Dr. Keith G. Tidball leads SPEAR4 efforts and is an anthro-ecologist working in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, where he serves as a Senior Extension Associate member of the faculty. He focuses on the dynamics of natural resource management in the context of disasters and war. Experiences in the military and in the field of international disaster response and relief inform his unique brand of applied scholarship, including stints throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas. Tidball’s doctoral work focused on the role of community based natural resource management in Post-Katrina resilience of New Orleans, and he continues to work in post-disaster contexts, as well as in disaster readiness, resilience, and response. Current work includes documentation and investigation of community based natural resource management in so-called “Red Zones.” He also studies how outdoor recreation contributes to and enhances resilience and recovery for returning combatants, and provides leadership for national extension programs dealing with veterans and military families, and with disaster education for communities. CV here.
Seung Won Suh (Isaac) holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations (2013) and M.P.A. in Public Affairs (2015) from Cornell University. He has been working on the topics of environmental peacemaking and conflict resolution, with particular focus on the Korean Demilitarized Zone World Ecology Peace Park under the guidance of Dr. Keith G. Tidball.