Shannon L. Farrell has extensive experience in ecological and environmental research. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked on large-scale, data-intensive projects related to ecology, animal behavior, sustainable agriculture, genetically modified organisms, wildlife conservation, water quality and invasive species. Her studies have covered a wide range of plant and animal life, from moths, chimpanzees, birds, wolves, buckthorn, corn, soybean, ladybugs, earthworms, to a variety of native plants. Ms. Farrell is a native Minnesotan and very familiar with the unique landscapes and habitats of the state, including the northern forests, and its prairies and man-made agricultural fields. However, her research has taken her to locales as far as Scotland, Norway, and Sweden, where she has been able to develop a broader perspective on the conflicts that arise between humans and nature in a variety of environments. Using her foundational background in science and information retrieval, Ms. Farrell aims to combine cutting+edge research with current user needs - to develop innovative landscapes that are richly diverse and that benefit all life.


John Kamp is a landscape designer, urban planner, and urban designer. He holds a master's degree in urban planning and design from UCLA, and a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, and is the ownder of the landscape and urban design firm PRAIRIEFORM. He has an extensive background in ecology and has worked as a city planner and designer for the City of Los Angeles. He grew up in Minnesota but has lived in Los Angeles, France, and Mexico, and has spent considerable time in Sweden. He is primarily interested in creating new approaches to landscape and city creation that minimize resource inputs but that maximize aesthetics and habitat for both humans and wildlife. Vacant Lands was an idea he came up with while observing processes of plant succession at his family's cabin in Lutsen, MN, and through his work on landscape creation and installation in US cities, where weeds are so ever-abundant and prolific. Aside from the array of landscapes and urban design projects he has designed and produced, Mr. Kamp has lectured extensively on issues surrounding front yards, circumstantial urbanism, and the role culture and immigration have played in the evolving urban form of the United States.


Landscape architect Anna Maria Larson is a partner and senior consultant at the nature and planning firm Ekologigruppen AB in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. Larson specializes in landscape analysis and early stages in planning. With her work on Stockholm's Regional Plan, she has focused on the region's so-called "Green Wedges." The Wedges provide the city with access to high-quality outdoor life and ensure extensive biological diversity despite their location within the most populous region in Scandinavia. Ms. Larson has a keen eye for detail and thus has also worked on a more micro level on ecosystem services. And ever since she was a child she has had a special interest in the insignificant and forgotten plants that everyone else seems so busy trying to eradicate.


Måns Tham is an architect and urban strategist based in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a guest lecturer at the Kungl. Konsthögskolan / Royal Institute of Art - School of Architecture. For the past eight years Mr. Tham has worked as an architect and project manager for several renowned architecture firms. He has worked in Sweden, France, and in the US, on projects ranging from master plans to interior design.

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