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Devin Routh, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Devin RouthHailing 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 ZhengYuan 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 WoosterTodd 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 ByrdRosaly 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 Martinez CampoMireia 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 TickellPhoebe, 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 DeoNavreet 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

Christopher HaberlandChris 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 MeijerinkMarius 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 BoucherLauren 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

Didrik DyrdalFrom 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 SinghKhadine 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

Brad GayOriginating 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 PantPallavi 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 CrisostomoNikiya 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.


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.


Jiaqi (Jackie) Lu, Graduate Research  Fellow

Jiaqi LuMaster 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 McGinnAnna 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.


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.


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 HongYi 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.