MEET THE TEAM


Joanna Campe

Executive Director

joanna-250As the founder and Executive Director of RTE, Joanna Campe raises public awareness of the crucial role of soil remineralization with finely ground rock dust, sea minerals and other natural means to regenerate soils, forests and stabilize the climate. She promotes partnerships with foundations and educational institutions, government agencies, international development agencies, the private sector, and NGOs. She has decades of related conference participation, project organization, media development, authorship, public speaking, professional networking, policy advocacy, and public awareness building. She has co-authored several research papers and is the co-editor of Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase.

In the early 1980s, Joanna read the book The Survival of Civilization by John Hamaker and Don Weaver and what had for her previously been “dirt” under her feet became a vast micro-universe that is the basis of all life. She recognized the tremendous importance of John’s work and joined together with him, Don Weaver and others to get the message out.


Don Weaver

Co-Author of The Survival of Civilization

DW12-27-10BdonDon has for 37 years been an ecologist, researcher, writer and organic grower concerned with the health and survival of humanity and the Biosphere. Humanity must quickly transform into the wisely generous species on Earth, if the growing momentum of eco-climatic and health degeneration is to be reversed. He began working with John Hamaker in 1978. John’s early writings inspired an understanding of how local and global soil remineralization with natural gravel (mixed rock) dust can enable us to perpetually grow high-quality crops and trees, the natural foundation for regenerating the socio-ecosphere. John and Don subsequently collaborated to author The Survival of Civilization, produce 11 issues of Solar Age or Ice Age? Bulletin, and numerous articles for the magazines Remineralize the Earth Magazine (1991-1997), Acres USA, Living Nutrition and more. His email contact is: earthdon@yahoo.com

Since John Hamaker died in 1994, Don has continued sharing these crucial insights. From 1997-2002, he researched and wrote To Love And Regenerate the Earth: Further Perspectives on The Survival of Civilization, which includes additional Hamaker writings in its 540 pages. Both Hamaker-Weaver books remain free at www.soilandhealth.org.

Don’s ebook Regenerate the Earth! was published in 2011 and is available here.


Veronika Miranda Chase

Director of the Research Database and Translations (2014-2017)

Veronika Miranda ChaseMiranda is an Environmental Policy Researcher, with a BA in International Relations and MSc in Integrated Water Management. She is a PhD candidate for the UMass program on Global Governance and Human Security, and is a research fellow from the IGERT program of the National Science Foundation. Her research mainly concerns sustainable development in rural communities of the Amazon basin. As a coordinator for RTE, her goal is to provide a state-of-art database with reliable information about remineralization as a sustainable, effective and affordable solution to agriculture worldwide. This knowledge can assist scientists and policy makers, farmers and gardeners, and the general public in making better environmental decisions.


Antonio Zamunér Filho

Research Database Coordinator – Portuguese to English (since 2022)

Dr. Antonio N. Zamunér Filho

Antonio has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Federal University of Lavras (2007), a master’s degree from the same University (2009) and a doctorate degree in Transport Engineering from the São Carlos School of Engineering – EESC/USP (2015). Since 2014 has been professor of the Mining Engineering course and, currently, a permanent professor in the Graduate Program in Production Engineering; both from the Federal University of Catalão. Develops research in the areas of Agrogeology; Environmental management; Optimization of Agroindustrial Products and Processes; and Transportation Planning.


Meteb Mejbel

Research Database Coordinator

Meteb is a recent graduate of Arizona State University with a master degree in environmental engineering. His area of interest is carbon management and air quality. He joined the Center of Negative Carbon Emission to work on his thesis which was focused on numerical analysis of direct air capture. He is working right to raise the awareness of climate change and carbon mitigations which then he decided to join Remineralize the Earth (RTE). He is committed to understand the role of rock dust in mitigating carbon emission and fighting climate change. In a world with full of hope, he believes that carbon mitigation alternatives can be deployed effectively if we work so hard to clarify these alternatives. So, he will help to shine the role of remineralization in fighting climate change. 


Benjamin T. Rancourt

Science Editor and Writer (since 2016)

Benjamin RancourtBenjamin T. Rancourt received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. His continuing philosophical research focuses on understanding, knowledge, and science, among other topics. This research ties into his wider goal of encouraging deeper understanding of ourselves, our strengths, and our limitations. He hopes that greater understanding will help us use the resources available to us to preserve what is good and address what is wrong. Walking is his primary mode of transportation. He appreciates the natural world. He lives in North Carolina with his wife Julia, where he is a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University and William Peace University.


Carter Haydu

Science Writer (since 2019)

Carter HayduCarter Haydu is a writer, reporter, and journalist based in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He works for JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, with regular articles appearing in the Daily Oil Bulletin. He is a freelance columnist with the award-winning Quad Town Forum weekly newspaper, based in Vibank, Saskatchewan. He also contributes content for a series of magazines in and around Regina and Saskatoon. He received a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Augustana University College in 2001 and a diploma in journalism from Grant Macewan College in 2005.


Debbie Patskowski

Science Writer (since 2021)

Debbie Patskowski is a senior petrophysicist and freelance writer on Medium, covering such topics as geology, science, and space exploration. Her professional areas of expertise include identification of minerals, rock types, and pore fluids using remote sensing (borehole) measurements. She has a BS in Geology and Environmental Sciences from Stanford and an MBA from the German University in Cairo. She and her husband live in Colorado where she enjoys running and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.


Pavi Chance

Science Writer (since 2020)

Pavi Chance is a contributing science writer for Remineralize the Earth, and a recent graduate of Barnard College with a degree in English and human rights studies. Growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she developed an enduring appreciation for the natural world, and seeks to ensure it is protected and preserved for generations to come. She was inspired to join Remineralize the Earth to learn more about the problems facing the environment today, and the methods, such as remineralization, that can be employed to counter them.


Meghan Willcoxon

Science Writer (since 2021)

Meghan Willcoxon is a cognitive science researcher at Brown University. Her research investigates the ways we as pedestrians interact with each other in a crowd. Meghan has a passion for environmental advocacy, as well as puns.


Natalie DiDomenico

Science Writer and Social Media (since 2021)

Natalie DiDomenico is Assistant Account Executive at Inkhouse in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a B.S. in Microbiology and B.A. in Journalism from University of Massachusetts in 2020. She is passionate about bridging the information gap between science and non-science communities.


Alexandria Kleinschmidt

Science Writer (since 2021)

Alexandria Kleinschmidt

Alexandria Kleinschmidt graduated with a degree in Geology and German from Boston College, then taught English in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship. She is currently based in NYC and volunteers as a science writer for Remineralize the Earth (RTE). She is looking forward to further understanding rock dust’s potential to remineralize soil and sequester carbon. In her free time she enjoys swimming, hiking, and exploring new places.


Shenise Ramirez

Science Writer & Media Strategist (since 2021)

Shenise Ramirez is a multimedia journalist, environmental sci-fi writer, and educator with a soft spot for agroecology. They have backpacked from newsrooms to mountains for the past seven years, producing content for platforms like iHeartRadio, FiOS1 News, Business Insider, and UrbanOne. As a science writer and social media editor for RTE, they use multimedia storytelling to translate research into stories that bring readers behind the scenes of groundbreaking science. They believe intersectional journalism creates fertile ground for past transgressions to grow into an environmentally just future.


Niels Olfert

Science Writer (since 2022)

Niels Olfert is a M.S. geologist and writer employed as geotechnical engineer at Fugro in the Netherlands. Niels has produced multiple scientific written works, including his Master’s thesis and internship report, that received in-house publication. His preceding work focused on metamorphic and structural geology, and geophysics. His voluntary authorship at Remineralize the Earth mainly emphasizes his ongoing passion for science and zeal to succeed as a writer. Niels is also at present seeking to publish his debut novel.


Trenton Manns

Digital Marketing Lead (since 2021)

Trenton Manns graduated from Tufts University as an International Literature and Visual Studies major with a focus on film studies. Apart from creating educational campaigns through social media, Trenton enjoys language study, film, literature, and everything else at the intersection of those three things. While new to RTE, he is looking forward to crafting media campaigns highlighting the benefits of rock dust and regenerative farming. Trenton notes joining RTE in order to help people across all ages (and himself) better understand the world of agriculture as well as the need for farming methods that return nutrients to the Earth’s soil. His own experience with gardening has lead him to a deep appreciate for the natural world and its systems.


Emily Grossman

Social Media (since 2022)

Emily is working with multidisciplinary partners to advance the well-being of the environment and human health on domestic and international fronts. She hopes to work in the fields of sustainability, environmental health, and global health equity. She is also interested in global health inequalities, policy and international collaboration around environmental health, as well as community education on rethinking our interaction with the natural world to improve the health and well-being of both the people and the planet.


Gina Miklasz

Social Media (since 2022)

Gina is a food supply chain expert with a B.S. in Supply Chain Management & B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her mission is to shape my personal and professional life around bettering our food supply chain to bring a more ethical and sustainable system to fruition. She first learned about the Slow Food Movement on a trip to Rome in 2019, and my passion for our food system has only grown since. She homebrews kombucha and also works at a local microbrewery on the weekends.


Angelina Knežević

Grant Writer (since 2017)

Angelina graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Liberal Studies. Her academic background has cultivated strong research and writing skills that are being utilized as a grant writer for the RTE team. She hopes to support the sustainable initiatives RTE is making toward a healthier environment.


Samantha Lee

Grant Writer (since 2022)

Samantha is passionate about wellbeing and mental health, climate action and protection, learning new and challenging things, and exploring the outdoors. She works at GitLab on the Learning and Development team. She is an all-remote work advocate and loves creating high-quality career development programs for the GitLab team. She is dedicated to promoting the regenerative and organic agriculture community.


Matt Theriault

Grant Writer and Assistant to the Executive Director (since 2022)

Matt recently graduated from Queen’s University, ranked 1st in North America and 5th in the world in sustainability. He is passionate about environmental science and sustainability and impact investing. He led an honors project to help plan how his university town, Kingston, ON, could become more sustainable through roofing infrastructure improvements. His other undergraduate highlight was helping research algal blooms through the use drones and DNA sampling. He also served on the Environmental Science department student council (DSC), played Varsity Lacrosse, and acted in numerous theatre productions.


Benjamin ZH Tan

Assistant to the Executive Director and Science Writer 

Benjamin ZH Tan

Benjamin ZH Tan graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Information Technology. He joined RTE because of his interest in food production, regenerative agriculture, and how remineralization and enhanced weathering can help restore soils damaged by industrial agricultural practices and natural disasters. He hopes his unique position at the intersection of storytelling and technology will open up the world of remineralization and reiterative agriculture to a broader non-technical audience. In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys hiking, photography, and cooking.


Hans Koehler

Graphic Designer, Video

Hans Koehler recently graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a BS in Industrial Design. Growing up in the forests and rivers of Alabama and the southeastern United States, his love for animals and nature began at a very young age. In fact, he’s been a voluntary vegetarian for almost his whole life. Through his work with RTE, Hans hopes to raise awareness and spread the word about remineralization through videos and graphic design. Nothing is as important as saving our planet from climate change, and Hans believes that remineralization is a critical part of the solution.


Adriana Gutierrez

IT Product Designer

Adriana graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Sociology. She has a background in nonprofit administration, website management, and web design. She is committed to reducing her carbon footprint and raising awareness about the impact of climate change. Adriana joined Remineralize the Earth to contribute with her design skills to a movement that strives to make a better planet.


Anchal Vias

Full Stack Engineer (since 2021)

Anchal is an enthusiastic and highly motivated Computer Science graduate with 4+ years of professional work experience in management and IT solutions. She is looking for opportunities that will challenge her to push her boundaries and expand her knowledge in the field of computer science, while adding value and giving back to the community.


Ruochen Zhu

Website Development (since 2022)

Ruochen is a civil and environmental engineer and graduate student in computer science. He is currently studying at The Georgia Institute of Technology, and has a PhD from George Washington University, and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently working on RTE’s new Lets Remineralize! platform.


Jeff Bourdier

Information Technology

Jeff Bourdier is a geographic information and computer scientist with a high degree of interest in sustainability.  He believes it can be easy for those of us who are not farmers to underestimate just how vital agriculture is to our very survival as a human race.  Helping to promote soil remineralization by lending his talents to the development of this website is one way in which he hopes to contribute to agricultural sustainability.  Jeff is an active developer of multiple free, open-source software (FOSS) projects, which can be seen at jeffbourdier.github.io.  He lives with his wife and four children in Texas, where he works as a GIS developer for Frontier Communications.

 

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