Our Team

Meet the brains and brawn behind the mission. From our Leads, to our Core Team, and our Earthtenders, Drylands Agroecology Research has many hands to make light work.

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The Eyes Behind the Vision

Dedicated to revitalizing ecosystems across the globe, Nick and Marissa are listening for the needs of their immediate community and Earth herself.
Drylands Agroecology Research has become an unlikely reality in the arid foothills of the Rocky Mountains and continues to focus on researching and documenting how it truly is possible to create abundance where there may be little to no water or hope.

Leads

​Hailing from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Nick is a regenerative designer, farmer, and builder. Inspired by indigenous culture and ancient farming practices, he works passionately to design the future of living systems. He and his partner, Marissa, offer classes on forest gardening, regenerative agriculture, herbal medicine, fermentation and other holistic living practices at their pilot research program, Elk Run Farm.

Nick DiDomenico

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Nick DiDomenico

Executive Director

As a graduate of Environmental Studies and the Psychology of Health and Healing at Naropa University, Marissa is passionate about igniting the innate human-earth connection within herself and others.  She runs Folk Farm at Elk Run, encouraging play and the importance of intuition. A trained Doula, skilled herbalist, and cultural advocate, Marissa continues to evolve through practicing ritual, embodiment, and communication with the unseen. 

Marissa Pulaski

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Marissa

Pulaski

Executive Director

Core Team

Azuraye grew up in Boulder, and has experience in entrepreneurship, cross-cultural communications, and nature-based people systems. She has returned to the land to help steward the test pilot for DAR’s “full stack” regenerative systems design & implementation at the Yellow Barn.

Azuraye Wycoff

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Azuraye Wycoff

Director of Operations

Amy’s interest in food systems was originally born out of a degree in cultural anthropology. After five years farming on the East Coast, Amy became fascinated with permaculture and community design. She joined Ecovillage Charlottesville while working as an interpreter at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Since returning to her roots in Colorado, Amy has worked at Harlequin’s Gardens Nursery, with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, and founded an ecological landscaping business. Amy is also a teacher and facilitator for the Boulder Permaculture Design Course, which she graduated from in 2018. She is deeply passionate about local history and ecology and how dryland agriculture can regenerate the land and communities of the arid west. Amy lives and homesteads in Niwot.

Amy Scanes-Wolf

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Amy Scanes-Wolf

Director of Research and Community Outreach

Earthtenders

Born in the misty Pacific Northwest, Joshua grew up in Olympia, Washington. Always a hard worker, Joshua followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and trained in the logging industry. Disenchanted with industrial culture, the winds of change brought Joshua to Kauai, where he certified in structural integration therapy and other forms of bodywork. Today, Joshua is a lead farm hand at DAR's pilot research project, Elk Run, as well as a key force in DAR regenerative implementations. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training keeps his mind and body sharp and focused.

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Joshua Byrd

Intern

Joshua Byrd

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Carlos Carrascal 

Intern

Carlos Carrascal

Carlos was born and raised in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. He spent the last 6 years traveling in South America, living in Ecovillages; learning from sustainability, natural building, the ways of life in nature. He is a drafter and is passionate about creating spaces where people could be integrated in ecosystems. He moved to Lyons and came to Elk Run Farm to learn about sustainable settings and connect with the community of permaculture. 

Coming from the Appalachian Mountains, MC is enamored with farming difficult and desertified terrain of the Colorado prairie. She is a student to permaculture, and holds a curiosity around regeneration and the many shapes and sizes it can look like. From trenching out earthworks to mucking sheep pens, MC is an advocate for going into projects full heartedly, and taking feedback through experiences with the land.

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MC Spencer

Lead Intern

MC Spencer

Jax is a creative soul who is passionate about regenerative farming, herbal medicine, and living a simple life. She loves spending time in nature, as well as learning from other cultures abroad. Having worked on various projects throughout South America focused on community living, sustainability, natural building, yoga and permaculture, she values this way of life and hopes to continue to foster it in her own. An artist through and through, she finds purpose in using her hands to create in myriad ways.

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Jacklyn Decoster

Intern

Carlos Carrascal

Carlos Carrascal

Carlos Carrascal

Carlos Carrascal

Carlos Carrascal

Jacklyn DeCoster

Executive ADVISORS

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BArnabas Kane

Board of Directors

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Anna Baeten

Executive Advisor

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Brett Kencairn

Exectutive Advisor

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Aaron Perry

Senior Advisor

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Andrea Nawage

Cultural Advisor

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Mathiew Davis

Senior Advisor

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Suzanne Spiegal

Senior Advisor