.                                          vive the Red Tent: a sacred, safe space where women
                                                                       are empowered to honor and celebrate the cycles and
Other 1999 Participants: Andrew Ackerman, Tatyana Baksheeva,
Heather Buchholz, Yuri Budaev, Robia Charles, Kenneth Collins (CCC),
                                                                       transitions of womanhood. She has been researching,
Tatyana Goncharova, Elena Grigorieva, Dana Heide (Germany), Alexei     networking, and building web sites. She plans to
Mandranov, Sonia Oton (Venezuela), Vladimir Semichevsky,               make a documentary about Red Tent activities in the
Khaliunsuren Sharav (Mongolia), Alexei Shekhovtsov, Allison Wack,      US and Canada, hopefully starting next summer. This
Angyang Xu (China), Nicole Rinke, Tatiana Mogilyova                    past April, Amber started a course in Plant Spirit
2000 Updates                                                           Medicine with Eliot Cowan at the Blue Deer Center
                                                                       in New York. In June, Amber was fortunate enough                    SEE 2000 participants with their “crazy
Dana Kominkova                                                                                                                             driver” on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal.
Associate Professor, Czech Technical University;                       to go to the Sacred Salmon Ceremony in southern                     Photo courtesy of Tigran Tovmasyan
Prague, Czech Republic                                                 Oregon. There she met Grandmother Agnes Baker
Dana is still working at the Department of Sanitary                    Pilgrim, a Takelma-Siletz elder who organized and
and Ecological Engineering. Her work has two parts:                    revived this event in 2005 after over 150 years. Am-
teaching Ecotoxicology, Ecology of Urban Water-                        ber reports, “Now the salmon are returning to the
sheds and Chemistry, and research. Dana studies the                    Rogue River in greater numbers.” Reflecting on how
impact of urban drainage on water quality and the                      the SEE enriched her life, Amber writes that the hu-
bioavailability of heavy metals in urban creeks. Based                 man relationships and intercultural exchange elements
on the findings from the field, she suggests measures                  of the program broadened her understanding of what
to improve the ecological status of these waterways.                   it is to be human, and deepened her commitment to
This year, her travels with friends through California,                be of service to the world.
Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Dana especially enjoyed                      Genevieve (Torres) Morehouse
hiking in the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Se-                       Environmental Science Teacher,
                                                                                                                                           “TBI gave me a
quoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. Dana is in-
volved with the European Patients Board to help
                                                                       Reed High School; Sparks, NV                                        boldness and confidence
                                                                       Genevieve writes, “I get to teach high school students
improve the lives of people with multiple sclerosis
(MS); she used pictures from his travels in the US to
                                                                       about our wonderful world, how it works and why we                  to take on new
                                                                       should save it.” She teaches students about sustain-
make a presentation and a calendar for MS patients.                    ability and why it is such a noble goal. Genevieve                  challenges, which
She says, “I hope that it motivates a lot of patients not              cherishes many memories and personal friendships
to give up their life and traveling.” Of TBI, Dana                     from TBI – and she uses many stories from her sum-                  influenced the direction
cherishes the friendships she made, as well as being
“part of such an exceptional chain of people from
                                                                       mer with TBI in the classroom.                                      my life has taken.”
different parts of the world.”                                         Other 2000 Participants: Inna Bessolitsyna, Valentina Bondarenko,
                                                                       Phansak Bunsri (CCC), Adam Federman, Svetlana Fillipskaya, Anna     -Erin McCauley,
Carri LeRoy                                                            Grokholevich, Maria Kryukova, Kathryn Lessey, Derek Lieberman,
Adjunct Professor, The Evergreen State College;                        Tigran Tovmasyan (Armenia), Marina Tsyrenova, Ekaterina             1997
                                                                       Verkhoturkina
Olympia, WA
As a stream ecologist interested in interactions                       2001 Updates
between forests and streams, Carri conducts research                   Sergey Shatunov
and teaches college-level classes in ecology, environ-
mental studies and freshwater science. Carri recently                  Principal, Secondary School; Malta, Russia
completed a large-scale experiment with a class to
                                                                       Sergey writes that he fondly remembers TBI and is
examine interactions between two important inputs to
streams: leaf litter and salmon carcasses. Carri’s study               happy to offer his help in the future.
helped contribute to what little is known about how
these inputs interact. She found that the presence of                  Rachel Sigman
salmon carcasses tended to 1) overwhelm genetic and                    PhD Student, Maxwell School of Public Affairs,
species diversity of the leaves, 2) reduce variation in                Syracuse University;
microbial growth, and 3) alter the macroinvertebrate                   South Lake Tahoe, CA and Syracuse, NY
community colonizing leaves. Among other applica-                      Rachel is in her second year of a PhD program in
tions, these findings will help to inform restoration                  political science and public administration. While she
efforts.With regards to TBI, Carri says, “I am continu-                is not directly involved in any environmental projects,
ally reminded of TBI through my students and their                     she has done some research on what types of organ-
travels.” She recently undertook some “ambitious”                      izational factors contribute to collaborative efforts to
traveling with her family this summer by spending                      solve natural resource management problems. On the
time in Mexico and completing an 8-state roadtrip                      lasting influence of TBI in her life, Rachel states, “I
from WA to NM and back. Carri adds, “Almost any                        am drinking a Baltika 3 as I write this. Seriously.”                 Scenic trees overlooking Lake
travel is interesting with our 2-year old!”                                                                                                 Tahoe’s Emerald Bay.
                                                                       Darcie Goodman Collins, PhD                                          Photo: TBI Archive
Amber Van Cleave                                                       Habitat Restoration Director, Save The Bay;
Founder, The Moon Hut Project; St. Paul, MN                                                                  (Continued on page 12)
Amber has been devoting herself to number of pur-
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                                            San Francisco, CA                                                        ing old or failing culverts and bridges, and building
                                            As Habitat Restoration Director, Darcie develops                         fish habitat structures (like log jams) in rivers and
                                            strategies to ensure that 100,000 acres of San Fran-                     streams. Jason notes, “The TBI experience has
                                            cisco Bay wetland habitat will be restored by 2020,                      helped me to consider all sides of an issue or on-the-
                                            develops best practices and techniques to influence                      ground situation when dealing with the logistical,
                                            large-scale restoration plans, and shares best prac-                     political, and scientific aspects of salmon habitat
                                            tices with Bay restoration scientists and restoration                    restoration.”
                                            managers. Darcie also manages key partnerships                           Other 2002 Participants: Nurzat Abdyrasulova (Kyrgyzstan), Ksenia
                                            and raises funds to support, maintain and grow Save                      Chabanenko, Elise DeLuna, Regina Galer, Alexei Kolodkin, Viktoria
                                                                                                                     Krasnopevtseva, Tatyana Kuzmina, Anastasia Latysheva, Bethany Lourie,
Clara Long (TBI 2003) speaking with         The Bay’s programs. She has created the San Fran-                        Irina Shukareva, Ryan Townsend (CCC), Eitan Trabin, Tuyana Tsydypova
prisoners at Urso Branco Corte in Brazil.   cisco monitoring protocol for marsh transition zone
Photo courtesy of Clara Long                habitat and is developing a community-based resto-                       2003 Updates
                                            ration protocol. Additionally, Darcie engages and                        Melissa Haeffner
                                            oversees more than 5,000 volunteers in restoring                         Graduate student, Massachusetts Institute of
                                            tidal marsh. Darcie stays involved with TBI as a                         Technology; Boston, MA
                                            Board Member. She enthuses, “I love the partici-                         When she is not busy studying, writing and thinking
                                            pants, the staff and the other board members!”                           in the hallowed halls of MIT, Melissa has been re-
                                                                                                                     searching and adventuring in Ghana. In Ghana,
                                            Other 2001 Participants: Carolee Kokola, Elena Lukina, Lev               Melissa has been working with Professor Susan
                                            Melodyev, Odyssey Palacios (CCC), Evgenia Pyzhikova, Bolor Radnaabazar
                                            (Mongolia), Ruth Rouvier, Zhanna Shatilina, Pyotr Sharov, Takumi         Murcott to develop a low-tech method for testing
                                            Shiraishi (Japan), Vera Surkina, Anastasia Surkova, Igor Vladimirov,     water quality. The design is a belt worn around the
                                            Brent Wolfe                                                              waist (like a fanny pack) that uses body heat to
                                                                                                                     stimulate reactions in test tubes instead of using
           “TBI taught me to                2002 Updates
                                                                                                                     expensive incubators that require electricity. Melissa
                                            Gantumur Davaadorj
      consider all sides of an                                                                                       helped test water holes in villages in the Northern
                                            Environmental Pollution Officer, Ministry of                             Region and conducted interviews with children who
       issue or on-the-ground               Nature, Environment and Tourism of Mongolia;                             sell packaged water on the street to get an idea of
       situation when dealing               Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia                                                    the movement of water in urban areas. Also in
                                                                                                                     Ghana, Melissa helped a friend who is starting an
            with the logistical,            Gantumur works on Environmental Impact Assess-                           NGO: Africa Change International (ACI). ACI is
       political, and scientific            ments and environmental pollution control for wa-
                                            ter, air and soil throughout Mongolia. He says that
                                                                                                                     about 20- and 30-something Ghanaians helping
                                                                                                                     Ghanaian teens and pre-teens by teaching them
            aspects of salmon               TBI has benefitted professionally, personally, and in                    computer skills and sports.
                                            all aspects of his life. Gantumur and his wife are
         habitat restoration.”              expecting their second child at the end of this year.                    Anna Bourakovsky
            -Jason Anderson,                Tasya (Fenik) Jensen
                                                                                                                     Water Quality Scientist, Maine Department of
                                                                                                                     Marine Resources; Portland, ME
                         2002               Staff Pharmacist, CVS; Brentwood, CA                                     Anna supervises water quality monitoring efforts in
                                            In May, Tasya received her PharmD degree from                            coastal Maine for the Maine Shellfish Harvesting
                                            the University of the Pacific. As a pharmacist, she                      program. Her work involves many environmental
                                            now educates patients on proper use of medication,                       efforts related to protecting coastal waters in Maine
                                            reviews doctor's orders for accuracy, fills prescrip-                    from contamination related to anthropogenic activi-
                                            tions, etc. Tasya’s current environmental activities                     ties.
                                            focus on “reducing, reusing, recycling and growing a
                                            garden full of herbs, and tomatoes, a few fruit trees                    Clara Long
                                            and berry bushes.” This summer, Tasya and her                            Law student, Harvard University;
                                            husband traveled to Greece and “had a wonderful                          Cambridge, MA
                                            time hiking, swimming, paragliding, and eating lots                      Clara is in law school studying human rights
                                            of tasty Greek food!” After five years of attempting                     law. She went on a fact-finding mission to Brazil in
                                            a reunion, Tasya also recently enjoyed getting to-                       September of 2009. There, Clara helped investigate
                                            gether with a dear TBI friend, Bethany Lourie. She                       allegations of torture and other abuses before airing
                                            says, “It was nice to reminisce about our TBI days                       them at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
                                            and chat about all the changes in our lives.”                            in Costa Rica.

                                            Jason Anderson                                                           Other       2003 Participants: Anastasia Aleksandrova, William
                                                                                                                     Bettmann, Lesley Dampier (Canada), Elena Lavrentieva, Irina Moiseeva,
                                            Habitat Program Manager, Stilly-Snohomish                                Azam Murtazaev (Tajikistan), Victor Nikitin, Marilyn Phelps, Oxana
                                            Fisheries Enhancement Task Force;                                        Pugach, Tatyana Elena Sanets (Belarus), Rasa Ščeponavičiūtė (Lithuania),
                                            Arlington, WA                                                            Serykh, Maxim Sharipov, Samuel Skinner (Canada), Evgenia Skur’yat
Melissa Haeffner (TBI 2003) modeling
how a low-tech waist belt that uses         Jason manages habitat restoration projects and pro-                      2004 Updates
body heat can be used to test water         grams for a small non-profit organization that seeks                     Carrie Seltzer
samples in Ghana.                           to promote recovery of Pacific salmon and trout in                       Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology & Evolution,
Photo courtesy of Melissa Haeffner          Puget Sound. To this end, projects involve planting
                                            native vegetation, improving fish passage by replac-                                                               (Continued on page 13)
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University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL                       the city. Students learn how to prune and maintain
Carrie married Matt Grosso on April 25, 2009. She                    young street trees that Friends of the Urban Forest
is now in her third year of a Ph.D. program studying                 has planted in the city. Through her work, Sarah is
plant-animal relationships in the Eastern Arc Moun-                  helping to green the city, bring nature to every
tains of Tanzania. One of these days, Carrie hopes                   neighborhood, and is bringing youth into the envi-
to make it to Lake Tanganyika! She still thinks                      ronmental justice movement. Outside of work,
warmheartedly of her summer with TBI and how it                      Sarah volunteers with SPAWN in Marin doing
helped her decide to pursue a Ph.D. in ecology.                      salmon monitoring. This summer, she also did
                                                                     some backpacking in the Desolation Wilderness.
Megan (Kelly) Glidden
Ranger, Flathead National Forest;                                    Nick Harris
Kalispell, MT                                                        Energy Analyst, Co-Founder,
Megan works at a Nature Center, where she teaches                    Energy Beyond Design; San Francisco, CA
the public about the environment of northwest                        Nick has been quite busy in the past year. He
Montana and “finding the balance between humans                      moved to San Francisco, became a Building Per-           Gantumur Davaadorj (TBI 2006)
                                                                                                                              celebrates “Tsagaan Saar,”
and the environment.” Last June, Megan married                       formance Institute (BPI) Certified Building Analyst
                                                                                                                              or Mongolian New Year at his home in
Tyler Glidden in New Mexico. This summer, they                       and a HERS rater, and co-founded a new business.         Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
bought a house in Kalispell, Montana. Next sum-                      At his new company, Nick analyzes and retrofits          Photo courtesy of Tressa Gibbard
mer, Megan and her husband are going to the World                    buildings to reduce energy consumption, improve
Cup in South Africa.                                                 indoor air quality, and make the living space more
                                                                     comfortable. Nick says, “I co-founded my com-
Daba Zhamyanov                                                       pany, Energy Beyond Design, to work towards envi-
Advanced Engineer, Laboratory of Nature
Management Economics, Baikal Institute of
                                                                     ronmental restoration. The retrofit work we conduct         “I found the study of the
                                                                     is currently the most cost effective way to reduce the
Nature Management of the Siberian Branch of                          amount of natural resources our customers use.”             organization and
the Russian Academy of Science;
Ulan-Ude, Russia                                                     Eleonora Eremchenko                                         management of non-
Daba’s work at the Baikal Insttitute of Nature Man-
                                                                     TBI Coordinator, Great Baikal Trail                         profits and small
agement involves studying water resourcres and
usage. Since 2006, he has been working on a Rus-                     Coordinator, "Baikal-Eco" Tourism Organizer;
                                                                                                                                 environmental
sian-Korean-Mongolian joint project to develop an
integrated Water Management Model for the Selenga
                                                                                                                                 organizations to be very
                                                                     Irkutsk, Russia
River Basin. He is also working on his PhD disser-                                                                               valuable in my work
tation, entitled "Ecology and geographic estimation                   While continuing her position as Irkutsk Coordina-
of water resources in Selenga river basin.” Daba                     tor for TBI's SEE program in Russia in 2009, Elya           today.”
has been fortunate enough to visit Korea (Seoul,                     also worked for GBT and at a new job as a tour              -Libby Christensen-
Daejon, Jeju island) and Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar,                      organizer of educational and active leisure activities
Darkhan, Erdenet, Khar-Khorin, Huvsgul lake)                         with an ecological tourism firm, “Baikal-Eco.”              Rayburn, 2006
several times. He remarks that they are both very                    Looking back on her SEE experience, Elya com-
beautiful countries. Daba says that the SEE pro-                     ments, “There are so many memories, now I don't
gram gave him a new perspective and understanding                    precisely remember the sequence of events, but I
of how people live and think in other countries                      remember the general atmosphere: curiosity, dis-
which has helped him to work and communicate                         covery, freedom, and summer.” As Coordinator
with his international colleagues in his current job.                from 2006 through 2009, Elya has seen many TBI
                                                                     alumni go on to work with GBT and as TBI project
Other      2004 Participants: Gantulga Bayasgalan (Mongolia),        leaders. She plans to stay active in TBI alumni
Amorita Bustos (CCC), Egor Bykov, Krista Goff, Elizabeth Holley,
Maria Josefson, Malika Khashmukaeva, Elena Kitova, Sarah Kliegman,
                                                                     meetings and hopes to “maybe, finally” learn how to
Aruna Mantatova, Stanislav Suprunenko (Ukraine), Daniel Sussman      do fundraising in Russia. Elya looks forward to a
Tatyana Trufanova, Vassili Ubugunov                                  trip to the States in January; she'll be visiting Ari-
                                                                     zona, California, and Seattle.
2005 Updates
Sarah Campbell                                                       Zhargalma Alymbaeva
Education Coordinator,                                               Biology Teacher, Buryat State University,
Friends of the Urban Forest; San Francisco, CA                       Eco-League Director, TBI Coordinator;
Sarah’s career trajectory was deeply influenced by                   Ulan-Ude, Russia
TBI. “I became very interested in water quality is-                  Zhargalma teaches Biology, is the Director of the
sues and after TBI spent several years working in                    EcoLeague, and is the TBI Coordinator in Buryatia.
the salmon restoration and stewardship field                         Besides being very busy with these activities, Zhar-
which led me to environmental education.” In the                     galma’s big news is that she traveled to Vermont in         Nick Harris (TBI 2005) in his work
past year, she moved from Arcata, CA to San Fran-                    October as a participant in a Community Connec-             gear, San Francisco, CA.
cisco and says, “I'm really enjoying living in a city for            tions program through Project Harmony. She says,            Photo courtesy of Nick Harris
the first time.” In San Francisco, Sarah coordinates                 “It was interesting for me to compare the attitudes
youth crews of high school students from all over                                                   (Continued on page 14)
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                                     of the people of Vermont to Lake Champlain with                        Maria Mircheva
                                     Californians to Lake Tahoe. I received a lot of use-                   Executive Director, Sugar Pine Foundation;
                                     ful knowledge for the development of our organiza-                     South Lake Tahoe, CA
                                     tion, through sharing experiences, information, and                    Maria stays active with TBI in many ways, including
                                     ideas.” Her delegation from Buryatia focused on                        participating in the fundraising campaign, hosting a
                                     partnership relations for professional associations in                 home stay, and taking part in the nonprofit panel.
                                     the sphere of environmental protection, and have                       Maria and her husband John (whom she met
                                     alerady planned a number of events in partnership                      through TBI) run their own nonprofit, the Sugar
                                     with community organizations and government                            Pine Foundation. They are working to ensure that
                                     representatives in Buryatia for 2010. A highlight of                   Tahoe’s forests remain intact and resistant to the
                                     the trip to the US for Zhargalma was visiting New                      threat of White pine blister rust. They collect seed
Maria Mircheva (TBI 2006) and her    York City and seeing the Statue of Liberty! She says                   cones from trees that are genetically resistant to
daughter Sasha, at the 2009 Annual   that she still has vivid and warm memories of all the                  blister rust, then grow up the seeds, and finally plant
Friendraiser Event at Heavenly.      people and places from her summer with TBI and                         the seedlings. In the past year, they planted sugar
Photo: TBI Archive                   sends her heartfelt greetings to all!                                  pine seedlings in the Angora fire scar – and at
                                                                                                            Fredericks’ Cabin! Until recently, Maria worked for
                                     Other 2005 Participants: Marisa Arpels, Dana Dapolito, Sophia
                                     DeMaio, Asta Gulijeva (Lithuania), Dmitri Krupsky, Vera Kuklina,       TBI alum Jeremy Sokulsky at Environmental Incen-
                                     Jussi Laine (Finland), Stephanie Lepsoe, Bodhi May (CCC), Kirill       tives, where she was involved in a review of large
                                     Mutin, Ekaterina Tupitsina, Sima Usvyatsov (Israel), Sodboev Zoricto   cost fires in 2008 and the Lake Crediting Program.
                                                                                                            The happy reason for Maria’s hiatus from Environ-
                                     2006 Updates                                                           mental Incentives is that she and John had a new
                                     Libby Christensen-Rayburn                                              baby boy, Max, who was born at their home on
                                     Garden-Based Nutrition Educator,                                       August 21, 2009.
                                     Bay View Elementary School; Santa Cruz, CA
                                     Libby teaches vegetable gardening and cooking,                         Wes Steele
          “Watershed-scale           coordinates farm field trips, and leads nutrition edu-                 Teacher of English and Technology, Quality
      thinking was a great           cation workshops for K-5 students at a local ele-                      Schools International; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
                                     mentary school. Outside of her work with nutrition                     The big news in Wes’s life is that he moved back to
     emphasis of TBI that            education, Libby lives and volunteers on an organic                    Kyrgyzstan after an 8-year absence. He is helping
     I find useful in all the        farm and has been working with the local foods                         improve non-native speakers' English skills, so that
                                     movement. She also helps her partner with his pas-                     they can participate fully in the all-English school he
        projects I have been         ture raised egg and meat business. Libby recently                      teaches at. While not currently involved in any envi-
               working on.”          completed a six month apprenticeship at the Center
                                     for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Food Systems at
                                                                                                            ronmental projects, Wes hopes to do more in the
                                                                                                            future. Also within the last year, Wes became the
               -Ann Marie            UC—Santa Cruz. In October 2009, she received a                         proud uncle of a new baby niece.
           Larquier, 2007            certificate in Ecological Horticulture. Relating TBI
                                     to her current work, Libby states, “I found the study                  Tressa Gibbard
                                     of the organization and management of non-profits                      Field biologist, USFS; South Lake Tahoe, CA
                                     and small environmental organizations to be very                       Tressa is based in Tahoe as a seasonal employee for
                                     valuable in my work today.”                                            the US Forest Service. She does stream monitoring
                                                                                                            in grazed meadows throughout California and works
                                     Andrea Stanley                                                         on projects in the Tahoe Basin aimed at protecting
                                     Graduate Student, University of Montana;                               Lahontan Cutthroat trout and Mountain Yellow-
                                     Missoula, MT                                                           legged frogs. This fall, Tressa joined TBI as the
                                     After turning 30, Andrea finally decided to continue                   office intern. Outside of work, Tressa climbs rocks
                                     her education by leaving her position with the Cali-                   and enjoys spending time with her ever-expanding
                                     fornia Regional Water Quality Control Board in                         network of “wonderfully committed and inspiring”
                                     Tahoe, venturing east to Montana for school. She                       TBI folks.
                                     is now in her first year of graduate studies in the
                                                                                                            Other      2006 Participants: Eduard Batotsirenov, Jason Bollinger
                                     Geosciences Department at the University of Mon-                       (CCC), Charles Butler (CCC), Bella Gordon, Tatiana Karelina,
                                     tana. As part of her studies, Andrea spent the sum-                    Marina Khandarkhaeva, Ilona Kirhensteine (Latvia), Alexander
                                     mer of 2009 working for the U.S. Geological Survey                     Kolosovich, Ekaterina Nosova, Anastasia Ogneva, Konstantin Shishkin
                                     Montana Water Science Center as a Hydrologic
                                     Technician for local water budget work and a ura-                      2007 Updates
                                     nium groundwater study. Andrea loves her course-                       Sid Feygin
                                     work and life as a college student again! Nonethe-                     Staff Environmental Engineer, Maul, Foster,
                                     less, she misses Tahoe and regular social visits with                  and Alongi, Inc.; Portland, OR
The happy transplant: native New     TBI folks in South Lake Tahoe. She writes, “The                        In the past year, Sid has taken a new job and moved
Yorker, Sid Feygin (TBI 2007),                                                                              to Portland. His work entails environmental con-
in Portland, Oregon.
                                     experiences, conversations, and lasting friendships
                                     I've had from TBI have had a great influence on the                    sulting relating to various public and private clients,
Photo courtesy of Sid Feygin                                                                                primarily in the Northwest. Duties vary, but include
                                     directions I've chosen. Lately I've appreciated the
                                     friendly support of my TBI friends. Thanks!”
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field work, report preparation, fate- and transport-      tion Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan. Outside
modeling, remediation design, and client interaction.     of work, Adam volunteers with local watershed or-
While he is not currently involved in any environ-        ganizations and remains involved in the environ-
mental projects or efforts, Sid is planning on joining    mental and social struggles taking place in Appalachia.
Engineers Without Borders. Of the influence of his        He is “still brainstorming a research project that will
SEE experience, Sid writes, “My introduction to envi-     take me back to Siberia… any collaborators?”
ronmental legislation, aspects of source control
(BMPs), and permitting at Tahoe come up at work all
the time. I remember the experience fondly and it has     Michelle Jordan
allowed me to be well-rounded and flexible with re-       Graduate student, Departments of Microbiology                Michelle Jordan (TBI 2007)
spect to the types of assignments I can take on at        and Water Resources, Oregon State University;                celebrating salmon in the
work.”                                                    Corvallis, OR                                                Pacific Northwest.
                                                          Michelle is working in a lab that studies parasites of       Photo courtesy of Michelle Jordan
Ann Marie Larquier                                        salmon and trout in the Klamath River. Her master's
Graduate Student, Alaska Pacific University;              thesis is focused on identifying if periodic large floods
Hydrologic Technician, USGS; Anchorage, AK                decrease the number of parasites in the river. Mi-
Since moving to a “far away land” for graduate school     chelle credits TBI for introducing her to watershed
in Alaska, Ann Marie has been busy working on a           stewardship and thus inspiring her to pursue a Mas-           “The underlying goal [of
host of environmental projects. She has been map-
ping and assessing wetlands in a rapidly developing
                                                          ter’s degree at OSU to acquire new skills and “be a
                                                          better steward of our water resources.” TBI was a
                                                                                                                        the Erasmus Mundus
Anchorage bedroom community; working on a USGS            “singularly influential experience” in her life, she says,    program] is much the
study of erosion hazards and side channel spawning        as it is the reason that she is now in Oregon. Michelle
habitats on the Matanuska River, and applying the         writes, “Moving away from the Midwest for the first
                                                                                                                        same as TBI, which is to
hydrogeomorphic approach to wetland assessment in         time in my life has been an exciting adventure. The           promote intercultural
South-Central Alaska; and is writing her graduate         Pacific Northwest is a beautiful part of the country
thesis on how diminishing glacial storage affects water   and I have been having great fun exploring. There are         relationships and
resources. For Ann Marie, “Watershed-scale thinking       a few things that make me homesick however, par-              exchanges that will
was a great emphasis of TBI that I find useful in all     ticularly a brand-new niece back in Minnesota.”
the projects I have been working on.” She also notes                                                                    connect the world on a
                                                          Tatiana (Belyavskaya) Elfimova
that, “There is a large Russian community in Alaska;                                                                    personal basis and an
it’s great to understand some of their culture and        Researcher, Scientific Research Institute of the
converse about ecological/environmental issues with
                                                          Medicine of Labor and Human Ecology;
                                                                                                                        environmental one as well.
them.”                                                                                                                  I immediately thought of
                                                          Angarsk, Russia
Andrea Moore                                                                                                            TBI when I started my
Masters Student, Universidade do Algarve;                 In general, Tatiana evaluates how environmental con-
Montenegro, Portugal                                      ditions affect human health and develops methods of
                                                                                                                        class and was amongst six
Andrea is enrolled in a Marine Biodiversity and Con-
servation graduate program sponsored by the Eras-
                                                          reducing negative environmental factors. Specifically,        different cultures already!”
mus Mundus Foundation. Together with about 50
                                                          Tatiana is currently engaged in studying forest fires         -Andrea Moore, 2007
other international students, she will be studying ma-    and their impacts on human health. In the spring of
rine biology and oceanography at various universities     2009, Tatiana began a graduate degree program; she
around Europe over the next two years. As part of         has now begun writing her dissertation. She writes,
the program, she is taking the opportunity to learn       “Hopefully, in three years I will become a Candidate
Portuguese – along with two Russian speakers! Of          of Biological Science. Also, in the winter of 2008 I
the Erasmus Mundus program, Andrea notes, “The            got married.”
underlying goal is much the same as TBI, which is to
promote intercultural relationships and exchanges that
will connect the world on a personal basis and an         Olga Plishkina
environmental one as well. I immediately thought of       Teacher, Candidate of Geography,
TBI when I started my class and was amongst 6 dif-
ferent cultures already!”                                 Eastern-Siberian Governmental University of
Adam Webster                                              Technology, Department of Ecology and Life
Lead Bio-Science Technician/Crew Leader,                  Safety; Ulan-Ude, Russia
Bureau of Land Management Aquatic Riparian                                                                              Andrea Moore (TBI 2007)
Effectiveness Monitoring Program; Corvallis, OR           Olga teaches ecology, safety of “vital activities,” cli-      Photo courtesy of Andrea Moore
Adam leads a traveling field crew throughout the          matology and meteorology, physical geography, and
Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, CA) monitoring streams         cartography at the college level. She also conducts
on public lands and collecting water quality/biological   research excursions with her students; in summer
data to determine the effectiveness of federal manage-    2008, she brought enginieering students to the Enha-
ment strategies as outlined in the Aquatic Conserva-                                        (Continued on page 16)
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                                       lukckii reservation to assess the human impacts re-                 concluded the evening!” She says that she misses her
                                       sulting from tourism on the coastal ecology of Lake                 friends and the warm atmosphere of TBI very much,
                                       Baikal. The students studied the vegetation and ani-                “as well as the food and our travels together across
                                       mal populations, conducted sociological research in                 various landscapes in America!”
                                       the local communities, and collected trash and distrib-
                                       uted educational materials about keeping Baikal’s
                                       shores clean. In the past year, Olga has been very                  Daba Chimitov
                                       involved with TBI and EcoLeague. She has helped                     Lecturer, Buryat State University and Eastern
                                       with the SEE excursions, hosted a homestay, and                     Siberian State Technological University;
                                       very much enjoyed meeting the participants. She                     Ulan-Ude, Russia
                                       helped organize EcoLeague’s round-table meeting on                  Daba teaches and does botanical research on endan-
                                                                                                           gered plants of the Selenginsky valley . In December
Blythe Marshman (TBI 2008) and Jocelyn "The Role of Public Organizations in the Strategy of
Gray (TBI 2008) at Crater Lake over    Ecological Policy in the Baikal Region" in conjunc-                 2008, Daba’s daughter, Sarana, was born. He writes,
Labor Day weekend 2009.                tion with Baikal Day. Of her SEE experience, Olga                   “Now, all of my free time is spent with her.” Of TBI,
Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Gray         writes, “I remember all of the events of summer 2007                Daba says his best memories are of Yosemite, San
                                       with great emotion and feelings of happi-                           Francisco and visitng the towns of Turka,
                                       ness… mainly the people I met and spent almost two                  Gremyachinsk, and Tolonki at Baikal.
                                       months with, living as one big friendly family!”
                                         Other 2007 Participants: Vera Akulova, Bayar Badmaev, Stephan     Mason Thomas
                                         Garaffo (CCC), Sergei Kalyuzhnyi, Venera Khiskhan (Mongolia),     Student, Great Lakes Maritime Academy;
                                         Mikhail Kondratev, Maureen McGuigan, Andrea Moore (Canada), Amy   Traverse City, MI
                                         Nelson (CCC), Tantoh Nforba (Cameroon), Oyuna Nimaeva, Ellen-     Mason moved to northern Michigan in early fall of
                                         Marie Winther (Norway)
                                                                                                           2009 to begin his studies in Marine Transportation
     “I will be applying for             2008 Updates                                                      and Business Administration at the Great Lakes Mari-
      graduate programs in               Eugenia Filimonova                                                time Academy. He writes, “I'll be learning the logis-
                                         Curator of Woody Plants, Botanical Garden of                      tics of international marine transport, as well as how
  Geography this fall, and               Irkutsk State University; Irkutsk, Russia                         to be a deck officer, navigation, safety, and all that
            find that TBI's              Eugenia cares for and propagates the trees and                    jazz. The shipping industry isn't very green so I'm
                                                                                                           hoping that in the future I can help provide ways to
                                         shrubs of the Irkutsk State University Botanical Gar-
     interdisciplinary focus             den. She sometimes trains students or interns in the              turn that around!”
   and education has been                proper care of woody plants as well. She recently                 Pavithra Kathanadhi
                                         began a graduate program to “become a real, quali-
  important in helping me                fied botanist.” In August, Eugenia visited Ekateri-
                                                                                                           Program Director, Girls Inc. of Westchester
                                                                                                           County; White Plains, NY
  think about the kind of                naburg, Kazan, and Yoshkar-Ola to learn about the                 At Girls Inc., Pavithra develops workshops and after-
                                                                                                           school programs for girls in Westchester County aged
 work I would like to do.”               protection and restoration of natural habitats. She
                                                                                                           9-18 in the areas of Health, Wellness & Sexuality,
                                         also learned about captive breeding of snow leopards
    -Pavithra Kathanadhi,                at the Kazan Zoobotanical Garden. Eugenia’s fond-                 Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development.
                                                                                                           She is working on incorporating some basic 'greening'
                      2008               est memories of the SEE program include hiking up
                                                                                                           efforts into the organization, including developing a
                                         Mt. Tallac, camping in Yosemite, sailing on a yacht,              workshop on sustainability.          Outside of work,
                                         and bathing in the cold waters of Tahoe and Baikal.               Pavithra is a member of the Westchester Political
                                                                                                           Action Committee (a multi-issue social justice organi-
                                         Anna Filipushkova                                                 zation), and she hopes to get involved in local food
                                         Ecological Engineer, Scientific Research                          justice and environmental issues. Since returning
                                         Institute for Atmospheric Air Protection;                         from TBI, Pavithra has taken up Aikido, hiking and
                                         St. Petersburg, Russia                                            playing outdoors – she was even inspired enough to
                                         Anna happily related that she has found an interesting            invest in her very first tent! Of TBI’s influence on
                                         new job, “about which it would be complicated to                  her life, Pavithra writes, “I will be applying for gradu-
                                         describe to those without much background under-                  ate programs in Geography this fall, and find that
                                         standing in the sphere of air pollution engineering.”             TBI's interdisciplinary focus and education has been
                                                                                                           important in helping me think about the kind of work
                                         Basically, she calculates pollutant emissions from
                                                                                                           I would like to do.”
                                         industry and vehicles and assesses their environmental
                                         impact. She recently led a study to calculate the pol-            Blythe Marshman
                                         lutant emissions of stationary sources and motor                  Scientific Aide, CA Dept. of Fish & Game;
TBI 2008 in front of the Rainbow         vehicles in Saint Petersburg. Anna writes that not long           Junior Specialist, UC Davis; Bodega Bay, CA
Trail at Taylor Creek.                                                                                     A year later, and Blythe feels that she never really left
Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Gray
                                         ago she recalled the Talent Show at Fredericks’ Cabin.
                                                                                                           the program! She helped send Fredericks’ into its
                                         “It fondly came to mind how Bryan displayed the
                                                                                                           winter hibernation in October 2008, participated in
                                         dancing game, where everyone had to guess if this                 the 2009 selection committee, was a group leader for
                                         was a costume parade, song, or joke - and then there
                                         was the grand dance of Pavithra and Tonada that                                                    (Continued on page 17)
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the fundraising campaign, attended alumni week-           where they had a happy reunion with Anna
ends in both April and July 2009, and spent time          Filipushkova (TBI 2008). Igor says he fondly re-
with the “AWESOME!” SEE 2009 participants                 members the SEE 2008 talent show, the “Olympic
during their visit to the Sonoma Coast. An addi-          Games,” and “every single participant; they're re-
tional TBI-related highlight of the past year: Blythe     markable people, and I miss them often.”
road tripped to Crater Lake with Jocelyn Gray (TBI
2008). Blythe can usually be found at the Bodega
Bay Marine Laboratory. She studies California shell-      Other 2008 Participants: Timerlan Alymbaev, Odsuren Batdelger
                                                          (Mongolia), Lisa Evans, Jocelyn Gray (Canada), Savannah Kestral
fish populations, in particular the Red and White         (CCC), Suvdaa Namsrai (Mongolia), Rosibel Roman
Abalone. She has also begun research on many of
California's freshwater shellfish, including the native   2009 Updates
Pearlshell Mussel (found in the Upper Truckee             Veronika Sergeevna Zhabdorzhieva                                     The SEE 2008 group admires the
River) and the invasive Asian Clam, Quagga Mussel,                                                                             Buddhist Igolvinskii datsan outside of
and Zebra Mussel – an interest which started during       Student, East Siberian State University;                             Ulan-Ude, Russia.
the SEE program and gives her an excuse to head                                                                                Photo: TBI Archive
                                                          Ulan Ude, Russia
back to Lake Tahoe often. Next year, Blythe hopes
to co-author and publish several scientific papers        Veronika has entered a new program in Finance and
with her laboratory and plans to apply for graduate       Credit and is says that she is studying hard. Ve-
school.                                                   ronika has also been busy traveling. In September,
Kevin Brown                                               she visited Omsk for a seminar on public campaigns
Graduate Student, University of Michigan;
                                                          and later went to Mongolia to meet with fellow
Ann Arbor, MI
Kevin is concurrently pursuing an MA in Russian           2009 alums Sarnai and Usko. In October, she par-
Area Studies and an MS in Environmental Science           ticipated in the All-Russia Intercollegiate Olympics
at the University of Michigan. Recently, he was           for Ecology and Wildlife Protection in Irkutsk.
awarded a highly competitive Boren Fellowship for         Veronika says, “Every day I remember my participa-
2010. Kevin will spend 8 months in Kyrgyzstan to          tion in TBI! Very often I show my photographs to
investigate the risk of climate change in herding         friends, acquaintances, and other loved ones. Of
                                                                                                                                 “I've became a member
communities. Kevin states that he is “very grateful       course it is a little difficult for me at home now after               of the wonderful TBI
to have the opportunity” to continue his environ-
mental work in Eurasia with full financial support.
                                                          having experienced America. In Russia it is said                       family that I'm keeping
                                                          that after America stress often happens. But assur-
He adds, “As I start my research, I can't even begin
                                                          edly I will soon readjust to the rhythm of life here                   in touch with.”
to stress how valuable it was to actually meet with
representatives of environmental agencies in Rus-         once again!”                                                           -Yulia Misevich, 2009
sia. I am going to have to be making much of the
same kinds of contacts on my own in Kyrgyzstan,           Natalya Kravtsova
and having gone through TBI, I feel that I am more        Republic of Buryatia State Office of Civil
prepared to navigate any bureaucratic hurdles.”           Defense, Emergencies, and Fire Safety;
                                                          Ulan Ude, Russia
Vasily Pavlichenko                                        Although she still holds the same job she had be-
PhD student, Scientific Research Institute of             fore TBI, Natalya says that, thanks to TBI, “I now
Biology at Irkutsk State University, Helmholtz            wish to professionally work on ecological problems
Center for Environmental Research;                        in our region, and am currently searching for a new
Irkutsk, Russia and Leipzig, Germany                      job in ecology.” In September, she attended a semi-
In the past year, Vasily became a doctoral candidate      nar with colleagues from EcoLeague. She is now
and is researching the effect of pollution on the         searching for a new job, taking an English course,
organisms of Lake Baikal. He is working in con-           and planning to move from the suburbs of Ulan
junction with German scientists in Leipzig and was        Ude closer to the city center. After having been
able to travel to Germany for on-the-job training         apart for the summer, she now spends all of her
for his project. Of the SEE program, Vasily best          free time with her daughter, Anastasia. Natalya
remembers visiting San Francisco and Yosemite.            writes, “The TBI program fondly comes to mind
Igor Dets                                                 often - friends and acquaintances constantly are
                                                          asking me to tell them about America and about
Consultant; Irkutsk, Russia                               what we studied there. When I speak about my
                                                          experiences with TBI, somehow my heart becomes
Igor is currently employed as a consulant for the         light and joyous. Thank you TBI for making such a
book network “Prodalit.” He is also in the process        stunning impression on my life!”
of enrolling as a graduate student at the Russian                                                                           The SEE 2009 participants celebrate after
                                                          Faye Gotlieb                                                      rafting the lower Truckee River as part of the
Academy of Sciences Institute of Geography. Igor                                                                            SEE Program Watershed Tour.
                                                          Student, Hampshire College; Amherst, MA
is active with the Great Baikal Trail Association and                                                                       Photo: TBI Archive
                                                          Other than studying, Faye works on the Hampshire
with TBI. This summer, he and his girlfriend took
                                                                                              (Continued on page 18)
a trip to Moscow, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg –
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                                College Farm to provide veggies for students, locals,       international cultural/environmental work. If it were
                                and a nearby homeless shelter. This year is going to be     not for TBI, I would have never found this new inter-
                                devoted to writing her Division III project, which is       est and possible career path in human ecology!”
                                based on the group research she conducted at Baikal
                                during SEE 2009. Faye says, “I met so many people           Lawrence Dale Crofutt
                                this summer who were more than willing to help me           Crewleader II, California Conservation Corps;
                                refine my ideas, and now it's back to the library to try    Redding, CA
 TBI SEE 2009 meeting in        to articulate some of what I've learned. It's too soon      Larry was promoted when he returned to the CCC
 Sacramento, CA.                to begin counting the ways this summer has influenced       after the 2009 SEE program. He is now responsible
 Photo: TBI Archive
                                me, professionally and personally. The world feels a        for managing the fleet vehicles and for warehouse
                                little smaller and a little more open!”                     inventory in addition to coordinating volunteer restora-
                                                                                            tion projects and educating young people on environ-
                                Yulia Misevich                                              mental issues. Larry helps educate Corps members on
                                Student, Irkutsk State Linguistic University;               the importance of recycling and energy and water use
                                Irkutsk, Russia                                             reduction so as to take a pro-active role in conserving
                                Yulia is in her 5th year majoring in linguistics and for-   local ecosystems. He also works to get Corps mem-
                                eign languages teaching (German, English). She volun-       bers involved in community environmental projects
                                teers with the Great Baikal Trail as international volun-   and programs. Larry says that TBI gave him new,
                                teer coordinator, as an interpreter, and as a participant   more environmentally-oriented ways of thinking, as
                                in the educational programs for children from local         well as new education goals, confidence, and friends
                                schools. Yulia writes that her TBI experience helped        from around the world.
                                her gain a “better understanding of what's happening
     “TBI improved my           at Lake Baikal now, how it could work (according to         Usukhbayar Shar
      Russian skills and        what I've learnt about Lake Tahoe) and how many
                                issues we have to                                           Research Assistant, The Asia Foundation;
    re-connected me with                                                                    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
         the culture that       work on.” Also, “I've become a member of the won-
                                derful TBI family that I'm keeping in touch with.”
                                                                                            Usko samples rivers to assess habitat and water quality.
                                                                                            He has been employed as a field researcher for the Asia
            I am from.”                                                                     Foundation’s Securing Our Future Program, but the
                                Max Neale
  -Natallia Leuchanka,          Student, Hampshire College; Amherst, MA
                                                                                            project is coming to an end and he is looking for a new
                                                                                            job with another environmental project.
                   2009         Max returned from the SEE 2009 program to a busy
                                senior year at Hampshire College, where he is majoring
                                in Environmental Studies. Max's senior thesis project       Natallia Leuchanka
                                will be an expansion of research started at TBI on the      Student, University of New Hampshire;
                                Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) and water resource man-     Durham, NH
                                agement in the Sierra.                                      Natallia is double-majoring in Environmental Science
                                Altansarnai Buyankhishig                                    and International Affairs, with a minor in Spanish. She
                                Project coordinator, Center for Citizenship                 also helps put on student programs as a Community
                                Education; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia                            Assistant at UNH. As a recipient of an International
                                Sarnai works coordinating projects, managing project        Research Opportunity Program (IROP) grant through
                                officers and tasks, running the office and doing all        UNH, Natallia will be putting all of her studies to use
                                financial reporting, accounting and bookkeeping for         conducting research in Mexico. Over the winter break,
                                the Center for Citizenship Education in the capital city    spring break, and 7 weeks during the summer of 2010,
                                of Ulaanbaata, Mongolia. Sarnai attributes her new          she will be conducting research at the Sian Ka'an Bio-
                                appreciation for “new ways of seeing things, under-         sphere Reserve in the Yucatan Peninsula. She will be
                                standing different people, liking to help people who        using remote sensing and field methods to study man-
                                needs my help, new friends and understanding another        groves and tree islands, while also working with local
                                culture” to her experience in the TBI SEE program in        NGOs and scientists, and doing outreach to the local
                                2009.                                                       communities of the Peninsula. Of her TBI experience,
                                                                                            Natallia writes, “TBI allowed me to meet amazing
                                Sarah Buck                                                  people from the U.S. and other nations around the
                                Student, Middlebury College; Middlebury, VT                 world. TBI specifically improved my Russian skills and
                                As a student, Sarah jokes that her “job” currently en-      re-connected me with the culture that I am from.”
                                tails going to lectures and doing readings and home-        Since returning to college, she has been sharing the
                                work. Asked to describe how TBI has influenced her,         insights she gained from TBI in her classes. She is also
Jon Green, Jennifer Smith-Lee   Sarah writes, “Personal friendships and professional        trying to make people more aware of the importance
and Sarah Bowers enjoying       connections were both very important to me during           of Lake Baikal , the “Galapagos of Russia.”
Snapshot Day 2009.              the program and hopefully will stay with me for quite
                                                                                            Other 2009 Participants: Aleksandr Golobokov, Egor Ivanov (see
Photo: TBI Archive              some time.” What’s more, “Before TBI, I knew noth-          article on pg. 20), Alexander Jones (CCC), Snezhana Kalinovich,
                                ing really about conservation and now, after TBI, I
                                want to work for an organization... that participates in                                          (Continued on page 19)
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Rukhsana Saleem (Pakistan – see article on page 5), Lauren Zielinksi (see   efficiency project, enjoying the Basin and the region,
article on page 4)
                                                                            and dabbling in some entrepreneurial efforts.
Staff Updates
Jennifer Smith-Lee – Executive Director
Jennifer continue her interest in Russian, environ-                         Michelle Fergus – Assistant Program
mental and cultural issues as the new Executive Direc-                      Coordinator, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member
tor of TBI. Although this new position keeps her                            2008 Student, Naturalist, Teacher; Chico, CA
quite busy, Jennifer made a special point to go hiking                      Michelle is still keeping very busy inspiring a love of
almost every weekend this summer, and can finally say                       nature in school children through camping, hiking and
that she’s hiked Mt. Tallac and several other local                         other outdoor education. She writes, “Currently I am
peaks. One highlight of 2009 was her honeymoon to                           going to Chico State part-time working on my Secon-
Ecuador in March—she and her husband Do (the                                dary Science Teaching Credential, working in a grant- Interpreter Ariadna Reida with her son
wedding was in August 2008) enjoyed the mountains,                          funded Hands-on Science program through the Uni- Rol’ka during the 2009 SEE program.
beaches, and local culture of this wonderful country.                       versity, substitute teaching, and working as a Natural- Photo: TBI Archive
Do made many jokes about how Jennifer should                                ist for a company out of Ventura - Naturalists at
spend more time traveling in countries other than                           Large.” Michelle reports, “One of my summer high-
Russia!                                                                     lights was alumni weekend in Tahoe, meeting this
                                                                            year’s participants, enjoying the TBI staff, attending
Jon Green – SEE Program Coordinator                                         the Friendraiser and spending an afternoon at Helen
Jon joins TBI again after serving as the 2007 Sierra                        and Joe's beautiful cabin at Echo Lakes.”
Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership staff member. Jon
grew up in New Hampshire, and he received his un-                           Madelyn Johnston – Intern, 2008                            “One of my summer
dergraduate degree in environmental and international                       Student, Brown University; Providence,
studies from the Evergreen State College in 2005. In                        Rhode Island                                               highlights was alumni
2004, Jon volunteered with the Great Baikal Trail                           After interning at Jeremy Sokulsky’s business, Envi-       weekend in Tahoe,
Association and spent more than six months in the                           ronmental Incentives, this summer Maddie is now in
Baikal region exploring the area and becoming conver-                       her first semester at Brown University. She is taking      meeting this year’s
sant in Russian. Jon has also worked as a coordinator                       eight courses in eight different departments and is
                                                                            learning that “picking a major is going to be really,
                                                                                                                                       participants, and
at Mountain Travel Sobek, where he arranged tours to
Russia and other destinations. Jon is an avid moun-                         really hard.” She has a TBI "Keep Tahoe Blue"              spending an afternoon
tain climber, biker, hiker, and international traveler.                     sticker in Russian on her dorm room wall, and says         at Helen and Joe's
Sarah Bowers – Assistant Program Coordinator,                               that it has been a great conversation starter. Maddie
Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member                                             loves telling her college friends about TBI – and subtly   beautiful cabin at
                                                                            implying that they should apply. While Maddie has
Sarah moved to Tahoe last January from her home-
town of Aberdeen, Washington. Sarah has served as                           enjoyed her first New England fall, she can't wait to
                                                                                                                                       Echo Lakes.”
Assistant Camp Director and as an environmental                             come back to Tahoe for Christmas. Maddie also              -Michelle Fergus,
educator at summer camp. She has also volunteered                           writes that she had a great time meeting the SEE 2009
for the Tall Ship program, where she was a deckhand                         participants and reconnecting with TBI folks at            2008
on the Lady Washington. When she isn't in the office                        Alumni Weekend this summer.
you can find her snowshoeing, hiking, jogging, or
                                                                            Silke Rover – US Program Coordinator 1999-2001,
exploring the Tahoe region. She is excited to have this
                                                                            Programs Director 2002
opportunity to be of service for a second year to TBI,
                                                                            See Update in 1996 Alumni Section.
and to learn more about Russian language and culture.
                                                                            Tatiana Baksheeva – Co-coordinator 2000, 2001
Gallagher Hannan - Cook 2009
                                                                            Director of Advertisement and Personal
Gallagher came to TBI this summer after hearing
                                                                            Relations, Aktiv Group; Irkutsk, Russia
about the program from her friend and TBI Alumnus
                                                                            Tatiana is still working for the Aktiv Group and is
Sid Feygin (TBI 2007). She quickly fell in love with
                                                                            involved in the construction of the Irkutsk-City busi-
Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake and the SEE program
                                                                            ness complex, which will include new business cen-
participants. Following TBI, Gallagher stayed on
                                                                            ters, a modern art gallery, a hotel, and a sports com-
Fallen Leaf Lake while working for Stanford Sierra
                                                                            plex.
Conference Center. She currently resides in Brooklyn,
NY.                                                                         Ariadna Reida – Interpreter 2001-2009
Karen Fink – US Program Coordinator 1996                                    Ariadna and her 2-year old son Roland (Rol’ka) re-
Programs Director 1997                                                      turned to TBI this year as one the summer’s out-
Executive Director, 1998-2001                                               standing interpreters and cultural liaisons. Rol’ka en-
See Update in 1995 Alumni Section.                                          joyed chasing squirrels, exploring the meadow with
                                                                            Jon Green’s dog, Ruby, and splashing around on the
Benjamin Pignatelli – US Program Coordinator                                shore of Fallen Leaf Lake. In late October, Ari, her Silke Rover and her family at
2004, 2005 Entrepreneur; South Lake Tahoe, CA                               husband Tony, and Rol’ka welcomed a second son, Cascade Falls, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
                                                                                                                                    Photo courtesy of Silke Rover
Ben has finished business school at Boston University                       Leo, into their happy family.
and is back in Tahoe. He is working on a small energy
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                                                                     Scientific Adventures in Siberia
                                                                                      By Egor Ivanov
                                     Amber Van Cleave – Cook 2001-03, 2007-08
                                      the SEE 2009 program, I Section.
                               AfterSee Update in 2000 Alumnispent the remainder of my summer on expedition with my colleagues at the Institute of
                               Geography at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. My topic is nival-glaciological geosystems (i.e.,
                               natural systems with snow – Executive Director predominant role of its matter balance) in the context of climate
                                     Bryan von Lossberg or ice cover playing the
                                     2005-2008
                               change. We research in very difficult places: the Eastern Sayans, on the River Chara, and in the mountains of the Baikal-
                                     After four of Lake countless memories as TBI's Ex-
                               sky Range northyears andBaikal.
                                     ecutive Director, Bryan and his wife Genevieve relo-
                                     cated expedition, Montana in early 2009. Thrilled to be
                               In the first to Missoula, we studied different parameters glaciated landscape forms: glacial valleys, moraines, glacier lakes
                                     back There in the town where they fell in love, Bryan
                               and more. "home"were six people on this expedition: three candidates of science, two students, and me. And three tour-
                                     and with us: one woman and two men. I helped them; I was like a guide for them on 12,959-ft (3950m) Mount
                               ists were Genevieve spent the summer gardening, hiking,
                                     hosting visitors, and enjoying the wonders of Big Sky
                               Munku-Sardik. It is located on the border with Mongolia, and only on the top of this mountain is there phone service
                                     Country with grad peak in the Eastern Sayans. So, this
                               because it is the highest school friends who make Missoula ansummer I was in three countries: U.S., Russia, and Mongo-
                                     incredible community. Bryan has started a tips! I didn’t
                               lia! When the tourists left, they gave me $300 in new business want to take it, because I helped simply; it was like a pleas-
                                     - me. But Link - money in promoting energy effi-
                               ure forCommonsthey putfocused onmy backpack: sneaky!
                                     ciency and conservation by connecting people more
                                     directly and creatively with their The glacier almost vertical, and constantly big rocks were falling down. In the
                               It was a really dangerous expedition. resource use.isHe's
                                     thrilled to have our way among the falling rocks and tried to research the glacier; I even reach peak of glacier. But
                               beginning, we pickedrecently joined the Boards of the Alter-
                                     native day, one researcher was hurt (rock on the foot)
                               on the fifth Energy Resources Organization (AERO) and theand our chief said: “No more work on glacier, only distance
                                     Wild Rockies of time we everyday played "durok," and I
                               observations.” All Field Institute (WRFI). Genevieve scored even learned a new game – poker!
                                     a great gig as the Director of Community Outreach for a
                                      really tired because Garden City Harvest that expeditions. In the next day after returning from the Eastern Say-
                               I waslocal nonprofit calledwe had no breaks betweenruns
                                     several left for northern Siberia. We were to gopro-
                               ans, I again community gardens around Missoula and rafting. We took the train to the north of Baikal, then we took
                                     motes local, Baikal-Amur Magistral
                               another train, the sustainable agriculture. (BAM), and traveled 1,000 km more to the northeast. It is a very amazing rail-
                                      It was the Alymbaeva – railway to build because of very difficult natural conditions. Firstly, icing underground
                               way. Zhargalmamost expensive Ulan Ude Program
                               (permafrost). Secondly, in summertime the temperature can be 131 degrees F (55 degrees C), but in winter temperatures
                                     Cocoordinator 2006, 2007, 2008
                                     See Update in F (-60 degrees C) –
                               may be -76 degrees2005 Alumni Section.a fluctuation of 100 degrees Celsius! The BAM also has many long mountain
                               tunnels. In the longest one, it took about 45 minutes to get through at high speed. On this “rafting” expedition, we
                               were Eleonorapermafrost; it tooIrkutsk Program
                                     studying Eremchenko – is a very main component of the glaciological field. The River Chara, where we were
                                     Coordinator 2006-2009
                               rafting, has very large banks with unique permafrost stratification – and very, very hot desert (the Chara Sands) all
                                     See
                               around. Update in 2005 Alumni Section.
Egor’s expeditions
studying glaciers and          After rafting, we also studied a very different glacier, “Cherskovo,” near the northwest coast of Baikal. By this time, it
permafrost in Siberia.         was already the middle of September, so we were mostly hiking. It needs a serious scientific expedition to make proper
Photos courtesy of Egor        measurements, inferences and analysis to forecast this glacier’s future. Next year, I will study this region in more detail.
Ivanov




Summer Environmental Exchange Program:
Now Accepting Applications!
The Tahoe-Baikal Institute is pleased to offer our 20th anniversary Summer Environmental Exchange (SEE)
Program at Lakes Tahoe and Baikal from June through August of 2010! Next year, another group of exceptional
participants from around the world will have the chance to be involved in this unique program and take the beauty
and lessons of Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal home with them. No one understands the value of this program and
this experience like you – our alumni and supporters. Help us get the word out about TBI and the SEE Program!
For details about the 2010 SEE and other programs, please visit:
http://www.tahoebaikal.org/projects/exchange/2010Applicationdocuments/TBI2010Exchange
Poster.pdf

TBI now offers rolling admissions for applicants interested in participating in the SEE Program. In 2010 and
beyond, TBI staff will be accepting applications for the SEE Program from October through February, in an ef-
fort to recruit exceptional applicants early and often. The SEE program Selection Committee will be reviewing
applications monthly, so participants will have as long as six months to prepare and secure funding for their par-
ticipation in the SEE program. For an application and financial aid information, please refer candidates to:
http://www.tahoebaikal.org/projects/exchange

Applications for the 2010 SEE Program are due no later than February 5th, 2010. Acceptance and review
of applications for the 2011 SEE Program begins on October 15th, 2011.                                                   SEE 1996 participants all aboard
                                                                                                                         in Russia!
Please contact Jon Green, SEE Program Coordinator, at jgreen@tahoebaikal.org, with any questions or con-                 Photo courtesy of Janice Alexander
cerns regarding TBI programs, applicant inquiries, or joining the Selection Committee.
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                              “Leto eto malenkaya zhizn”
                        “An entire lifetime in one short summer”
                                                 By Faye Gotlieb
 When I got on a plane in New York to fly to Reno in June, I was still going through culture shock. For the previ-
 ous four months I had called Vladimir, Russia, and my linguistic institute there, "home." Now "home" was sud-
 denly on the other side of the world - and I was going to a totally new and unfamiliar place, California. I couldn't
 shake the feeling of unpreparedness. Finally, after having heard about TBI two years earlier, here I was, my only
 familiar possessions a poorly packed backpack of clothes and a duffel bag full of stuff I might need like souvenir
 NYC shirts, beef jerky, trail mix, a checkers set. The night I arrived, it was too dark to find a tent, so I slept in the
 girls' luggage room at Fredericks’. I realized the next day, when I was moved into a four person tent, that that
                                                                                                                             In Russia, Faye Gotlieb and
 would be my last night sleeping alone for the next ten weeks.                                                               Natalia Kravtsova wanting to
 Before participating in TBI I knew that the opportunity to do field research was one distinction this program had           remember this moment.
                                                                                                                             Photo courtesy of Faye Gotlieb
 over many other programs. But this was only one of many differences that distinguish TBI. At one point, in a taxi
 in Irkutsk as I was riding back to my homestay with my friend Snezhana, I was having a conversation where she
 was speaking entirely in English and I in Russian – both our second languages – and I realized how miraculous this
 summer was. Somewhere in between our meetings and projects we became a family, and we spoke our own lan-                       “TBI manages to
 guage: a gradually developing fusion of Russian, English, Monglian, Buryat, and even a little Urdu. In this way, TBI
 manages to accomplish something many people have yet to figure out: how people from different places and cul-
                                                                                                                                accomplish some-
 tures can grow to understand each other.                                                                                       thing many people
 I think I can say for most of us that this was a summer of newfound possibilities. I don't think there's a single par-         have yet to figure
 ticipant who didn't try something completely new, something that scared them, whether it was swimming, conduct-
 ing interviews in a foreign language, or doing an impromptu talent show for a whole town of strangers. I ultimately
                                                                                                                                out: how people from
 believe that TBI kept us so busy that we couldn't help but treasure all of the in-between moments we had together,             different places and
 like the campfires I could never walk away from, or singing together in the vans (or falling asleep on each other, as
 was more often the case). The fact that every participant was forced to take risks and to rely on other participants           cultures can grow to
 for support created cultural immersion and friendships more easily and genuinely than any of my other experiences              understand each
 in Russia studying language with other American students, traveling as a volunteer, or as a tourist.
                                                                                                                                other.”
 Today, sitting in a cafe in my new little corner of the world in Massachusetts – painstakingly working through Rus-
 sian grammar exercises on a Russian keyboard I haven't quite figured out how to use – I get the point of doing this            -Faye Gotlieb, 2009
 in a way I never did when I traveled independently or studied in a language institute. Because of TBI, I've grown
 more passionate about international environmental protection. Most immediately, however, there are some friends
 on the other side of the planet I'd really like to email!


                                                                       Surf’s Up!
                 TBI is on Facebook and odhoklassniki.ru! Join the Tahoe-Baikal Institute groups on these networks. This is a great way to share
                 informal news, photos, and stories of your TBI memories!

                 Join TBI on YahooGroups! This email group provides a forum for alumni and other TBI community members to post messages,
                 share job opportunities, and stay involved in TBI. Messages can be posted in both English and Russian.
                 Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/grouptbialumninetwork/join

                 Update your profile on the TBI Alumni web page! Post your current contact information for other alumni to access through this
                 secure page on the TBI website. Go to http://www.tahoebaikal.org/alumni/ to register and update your profile.

Visit Amber Van Cleave’s (TBI 2000) new               To learn more about Maria Mircheva (TBI               Nick Harris’ (TBI 2005) new business has a
non-profit at:                                        2006) and John Pickett’s non-profit, go to:           website:
http://themoonhutprojecthome.blogspot.com             www.sugarpinefoundation.org                           www.energybeyonddesign.com

See what Sudeep Chandra’s (TBI 1997) lab is           Jeremy Sokulsky’s (TBI 1995) business is on           Ellen Fred’s (TBI 1992) business’ website is:
working on:                                           the web at:                                           www.landconservationlaw.com
www.cabnr.unr.edu/chandra/Chandra_lab/                www.enviroincentives.com
AEAL_Homepage.html                                                                                          Check out the Russian alumni’s NGO
                                                      You can read a short summary of one of                “EcoLeague” online at:
You can (try to) keep up with Melissa                 Ben Jones’s (TBI 1994) recent papers here:            www.eco-liga.ru
Haeffner’s projects in Ghana (TBI 2003) at:           www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/3633
www.melissa-around-the-world.blogspot.com                                                                   Learn about Anna Filipushkova’s (TBI 2008)
www.acighana.com                                      David Roberts’ (TBI 1993) contracting                 research at:
                                                      business is online at:                                www.nii-atmosphere.ru
                                                      http://redcon.us
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                                                                        Alumni Spotlight
                                                Anne Orlando (TBI 1995), Polar Bear Researcher
                                                           Interviewed by Tressa Gibbard (TBI 2006)

Anne Orlando was a SEE participant in 1995. Despite having grown up in New Jersey, Anne always wanted to live in wilderness and to study and conserve wildlife in wild
ecosystems. She was initially drawn to TBI by the lure of Siberia and its vast, unspoiled wilderness. The SEE proved to be a pivotal and life-defining experience that exposed her
to the value of indigenous knowledge in nature conservation and fostered her desire to leave the US and live in a way more connected to the land. Leave she did. Over the years,
Anne – who holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology (University of Montana) and a Ph.D. in Ecology (UC Davis) – has studied animal ecology alongside indigenous peoples in remote
areas of North America, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Anne lives and works in the Canadian Arctic as the lead Polar Bear Researcher for the Govern-
ment of Nunavut. Formed in 1999, Nunavut is the largest and newest Canadian territory. It is home to fully two-thirds of the world’s polar bears. For the past year and half,
Anne has been living on the small island of Igloolik and working with the incredibly resilient and resourceful Inuit people. In the interview below, Anne shares why she is having
“the time of her life” living and working in Nunavut – and how her TBI experience is still so relevant for her.

Waterbodies: Describe a typical “day in the life” of Anne Orlando.
AO: There is field time and there is non-field time. Field time usually occurs in the months with plenty of daylight. We’re up around 5am and pile into
the helicopter. We spend all day (maybe 16 hours) searching for polar bears, to count them, collar them, tag or biopsy dart them. I get a little airsick, so
between that and drinking lots of coffee and needing to go to the bathroom 50 times, it’s not always the fun you might think! But the time with the
bears makes it all count. When I’m not in the field, I live on a little island between Baffin Island and the Canadian mainland. It’s the end of November
now, so to leave the house and get on my snowmobile, I put on my parka, neck and face warmer, goggles, snow pants, long underwear, boots, mitts –
you get the picture. The sea is frozen 9 months a year so it doesn’t feel so much like an island – you can just get out on the ice and go, go, go. At work,
I’m usually busy with GIS, following the polar bear satellite collars, managing samples and data, or dealing with the bottomless drudgery of bureaucracy.

Waterbodies: What is the most interesting, best or rewarding part of your job?
AO: Polar bears are captivating. I’m constantly looking at my data or collar locations and saying, “What is that bear doing?” I love having that thought
process, trying to understand what behaviors I am seeing and the reasons behind them. But the best part of this job is coming to understand the Inuit,
their knowledge and lifestyle, and the process of adapting and integrating to an indigenous society that still retains a great deal of traditional knowledge
and skills. No synthetic fabrics or products work nearly as well here as the traditional goods, such as seal (which you have to chew) and caribou hide
clothing, rope from walrus intestines, etc. The knowledge these people have of how to live happily in the severest of places is simply unparalleled. And
the knowledge is there for the taking if you humbly listen and watch, and ask. Often I go to local hunters and elders and ask them to help me under-
stand the observations that I am making. Not only is this rewarding, it’s one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.

Waterbodies: Can you please explain how the work you do is at the intersection of both environmental and cultural issues?
AO: We have a co-management system. That means that we use both science and Inuit knowledge and values when researching and managing polar
bears. A lot of distrust and resentment was created in the past when scientists went about their business here without integrating Inuit people, knowl-
edge and views. The most important part of my job is to create that integration so that we complement and do not discount each others’ knowledge. I
also very much want the world community to understand how essential hunting is to this amazing culture. I’m not lobbying for polar bear sport hunt-
ing, simply for well managed programs in areas with healthy polar bear populations that will allow traditions to pass down from elder to child, and en-
sure polar bears for many more generations.

Waterbodies: How has TBI helped benefit you or helped shape your career and/or personal development?
AO: Two main ways. One was that I really saw that there is a great, big, wonderful world out there, full of mysteries and surprises and extraordinary
beauty. And that world, the beauty of nature, needs help. It needs protection, everywhere. The second contribution of TBI to my life was the empow-
erment. We were treated like gold, taken seriously, and expected to be leaders – to go forth and accomplish important things with our lives and careers.
Sometimes when the world is not cooperating with my career plans, I go back to that feeling and that expectation. And I keep my hopes and creativity
strong and keep trying.




                                                                                           Anne Orlando (at left) and her team
                                                                                           of polar bear researchers, hard at
                                                                                           work in the Canadian Arctic.
                                                                                           Upper right: Anne’s home on Ig-
                                                                                           loolik.
                                                                                           Photos courtesy of Anne Orlando
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                                                                Alumni Spotlight
                                 Caelan McGee (TBI 1996), Reconstruction Facilitator in Iraq
                                                    Interviewed by Tressa Gibbard (TBI 2006)

In 1996, Caelan McGee had just finished college and was living in Tahoe        He applied to work for the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and
as a ski bum. Without intellectual stimulation, however, he “got bored,”       was hired to a two-year term as a Senior Mediator.
so he found a job at a restaurant and started applying to grad schools. In
late spring, as he was making plans for graduate school, Caelan happened       For the past 15 months, Caelan has been based in Baghdad, where getting
to wait on one of TBI’s Board Members, Trish Ronald. Trish told Caelan         to work means donning a flak jacket and being escorted by military per-
about TBI and informed him that he could apply for the SEE program.            sonnel whether crossing the street or passing through a checkpoint –unless
As Caelan clearly recalls, “The application was due Monday!” Luckily he        he’s lucky enough to be commuting by helicopter. Calean has been work-
got an application in on time and was accepted. So, as Caelan likes to say,    ing with Iraqi facilitators to design and coordinate local and regional rec-
“I went to Siberia before starting grad school!”                               onciliation strategies, and to support Provincial Reconstruction Teams
                                                                               throughout Iraq. Recently, his focus has been on facilitating collaboration
Caelan’s strongest memories of the SEE entail enduring “many brutal among Iraqi groups to address the plight of “internally displaced peo-
death-march hikes” while trudging through the moun-                                                     ple” (IDPs). The goal is to enable Iraqi groups to
tains around Lake Baikal in the rain. He was challenged                                                 work cooperatively to provide for these people,
physically and culturally by the Russians’ fortitude and                                                rebuild their communities and get the IDPs home.
value system, but he appreciated seeing “how other peo-                                                 Rather than throwing (more) money at fixing the
ple live” and gaining insight into the relative nature of                                               problems in Iraq, Caelan says that USIP’s approach
hardship. In addition, Caelan says that he and his fellow                                               “has been an effort to teach them to help them-
participants discovered new resources within themselves                                                 selves.” This method should foster responsibility
and forged deeply meaningful friendships even as they                                                   and accountability, instead of adding to corruption
accidentally or inadvertently tested one anothers’ cultural                                             and graft.
mores and tolerances. In one instance, Caelan recounts
that he and fellow American participant Andrew Greaves                                                  In addition to the constant noise of guns, genera-
reveled in unburdening themselves of stale, old bread                                                   tors, bombs, helicopters, and the “big, farting KBR
that had gone soggy in their backpacks during a 19-hour                                                 contractors” that Caelan lives with, Iraq serves up
day of hiking in the rain. Later, the two Americans re-       Caelan commutes to work in Iraq.          searing heat (130 degree summer days), dust storms
lated to the Russians how cathartic it had been for them       Photo courtesy of Caelan McGee      and sand fleas. Peace, quiet and comfort are three
to ceremoniously toss the disgusting bread. They were met with grave                               things that are very hard to come by. As Caelan says,
countenances. “You never throw the bread away,” the Russians said in “living conditions and keeping your head in a good place to stay healthy
seriousness. Caelan recalls, “I was so ashamed of that moment.” This and do good work” are the most difficult aspects of working in Iraq. He
interaction was a powerful lesson in wastefulness and cultural sensitivity also regrets that he doesn’t speak Arabic or have a deep understanding of
that still influences him. He says, “To this day, whether I am in the U.S. or Iraqi culture; these are major barriers to doing his job effectively. Never-
abroad, I always say to myself, ‘You never throw the bread away.’”             theless, Caelan is enthusiastic about his work and finds it incredibly gratify-
                                                                               ing. Of course, Caelan is pleased to see Iraqi personnel that he has trained
Caelan says that the experience of navigating cultural differences in the be able to take over and govern themselves. However, the most fulfilling
SEE program was a “great entry into a lot of the mediation work I have part of his job as a mediator – in Iraq and elsewhere – has been in
done since.” Even before participating in the TBI program, Caelan knew “connecting with people.” For Caelan, the friendships and memories he
that he wanted to be “in the middle of environmental conflicts.” Although cultivates with the people he meets both inside and outside of work is the
he got his undergraduate degree in Biology (Colorado College), he knew most rewarding aspect of his assignments.
that didn’t want to be scientist. Instead, he felt that he could be more
useful as an intermediary that understood the science involved in environ- Caelan comments that, over the years – from his adventures with TBI, to
mental and resource management disputes. After TBI, Caelan received his negotiating with American ranchers, to organizing villagers in Papua New
Masters in Geography at Boston University; after which he returned to Guinea, and now to working with war-torn Iraqis – he has found that
Tahoe to work briefly with the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the California people everywhere “are really different, and so alike.” This realization, of
Tahoe Conservancy before becoming an Associate with the Keystone course, is at the foundation of establishing world peace, and is at the core
Center for Science and Public Policy in Colorado. At the Keystone Cen- of TBI’s mission. In many ways, the friendships and respect forged
ter, he handled land use and environmental conflicts in the U.S., Mexico, amongst young people who care about the environment is TBI’s crowning
and Papua New Guinea. He mediated between activists, the private sec- achievement. When we realize that we are not so different from one an-
tor, government and scientists to develop collaborative agreements for other in our human and environmental problems, and that we are not
conflicts in transportation and land use planning, mining and mine waste, alone in searching for solutions, it makes the world seem a little smaller,
urban infill development and public health policy.                             and makes change for the better seem much more attainable. In this way,
                                                                               TBI is growing a network of dedicated individuals who are working to
In late 2008, Caelan decided that he was “so disgusted with our involve- build a more peaceful and sustainable future – as Caelan says, “That’s what
ment in Iraq… both in the conflict we’ve created and in the reconstruction TBI means to me, and what I come away with.”
effort where we do things for them,” that he wanted to apply his skills and
experience in conflict management and mediation to the situation in Iraq.

                                                                 Waterbodies 2009
                                     Editors, English Version: Sarah Bowers, Jon Green, Tressa Gibbard
                                                Editor, Russian Version: Natasha Luzhkova
                                         Translation: Sarah Buck, Faye Gotlieb, Jennifer Smith-Lee
                                                   Layout: Sarah Bowers, Tressa Gibbard
               10 Ways to Get Involved With TBI in 2010!
     ALUMNI WEEKEND (March)
     Re-live a slice of the SEE experience in a weekend! Get together with fellow alumni
     and TBI staff for a few days of fun, reminiscences and adventure!

     ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN (March)
     We’d love if you would be a Campaign Volunteer and help raise funds to support
     TBI in 2010!

     VOLUNTEER WORKDAY AT FALLEN LEAF LAKE (May)
     Join TBI staff, Board Members, and other volunteers as we prepare the historic           Aleksandr Golobokov, Usukhbayer Shar, and Egor
                                                                                              Ivanov (TBI 2009) making stone soup for the
     Fredericks’ site for the SEE 2010 group.                                                 2009 International Cook Night!
                                                                                              Photo courtesy of Altansarnai Buyankishig

     TAHOE SNAPSHOT DAY (May)
     Come along to help monitor the water quality of Tahoe’s tributaries!
     Snapshot Day is co-sponsored by several of our partner organizations.

     DINNER WITH THE SEE PARTICIPANTS (June-July)
     Pick an evening to dine with the 2010 SEE participants at the Fredericks’ Cabin,
     and hear about their activities.

     HOST PARTICIPANT HOMESTAYS (July)
     Open your home to our SEE participants. You’ll learn more about their cultures
     and day-to-day lives, where they are from, and they’ll enjoy the more personal view of
     American culture you give them.                                                                            Larry Crofutt (TBI 2009) watering
                                                                                                                endangered Tahoe yellow-cress
                                                                                                                during a SEE Program restoration
     PROJECT PRESENTATIONS (July)                                                                               project.
     Come listen as the SEE participants present the findings of their small group research                     Photo: TBI Archive
     projects. Learn about diverse topics such as invasive species, lake clarity, wildfire fuels
     reduction, restoration, and sustainable communities.

                                                                        INTERNATIONAL COOK NIGHT (July)
                                                                        Join TBI staff, Board members, and alumni for this annual interna-
                                                                        tional feast,
                                                                        prepared by our SEE participants!
                                                                        ANNUAL FRIENDRAISER (July)
                                                                        Join TBI’s 2010 SEE participants, staff, Board members, recent
                                                                        program alumni and other supporters at our Annual Friendraiser
                                                                        at Heavenly ski resort’s Top of the Tram. Enjoy unique dinner con-
                                                                        versation and thought-provoking guest speakers.
     2009 Fundraising Campaign Victory Brunch at Fredericks’ cabin.
     Photo: TBI Archive


Join us for the 4th Annual Spring Alumni Weekend in 2010!
As usual, the 2009 Spring Alumni Weekend was a blast! Activities included a tour of Bodega Bay
Marine Lab with Blythe Marshman (TBI 2008), camping at Bodega Bay State Park, strolling in the
Armstrong Woods, visiting the Marin Headlands Marine Mammal Center, and learning about the
interlaced history of California and the Russian Empire with former TBI staff-member, Hank
Birnbaum (TBI 1993, 1996).

Plans are still in the making for the 2010 Spring Alumni Weekend!                        Blythe Marshman (TBI 2008)
Stay tuned for the announcement in early 2010!                                   and Alex Jones (TBI 2009) inspect an
                                                                               abalone at the Bodega Bay Marine Lab.
                                                                                                   Photo: TBI Archive

				
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