Mary Ann Vinton

Mary Ann Vinton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Environmental Science Program at Creighton University. She teaches a range of lecture and field lab-based courses in general biology, terrestrial ecology, environmental science and ecosystem ecology. Her research interests include grassland ecosystems, plant-soil interactions, the effects of invasive plants on ecosystems, and the implications of human-induced drivers like climate variation and biodiversity declines for ecosystems.


John O'Keefe

John O'Keefe is a Professor in the Department of Theology and director of the Center for Catholic Thought. He is interested in Ecological Theology and changing Christian attitudes toward nature. O'Keefe is also a documentary filmmaker. In 2009 he co-founded the Backpack Journalism Project at Creighton, which is an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing. This student faculty collaboration focuses on social justice filmmaking in the developing world.


Jay Leighter

Jay Leighter is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Sustainability Studies Program at Creighton University. He teaches courses in the ethnography of communication, communication practice, and communication research methods. In his research, he asks and tries to answer how culture and communication are inextricably linked, how communities make decisions, and how actions for social betterment should be designed with local communities. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Helzer/The Nature Conservancy)