Natural Resources Leadership Institute

Who We Are

The NRLI Project Team

Jonathan Dain, Director
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Jonathan Dain is a University of Florida faculty member in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Center for Latin American Studies. An applied anthropologist by training, Jon focuses on conflict management, facilitation, and communication/leadership skills for those working with natural resource management (and managers) in the Unites States and abroad. He is also the professional skills coordinator for UF’s Tropical Conservation and Development program and teaches graduate classes in his areas of interest. Dain is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and a NRLI alumni (Class IV). He began his career over 25 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Extension Agent working with beekeepers in Paraguay. He spends a portion of most summers working with students and natural resource managers in Latin America.

Wendy-Lin Bartels, Project Team Member
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Growing up on a farm in South Africa during apartheid shaped Wendy-Lin’s life path and career trajectory. Academically, she transitioned the disciplines of genetics and plant breeding, science communication, and cultural anthropology. Her work in NRLI and her social science research with UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation are driven by her motivation to understand how and why people cross boundaries, build relationships, and collaborate. For the past 14 years, she has conducted research and training on community engagement, scientist-stakeholder networks, and inter-agency partnerships. She is especially interested in rural development, family farming, and the convening role universities can play to facilitate knowledge exchange among diverse stakeholder groups. She has worked on several domestic and international climate-and-adaptation projects with multi-disciplinary teams of climate, crop, forestry, and hydrological modelers in their efforts to make research products more relevant to society. Within this context, she examines the participatory methods and institutional arrangements that can help scientists to link more effectively with practitioners, bridge society-academia divides, and expand understandings.

Joy Hazell, Project Team Member

Sea Grant Extension, Lee County
University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Joy Hazell is a UF/IFAS Extension faculty member and is currently the Sea Grant Extension Agent in Lee County. Joy plans, develops, implements and evaluates comprehensive needs based marine and natural resource educational programs that focus on marine fisheries and habitat issues. She facilitates issue based programs through workshops, conferences, and electronic media for various audiences. She holds an undergraduate degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire and a graduate degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami. Joy started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic teaching high school biology. Most recently she was the Coastal Training Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with a focus on providing professional decision makers the knowledge and tools to address coastal resource issues.

Paul Monaghan, Project Team Member
Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Monaghan is an assistant professor in the department of Agricultural Education and Communication with an appointment in the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE), which promotes the protection and preservation of Florida’s natural resources and quality of life through responsible landscape management. He specializes in community based social marketing and utilizes the methodology to develop research and extension programs with the clientele of the CLCE. He has an MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Anthropology, both from the University of Florida. He has conducted extensive research with farmers in Florida, including dairy, organic and vegetable producers as well as nursery and fernery operators. In addition to his interests in social marketing and community participation in the service of natural resource conservation, he has experience working with migrant farmworker communities and has spent time in Haiti conducting anthropological research.