Meet Our Team
The ANGLES Steering Committee provides strategic guidance for the network, including facilitation of network collaborations, meetings, and activities, and leading the implementation of network decisions and actions.
Aleta Rudeen Weller, Senior Research and Engagement Officer, School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University
Aleta has an interdisciplinary background in communication, facilitation, conflict management and collaboration in natural resources. She has worked on a variety of projects that link science and management; has a research and applied background in collaborative process; and is a certified mediator. Aleta has a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University. Prior to coming on board at SoGES, Aleta was the Director of Outreach and Leadership Development for the Society for Range Management.
Aleta runs and is the point of contact for the following areas: research partnerships, networking, and ideas; Global Challenges Research Teams; Resident Fellows; Visiting Fellows; Sustainability Leadership Fellows; Dining with Sustainability dinners; and any novel ideas and proposals for engagement. Aleta also advises the SoGES Student Sustainability Center, serves as the School’s representative on CSU’s President’s Sustainability Commission, sits on the advisory committee of ANGLES, serves as CSU’s designated point of contact to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Living Association.
Nicole Motzer, Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Science, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
Nicole draws from her interactions with diverse individuals and teams to empirically and longitudinally test the effects of providing a genuine, team-based research experience for graduate students seeking to build interdisciplinary research capacities. When she is not focusing on the next generation of leaders and science, Nicole also serves as a Co-PI for several projects and awards, including a 2018 award from the National Science Foundation's Engineering Directorate and a collaboration supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Marine Conservation Initiative. She is also involved in multi-institutional efforts focused on the role of qualitative data in accelerating synthesis research and evaluating the outcomes and products of interdisciplinary research in standardized and transparent ways. For this work, Nicole was awarded a Spring 2019 Visiting Fellowship at Michigan State University's Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I).
Nicole completed a doctorate in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017. Nicole’s strongly interdisciplinary background ranges from assessing the effects of nature-based tourism on poverty and inequality in southern Africa, to investigating how food system regionalization and ender dynamics shape rural development processes in the Rocky Mountain West, to surveying trees on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and mapping water quality and invasive species in the Florida Everglades. In her free time, Nicole enjoys gardening, birds, fiction novels, and yoga.
Carrie Ferraro, Associate Director, Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience Initiative
Carrie grew up in central New Jersey, but has also lived in a number of other places, including Boston, Washington, D.C., San Diego and Glasgow, Scotland. She returned to New Jersey in 2003 in order to obtain my Ph.D. in Oceanography studying the active microbial population in aquatic environments using molecular markers. After graduating, she realized that instead of research, she preferred to share the science with a variety of audiences so she began working with researchers to communicate their science through the construction and implementation of innovative Broader Impact statements that fulfill National Science Foundation requirements. As part of this effort, Carrie co-developed a number of training programs for early career researchers focusing on effectively science communication and how to form meaningful collaborations and partnerships.