Lyle Center Names 2005-06 Faculty Fellows


Lyle Center Names 2005-06 Faculty Fellows
Graciela Brelles-Mariño, an assistant professor in Biological Sciences, is studying biological nitrogen fixation in plants, an important process in regenerating soils for sustainable agriculture.
Terence Young, an assistant professor in Geography & Anthropology, is preparing a monograph to understand camping in terms of regeneration and sustainability.

The John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies has named assistant professors Graciela Brelles-Marino and Terence Young as Faculty Fellows for 2005-06.

Brelles-Marino, who has taught in the Biological Sciences department since 2003, is studying biological nitrogen fixation in plants, an important process in regenerating soils for sustainable agriculture. Her research will include planting and then examining a series of alfalfa test plots at the Lyle Center this spring.

Brelles-Marino received her doctorate in biochemical sciences from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. She previously held a position at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, in Toulouse, France, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain, where she was researching biological nitrogen fixation.

Young is an assistant professor in the Geography & Anthropology department, and a Lyle Center graduate faculty member. He is preparing a monograph exploring the history and geography of American camping between the decades when it emerged as a distinct recreation and when the various modes of camping, for example backpacking and motorized camping, reached maturity. One of Young's goals is to understand camping in terms of regeneration and sustainability. He will use the fellowship to aide in developing a manuscript for scholarly publication, which will ultimately be incorporated into his upcoming book: Heading Out: American Camping from 1860 to 1990.

Young received his doctorate in Geography from UCLA, and is the author of Building San Franciscos Parks, 1850-1930 (Johns Hopkins, 2004).

In its second year, the faculty fellowship program supports faculty research that furthers the mission of the Lyle Center — to advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration and outreach — and leads to peer review publication or exhibition. Lyle Center Fellows are required to present their work in an informal seminar at the center and prepare a brief summary paper reporting on their research. Information about Brelles-Marino's and Young's presentations will be announced later this year. This event will be free and open to the public.