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Rudy Baum, Editor in Chief

Rudy Baum graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a minor in Climate Change Studies. His senior project, a booklet explaining the physical science of climate change to a general audience, has been used as a primer in several college-level climate change courses and is now featured on our website as Climate 101. Rudy serves as our editor in chief, helping with publication and website design.

Joshua McBee, Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Research Fellow and Associate Editor

Josh is a PhD candidate in the philosophy department at Johns Hopkins University, where his research focuses on issues related to the nature of objectivity and knowledge of ethical facts.  In his work at the Climate Institute, he has focused on ethical issues related to climate change.  He also works with Rudy Baum to edit the website, publications, and other material for the Institute.

Aram Kamali, Graduate Research Fellow

Aram Kamali-LRAram Kamali is an incoming Master’s student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he will pursue a degree in Urbanization and Development. At the undergraduate level, he has conducted extensive research on the political economies of Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He also has substantial experience as an editor, and intends to pursue a career in research and policy analysis.


Erin Thead, Mississippi State University, Graduate Research Fellow

Erin Thead is a doctoral candidate at Mississippi State University’s Earth and Atmospheric Sciences program.  She holds a Master’s degree in Geosciences, with a concentration in meteorology.  Her research has focused on uncertainty analysis in severe weather modeling, specifically outbreaks.  Erin has had a lifelong interest in extreme weather, having lived primarily in a region subject to numerous hurricanes (including Katrina) and tornado outbreaks.  She also has an undergraduate degree in software engineering, and, before she decided to pursue advanced degrees in the atmospheric sciences, she worked in former Senator John Kerry’s political campaign office doing grassroots outreach and tech development.  She hopes to combine her interests in politics and weather in her career.

Vanessa Flores, Graduate Research Fellow
Vanessa holds a bachelors degree in International Studies from the Central University of Venezuela, from which she graduated in 2010. As an undergraduate student she was a founding member of the Energy Research Group, focusing her research on wind renewable energy. She obtained her Masters degree in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, where she focused her dissertation on the transaction costs of REDD programs. Besides being a Spanish native speaker she is also fluent in English, Japanese and basic French. She has a strong interest in carbon trading and carbon sequestration programs and hopes to work actively in these types of programmes in Latin America.

Christina  Ospina,   Stanford  University,  2012

Christina Ospina, Stanford grad of the great class of 2012, is most passionate about understanding the intersection of social justice and changes in our environment. Through her degree in Human Biology, she focused on such issues including impacts of America’s industrialized food system and efforts in indigenous determination in modern land use conflicts. Christina currently works on advocating for increased access to voluntary contraception through a nonprofit called Population Connection. Previously, she researched energy efficiency initiatives and policies at the Alliance to Save Energy. Christina also has a profuse love of food and hopes to intersect this passion with her interest in sustainability and climate adaptation.

Sana Munawar

Sana-MunawarSana Munawar, from Pakistan, majored in Environmental Science in 2014. In this vast field she decided to pursue climate change, in particular forest ecosystem, as her mainstream subject. Along with that she voluntarily works with community to raise awareness on environmental issues relevant for the locals. She not only enjoys studying nature professionally but also personally. She has recently begun to volunteer for ‘World Student Championship Project for Reforestation’. Sana is quite passionate about forest conservation and has been promoting REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) as a sustainable mechanism for Pakistan to protect their forests, generate eco-friendly livelihood for forest dependent communities and provide carbon offset opportunities. She hopes to be the leading person for REDD+ implementation in Pakistan.


Megan Egan, Graduate Research Fellow

Version 2Meg is currently a student at Penn State and this fall will be a fifth-year senior majoring in International Politics as well as a second year graduate student pursuing a Masters of International Affairs. She has minors in French and Arabic and has also taken Portuguese. She has previously spent two summers with the U.S. Department of State, one in Washington, D.C. and one in Manila, Philippines. She likes to read the news, volunteer with animals, and dabble in graphic design.

Carly Nicholson, Graduate Research Fellow

CarlyCarly Nicholson is a student at the University of Indianapolis majoring in Earth-Space Science with double minors in geology and business administration. Carly is very active within the sciences at UIndy. She is a research assistant for the Physics and Earth-Space Science department’s high altitude ballooning (HAB) program where she is currently working on a project relating to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. She also travels to various K-12 schools performing HAB launches to teach youngsters about the atmosphere, sharing with them her love of earth science. In addition, Carly can be found in the lower level earth science courses performing the duties of an enthusiastic teaching assistant. Carly is a member of the Sigma Zeta science and mathematics honor society, UIndy Presidential Ambassadors and is the founder of a large scale toy drive for Riley Children’s Hospital (Christmas for Kids). Ultimately, Carly will pursue graduate school in working towards a career in science related public relations. Her interests include: science communication, geologic time, climate change, severe weather and severe weather preparedness.

Anna Gomes, Graduate Research Fellow

AnnaAnna Gomes is a current junior at University of California, Davis, studying Agricultural and Environmental Education. Having previously interned at the UCD Student Farm, Dairy, Sheep Barn, and the Ed Lewis Entomology Lab, Anna has experience working with both plants and animals in conjunction with environmental research. Planning to attend grad school, Anna hopes to work on research pertaining to the changes in agricultural production and food quality due to climate change. Eventually, Anna would like to be an agricultural sciences teacher or professor, as an advocate for vocational education and school garden projects. She likes to travel, cook, garden, and watch movies!

Paul Sherman, University of Michigan, 2015

Paul graduated in May 2015 from the University of Michigan with a major in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School and a minor in French. In Ann Arbor, he focused on European Affairs and environmental issues impacting the state of Michigan including hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. and in France. Paul also studied energy efficient building codes in the U.S. among other areas throughout his internships on Capitol Hill and with the State Department. Going forward, he hopes to research the Obama Administration’s new Arctic drilling policy. In addition to the Climate Institute, Paul is working as an intern for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Europe Program. Outside of work, Paul enjoys photography and practicing French.


Former Interns and Fellows


Vanessa Flores, Graduate Research Fellow
Vanessa holds a bachelors degree in International Studies from the Central University of Venezuela, from which she graduated in 2010. As an undergraduate student she was a founding member of the Energy Research Group, focusing her research on wind renewable energy. She obtained her Masters degree in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, where she focused her dissertation on the transaction costs of REDD programs. Besides being a Spanish native speaker she is also fluent in English, Japanese and basic French. She has a strong interest in carbon trading and carbon sequestration programs and hopes to work actively in these types of programmes in Latin America.


Jeff Fang, University of  Portland 2015, Graduate Research Fellow
A graduate from the University of Portland in 2015 with a BS in Biology, Jeff hopes to mitigate climate change by identifying and facilitating the adoption of sustainable energy technologies and practices. He worked as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern for PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, Washington where he provided husbandry services to injured and orphaned mammals and birds. Later, he researched the effects the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had on the diets, growth, and condition of red snapper larvae in the northern Gulf of Mexico as a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration-Northern Gulf Institute Intern at University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab. He also was a Husbandry Technician in the Crab Lab at the University of Portland where limb regeneration is studied.

Jailene Santana, Project Coordinator
Jailene Santana is a former graduate research fellow with a passion for environmentally sound economic development. Her academic focus has been on environmental economics and the foundations of global policy implementation. She has led sustainability conferences for higher-education institutions and has led the proposal and implementation of an Eco-Park system in Texas, its aim geared towards increasing awareness of the global food security crisis and engaging participation in local food systems. Jailene has a Masters in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom and a Bachelors in International Environmental Studies from Texas A&M University. She currently works as a solar project administrator in Virginia and DC where she facilitates the use of solar energy in low income neighborhoods.

Humiun Miah, CELT Summer Coordinator 2013

Humiun Miah is a student at Edinburgh University (UK) and has just completed a year abroad at McGill University for his MA in Geography. His focus is human-climate interactions and environmental change. He is currently a volunteer ambassador at Edinburgh University and an outreach assistant at McGill. His current research interests include climate change and sustainable mitigation policies for local communities. In mid-August 2013 he has been selected to attend a two week long excursion with Edinburgh University to undertake fieldwork with leading academics in Iceland to measure the effects of glacial retreat on marginal communities and to evaluate past climates through tephrochronology. Humiun will be serving as 2013 Summer Coordinator of the CELT Program and will also be working on the Island Campaign with Nasir Khattak, Climate Alert with Editor-in-Chief Charles Ffoulkes and Arctic Mitigation with John Topping.

Rebecca Fields Green, Graduate Research Fellow

Rebecca Green graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2010 with majors in history and economics.  After working as a paralegal at a Washington, DC law firm, she left to attend the University of Virginia, where she received a master’s degree in American history in May 2013. Rebecca is interested in environmental law and energy policy and hopes to begin law school in the fall of 2014. In addition, Rebecca will be working in the Climate Institute Office in Washington DC during the summer of 2013 on a range of projects, as well as acting Assistant Editor of the Climate Alert.

Chris Walker, Graduate Research Fellow

Chris Walker earned his BA in Political Science (2010) and MA in International Relations (2012) from the University of Florida. Chris has worked remotely from Washington as a Key Consultant for Consultancy Africa based in Johannesburg, for whom he has published works on sustainable development, energy, the environment, and security. Chris has also worked directly under the NAACP’s national Director for its Environmental and Climate Justice Program on major policy papers on environmental justice, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and minority inclusiveness in national energy modernization. At Climate Institute, Chris is contributing to Climate Alert and working under Senior Fellows on a variety of internal and cross-organizational projects.

Autumn Brunelle, Dartmouth 2015,CELT

Autumn graduated from Cass Lake-Bena High School in Cass Lake, MN as Valedictorian, Student Council President, and National Honor Society President. At Dartmouth, Autumn is an Environmental Studies major and a Native American Studies minor. She is the social chair for the Dartmouth College Marching Band, the sustainability chair for Kappa Delta sorority, the president of Indigenous Living Languages, Co-President of Knitting Club, and was also a Dartmouth Outing Club freshman trip leader for the freshman class of 2016. She is a part of the Fall ‘13 alumni class of the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. While at Williams-Mystic, Autumn co-authored research on barnacles in the Mystic river estuary, and researched policy surrounding green sea turtles. Autumn is a John French Memorial intern, a Public Policy intern for the Rockefeller Center, and she is a DPCS intern for the Tucker Foundation. Autumn is currently involved with research regarding climate change and its impacts on maple syrup.

Ethan Forauer, Summer/Fall Coordinator 2014

Ethan is a graduating senior at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He is an Environmental Science major and Mathematics minor.  At Clark, he is the Administrative Liaison for the Student Sustainability Fund and the founder of an undergraduate Net Impact Chapter.  He has also served as the Project Coordinator for all virtual interns at the Climate Institute’s Center for Environmental Leadership and Training, and is the team leader for the Economic Impact of the winter of 2013-2014 team.  Ethan is currently working as the Outreach Intern on the Corporate Partnerships team with the Environmental Defense Fund.  He is passionate about the environment and is interested in how businesses and corporations can serve as a catalyst for change.

Tracee Rhodes, Graduate Research Fellow

Tracee graduated from Baylor University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and went on to receive her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from Texas A&M University in May 2014. With a passion for environmental issues, she focused her degree in Energy, Environment, and Technology policy. During her studies, she acted as a Policy Fellow for Texas Sea Grant where she conducted extensive research on wind energy production and consumption specific to Texas. After graduation, Tracee moved to Washington, DC to begin a Congressional Internship for the U.S. House of Representatives. While interning, she worked on legislative correspondence, managed constituent inquiries, conducted research on various foreign affairs and immigration issues, and performed administrative duties within the Congressman’s office. Tracee is now working for the Climate Institute, assisting with the Climate Alert, the organization’s social media content, and other various research projects.

Ma’Ko’Quah,Dartmouth College ‘14

Ma’Ko’Quah, transferred from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, and is now a member of Dartmouth’s Class of 2014. While at Haskell Indian Nations, she pursued a major in Indigenous and American Indian Studies and focused on environmental research and advocacy. She has worked at the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, researching the impacts of climate change on indigenous coastal communities. She has also gained research experience through an NSF and NASA funded project on climate-related displacement of indigenous peoples. In recognition for her participation in President Obama’s Great Outdoors Initiative, Ma’Ko’Quah was one among a small group of young Native American environmental leaders to be honored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Joseph Bonnell-Hall, Dartmouth College ‘14

Joseph graduated from Lakeside High School in Plummer, ID, where he was Valedictorian. At Dartmouth, he plans to major in Environmental Studies and Native American Studies. Bonnell-Hall helped to organize and lead the All-Ivy Native Conference at Dartmouth and is very involved with the Native Americans at Dartmouth, as well as the Dartmouth Outing Club. Bonnell-Hall has gained research experience through an internship with a Dartmouth professor, as well as his work with fish and wildlife through the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Youth Council. Most recently, Joseph has been interning for the Native American Program (NAP) at Dartmouth College.

Daniel Bornstein, Dartmouth College ‘14

Daniel graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY as Salutatorian. At Dartmouth, he plans to major in Anthropology. Bornstein took part in Dartmouth’s Leadership Discovery Program and is a Food Security chair for the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health. He has gained research experience through his work at an organic farm and in the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. Bornstein has served as a staff writer for the College News Magazine and has contributed to the Business Today magazine. He also writesarticles for PolicyMic, an online platform for political news and debate.

Rachel Carter, Dartmouth College ‘14

Rachel graduated from Woodside High School in Woodside, CA as Valedictorian and National Merit Scholar. At Dartmouth, she is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Chinese. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and has participated in Ecovores, a student organization focused on activities to increase the sustainability of the Dartmouth food system. Carter was also a participant in Dartmouth’s Leadership Discovery Program, and has worked for Dartmouth’s Office of Sustainability and the Thayer School of Engineering Career Service’s Office, as well as an arts staff writer for The Dartmouth newspaper. She is a member of the Dartmouth Council on Climate Change and has recently been a part of Dartmouth’s Environmental Justice ASB in the Spring.

CJ Hughes, Dartmouth College ‘14

CJ graduated from Rolling Hills Preparatory School in San Pedro, CA with Magna Cum Laude distinction. At Dartmouth, he plans to major in Environmental Studies with a focus on Economics. Hughes has worked as a tutor for America Reads and has volunteered in a fifth grade classroom. Hughes is also a member of Dartmouth’s Men of Color Alliance, a student organization that seeks to unify men of color and increase awareness of academic, political and social issues pertaining to men of color on campus.

Jocelyn Powelson, Dartmouth College ‘14

Jocelyn graduated from Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, VA as a National Merit Scholar. At Dartmouth, she plans to major in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. She is an active member of the Dartmouth Outing Club and a leader in the Cabin and Trail subclub. Powelson has done research with the Women in Science Program and the Presidential Scholars Program and she recently spent a term doing research in New Zealand.

Celeste Winston, Dartmouth College ‘14

Celeste graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA as Valedictorian, National Merit Commended Student, National Achievement Scholar, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient. At Dartmouth, she is planning to major in Geography with a minor in the Anthropology of Global Health. Winston has worked as a tutor for America Reads and has experience as a mentor and peer tutor in Mathematics, Biology, English, and Spanish. Winston was also involved in the Leadership Discovery Program through Dartmouth’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership. She is currently interning at the Climate Institute.

Eva Xiao, Dartmouth College ‘14

Eva graduated from Arundel High School in Gambrills, MD as Valedictorian, National Merit Finalist, and AP Scholar with Distinction. At Dartmouth, she plans to major in Biology and minor in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. She served as the Global Health luncheon chair and the Students for Global Aids Campaign co-chair for the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health. Xiao was also a Great Issues Scholar at Dartmouth and served as a research intern through Dartmouth’s Women in Science Project.

Ayushi Narayan, Dartmouth College ‘14

Ayushi graduated from Maple Grove Senior High School in Maple Grove, MN as Valedictorian and AP Scholar with Distinction. At Dartmouth, she plans to major in Economics with a minor in Public Policy. She is also involved in the Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program as well as Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, for which she served as the newsletter editor. Narayan has worked as a student biological conservation intern at the University of Minnesota and is currently interning at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Andres Ramirez, Dartmouth College ‘14

Andres graduated from Cypress Falls High School in Houston, TX as AP Scholar with Distinction. At Dartmouth, he plans to major in Government with a minor in Environmental Studies. On campus, he served as Vice-President for the Class of 2014, was a member of the Lightweight Crew Team, and represented the Council on Class Officers on the Undergraduate Financial Committee. He is currently interning at the Foundation for Biomedical Research.

Eric Yang, Dartmouth College ‘14

Eric graduated from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, CO as Salutatorian, National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient. At Dartmouth, he plans to double major in Biology and Economics with a minor in Public Policy. His campus activities include MEDLife, the International Development Forum, and Student Assembly. Yang has volunteered with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and has done both policy and cancer research while at Dartmouth. He is currently interning at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ellen Daily, Dartmouth College ‘14

Ellen graduated from Waterville Senior High School in Waterville, ME as Valedictorian and National Merit Scholar. At Dartmouth, she plans to major in Biology with a minor in Public Policy. Daily has volunteered at the Maine General Medical Center, attended the Civic Leadership Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and researched at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine. She has also worked at the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance in Maine and has served as a research intern at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.


Krystyna Oszkinis, Dartmouth College ‘14

Krystyna graduated from West Islip High School in Long Island, NY as Valedictorian. At Dartmouth, she is majoring in Earth Sciences, with a minor in environmental studies. She has spent the last two terms living at the Sustainable Living Center, a cooperative and learning affinity house on campus, for which she served as Treasurer. Krystyna has acted as Publicity Chair in the Social Justice Alliance and is a leader in Cabin and Trail, a subgroup of the Dartmouth Outing Club. She is also a member of Ecovores. Krystyna acted as the CELT Summer Program Coordinator in 2012 and assisted in the creation of the Smart Solutions Blog.

Easha Narayan, Dartmouth College ’14

Easha graduated from Maple Grove Senior High in Maple Grove, MN as valedictorian and AP scholar with Distinction.  At Dartmouth, she plans to major in Chemistry with a minor in Markets, Management, and Economics. On campus, she is part of the Women and Science Program and Chemistry Society among other groups. Narayan has done research in the Neuroscience department on campus and has interned at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Green Chemistry Program.

Leehi Yona, Dartmouth College ’16

Leehi graduated from the Arts & Sciences Program at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Canada, with Honors and a Third World Studies Certificate. At Dartmouth, she plans on studying Environmental Science and Public Policy, and is a first-year Great Issues Scholar. She is founder and President of the Green Schools Coalition of Montreal, an association of elementary and high school environmental groups’ student leaders. In 2012, she was a youth delegate to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and represented Quebec at the Northern Forum Youth Eco Forum in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Moreover, she helped organize Canada’s PowerShift in Ottawa this October, and was recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25.

Victoria Pan, Dartmouth College ’16

Victoria graduated from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ as AP Scholar with Distinction. At Dartmouth, she plans to double major in Environmental Studies and Government. On campus, she serves as the Cluster Representative in the Student Assembly, is a member of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), which is the sustainability group on campus, and is a member of the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team. Over the summer, she interned at Green Living Solutions, a home performance and sustainable business-consulting group.

Kripa Dongol, Dartmouth College ‘16

Kripa Dongol graduated from United World College (UWC)-USA in Montezuma, NM in 2012 after having done a 2 year International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at the school. She was selected as one of the 5 Nepali students in 2010 to attend a UWC-USA, one of 12 UWCs worldwide. While in Nepal, Kripa was an active member of the budding youth community and was a part of different youth-led and youth empowerment projects. She was also the executive member of One Degree Initiative, Nepal- a youth organization that believed in making small one degree changes in the community. In March of 2010, she attended the COMFU Climate conference in Copenhagen where she learned about various environmental policies and effective ways to reform them. For the last two years Kripa has been involved in community service activities and is currently an undeclared major, but wants to eventually return back to Nepal to work in the field of either rural development or urban planning.

Jovalee Thompson, Dartmouth College ‘14

Jovalee Thompson graduated from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC with academic honors and International Baccalaureate Diploma. At Dartmouth she is pursuing a Neuroscience major and a French minor. Thompson is involved in extracurricular activities such as the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Club and the Dartmouth Gospel Choir. She has done research in the Neuroscience department and hopes to pursue a career in research in the medical field.

Rachel Margolese, Dartmouth College ‘16

Rachel graduated from Phillips Academy Andover where she did independent molecular biology research and lead her school’s environmental club. At Dartmouth she plans to major in Engineering with a sustainability minor. On campus she is an active member of Dartmouth Outing club, as well as a co-leader of Dartmouth Coalition on Climate Change among other groups. Rachel is also a part of Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, a group she will be travelling to Tanzania this summer to work with small communities to introduce briquetting – an alternative method of creating cooking fuel that is environmentally sustainable and economically viable for rural communities.

Maya Wilcher

Maya graduated from the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA as a National AP Scholar, National Merit Finalist and member of the Cum Laude Society. In high school, she co-founded the Environmental Council her junior year and led the Ecology Club throughout four years. At Dartmouth, Maya co-leads ECO, the Environmental Conservation Organization, and is a member of the Dartmouth Coalition on Climate Change and Ecovores. She hopes to major in environmental engineering with a minor in sustainability and Spanish. This summer, with aid from the Dartmouth Sustainable Moving Sale grant, she traveled to Peru for seven weeks as part of a cross-cultural exchange on sustainable agriculture and agroecology.

Elinore Beitler

Elinore graduated from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL as an Honor Society member and an AP Scholar with Distinction. During high school, she was the president of student council and spearheaded many green initiatives on campus. At Dartmouth, she intends on being an environmental engineering major and is a member of Cancer and Patient Services. Elinore co-leads Dartmouth Coalition on Climate Change and plans on completing research at the Ice Research Laboratory located at the Thayer School of Engineering.

Armand Thompson, Dartmouth College ’15, CELT Fall Coordinator 2013

Armand graduated from Century High School in Rochester, MN as Co-Valedictorian, a National AP Scholar, State Champion in Extemporaneous speaking, and three time All State Classical Debate Best Speaker. He received the Youth in Government National Outstanding Statesmen Award, awarded to the top twenty delegates in the country. At Dartmouth, Armand plans to double major in Government and Environmental Sciences with a minor in History. He has done research on the possibility of opening up Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for Renewable Energy Projects. He is also the Dickey Center World Affairs Council President, and a Dartmouth Academic Skills Center Tutor. He is the Dartmouth Model United Nations General Assembly Committee Director. He is nominated to become the Dartmouth Centers Forum Students Hearing and Responding Effectively Student Coordinator for the 2013-2014 year. He is also a member of the Dartmouth Investment in Philanthropy Program and the Dartmouth International Business Council.

Katie Zhang, Dartmouth College ’16

Katie graduated from Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, MO as Salutatorian, International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient, and National Merit Scholar. At Dartmouth, she is working towards a B.E. in Environmental Engineering. She is involved in the SafaPani project of Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, which collaborates with a nonprofit organization based in Nepal to provide villagers water filters in order to prevent arsenic contamination. Over the summer, she interned at COVER Home Repair to help repair homes and strengthen community in the Upper Valley and over spring break, traveled to West Virginia with the Tucker Foundation’s Environmental Justice ASB to learn about the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.

Hope Wilson, Dartmouth College ’16

Hope graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH with high honors. At Exeter, she was a tri-varsity athlete, dorm proctor, as well as the president of an organization called Best Buddies that works to create friendships with peers who have mental disabilities. At Dartmouth, she is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics, and therefore very interested in issues that involve the two areas of study. Last winter, Hope worked on creating a model (using STELLA software) that simulates the market for solar energy and examines various policy levers that can be used to make solar energy more cost-competitive with our current use of fossil fuel based energy. She is also a member of the varsity sailing team at Dartmouth and has been a part of two consecutive national championships with the women’s team.

Sebastian  Bierman-Lytle, Dartmouth ’15

Sebastian graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, RI as a Rhode Island Scholar, member of the Cum Laude Society, and recipient of the Pell Medal and the Robinson Chemistry Prize. At Dartmouth, he is majoring in Computer Science and Digital Arts, directing web and app development for Dartmouth’s Dandelion Project, and leading a startup called iio interactive in the DEN Innovation Center that builds and publishes open source software. Sebastian has worked with many groups focused on sustainability, including IMCC Green, SEAS Corp, and Pangaeon.

Estephanie Aquino ’18

Estephanie Aquino is a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College. She is studying Government with a focus on International Relations and planning to double major in Environmental studies. She graduated from Independence High School as an AP Honor Scholar with Distinction, a member on the California Scholarship Federation. In high school she was a member of the student council and served as treasurer for an environmental group, The Clear Air Club. Estephanie was also a news reporter the South Kern Sol. At Dartmouth, Estephanie is an intern through the Women In Science Project and a staff reporter for the college newspaper The Dartmouth. She is also the public relations manager for International Development Forum, a club on campus that promotes awareness and education in careers and services in international development.

Margarita Ren, ’18

Margarita graduated from New York City’s Hunter College High School as a Siemens 2013 Regional Finalist, International Science and Engineering Fair 2014 Biochemistry Third Award Winner, Google Science Fair 2014 Regional Finalist, and National Merit Finalist. While at HCHS, she conducted independent biochemical research at Weill Cornell and was the president of Hunter Students for Environmental Action, working to incorporate recycling initiatives and active environmental awareness in the Hunter College Campus Schools culture. At Dartmouth, she plans to major in environmental studies and follow the pre-med track. She is also a member of the Dartmouth Figure Skating Club, the Dartmouth Club Women’s Frisbee B Team, and Dartmouth ECO.

Holly Beilin, University of North Carolina

Holly is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Global Health and Environment. A National Merit Scholar and Dean’s list student, she is also pursuing a minor in Sustainability Studies and is extremely interested in international environmental policy. She has interned in the United States Senate, as well as for the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan. She is the regular “Eye on the Environment” columnist for The Daily Tar Heel newspaper and has written for several other publications including The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Blue & White magazine. She is also a member and team leader of the UNC chapter of AIESEC, the largest student-run organization in the world, through which she helps foster connections between international youth.

Sabrina Ghouse, Harvard University ‘15

Sabrina is studying at Harvard University for a Major degree in Social Studies and a Minor in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Having achieved top grades for both her O-Levels and A-levels, she was also recognised by EdExcel examination board for her achievements. Sabrina has been involved in several International Sustainable Development Projects including the USA, Philippines, Tanzania, China, Abu Dhabi and Sri Lanka. In addition, she has gained work experience as Head Art Teacher at Moir School and The Studio, as well as a mentee of Kebin Jennings (Assistant Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the US Department of Education). Sabrina will be working as a virtual intern for the Climate Institute’s CELT program.

Olivia Lewis, Lafayette College ‘14

Olivia is studying International Affairs with a focus on environmental issues and a minor in Environmental Science at Lafayette College, expecting to graduate in May 2014. She is conversant in French and knows a little bit of German, and is spending the spring semester of 2013 studying environmental studies and sustainability in Freiburg, Germany’s “Green City”. Olivia has also had experience abroad interning in Rabat, Morocco, and taking a January-term class in Kenya and Tanzania. On campus, She is involved in LEAP (Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection) club, and carrying out research on fracking in Eastern Europe with Professor Fabian.

Nick Mountcastle, North Carolina State University

Nick Mountcastle is a junior at North Carolina State University studying Natural Resources – Policy & Administration.  In addition to his studies, he is currently working to compile a natural resource inventory for the City of Raleigh Parks Department and recently completed a program on international sustainable resource use in the American Pacific Northwest.  Nick’s primary research interests include sustainable agriculture, forestry, and urban development practices.

Zane Anthony, Middlebury ‘16

Zane Anthony is currently a student at Middlebury College, anticipating a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Conservation Biology concentration. Growing up steeped in crucial environmental issues in his bay-crest hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, Zane has taken the lead on efforts to “Save the Bay” since he was in elementary school. He has assisted the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as an active volunteer, canvasser, and campaigner and taught estuarine science classes with Middle and Upper School students at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton, Maryland. Most recently, during a gap semester, he traveled to Costa Rica where he took a renewable energy course, exploring operational renewable energy generation facilities and sustainable development strategies focused on Costa Rica’s 2021 neutrality goals. At Middlebury, Zane volunteers at the College’s organic farm and is involved with the Divestment, Foraging, and Mountain Clubs.

Lowell George

Lowell George is a Senior at Cornell University studying Natural Resources with a minor in Spanish. She has held a variety of positions relating to agriculture, environmental education, fair trade, green event planning, and non-profit work. In working towards achieving fluency in Spanish, she spent a semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain.


Melissa Taguchi

Melissa Taguchi is a junior-in-status, second-year Environmental Studies B.A. student from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has mastered courses on the Energy and the Environment, Chemistry of the Environment, Science and Policy Dimensions on Climate Change, History of the Environment, and Renewable Energy. Her interests include the emphasis on renewable energies for the nation’s energy future and also the study of the ramifications of climate change on small island nations and other developing nations. Melissa Taguchi’s ultimate goal in her career is to expand the public’s knowledge of climate change and help empower developing nations to protect themselves against adverse effects of climate change.

Janine Holloway

Janine Holloway, an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. at Haverford College, en route to graduate in Spring 2014.  She is currently majoring in Growth and Structure of Cities and double minoring in Economics and Environmental Studies.  Last summer, Janine studied abroad in Copenhagen learning about the renewable energy sector and corporate social responsibility.  After receiving her B.S., Janine plans on attending Business School.



Melvin Alvarez, Skidmore College ‘15

Melvin is an Environmental Studies and Spanish double major. He considers himself a social justice activist since he has been an activist for women, immigrants and low-income communities since his junior year of high school and is now making his transition as an environmental activist. He hopes to combine his two majors in order to bring environmental awareness and consciousness to the Spanish-speaking community within the U.S. and around the world. Melvin plans to pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Law because he believes that politics and policy is the best way to make societal change.

John (Fritz) Wallace, University of New Hampshire

John Wallace is a student at the University of New Hampshire. In his spare time, he works designing games, both for fun, and those with more social goals. John will be working closely on the development of a ‘Saving the Arctic Video Game’ with fellow CELT members, including Devin Routh who is leading this effort.

Alex Grant

Hanover High School class of 2014 Honor Student. Proficient in Java, JavaScript (Not for Web dev), C#, ActionScript, Python and Logo. Some experience in C++, JavaScript(For Web dev), HTML, php and XML. Konws how to use Photoshop, Unity, Autodesk 3ds Max, InDesign and Eclipse. Minor usage of Visual Studio Pro and Audacity. Working on Saving the Arctic Game Team.

Paul Skaloud

Paul Skaloud is a Junior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is currently studying International Relations with a minor in Geography. Having grown up abroad his entire life, he is passionate and aware about many global climate concerns at both the micro and macro level and has gained experience in multiple community projects and event coordinating positions. He is also proficient in both German and Spanish.

Nikita Perumal

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Nikita currently studies in the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po. At the Euro-American campus of Sciences Po Paris in Reims, France, she is seeking a BA in the social sciences (with specializations in Law and Political Science), while at Columbia she will pursue a BA in Human Rights and Psychology. Nikita has been active in a variety of grassroots environmental activism since high school, where she also served as president of the environmental club. In college, she has continued this interest with leadership positions in environmental groups and an academic focus on sustainable development and climate change politics. She is most compelled by the intersection of human and environmental issues and the social justice implications of climate change.

James Yates

James Yates is currently a senior at Hofstra University, where he is majoring in Finance with a minor in Sustainability Studies. This past summer he worked at a venture capital firm where he worked on developing a crowdfunding platform for environmentally responsible projects. His interests include new green technologies, the energy industry, and crowdsourcing. After school, James will be attending law school and is hoping to use his understanding of finance, sustainability, and law to work with the renewable energy or cleantech industry.

Khiana Lowe

Khiana graduated from Long Island Lutheran High School as an AP scholar with distinction. Khiana is a sophomore at Stanford University majoring in civil engineering. She is the treasurer for Stanford’s Society of Black Scientists and Engineers and a research assistant for an interdisciplinary project gauging community attitudes regarding wastewater use in Ugandan communities. She is also a member of the Stanford Women’s Rugby Team and a student staff member at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service. Khiana plans to pursue a career in international infrastructure development.

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle is a junior at the University of Michigan where she is majoring in Spanish and International Studies with a focus in Global Health and the Environment. A University Honors student and a James B. Angell Scholar, she is also pursuing a minor in Applied Statistics. Megan studied abroad at the University of Oxford this past summer and learned about climate change, global risk and management.


Tyler Gross

Tyler Gross is a senior majoring in Social Relations and Policy and  minoring in Science, Technology, and Environment, and Public Policy at  Michigan State University. After graduating, Tyler plans to enter the Peace Corps before pursuing a graduate degree in environmental science. His heroes include his mother, past teachers and professors, and Aldo Leopold. He loves cats, reading, soccer, and trying to make his impact on the world a positive one

Haley Noll

Haley Noll grew up in Rochester, New York always knowing that she wanted to pursue a career that had a positive impact on the environment. She is currently an Environmental Policy and Decision Making major with a specialization in climate change at The Ohio State University. She is interested in many topics surrounding the issue of climate change, including environmental policy, perceptions of climate change, and climate change mitigation.

Tess Van  Gorder, University of Michigan 2015

Tess is a senior at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in Environmental Policy and is minoring in Environmental Geology and Spanish. She spent two months last summer studying abroad in Costa Rica. Over her spring break, she led an Alternative Spring Break environmental justice trip to North Carolina. She is also involved with Common Sense Action, Circle K, and Women’s Club Water Polo.

Sydney Bolling, Georgetown University, 2016

Sydney Bolling is a rising junior at Georgetown University from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing an Econ major as well as Psychology and Government double minor. Her more specific academic interests include environmental economics, public policy and international relations. Sydney is currently working as an intern for a media buying company in Philadelphia as well as participating in the CELT virtual intern program. At Georgetown Sydney writes for the newspaper’s online blog, is a committee member for Relay for Life and an Orientation Advisor. She hopes to spend her last two years at Georgetown studying and pursuing economic research and its effect on policy. Sydney will also be studying abroad next semester in Copenhagen.

Fiona Wissell

Fiona is a rising senior at Hamilton College, double majoring in Government and Public Policy. Her main interest is international environmental policy and economics, specifically issues concerning climate change. She spent spring semester of 2014 in London, where she studied international energy politics. In the past, she has interned with the Elizabeth Warren for Senate Campaign, the State Department, the Global Policy Group, and Environment America. This summer, Fiona is interning with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as participating in the CELT virtual intern program at the Climate Institute.

Lala Oyegun, Concordia University, 2015

Lala is pursuing a BA in Human Environment at Concordia University, where she expects to graduate in 2015. She is very interested in sustainable materials sourcing, environmental justice and indigenous peoples’ land rights. She is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish. Her hope is to pursue a degree in Environmental Law and continue to develop her language skills, in order to eventually work on legal empowerment and conservation projects in Africa and Latin America. She is very much looking forward to joining the Arctic Climate Protection Network Team, engaging with local First Nations communities and generally broadening her knowledge base.

Joy Jackson, Georgetown University, 2017

Joy Jackson is a rising sophomore studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Environment and Energy.  Specifically, she hopes to study climate change as it relates to international development, with a focus on climate finance.  Last summer, Joy worked with Peace Corps Belize in their efforts to identify and address issues of public health in numerous villages across the country.  She is also the co-president of Georgetown’s community garden, as well as a member of the triathlon club team.

Madison West, Arizona State University, 2016

Madison is a junior at Arizona State University, pursuing dual degrees in History and Theatre. Her main focus is sustainable energy systems with an emphasis on social justice. After graduating, she plans to pursue an environmental law degree. She studied abroad with Semester at Sea in 2014, traveling to 13 countries throughout Southeast Asia and Africa, which served to enhance her desire to work on transitioning to a sustainable energy regime on a global scale. She is extremely excited to be working as an intern with the Climate Institute this summer.

Jane Gross, Northwestern University, 2016

Jane Gross is a junior at Northwestern  University where she is double majoring in Environmental Sciences and Urban Studies.  A member of many sustainability organizations, she is a strong advocate for more sustainability focused policies around the world.  Last summer Jane studied abroad in Berlin and learned about the changing energy policies in Germany.

Amanda Farthing, Clemson University, 2017

Amanda is a rising junior at Clemson University, pursuing Industrial Engineering and minors in Sustainability and International Engineering & Science.  Through leadership positions within Engineers Without Borders, Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries, and Students for Environmental Action, she has been able to engage in sustainability projects both locally and abroad.  On campus, Amanda has worked to promote divestment, and more recently has assisted in the development of a Green Revolving Fund.  She is excited to be a part of the active search for sustainable solutions to our world’s climate and energy problems, particularly through the implementation of renewable energy systems.

Laura McKeon, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016

Laura is currently studying Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Global Environmental Change at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a member of the American Meteorological Society, she became a trained weather spotter and visited the National Weather Service headquarters to attend severe and extreme weather-related seminars. Last winter, Laura studied Environmental Engineering in Germany where she learned about renewable energy sources and their implementation throughout Germany, specifically Wolfhagen, a 100 percent renewable energy town. After graduation, Laura plans to pursue a career researching how climate change affects daily weather patterns.

Peter Sherman, Imperial College London

Peter is from Seattle, Washington, and is a second-year student at Imperial College London majoring in physics with a specialization in atmospheric physics. Over the summer of 2015, Peter will begin research on trash vortexes in the ocean and the most fuel and cost-efficient means of removing the debris. In the future, he plans to investigate possible methods of climate change mitigation, such as geo-engineering as a worst-case solution. In his spare time, Peter follows professional basketball and writes for the San Antonio Spurs’ SB Nation affiliate, Pounding the Rock, and competes on the Imperial College chess team.

Hallie Neuhaus, Oberlin College 2016

Hallie is a rising senior at Oberlin College where she is studying Environmental Studies and Politics. She has a particular interest in international environmental politics and the effect they have on domestic policies, as well as how the international community addresses climate justice. She spent Fall 2014 studying abroad in Spain and learning about sustainable development there, and last summer worked as an intern for Environment Illinois, doing grassroots organizing and coalition building. At Oberlin College she has helped develop a sustainability focused curriculum for the local public schools. She is also proficient in Spanish.

Clancy Green, Vassar College 2017

Clancy is rising junior at Vassar College, where he studies economics, political science, and mathematics. His interests center around developmental, environmental, and behavioral economics. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a PhD in economics. In addition to working as a Virtual Intern for the Climate Institute in the summer of 2015, he will be researching the behavioral effects of irrelevant alternatives on the median voter model. He is a member of Vassar’s ski club, and in his free time he enjoys skiing, cycling, and playing soccer.

Vania Fong, University of California, Berkeley, 2018

Vania Fong studies Energy Engineering at University of California, Berkeley because she is particularly interested in understanding human impacts on our planet and seeks to develop solutions that enable us to lead more sustainable lifestyles. She works with Engineers for a Sustainable World to study urban farming and its impacts on air quality because she is also interested in sustainable agriculture and airborne pollution, in addition to renewable energy developments. Vania hopes to help provide accurate, up-to-date scientific information on the world’s most pressing issues to the public and accelerate our transition to a more environmentally-sound future.

Yanai Feldman, Pomona College ‘18

Yanai is a student at Pomona College in Claremont, California, leaning towards a double major in Mathematics and Media Studies (though that is subject to change at any moment). He has a special interest in the capacity of entrepreneurship and private sector innovation to develop sustainable solutions to the imminent challenges Climate Change poses. Trying to do his liberal arts education justice, Yanai seeks to cultivate a multidisciplinary approach to environmental problem solving. Yanai lives in Brooklyn and spends much of his time searching for the city’s best and most bizarre dining experiences.

Luana Antunes, University of Sao Paulo-USP  (Brazil)

Luana is studying at University of Sao Paulo – USP (Brazil), where she is working toward an Environmental Management Bachelor Degree. She has been working on scientific research on atmospheric pollutants emissions, as well climate change and energy. Her recent publication was “The effect of public policies on carbon monoxide concentration in Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo- Brazil.” Her next goal is attaining a master’s degree in Sustainability. Luana is supporting the Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use Team for the Alabama – Brazil project for the Climate Institute’s CELT program.

Isabelle Stark, Cornell University 2016

Isabelle is a rising senior at Cornell University majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Mathematics. Isabelle has always been interested in climate change and sustainability and is eager to apply her educational background to those issues. Upon graduating from Cornell, she hopes to work in a nonprofit organization or government agency, with the possibility of continuing on to graduate school in the future.

Matthew Garamella, Boston University

Matthew Garamella studies Environmental Analysis and Policy and International Relations at Boston University. He is fascinated by how policy is created and implemented in both domestic and international arenas and its effects on the ecosystem at large. He is currently working as an intern at the EPA in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxins focusing on legislation regarding lead safety. In his free time, Matthew hosts his own radio show on WTBU Radio and is a performing guitarist.

Devin Routh, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Hailing from the foothills of North Carolina, Devin graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing alongside a Pre-Medical course of study. Instead of pursuing medical school, he decided to enroll in the M.A.L.S. program at Dartmouth College where he studied a mix of Social Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Globalization, and Sustainability science. He also worked full time at Dartmouth managing the Collis Center for Student Involvement. Following his interests in sustainability and the environment, he will attend Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies School for a Master of Forestry starting in the fall of 2012.

Yuan Zheng, Graduate Research Fellow

Yuan attained a B.A. in Economics from China Agriculture University, specialising in International Economics and Trade. Later she won Erasmus Mundus Master Scholarship and graduated in 2010 with a joint double M. Sc. degree in Forestry from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany. She is fluent in Chinese and English with some basic French skills. Yuan also gained a LIFE PhD Climate Change Scholarship, and is now studying for her Doctor of Philosophy due in 2014. Her PhD thesis is looking at “Households’ adaptation to future climate risks in rural Yunnan and its implications for policy designs”

Todd Wooster, Université de Lyon

Todd Wooster graduated in 2007 from Dartmouth College with a major in English (Creative Writing). After graduating, he was awarded the William W. Cook fellowship at the Frost Place in Franconia, NH. Since 2009 he has lived in France, first working for two years as a teacher of English in the French public schools, and is currently studying as a Masters student of English at the Université de Lyon 2. Over the past three years, he has lived and worked on organic farms throughout Europe, experiencing and learning about sustainable lifestyles.

Rosaly Byrd, University of California

Rosaly is enrolled at La Jolla campus in School of International Relations and Pacific Studies of University of California, San Diego where she is a Candidate to receive a Master of Pacific  International Affairs in June 2013. Her career track at the graduate school of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS) is International Environmental Policy. Rosaly has recently worked as an environmental policy consultant for Strategic Community Consulting, where she developed the Environmental Quality Report Card to assess San Diego City Council and Mayor’s office on environmental quality issues for the League of Conservation Voters. She is currently a sustainability director for the IRPS Net Impact chapter, and research director for IRPS’ International Clean Tech Initiative club, as well as interning for Malk Sustainability Partners consulting firm in La Jolla.

Mireia Martínez Campo, Graduate Research Fellow

Mireia is a native speaker of both Spanish and Catalan, in addition to being fluent in English and some basic French. She possesses a Degree in Business Management and a Master’s in International Business Law. Mireia is currently interning in Washington, DC as a Junior Business Development Consultant, where much of her work focuses on tailored consulting services for Catalan companies and international public procurement policies. She has also worked in Law and Tax Advisory in Barcelona as an intern, before then progressing to a lawyer in the firm specialising in regulatory and public law. Mireia has several publications in the ‘Garrigues’ Antitrust Newsletter, http://www.garrigues.com.

Phoebe Tickell, University of Cambridge, UK

Phoebe, a British national, is a current student of Kings College, University of Cambridge in the UK reading her Bachelors of Arts in Plant Sciences and Microbiology. Having excelled at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London, receiving A*’s in A-Level Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Art and Spanish, Phoebe is also bilingual in Hungarian and speaks basic German and French. Her recent work experience includes being part of the BES Peruvian Amazon Expedition, interning with the British Exploring Society Office, Royal Geographical Society, and most recently interning with the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, USA. Phoebe is looking to link CELT activities with the University of Cambridge in order to promote the work of the Climate Institute.

Navreet Deo, Virginia Tech University

Navreet Deo is a first generation Sikh-American from Fairfax, Virginia. Navreet is a senior pursuing dual degrees in Environmental Policy & Planning and Political Science at Virginia Tech. For the past several years she has devoted her time and energy to championing environmental conservation and resource management across several college campuses and surrounding communities. As a Project Manager in the Virginia Tech Office of Energy and Sustainability Navreet is responsible for leading environmental initiatives directed towards increasing campus sustainability. She has previously worked in the environmental non-profit sector as a grassroots campaign leader with The Alliance for Climate Protection, advocating for environmental legislation, lobbying the offices of Senators Warner and Webb, engaging community members in direct action initiatives, and organizing educational outreach. Her extracurricular interests lie in studying ecological agriculture and promoting sustainable cultivating practices among rural and small scale farmers, with the aim of eventually working in environmental law or sustainable land use and development.

Christopher Haberland, UVA College of Arts and Sciences ‘13

Chris is graduating from the University of Virginia in May 2013 with a double major in Spanish and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures and a minor in Economics.  He hopes to employ his Spanish, Arabic, and Persian language skills and interest in resource economics to study environmental policy issues in developing regions.  Chris is currently working to change wind turbine ordinances in Albemarle County, Virginia.

Marius Meijerink, Graduate Research Fellow

Marius attained a B.A. in Business at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, and completed his Masters in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam. After graduating, he worked at an Indian microfinance organization where he has been responsible for its fundraising activities and successfully raised funds to expand several schools in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Subsequently, he began working with the Corporate Clients Department of the ING Bank in Amsterdam, where he was responsible for the operational management of a portfolio of corporate clients. He has a strong interest in financial services delivery to low-income communities and in financial solutions to help poor people adapt to climate change.

Lauren Boucher

Lauren Boucher is an Environmental Science teacher and George Mason University graduate student. Lauren graduated in June 2012 from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Her research has primarily focused on trans-boundary water policy and disputes.  Lauren has worked as a volunteer at Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), a non-profit that connects public interest environmental advocates across borders. Lauren is currently working as a Teacher for America Corps Member in Washington, DC and is pursuing a master’s degree in education.

Didrik Dyrdal

From Norway, and with Danish family ties to Greenland, Didrik is a student at the dual MA programme in World and International History at Columbia and LSE. Before coming to Columbia, he received his BA in history from the University of Oslo and spent time as an exchange student at Cambridge University and the University of Cape Town. Didrik is interested in environmental history and especially people’s understanding of the human impact on the ocean. In his dissertation, he plans to investigate British and Norwegian anxieties about overexploitation of whales around Antarctica in the interwar period. This summer (2013) he is part of the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative research programme on climate change and global governance.

Khadine Singh, Columbia University

Khadine recently graduated from Columbia University with a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Statistics. At Columbia, Khadine was an Earth Institute Researcher and dedicated her time to projects serving underprivileged communities around the world that merge her passions for Big Data engineering and sustainability issues. She worked with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society on a project to model precipitation in the Himalayan region in order to be better able to predict global warming’s effect on the South Asian monsoon season. More recently, Khadine was part of a team at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions that investigated the spread of malaria in underdeveloped areas of sub-Saharan Africa. After graduation, Khadine will continue her research and work in the field of Big Data engineering, and raise awareness of diverse social and scientific issues in marginalized regions of the world.

Brad Gay, CELT Graduate Research Fellow

Originating from the land known as The Good Life, Brad graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2010 with a B.Sc. in Biology. As an undergraduate student, Brad participated in a variety of vegetation management and paleobotanical laboratory research projects facilitated by the Ecology department. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to the Washington DC Metro Area in order to complete his M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. During his tenure as a graduate student, he participated in a vast array of internship opportunities, including wetland conservation policy, wildlife trafficking, and government relations, in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the World Wildlife Fund. Academically, his future doctoral research interests relate to the effects of anthropogenic and climate change dynamics on fire ecology and natural resource management; more specifically, how climate change and land use influences vegetation speciation and regional weather patterns, and thereby exacerbates the increasing frequency and pervasiveness of wildfire production. Aside from his educational and professional background, Brad also enjoys spending his time backpacking in the mountains, traveling around the world in pursuit of adventure, and dabbling in freelance photography.

Pallavi Pant, University of Birmingham

Pallavi Pant holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from TERI University, India and a Bachelors degree in Botany from Delhi University, India. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate program at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) with a focus on transport and air quality. She has worked with a wide range of organizations in India and abroad including Climate Works Foundation, EMBARQ-India, WWF-India and Central Road Research Institute (India). She is an avid reader and with an interest in poetry and languages.

Nikiya Crisostomo

Nikiya is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering under the Sustainable Design and Construction program at Stanford University, and is expecting to graduate in 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford as well, receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Urban Studies focusing on Social Change. As an undergraduate, she researched sustainable housing for the rural poor in the Philippines, which led to her 2013 summer trip to the country, interning at the Climate Change Commission and the EarthSavers Movement. This experience exposed her to many issues that plague the Philippines as a result of climate change. She saw the importance of considering the socio-cultural impacts of all energy and engineering endeavors, especially in a developing nation. As a dual citizen of the Philippines and the United States, she is focusing her research for the Climate Institute on black carbon in the Philippines. She is compiling a comprehensive national survey of the sources and amount of black carbon throughout the different islands and regions. She is also looking into what has already been done to try to address this problem, and what else can be done to make such initiatives more effective. Since she is fluent in Tagalog and English, she plans to produce articles, reports and publications in both languages.

Erin Tulley, Virtual Graduate Research Fellow

Erin attained a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida State University. After undergrad she moved to California and worked in the environmental consulting and wildlife biology fields. She returned to Florida and received an M.A. in Conservation Biology. After graduate school she moved to Washington D.C. where she has worked on environmental Congressional briefings with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute as well as short-lived climate pollutant campaigns with the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.

Tim Bushman, Virtual Graduate Research Fellow

Tim Bushman lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He has spent much of his educational career studying health and disease, and received a BS in Kinesiology and MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology. With personal growing concern for the environment and how we humans are affecting its dynamics, his passions have evolved to explore academic and professional pursuits in the areas of climate change, public health, energy policy, and environmental and social justice. Tim’s current position at a public health research institute, coupled with undergraduate and graduate work, have provided him with experiences in both laboratory and population-level research, writing and publishing journal articles and major findings reports, and conducting numerous literature and systematic reviews. He also performs volunteer and advocacy work with an environmental organization called Citizens Climate Lobby whose focus is to build the political will for pollution mitigation legislation to be enacted in Congress. Tim’s research interests primarily lie in the public health dimensions of climate change; broadly, he isinterested in the deleterious human activities that drive climate change and the reciprocal effects that the changing climate will have on both the human and environmental health conditions.

Deepthi Rajsekhar, CELT Virtual Fellow

A doctoral candidate from Texas A&M University, her research focuses on hydrologic drought modeling for Texas under climate change impact with implications for water resources planning. During her masters, she had done a climate change impact study on wind speeds and significant wave heights along the Indian coast. Deepthi has a minor in Applied Statistics and has worked as a research technician on Howard G Buffet Foundation’s non-profit project that dealt with food insecurity issues in sub Saharan countries. She plans to finish her PhD by summer 2014 and continue research in the fields of climate change, hydrology, and the food and water security nexus.

Aditi Tallu, CELT Graduate Research Fellow

Aditi is a Civil Engineer working in water and wastewater management since 2012. She is presently working in the design and development of wastewater treatment through natural and decentralised technologies. Aditi is passionate about environmental conservation and I thinks environmental sustainable development is the only key for a sustainable future.


Michael Dunaway, CELT Graduate Research Fellow

Michael Dunaway is a doctoral candidate at the Cornell University in the Natural Resources department. His undergraduate work was at Haskell Indian Nations University in American Indian Studies and his Master’s work was in the field of Geography at the University of Kansas.  His interest is Indigenous energy sovereignty. His current research investigates the feasibility of refining biodiesel with solar power. His PhD research will test the theoretical feasibility by building a small-scale, solar-powered biodiesel refinery on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma. By creating a pilot, the hope is to have a demonstration effect where other reservations will engage in similar sustainable energy development initiatives, thereby creating economic development projects that promote sustainability and tribal sovereignty. He is also a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Prita Kulkarni, Graduate  Research Fellow

Being raised in sunny Southern California, Prita Kulkarni moved to Texas in 2006 after marriage. Having wanted to serve people on a social basis since age 16, she attended the University of California at Riverside where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting. Upon graduating from UC Riverside, she enrolled in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, and earned her MBA degree with an emphasis in business plan writing. Being a person who wanted to understand the business side of development, she worked in an Insurance agency for two years before she volunteered for numerous organizations, where she assisted with helping the organizations gain 501C3 status. She also drafted business plans, and landed a grant for one organization. She is currently a fellow at the Climate Institute because she is concerned with researching the causes of water shortages in many regions in the world, and she is concerned with helping to find solutions to this world wide crisis.


Jiaqi (Jackie) Lu, Graduate Research  Fellow

Master of International Public Affairs Candidate, La Follette School of Public Affairs Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has worked on energy policy projects. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Jiaqi hails from Shenzhen Province  in China. At the  Climate Institute his work has  been focused on  three areas: 1) exploring the possibility of integrating valuation of black carbon into the emerging climate trading systems in China 2) research on Pacific small island state energy issues on a project the Climate Institute and Worldwatch Institute are jointly undertaking for the Asian  Development Bank and 3) exploring in collaboration with colleagues from Dartmouth College and University of Alaska the feasibility of introducing river or tidal energy as a substitute or supplement to diesel powerfor Alaska Native villages.

Anna McGinn, Graduate Research Fellow

Anna McGinn graduated summa cum laude in May 2014 from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a BA in Environmental Studies. She focused her major on climate change and environmental justice and is particularly interested in climate vulnerability. Anna’s passion for climate change research and action grew out of her experience as a member of the Dickinson College research team at the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban, South Africa in 2011. While at Dickinson, Anna interned for the College’s Center for Sustainability Education and served as a leader for the Outing Club. Anna studied abroad in Costa Rica and is conversant in Spanish. At the Climate Institute Anna’s work has  been focused in four areas: 1) enhancing the Institute’s social media presence and  assisting in the launch of the Institute’s Tribal Sustainability Partnership Initiative on an online fundraising platform on climate.org; 2) assisting in the expansion of  the Tickell Interactive Network  both within Latin America and  the Middle East; 3) editing  major portions of the Fall 2014 and Winter 2014-2015 Climate Alerts; and 4) research on Pacific small island state energy issues on a project the Climate Institute and Worldwatch Institute are jointly undertaking for the Asian Development Bank.

Guy Bou Lahdou

Guy Bou Lahdou is currently an Environmental and Water Resources Design Engineer at Irrigation Consulting Inc. He received his Masters of Science in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering in 2014 from the department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University. He graduated from the American University of Beirut in 2011 with a Bachelor in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Before starting his Masters he spent a year as a graduate research assistant at the Qatar Energy & Environment Research Assistant where he was a member of the Soil & Water modeling group. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English. His broad research interests lie in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering, Soil Science, Policy,  Hydrology, and Environmental Philosophy.

Nick Di Taranto

Nick Di Taranto is an intern with the Research Participation Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Transportation Quality, Climate Analysis and Strategies Center, where he researches transportation policy and greenhouse gas emissions. He earned his M.A. in history with a specialization in environmental policy and management from Arizona State University. His thesis examined environmental policy in postwar Phoenix, but he has also conducted research on sustainable agriculture and food systems in Koprivnica, Croatia. Additionally, he has an interest in communicating sustainability research to the public. In the past, he has worked as a curriculum development intern with the EPA and as a content manager at an online multimedia journal, The Sustainability Review. 

Kunal Ojha

Kunal Ojha graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Biology from Indiana University with a minor in Psychology. Throughout his tenure, he has exercised his passion for environmental preservation by piloting community outreach to citizens and policy makers to develop eco-friendly energy alternatives to coal consumption in the Bloomington urban district. He also co-founded and led a student organization aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues both locally and globally in addition to partaking in a summer internship with the Illinois E.P.A. where responsibilities included identifying the source of PCB contaminants in natural stream waterways for Superfund and Brownfield investigations. This fall, Kunal plans to be working at the Catalina Island Marine Institute in order to share his passion for environmental/biological sciences with the K-12 grades while ultimately building on his aspirations to become a key player in environmental action planning and policy.

Nathanial ‘Tani’ Colbert-Sangree

Tani is a Greenhouse Gas Management Consultant and graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics. In his work for the College and City of Oberlin, Tani established the Carbon Management Fund to achieve their carbon neutrality goals by 2025 and 2050 respectively. Anticipating the need for carbon offsetting in order to achieve this goal, the Carbon Management Fund provided the structure to initiate pilot projects generating local carbon offsets. Local carbon offsets, instead of international offsets, ensured these investments in sustainability impacted Oberlin’s surrounding agricultural community while providing exciting research opportunities for students and subsequently reducing the cost of validation and verification of projects. His work currently focuses on exporting this model to the entire American Colleges and Universities President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), as an additional tool for this vast community of educational institutions striving to become carbon neutral. Through systems based thinking, Tani strives to re-imagine the patterns by which we live to reduce ghg emissions and culturally ingrain sustainable behavior.


Saif Sadeq, University of Maryland, Graduate Research Fellow

Originally from Baghdad,Iraq and moved to the U.S In 2010, a graduate student at the University of Maryland University College, majoring in Environmental Management. Sadeq   has a B.S in materials engineering from the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq. He is passionate about the environmental field, and very active in many environmental fronts like: renewable energy, water resources management, and recycling. Currently, he is a Stream Stewards Intern at the Mongomery Co. Department of Environmental Protection, focusing on promoting clean and healthy water resources. Recently, he finished an Internship at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) during which he learned the importance of renewable energy. Fighting for a safe, clean, and a sustainable environment is a life goal.

Yi Hong, University of Toronto, 2015, Graduate Research Fellow

Yi Hong recently graduated from University of Toronto in 2015 with an honours bachelor of science degree. She had a double major in Physical and Environmental geography, Urban Studies and also a minor in Geographical Information Systems. During her internship in Evergreen Canada, she had been engaging the community in city greening events and managing volunteers. She was the data manager in a group project related to the Toronto 2030 district, which focused on developing the environmental sustainability index in Toronto. This project emphasized the application of GIS in urban environmental planning and assessment. Her research interests focus on the application of GIS and using remote sensing for environmental monitoring and assessment. In addition to the Climate Institute, she is currently working in Uber to provide a greener solution to urban transportation.

Elliott Price, University of Plymouth

Elliott has always possessed the desire to avoid environmental degradation. He studied Biology, Geography and English Language at A level and went on to achieve a First Class Honours degree in B.Sc. Conservation Biology from The University of Plymouth. Elliott studied a wide range of environmental issues and principles and is proficient with GIS Mapping and Predictive Modelling. Alongside his regular modules, Elliott was self-taught ecotoxicology to complete his dissertation and attained a sound knowledge basis of both laboratory and field techniques. He is starting an internship with LAST on the OSA peninsular of Costa Rica in November, where he will be researching the most effective methods for the restoration of damaged mangrove forests. Elliott’s interests lie in creating and managing sustainable solutions to environmental stress.