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Posted: 5/6/2010

For Further Information Contact: Jane Curlin (520) 901-8565


Terrence L. Bracy, Chairman of the Board of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, has announced that two Ph.D. candidates have been selected as 2010 Udall Dissertation Fellows. The Fellows were selected by an independent review committee of environmental scholars and professionals.

The Udall Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates who have achieved distinction in their scholarly research and who are entering the final year of writing the dissertation. The dissertation topic must be significant and relevant to national environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution. The award covers both academic and living expenses up to $24,000 for the year. There have been 28 Udall Fellows since the first awards in 1997.

The 2010 Udall Fellows are:

Clint Carroll
University of California-Berkeley
Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Clint Carroll hopes to contribute to the growing body of indigenous social science research, specifically pertaining to environmental governance in indigenous nations and communities. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (Division of Society and Environment), Carroll is interested in the intersection of traditional knowledge and tribal environmental policy in the Cherokee Nation. His dissertation focuses on his applied work on a tribal ethnobotany initiative and its development into a partnership between the tribal natural resources department, a Cherokee community nonprofit, and a small group of Cherokee elders. Extrapolating on this, he discusses elements of Cherokee governance and state formation, and how these processes are informed by Cherokee community dynamics. Carroll received a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in American Indian studies from the University of Arizona. In the future he plans to continue working on indigenous environmental governance issues in academic and applied settings.

David Cherney
University of Colorado-Boulder
Environmental Studies

David Cherney is a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a research associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative in Jackson, WY. He holds a master's degree in environmental management from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in environment, economics, and politics from Claremont McKenna College. Cherney’s dissertation uses the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as a case study to appraise the effectiveness of conservation nonprofits. In 2006, he helped found the Greater Yellowstone Conservation Organizational Inventory. This program documented, for the first time, the scope of conservation nonprofits working around Yellowstone. His published research includes large mammal migration policy in Greater Yellowstone, national park management in southern Ecuador, and water management in the Connecticut River Watershed. Cherney serves on the executive council for the Society of Policy Scientists and on the program committee for the Society of Conservation Biology's Social Science Working Group.

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers. The Udall Foundation offers doctoral fellowships in environmental policy or conflict resolution and operates the Native American Congressional Internship program each summer in Washington, D.C. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government’s only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes. The Foundation also operates the Parks in Focus program, connecting underserved youth to nature through photography.

The Udall Foundation was created initially to honor the legacy of the late Morris Udall, who represented Southern Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years. Stewart Udall, who also represented Southern Arizona in Congress from 1955 to 1961, is Morris Udall’s older brother. The two brothers were leaders in many policy areas, including natural resources and the environment and Native American issues. They worked together on many initiatives while Stewart Udall was Secretary of the Interior and Morris Udall a member of Congress. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to add Stewart Udall into the foundation, renaming it the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

For more information on the dissertation fellowship, a list of previous fellowship recipients, and more information on the Foundation and related programs please visit: or contact Jane Curlin at (520) 901-8565 or

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