Our mission is to work in collaboration with you, the community; to listen and seek to understand the character, values, challenges, and goals guiding the future of Escalante, Utah. We are community-focused, and non-profit.

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Ian Bunker

Hometown: Gig Harbor, Washington

Program: BS in Urban Ecology and Environmental & Sustainability Studies

I enjoy spearfishing in the Puget Sound.

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Leota Coyne

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

Program: BS in Urban Ecology and Environmental & Sustainability Studies with Geography minor

I love spending my free time skiing or exploring Southern Utah. I also enjoy gardening and beekeeping.

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Stephen Goldsmith

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Program: Coordinator, Undergraduate Urban Ecology Program

I feel most at home under Utah’s night skies.

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Taylor Greenwell

Hometown: Kaysville, Utah

Program: Masters of City & Metropolitan Planning, specializing in Smart Growth and Transportation Planning

I love to juggle and to ride horses in the Uinta Mountains.

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Vincent Gryboski

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Program: BS in Urban Ecology and Environmental & Sustainability Studies

I love being far from civilization deep in the woods or in the desert backpacking. I find that nature is inextricably connected with how we as humans think, feel and interact with the world around us.

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Lauren Leydsman

Hometown: South Jordan, Utah

Program: BS in Urban Ecology with a Geography minor

I love camping, with my family and friends, in the vast deserts and high mountains of the western United States. 

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Michael Makris

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Program: BS in Urban Ecology


I love busy urban areas because everyday is a new experience.

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Fariba Siddiq

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Program: Masters of City & Metropolitan Planning, specializing in Transportation Planning

I love to travel, go to new places and meet and know about new people and places.

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Tyffanae Fernelius

Hometown: Bountiful, Utah

Program: BS in Urban Ecology

I love hiking, swimming, biking, playing tennis, and traveling. I love being outside and experiencing new things, places and people!

Kathrine Skollingsberg

Hometown: Kearns, Utah

Program: Masters of City & Metropolitan Planning, specializing in Small Town Planning and Urban Design

I love spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, riding my bike, and rock climbing, especially in beautiful Southern Utah.

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Brendon Stagg

Hometown: West Valley City, Utah

Program: BS in Urban Ecology with a minor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies

I have a passion for the outdoors. I participate in activities year round such as camping, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, and skiing. I love spending time in the remote wilderness as well as the urban environment.

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Andy Stevenson

Hometown: Santaquin, Utah

Program: BS in Urban Ecology

When I’m not busy studying or working at the local library, I enjoy riding my bike, reading, writing, music, as well as photography and art projects.

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Henry Stoddard

Hometown: Near Coalville, UT

Program: BS in Urban Ecology with a minor in Political Science

I grew up on a small ranch off of Interstate 80 between Park City and Coalville, UT, spending most weekends riding mules and horses in the Uinta and Wasatch Mountains.

 
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Baile Turnbow

Hometown: Bismark, North Dakota

Program: BS in Urban Ecology & Environmental Science with a minor in Geography

One of my favorite things to do is explore the southern Utah desert and climbing on red rocks to find spectacular views and spots that will stay in my heart forever.

 
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Lauren Victor

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Program: Masters of City & Metropolitan Planning

I spend my time recreating in the outdoors through rock climbing, skiing, hiking, camping, and swimming. The desert is my favorite place to be.