Our Story

Our Team

Meet the Scientists

Dr. Jonathan Lundgren

Founder & Director of Ecdysis Foundation

Agroecologist, Farmer, Rancher, Beekeeper

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Dr. Mike Bredesen

Joined Ecdysis Team on Day 1

Mike is a research scientist in charge of cropland research around North America

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Dr. Ryan Schmid

Re-joined Ecdysis Team in 2018

Ryan is a research scientist in charge of rangeland programs around North America

Dr. Kelton Welch

Re-joined Ecdysis Team in 2019

Kelton is in charge of the Mark F. Longfellow Biological Collection at Blue Dasher Farm

Meet The Graduate Students

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Tia Busenitz

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2019

Tia is a master's student in Entomology at the University of Nebraska, researching how pesticides and probiotics affect honey bee health and immune function

Tommy Fenster

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2018

Tommy is a master's student researching regenerative almond production systems while pursuing his degree at California State University East Bay

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Alex Michels

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2019

Alex is a master's student at South Dakota State University, researching regenerative agriculture, pollinators and birds in North Dakota and southern Manitoba, Canada

Meet The Core Staff

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Liz Adee

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2017

Austin Adee

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2019

Gabe Boyer

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2021

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Roger Brown

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2017

2021 Shelby Gresch.HEIC

Shelby Gresch

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2021

Amy Heibult

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2019

Will Hillery

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2020

Braden Kullman

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2020

Christina Lind

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2019

Allison Shorter

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2021

Jay Skaar

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2019

Sadie Tornberg

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2021

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Ian Lundgren

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2020

Isabel McClellan

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2021

Dan Pecenka

Joined Ecdysis Team in 2020

Genesis Graduate Students

Former Staff

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Claire LaCanne

2017

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Jacob Pecenka

2017

Gabe Boyer

Christopher Bradley

Cedric Gentils

Desirae Hertling

Will Hillery

Amy Knofczynski

Jenna Krogh

RaeAnn Krull

Kirstyn Loyva

Gabby Lundgren

Alex Marra

Liam O'Connor

Juliette Paineau

Alec Peterson

Pauline Reby

Nolan Ryne

Nicole Shultz

Jay Skaar

Sierra Stendahl

Julia Stueven

Kassidy Whethers