Elisabeth Grinspoon

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June 22, 2006

Idealized images of nature in ancient Chinese painting and poetry sparked Lis Grinspoon’s interest in China. After studying Mandarin at Middlebury College, she was able to pursue her interests in 1991 on a teaching fellowship with Princeton in Asia. Based in the cold Northeastern city of Harbin, Lis – like many fellows – took every opportunity to travel around the country during holidays. During her adventures she was most impacted by the way humans had shaped and transformed the landscape. These experiences as a PiA fellow later influenced her decision to pursue a Master's degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies before going on to earn a doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at Berkeley. As a graduate student, Lis spent an additional two years in rural China as a United Nations Volunteer and Fulbright Fellow in Sichuan Province to study how the country’s transition to a market economy affected collective forest land management.  Lis is currently working for the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest of the United States but, on occasion, she still finds time to visit the areas in China she knows well.

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