- Director of Operations and Outreach, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Brenda Shears retired from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2011 and has been designated Operations Director Emerita of the Institute. She is also a member of ASU's Emeritus College and a faculty affiliate of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change; as she such continues her participation in two transdisciplinary research teams. Through June 2011 she headed the Global Institute of Sustainability's Operations and Outreach areas, which included community engagement, special events, K-12 education, Sustainable Cities Network, and office and building management. Shears also served on the research development team, supervising the proposal support personnel. She has been co-principal investigator and senior personnel on several multi-year research awards from the National Science Foundation. She has directed a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded computer indexing project for research collections of the Museum of the American Indian and a Federal Highway Administration-funded ISTEA grant to electronically archive 32 reports on the archaeology of central Phoenix. Shears is active in the local community and currently serves on the Tempe Historic Preservation Commission; prior service included the Board of Directors of Valley Forward, the Downtown Tempe Community Association, and the Tempe Community Council.
Shears was formerly Research Coordinator for ASU's Center for Environmental Studies and Administrative Project Manager for the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Project (CAP LTER). Shears also served for ten years as project manager and production editor for ASU's Office of Cultural Resource Management in the Department of Anthropology and project manager for the Roosevelt Platform Mound Study, a multi-year archaeological research project. Prior to that she was Manager of the Interpretive Services Division of the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, heading up the exhibition and education departments, as well as serving as assistant curator. Shears has been an exhibition advisor to the Ashiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, Pueblo of Zuni, and a consultant to the Gila River Indian Community Cultural Resources Program. She has taught graduate seminars in museum interpretation at ASU and undergraduate courses in museum studies at Hunter College.
- BA, Business Education, Arizona State University
- MA, Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY
Nelson, M. C. and B. L. Shears. 1996. From the Field to the Files: Curation and the future of academic archaeology. Common Ground, Archaeology and Ethnography in the Public Interest. (2):.
Shears, B. L. and R. Wyaco. 1990. Hawikku: A Fabled City of Cibola. Native Peoples
Shears, B. L. 1989. Using Museum Collections to Re-evaluate Archaeological Research: An Insider's View.. In: Hedlund, A. L. ed., Arizona State University.
Shears, B. L., C. L. Redman and R. Melnick. 2009. Global Institute of Sustainability. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.
Redman, C. L., C. K. Perrings, L. Murphy, B. L. Shears and L. H. Kuby. 2006. School of Sustainability: A new approach to education. Poster presented at the September 20-23 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO.
Gober, P., C. L. Redman, B. L. Shears, L. H. Kuby, J. A. Zehnder and S. Grossman-Clarke. 2005. The International Institute for Sustainability and The Decision Center for a Desert City: Research with a purpose. Poster presented at the February 3, 2005 Annual Meeting of the National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington, DC.
Shears, B. L. 2006. GIOS Overview highlighting CAP LTER.. Sneaker Tour, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Shears, B. L. 2005. GIOS Overview highlighting CAP LTER. Sneaker Tour, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Shears, B. L. 2005. GIOS overview presentation. Phoenix Chapter, Achievement Awards for College Students (ARCS).
Shears, B. L. 1999. Potential collaborative research with the CAP LTER. January, presented to Rocky Mountain Station Management Team Meeting, U.S. Forest Service, Fort Collins, CO.
Grimm, N. B., B. L. Shears, C. Gries, L. H. Kuby, K. Stinchfield, L. K. Williams and C. D. Zisner. 2005. CAP LTER Phase 2 2005 Annual Report. International Institute of Sustainability. Annual Progress Report to National Science Foundation (link )
Shears, B. L., D. Hope, N. B. Grimm, L. H. Kuby, C. D. Zisner and L. K. Williams. 2004. CAP LTER 2003-2004 Annual Progress Report. Center for Environmental Studies. Annual Progress Report to the National Science Foundation (link )
Shears, B. L., D. Hope, N. B. Grimm, L. H. Kuby, C. D. Zisner, L. K. Williams and M. L. Nation. 2004. CAP LTER Final Report 1997-2004. Center for Environmental Studies. Final Report to National Science Foundation (link )
Shears, B. L., N. B. Grimm, L. H. Kuby, C. D. Zisner and L. K. Williams. 2003. CAP LTER 2002-2003 Annual Progress Report. Center for Environmental Studies. Annual Progress Report to the National Science Foundation (link )
Shears, B. L., N. B. Grimm, L. H. Kuby, C. D. Zisner and L. K. Williams. 2002. CAP LTER 2001-2002 Annual Progress Report. Center for Environmental Studies. Annual Progress Report (link )
Shears, B. L., N. B. Grimm, C. D. Zisner, L. K. Williams, K. Stinchfield and N. S. Jones. 2001. CAP LTER 2000-2001 Annual Progress Report. Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. (link )
Shears, B. L., N. B. Grimm, L. H. Kuby, C. D. Zisner, K. Stinchfield and N. S. Jones. 2000. Year 3 Progress Report: Land-use change and ecological processes in an urban ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert. Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. (link )