Root Bound Ashley Hope Carlisle & Ann L. Hild Mixed Media 2016 biologist michael e. dillon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology and Program in Ecology at UW, and Director of the UW-National Park Service Research Station in Grand Teton National Park. He has worked and studied throughout the world, including in Panama, South America, the Pacific Northwest, and China. A main focus of research has been how organisms live in and adapt to diverse environments from tropical rain forests to alpine meadows. choreographeranddancerrachaelleeshawisanindependent dance artist and educator (formerly with UW) who earned her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah,and holds BA and BFA degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2006 she founded R Squared Dance Company with Rachel Hunter. She has also danced professionally with several companies including inFluxdance, Uprooted Theater Company, and Miki Liszt Dance Company. geologist ron frost is a Professor Emeritus at UW, having retired this spring after teaching in the Department of Geology and Geophysics since 1978. His research uses the study of the mineralogy, chemistry, and structure of rocks to characterize the processes by which they formed. His work has taken him across the world to the Alps, Canada, Australia, China, New Caledonia and Greenland. composer anne m. guzzo is an internationally performed composer and the founder of the New Frontiers celebration of contemporary music based in Laramie. Guzzo earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. Passionate about new music, she teaches composition, music history, and theory at UW. Her research interests include the cartoon music of Carl W. Stalling, silent movie music and musical absurdism. poet harvey hix recently published a collection entitled American Anger (Etruscan Press, 2016). Hix teaches in the Philosophy Department and Creative Writing MFA program at UW. He has also been a visiting professor at Shanghai University, and a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Yonsei University. Among his numerous books, Chromatic was a finalist for the National Book Award. microbiologist naomi ward has a research focus on bacterial cell biology and ecology. Most of her research group’s ecology work “is conducted within the human gastrointestinal tract, where we are examining the contribution of gut bacteria to pediatric health and disease.” Ward has a Ph.D in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; and a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Queensland, Australia. sculptor ashley hope carlisle works in drawing and sculpture and has exhibited both nationally and internationally in England and Italy. Carlisle is an Associate Professor of Art in Sculpture at UW and has degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Georgia. She has been featured in Sculpture magazine and has been awarded the Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship. rangeland ecologist ann l. hild, the granddaughter of Wyoming homesteaders and Iowa farmers, earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, and an MS in Agronomy, Horticulture and Entomology and doctorate in Range and Wildlife, both from Texas Tech University. Her research includes the impacts of invasive species on shrubland and grassland ecosystems, wildlife habitat, and restoration seedings on wildland fire and anthropogenic disturbance sites in the Intermountain West. videographer and producer ali grossman has been a Director at University of Wyoming Television for fifteen years. She has produced over 300 educational videos ranging from lectures to short features and documentary films. She is a graduate of University of Arizona where she received a BFA in Fine Art Studies with Media Arts and Dance emphasis. writer-philosopher and entomologist jeffrey lockwood earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University. He worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming, publishing more than 100 scientific papers and pioneering a method of IPM for rangeland grasshoppers. In 2003, he metamorphosed into a Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities in the department of philosophy where he teaches environmental ethics and philosophy of ecology, and in the MFA program in creative writing where he is the director and teaches workshops in non-fiction.