Archives: Team


Veronica Volny is the founder of Meadow Lark Farm Dinners, a company that reconnects people to their local foodshed. More generally, she works at the intersection of agriculture, environmental sustainability, and cultural life. Before she turned her attention to food and agriculture, she studied the molecular population genetics of marine […]

Veronica Volny


Dmitri Petrov is a Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Biology Department at Stanford University. His lab does theoretical, computation, and experimental work to address questions in molecular evolution and molecular population genetics. The primary focus at the moment is on (i) population genetics and molecular […]

Dmitri Petrov


Josh Maximon is a lawyer in the US and the UK. In addition to his legal practice centered in Boulder, Colorado, Josh pursues a scholarly interest in issues of international environmental law. Specifically, he writes on environmental treaties between The United States and Mexico, how they are structured and managed, […]

Josh Maximon



Chairman of VSI’s board, Aaron Hirsh is a writer and biologist. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, various literary journals, and The Best American Science Writing. He is a member of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and […]

Aaron Hirsh


D. Graham Burnett is Professor of History of Science at Princeton University. He is currently a Guggenheim fellow. He is the author of four books, including two on the history of cetology, whales, and whaling. His book Trying Leviathan won the 2007 Hermalyn Prize in Urban History and the New […]

Graham Burnett


Executive director of VSI, and founding director of the Vermilion Sea Field Station in Bahía de los Ángeles, Lane McDonald has taught field biology courses in Baja California since 1974. In addition to his pioneering development of field classes in Baja, Lane has coordinated and taught courses in the Virgin […]

Lane McDonald