Zacharia Levine is a transdisciplinary thinker. He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley (’08), and a Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah (’13). Zacharia is a founding member of the Ecological Planning Center at the University of Utah. The EPC aims to advance the field of planning and design by viewing cites as ecosystems, people as part of nature, and metropolitan areas as complex adaptive bioregions. From this perspective, he hopes to assist in the cocreation of healthy places – for living and non-living entities alike. While he currently focuses on clarifying the intellectual history and foundations of ecological planning, his proposed research topic involves studying and operationalizing the relationships between mental health and urban form. He also co-founded Friends of Red Butte Creek, a student-initiated group that advocates for widespread engagement across all aspects of Red Butte Creek, one of the Intermountain West’s best examples of an urban ecological resource. Zacharia’s research is funded by the iUTAH EPSCoR program, the Global Change and Sustainability Center, and Rio Mesa Center. Off campus, you can find Zacharia riding his mountain bike near Moab, skiing in the Wasatch canyons, floating a western river, or hiking with his family throughout the Colorado Plateau.