Our multi-disciplinary core staff
Brian Johnson, Senior Research Associate
Education: Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, M.S. in Environmental Administration, Lesley University; B.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University.
Home: Portside in Vancouver, British Columbia, though I’ve lived in America’s Dairyland, the Big Apple, and the Northwest of England.
Work: 20 years as educator and evaluator, specializing in zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, and conservation education.
Outside interests: I make amazing homemade soap (we call it the “million dollar bar”), enjoy cooking at home, and get outside daily for walks with my dog.
Fun fact: I’ve been a contestant on two game shows… work with me and you can find out how I did!
Qing Ren, Research Associate
Education: M.S. in Environmental Interpretation, SUNY-ESF; B.A. in Animation Art, Communication University of China.
Home: South Burlington, VT since 2014, born and raised on the Yellow River in central China, studied and worked in Beijing and Syracuse, NY.
Work: I like to combine my expertise in data analysis and graphic design to help environmental and conservation practitioners achieve their goals.
Outside interests: Bird watching, cooking at home, reading, and occasionally painting watercolor
Fun fact: I have seen all five species of loons in the world.
Other Consulting Associates
At any given time, PEER has 2-10 additional colleagues contracted to be part of the PEER team on various projects. They provide flexible capacity and project-specific expertise.