Mila Kellen Marshall
University of Illinois – Chicago
Research Associate, Freshwater Lab
PhD Candidate – department of Biology
Mila is a native Chicagoan and an alumna of Chicago State University who earned her BS degree in environmental biology with dual minors in chemistry and geography in 2009. Currently a doctoral candidate studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), she focuses her research on the intersection between nature in cities and equitable distribution of nature’s benefits. From 2010 to 2012, Mila was an IGERT recipient and National Sciences Foundation Fellow at UIC.
Mila has used her passion for the field of ecology to connect communities of color to conversations surrounding urban ecosystems. She was the host of the first environmental show on WVON 1690 AM titled “Living Healthy, Living Green” and is the current host and creator of an urban nature web series titled “Living Chicago.”
At Eden Place Nature Center (EPNC) located in Chicago’s Fuller Park community, Mila founded and directs the George Washington Carver Research Station and educates youth and adults on the importance of taking care of the environment. She has been integral in supporting EPNC with its STEM initiatives. She is also one of the founding committee members of the URBAANE (Urban Resolutions for Bridging African Americans to Natural Environments) Conference and served as the 2014 chair of the conference committee.
Mila is an active member of the Ecological Society of America and current policy liaison for the Student Section and served in a leadership role on the Environmental Justice Section. An expert on the cultural and social dimensions of urban environments, Mila is a seed of change for growing sustainable, urban communities.