December 7, 2016

Current Students


austinAustin Rempel Austin is an MEM student interested in watershed restoration, outdoor recreation economics and collaborative land conservation in the American West. He grew up in New Mexico and France, and comes to FES after working as a natural resource economist in Portland, Oregon. Austin is working with UHPSI to evaluate how, when, and where beaver dams and beaver dam analogues can benefit western ranchers and land managers.


becca Becca Shively Becca is a mid-career MEM student with interests in water resources, climate resilience and the American west. She was born and raised in Oregon, and comes to FES after four years in Washington D.C. where she was a political appointee at USDA working on water policy and drought response with NRCS and the US Forest Service. Becca works with the Savory Institute to connect FES students with increased on-the-ground knowledge of holistic management and rangeland stewardship.


charlie_fCharlie Faires With a background in farming, ranching, and wildlife biology, Charlie comes to the UHPSI team with a strong skill-set for problem solving issues of rangeland ecology. A native of North Carolina, Charlie has been splitting time over 2015 between his work as a science-technician at F&ES and in finishing his undergraduate degree at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.


eliEli Terris Eli serves as the Experimental Grassland Coordinator at Yale’s West Campus. He is helping to prepare for a management competition at an experimental grassland site taking place in the spring of 2017. Eli is currently a joint-MEM and African studies master’s student expecting to graduate in 2019. Prior to coming to FES, Eli spent 4 years in West Africa doing agroforestry and agribusiness work. He is interested in international agricultural research and anthropology as a tool for supporting sustainable natural resource management.


elizabethElizabeth Domenech Elizabeth is a second-year MEM student from Austin, Texas, interested in large-scale conservation solutions with a focus on the Western U.S. Prior to coming to F&ES, she served as the Director of the Shield-Ayres Foundation, a family foundation supporting natural resource conservation, health and human services, and education and the arts in Central Texas. Elizabeth will be working with UHPSI to bring a diverse set of practitioners (ranchers, managers, conservationists) to New Haven to talk about Western land conservation issues, and will also be working with TNC on designing protocols for monitoring fence crossings by wildlife in Wyoming.


eve Eve Boyce Eve is a first-year MEM student, hailing most recently from beautiful Washington state, where she worked as the Land Stewardship Manager for an agricultural land trust with a mission to protect prime farmland from development. Eve will be bringing her knowledge of farmland access issues to UHSPI this fall, assisting the National Young Farmers Coalition with the development of a financial modeling tool for farmers looking for land.


hannahHannah Walchak Hannah is a second-year student at FES studying the intersection of land conservation and agricultural management. She spent the past summer working at the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, where she fell in love with the magic of Maui. She will be working with TNC’s Tensleep Preserve and Spear-O Mountain Campus, both in Wyomings Bighorn Mountains, to develop background research, feasibility studies, and management plans for a few different multi-use collaborative research and recreation outposts. She’s super excited to join the Ucross team!


henryHenry Glick, MESc, PhD Candidate – Lead Researcher Henry provides analytical, spatial, and statistical expertise wherever it’s needed in the UHPSI lab. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of UHPSI’s in-house Geographic Information System, and has spent considerable time creating geographic models of the current land cover across the Ucross Ranch, as well as statistically evaluating the accuracy of those models. Henry loves to use spatial statistics to explore ecological problems, and applies them to UHPSI whenever possible.


juliaJulia Calderon Julia is a first year Master of Forestry student with a background in environmental sciences. She has worked assisting in community based forest projects such as land planning, restauration, sustainable forest management for timber and agroforestry foraging with local species from a non-profit and the national autonomous university of Mexico in different agrarian communities in Mexico in dry forest, temperate forest and mangrove ecosystems. Julia will be assisting the Northern Plains Resource Council and the City of Billings in designing an urban compost program this fall.


kyleKyle Soriano Kyle comes to UHPSI with a background in environmental chemistry, soil science, and environmental consulting. A native of upstate New York, with a passion for the West, Kyle has been an eager volunteer for UHPSI, lending his expertise in database design and data analysis to various hydrologic, forestry, and rangeland projects.


lucyanneLucyann MurrayLucyann is a second year MBA/MF candidate at the Yale School’s of Management and Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her studies at Yale are focused on sustainable land management at the intersection of business and the environment. Her interest lies in finding innovative and sustainable ways for a land use and enjoyment. Lucyann will be working with Wyoming rancher Shane Cross, performing market analysis and financial modeling, helping Shane and his family move towards grass finishing and direct marketing of their beef.


luke Luke Menard Luke is a second-year MEM student from western Massachusetts. He is interested in learning how spatial analysis and financial tools can be incorporated into successful land management for conservation gains in the west. Luke recently worked in Portland, OR, where he used geospatial software to estimate the landscape-level effects of industrial forest management regime shifts on the abundance and health of Pacific NW forest resources. Luke assists UHPSI with geospatial projects, such as mapping sagebrush abundance and sage-grouse habitat in western states.

martin_bMartin Becker A native of Santiago, Chile, Martin has spent the last 4 years working for public agencies and NGO’s promoting public-private partnerships for managing public lands and tourism in Chile’s National Parks. At FES, he is interested in acquiring and applying new GIS skills for managing large-scale conservation initiatives and improving agricultural management practices. Martin will be bringing his enthusiasm and energy for land stewardship as a research analyst for UHPSI this fall. In his free time, Martin enjoys hiking and climbing mountains, drinking coffee or wine and traveling to new places with his wife Josefina.


samSam Jordan Sam is a first year MESc student at F&ES with research focused on the sagebrush steppe in Wyoming. His work will hopefully help land owners and managers make more informed decisions and be better stewards to the systems they live and work in. He comes from a forestry background, and has work experience in agriculture, non-profits, and land managing agencies. Sam will be helping UHPSI in ongoing efforts to bridge the geographic and communication gaps between the Yale community and stakeholders, leaders, and researchers on the high plains.