Jesse Casana is an archaeologist and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth. He specializes in reconstructing long-term histories of human settlement, land use, and agricultural practices, and has conducted field investigations around the world. Jesse’s work employs a range of remote sensing technologies, using satellite imagery, drone-based mapping, and subsurface geophysics to discover, document and analyze archaeological remains. In recent years, he has directed numerous research projects in our local region, including excavations of historical house sites on Dartmouth’s campus, a search for remains of ancestral Abenaki settlement in Upper Valley, and remote sensing of Shaker period sites in Enfield. Jesse is a New Hampshire native, originally from Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee, and now lives in downtown Hanover with his wife, two teenage kids, and several unruly animals.
Silvia Holman, is an educator with 22 years of teaching experience spanning from Pre-K to middle school. Currently, she teaches Spanish and English as a Second Language at the Richmond Middle School. Silvia also serves as the Sustainability Chair at the Ray School PTO. Since 2015, she has called the Upper Valley home, enjoying the community alongside her husband, Peter, and their two children. Silvia is originally from Peru, where she earned her B.E. degree at UNIFE. She furthered her knowledge through a graduate program in Bilingual Special Education at George Washington University. With her dedication to education, multicultural background, and love for the environment, Silvia is excited to bring her perspective and enthusiasm to the Hanover Conservancy Board, fostering a stronger connection between our community and the natural world we cherish.
Erich Osterberg is a climate scientist in the Earth Sciences Department at Dartmouth, studying how Earth’s glaciers and weather patterns respond to both natural climate cycles and human-caused climate change. He focuses on understanding changes in glacier melting, storminess, snowfall, and air pollution over thousands of years by analyzing ice cores collected from remote glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica, and Alaska. Erich is the current chair of the Upper Valley Climate Adaptation Workgroup, a group of business, state, municipal, non-profit, and academic leaders working to improve community resilience to climate change. They partner with community organizations to deliver timely public forums, catalyze local climate action through their Climate Change Leadership Academy (2CLA), and incorporate Dartmouth students into service-learning opportunities to support the community. He lives in Etna with his wife, Laura Greer (a pediatrician at Alice Peck Day), their two school-age boys and a houseful of pets.
Join us at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 14 to meet the nominees and hear an exciting lecture on wetlands and climate change from Michael Simpson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Leadership and Sustainable Systems Program Director at Antioch University.