• Writing the BioSTEAD Handbook for future implementations at UMass and other educational institutions and surrounding communities
  • Archiving shared documents (meeting minutes, designs, legal, etc) from the committee communication channels (asana.com) into respective Google Drive folders for future reference.
  • Planning, writing, reviewing and revising papers for publication, conferences, etc.
  • Researching and corresponding with all other committees


  • Strong writing skills and/or a drive to cultivate one’s professional writing skills
  • Skills in word processing programs such as Microsoft Office Word, LaTeX, etc., and/or a drive to develop these skills
  • Able to work well in teams. Good interpersonal skills for collaborating with all other committees and/or a willpower to nurture this skill
  • Experienced in researching peer-reviewed articles and/or inspired to gain experience
  • Being of any age, income, and culture


Jose LaSalle

Jose_alc_closeup  Writer, Editor, Archive Manager

I’m a UMass Amherst student studying electrical engineering, expecting to graduate in May 2016. I am fascinated by the nature of electricity and have taken recent interest into ecological building. The BioSTEAD Initiative offers me the opportunity to exercise my passions in renewable energy systems and green building. Come by for a cup of tea if you’d like the full story.

Ezra Marcus

ezra  Writer

Ezra is in his second year at UMass studying Sustainable Food and Farming and Sustainable Community Development. He is interested in urban food production and sustainable design. Having recently received his Permaculture Design Certificate through UMass Ezra works to incorporate permaculture principles with design and create systems that recycle waste to need for positive growth, bounty and food security for all.

Paola Garcia

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Jill Tomlinson

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Gabe Sylvester

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