Chair of MFA in Collaborative Design, Associate Professor
Peter Schoonmaker is Founding Chair of the MFA in Collaborative Design at PNCA. His practice focuses on multi-scale civic / ecological dynamics and design. He came to PNCA, with a background in non-profit entrepreneurship, working with business, government and nonprofit sectors to design mutually beneficial partnerships that promote a sustainable society. Peter is founding president of Illahee, a non-profit organization that provides a forum for environmental innovators. He has served in board or advisory capacities to Beyond Carbon, Pacific Forest Trust, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.
Past projects include one of the first web-based environmental news services, salmon population modeling, watershed assessments, Holocene environmental dynamics, conservation studies of Hawaiian forest birds, Andean condors, peregrine falcons, and Pacific salamanders, and rural community development. Peter has held positions at University of Massachusetts, Oregon State University, Willamette University, Portland State University and Linfield College.
PhD 1992 Harvard University (Organismic & Evolutionary Biology)
BA 1981 Colorado College (Biology)
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