River Life Staff
As the coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s River Life program, Pat Nunnally works to establish lasting relationships among the University of Minnesota and groups working on river sustainability.
In the past two decades, Nunnally has developed a unique practice as a consulting historian, communications manager and interpretive planner, with a focus on rivers, trails and scenic byways. He has organized events and conferences with a Mississippi River connection, and has presented his work at numerous academic and professional meetings. He’s also worked with public agencies and private firms on many planning projects for culturally sensitive sites.
Nunnally’s writings have appeared in a variety of forms, including the ongoing blog River Talk. His latest published piece is a short reflection on the importance of diverse stories in shaping an inclusive future for the Mississippi River. The City, the River, the Bridge, an edited collection of essays examining the consequences and aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse, published in January 2011.
Since 1999, Nunnally has served on the U of M faculty, teaching classes in landscape planning and urban studies. He holds graduate degrees in English, American studies and landscape architecture from Vanderbilt University, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota.
Joanne Richardson is the digital information strategist for the University of Minnesota’s River Life program. Her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota focused on geology, architecture, computer science and French, and she received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the College of Design. Having spent many childhood weekends and holidays backpacking through many of the great American landscapes, she developed an early and lasting love of geology that has colored her interests ever since. She has a particular interest in digital media, strategic communications, and responsive design.
University of Minnesota
84 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Telephone: (612) 625-7225
FAX: (612) 625-8583
River Life Partners
National Park Service, Works Progress, Allies: media/art, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, Mississippi River Network, Institute for Advanced Study, Institute on the Environment, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Design, University Honors Program.