Jane Bunin, PhD

Adjunct Professor & Adjunct Partner Coordinator
BA Environmental Studies
PhD Ecology and Ecosystem Management, University of Colorado; MA Biochemistry, Brandeis University; BS Genetics, Cornell University
BA Environmental Studies
Field Ecology / Geology. And in prior years: Field Botany / Boulder's Bioregion / Wild Plants of Boulder's Bioregion / Ecology and Natural (for Transpersonal Counseling Psychology) / Ecology and Evolution / Sustainable Communities / Service Learning—Ecological Restoration / Agro-ecology / Environmental Problem-Solving / Global Ecological Issues / Ecology and Systems Science

Jane grew up in a green part of the Bronx, NY. Her lifelong interest in the natural world was sparked by her high school biology teacher. She was a consulting ecologist for over 20 years before experiencing a spiritual awakening that led her to Naropa.
Since 1991, she has attended weekend retreats of various world wisdom traditions. She apprenticed with an Andean elder and studied to attain Certification as an Ayurvedic educator. Jane pursues and has been an activist in not only ecological and environmental realms, but also holistic health realms.

Jane took numerous outdoor trips with family, her children, and friends, including canoe and raft trips, a trek in Nepal, an expedition to the Peruvian Andes, a descent into Copper Canyon, Mexico, and hiking and mountaineering trips throughout the western USA In 2006, she participated in a pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash in Tibet- circumambulation of the outer and inner koras. For many years, she enjoyed the outdoors via bicycling, rock climbing, ski touring and running, including five marathons.

She is a lifelong dancer, especially Body Mandala and folk dancing, including performances with the Mandala Ensemble, Boston, MA, Boulder Israeli dancers, and the Scandinavian Dancers, Boulder, CO.

Jane has served on the Boards of various nonprofits, including the Village Arts Coalition, and Global Response, She currently (2022) serves as Chair of the Board of Alandi Ashram and is on the Coordinating Council and several working groups of Right Relationship Boulder.

  • 2006 The Alandi Modelã of Healing: Choosing an Integrated Best Practice. With Alakananda Ma.
  • 2004 Wetland Delineations for US 285 Project , Conifer to Bailey. For Carter-Burgess Inc.
  • 2004 Portions of I-70 Programmatic EIS. For J F Sato & Associates.
  • 2002 Environmental Studies at the San Luis Regional Airport. For Washington Infrastructure.
  • 2001 Poems “Still Reflection”, “Movement”, “Leaves” in Shamanic Applications Revew, Issue #8, A Journal of Religious Resources in Psychotherapy, Berrien Springs, MI.
  • 2001 Monitoring Lythrum alatum for Effects of Biocontrol Beetles of Lythrum salicaria. For City of Boulder Open Space Department.
  • 2000 Wetlands Delineation and Potential Wetland Mitigation Sites on the Wilson Ranch, Gunnison, CO. For Barnard Dunkleberg & Co.
  • 1999 Wetlands Delineation and Wetland Mitigation Planning for Denver International Airport. For Wright Water Engineers.
  • 1996-1998 Presentations on the Flatirons Property status, reclaimability, and development potential for Neighbors for A Livable Boulder: to the City and the County of Boulder, the University of Colorado, and the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board.
  • 1996 Survey for Spiranthes diluvialis (Ute ladies’-tresses orchid). For the Denver Water Board.
  • 1995 Wetlands Delineation and Rare Species Reports for Missoula County Airport, MT. For Isbill Associates.
  • 1994 Environmental Studies at The Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado. Presented to the Society for Ecological Restoration, Lansing MI.
  • 1994 Wetlands Delineation and Natural Resource portions of an Environmental Assessment for a road relocation at Gunnison County Airport. For Isbill Associates.
  • 1993 Threatened and Endangered Species Survey near U.S. 50 and Blue Mesa Reservoir. for the U.S. West Curecanti Project. For Powers Elevation Co.
  • 1992 Status Report for Astragalus wetherillii. For U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • 1991 Status Report for Lomatium concinnum. For U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • 1990 DIA Drainage and Grading Plans, Revegetation/Surface Stabilization. For URS and Centennial Engineering, West and East Airfields. For City/County Denver.
  • 1990 Sensitivities of Colorado and Wyoming Wilderness Area Vascular Plants to Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide and Ozone: An Overview. For U.S. Forest Service.
  • 1990 Vegetation Technical Adequacy Review and Completeness Review, Wishbone Hill Mine, Alaska. For the State of Alaska with J. P. Walsh & Associates.
  • 1989 Wetland Studies and portions of the Environmental Assessment for Montrose County Airport. For Isbill Associates.
  • 1989 Ecological Effects of Disturbance Events; part of “Natural Hazard Damage Handbook”. For University of Colorado, for National Science Foundation.
  • 1988 DIA (“New Denver Airport”) Environmental Assessment, Wetlands and Biota portions. For Greiner Engineering Science. For City/County of Denver. 1987 Contemporary Vegetation and Wildlife, Bairoil Spur Pipeline, WY. For Overland Assoc.
  • 1986 Wetlands and Floodplains along the Lakewood Pipeline, Boulder. For J. M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers.
  • 1986 Review of Vegetation and Soils Reports for a Colorado Superfund Site. For Steffen, Robertson & Kirsten.
  • 1986 Western Surface Mine Permitting and Reclamation, Vol. 2, Revegetation Technology and Issues. For OTA, U. S. Congress. 1985 Draft Natural Resource Management Plan for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. With Greiner Engineering Sciences.
  • 1985 Vegetation of the City of Boulder, Colorado Open Space lands. For City of Boulder.
  • 1985 Prepared Testimony Concerning the Unsuitability Designation of the Red Rim Tract. Before the WY Environmental Quality Council and the Federal Office of Surface Mining. For The Wildlife Federation.
  • 1985 Effects of Air Pollution on Biological Resources. With Energy & Resource Consultants. For the National Park Service.
  • 1984 Vegetation, Impacts and Landscape Restoration of the Proposed Stagecoach Reservoir. For D. E. Fleming Co.
  • 1984 Solid Waste Disposal from Coal-fired Power Plants: Current Trends and Issues. For Energy and Resource Consultants.
  • 1983 Transplanting offers reclamation solutions. In: Coal Mining and Processing 20(6):24-28.
  • 1983 Practices for Protecting and Enhancing Fish and Wildlife on Coal Surface-Mined Land in the Green River-Hams Fork Region. FWS/OBS-83/09. WA, D.C. 3rd author. Also, a similar report for the Powder River-Fort Union Region, -83/10.
  • 1982 “Sodding Native Grasslands for Mined Land Reclamation in the Northern Great Plains”. In: Mineral and Energy Resources 25(3), CO School of Mines.
  • 1981 Vegetation Sections in Fort-Havre Transmission Line Study, Environmental Report. With Wirth Assoc. for the Western Area Power Administration.
  • 1980 A General Purpose System of Structural Vegetation Classification of Vegetation. For US Fish and Wildlife Service. 2nd author.
  • 1980 An Investigation of Fish and Wildlife of the San Juan River, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. For the Bureau of Reclamation.
  • 1979 Vegetation, Revegetation and Threatenend and Endangered Species for Environmental Reports for Northumberland Project, Cyprus Mines, NV. For Cyprus Mines Co.
  • 1975 “Aspen Forests of the West Slope of the Park Range, Colorado”. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 56(2):48.
  • 1975 The Montane Vegetation of the West Slope of the Park Range, Colorado. PhD Thesis, University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • 1974 Terrestrial Ecology: Yampa River Project. Reconnaissance Study of Ecosystems and Environmental Impact. For International Engineering Co. 2nd author.
  • 1968 The Effects of Adenosine Triphosphate on N-ethyl Maleimide Inactivation of Myosin ATPase activities. MA Thesis. Brandeis University, Waltham

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