Meet the people who are a part of the Shared.Futures collaborative.
Abby is a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology as a member of the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Program. Her research focuses on the stress resistance of plant root-associated fungi. Abby is passionate about both art and science and the connections the two share.
Anjali is an environmental engineer and a professor at the University of New Mexico. She leads a team of students to study environmental resource sustainability. Her work encompasses themes of water resources engineering, waste-to-energy technologies, and environmental clean-up. She is passionate about education, science communication, and outreach within her community.
Arelis Haskamp Buchanan is an autistic, New Mexico based artist who specializes in multi-media art pieces. She graduated with an English degree from UNM. She works from her home studio, where she also cares for her three special needs children.
Ashley is an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico studying environmental science with a minor in sustainability studies. As someone who is passionate about science, she is interested in exploring science communication through various mediums including art.
Asmita is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico in the department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Her interests are to work in water resources research projects that address the knowledge gaps of the impacts of climate change on water availability and water quality.
Beedallo is a mixed media artist born and raised in Los Chavez, New Mexico. Her style combines her love of cartooning and New Mexican folk art. She is currently showing work at the Lapis Room in Old Town Albuquerque.
Catherine (Catt) is a geochemist who applies stable isotope research to trace rock formation and evolution on earth. More recently, she is focused on understanding CO2 generation and movement in soil which is incorporated into the mineral called carbonate. Her interest in geology is broad, from wanting to better understand the formation of small minerals to entire landscapes. She is a firm believer in the creative process, in art as well as science.
Celine Gordon is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico focused primarily on drawing and printmaking. Her work is inspired by the rhythms, patterns, and connections found in nature. She also works as a graphic designer and illustrator and runs her own practice: Off Grid Studio. Celine's work as an artist is always in conversation with her design work and she enjoys being able to cross-pollinate those skillsets.
Daiquiri Zozaya was born and raised in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently a graduate student in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico. She holds a B.S. In Construction Engineering and a minor in Sustainability, from UNM, and is a registered Professional Engineer. She is passionate about sustainable construction and is currently researching strength properties of local soil materials to use in 3-D printing. As a mother to an active 8 year old daughter, she loves being involved in STEAM related activities. They enjoy dancing and doing arts & craft projects together.
Eleonora Edreva is a transdisciplinary artist whose artistic research orients around body-based forms of knowledge production and transmission, including embodied learning, sensory communication, ritual, and ancestral inheritance. To that end, they work fluidly between mediums such as fiber, video, scent, sculpture, and participatory workshops to create their artwork. They believe deeply in the power and practices of collaboration, connection, invitation, slowness, and storytelling. Ele was born in Bulgaria and is currently based in Albuquerque where they are pursuing an MFA in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico.
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Jeng Hann is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. His main research focuses on using satellites to study earthquakes processes and aims to work on informing the public about earthquake hazards.
Jessica Begay is the Research Information Specialist for the Center of Metals in Biology and Medicine at the UNM College of Pharmacy. In addition to doing lab work, she specializes in research translation and community engagement. Her research interests are in environmental toxicology, heavy metals, and inhalation toxicology. As a Diné woman in STEM, she hopes to continue giving back to her community with her research and to one day provide solutions to environmental issues.
Lisa is a photographer and teaching artist. She spends much of her time traveling with a camera in tow, capturing feelings foreign places evoke within the soul and the bond we have with the ground beneath our feet.
Malcolm practices illustration, screen print, relief print, and graphic design. His illustrations draw inspiration from cultural and biological studies. As a part of Shared Futures he hopes to create relationships with other researchers and incorporate the dialogue into his artistic practice.
Mandolin (Rain Song) is a Filmmaker and Interdisciplinary Mixed Media Artist. She is in the early stages of her career as a Filmmaker, working toward her dreams of Directing and Writing - driven by her love for Story Telling, she takes on many roles. Through many mediums and lenses Mandolin seeks to discuss topics of Philosophy by provoking thought with imagination and creativity.
Manuel was born and raised in the city of Albuquerque, and is here to spread love, art and creativity.
Marisol Meyer is a visual artist and graphic designer from New Mexico, currently pursuing her master's degree in Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico. She holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Design from UNM and has completed an online certificate in Biomimicry, which has furthered her understanding of sustainable design principles. She is passionate about building capacity for resilient communities and envisioning our collective shared future. As a lifelong resident of New Mexico, Marisol has a deep connection to its diverse communities and is committed to creating sustainable development solutions that respect the unique cultural and ecological contexts of the region.
Melinda Morgan grew up in Idaho. She’s also lived in Oregon, Wyoming and New Mexico and considers herself a creature of the West. She is the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Environmental & Food Systems and Director of Sustainability Studies and a professor in Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico. Mindy has dedicated her career to taking on natural resource and environmental challenges. Prior to academic life, she worked for NGOs as a lobbyist and as an environmental attorney representing nonprofit environmental groups. Her current research and teaching center on emerging trends in environmental governance.
Naomi DeLay is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in the Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on the water quality of springs in the Cibola National Forest and the effects of forest fires on spring systems. Her goal is to work with local agencies to improve the water quality of waters available to under-represented communities in New Mexico that lack access to clean waters. Born and raised in New Mexico, Naomi credits hiking and camping in the Jemez Mountains for inspiring her to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in earth science.
Rebecca Cook is a current MFA candidate in the Painting and Drawing Department of the University of New Mexico. Her works explore our collective human experience and the marks we make on our surrounding ecosystems.
Ria is a PhD student working on hazard & risk perception and indigenous perspectives in northern New Mexico (on the Ohkay Owingeh pueblo) and in Ecuador. She moved to New Mexico in 2020 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she was a grad student at LSU (geaux tigers). To her a shared future means community. Community is what creates change and she is passionate about fostering an inclusive, open community to create a resilient New Mexico and Albuquerque where we all work to preserve land, water and people!
Rosalba Breazeale earned an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2022. Their art practice constitutes analog and alternative process photography, installation, and fiber art with an emphasis on sustainable materials. Rosalba’s identity as a Queer, Jewish, transnational adoptee from Peru forms the foundation from which they create work addressing connection to land, immigration, and environmental justice
Sonia is an oil-painter, but she is also a photographer, craftsman, designer, and a carpenter. You can see these elements in her work from realistic creatures rooted into a surreal scene, to hand-built canvases and dramatic narratives. Born in Goshen, Indiana, she knew from a young age that her dream was to pursue art. Though she has moved to many places to fulfill her various artistic endeavors, she has been home in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2011, where her art has taken form, her tribe found, and her growing family; all inspiring her in what she does with her art. She has degrees in art from Bethel University (B.A.) and Pontifex University (M. Sacred Art).
Taylor Lillian Busch
Taylor is a civil engineering graduate student focused on environmental engineering at the University of New Mexico. She conducts research with the METAL Superfund Center to determine fungi uptake of metals like arsenic for bioremediation of mining legacy sites. Taylor is passionate about creating connections between researchers and communities through art and education.
Tybur is a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico in the department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Their background is in development of electrochemical sensing of Arsenic in water with well oriented gold surfaces. Community oriented engineering and science communication is a passion of theirs and is incorporated into each piece of their work.
Viola Arduini is an Italian artist and educator currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her work, she investigates the relationships formed by humans, nature, and technology through a variety of media and disciplines. Viola received a Bachelor of Arts from NABA New Academy of Fine Arts, Milano, Italy, a Master of Arts in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales, Newport in the UK, and a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico in 2019. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in the US and Europe and Viola was recently an artist in residence for the Revolution Residency at the Santa Fe Art institute. She works as an art educator and administrator in New Mexico as well as collaborating with national and international networks to expand dialogues engaging art & science.
Yolanda is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico in the department of Geography and Environmental Studies who loves to blend science and art to see the world in new ways. Her research focuses on natural hazards, risks, and disasters. She is also a data visualization enthusiast, a dedicated cat mom, and an avid gardener.