"Environment" research area

Program Staff

Jeff Standish

Jeff Standish, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Suite 240 B, 1479 Gortner Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108-6106
(612) 301-2700

Dr. Jeff Standish is the Associate Director for MnDRIVE Environment, where he is responsible for managing the units day to day operations. This includes events, funding programs, and the overall research engagement strategy. Jeff’s decades of experience is grounded in research and project management, stakeholder engagement, program development and management, and strategic problem-solving and innovation. His work over the past decade has focused on the public/private partnerships space, and has offered a range of additional opportunities for MnDRIVE Environment, where our work in environmental remediation intersects with sustainability and circular economy efforts. Jeff previously served as the Industry Liaison for MnDRIVE Environment, and as the Corporate Sustainability Lead for UMN's Institute on the Environment before that.

Michael Winikoff

Michael Winikoff

Communications Director
The BioTechnology Institute, Suite 240, 1479 Gortner Avenue Suite 140 St. Paul, MN 55108-6106
(612) 414-0051

Michael Winikoff is the Communications Director for the MnDRIVE initiative Advancing Industry, Conserving our Environment and the BioTechnology Institute, where he oversees print and digital media.

Kyle Wong

Kyle Wong

Administrative Assistant
240 Gortner Laboratory, 1479 Gortner Ave., St. Paul Campus
(952) 769-4957

Kyle provides administrative and event support for MnDRIVE Environment. He also assists with the management of MnDRIVE databases and website content.


Forest Isbell, Ph.D.

Michael J. Sadowsky
MnDRIVE Director
1987 Upper Buford Circle St Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-6731

Forest Isbell is the director of the MnDRIVE Environment program and an associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow at the Institute on the Environment and has served as associate director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve for the past seven years. He has contributed to several international science-policy efforts, including serving as a lead author on two recent reports of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and as an author on two recent expert information documents for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award and is recognized as one of the most highly cited researchers globally in the field of Environment and Ecology. His research considers how human activities erode or restore both biodiversity and ecosystem services at multiple spatial and temporal scales. In addition, he investigates how global environmental changes alter plant communities and ecosystem processes and how both ecosystems and people depend on biodiversity.