December 7, 2016

Current Students

Erik Anderson, Research Assistant | Erik is a joint-degree candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and the Yale School of Divinity. Growing up in a small town in the foothills of Mount Rainier, he spent many hours hunting, fishing, and tramping in the woods around a family farm, exposing him to the beauty and complexity of the natural world from a young age. While at Yale, he is focusing on the intersection between spirituality, responsible business development, and sustainable land-use in the West. He is a leader of the Western Student Interest Group at F&ES, member of the organizing committee on the Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology, and a member of the Yale Graduate Crew Team. See what Erik has been up to.  |   Blog

Paul Berne Burow, Western Resources Fellow | Paul is a student in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Department of Anthropology at Yale University. Paul’s work examines how changing ecosystems impact rural communities in Nevada and California. Paul’s research draws from mixed-method social scientific approaches in anthropology, geography, and ecology. See what Paul has been up to.  |   Blog

Leif Hemming Castren, Western Resources Fellow | Leif is a Master of Environmental Studies candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts in Religion candidate at Yale Divinity School. He currently studies at the interface of religious ethics and environmental values—exploring the diverse ways that humans and human communities have related to the ecosystems in which they are embedded, especially in his home state of Montana. Leif was a 2017 Fulbright fellow to Chile where he studied forest ecosystem responses to volcanic eruptions and community projects in ecological restoration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Middlebury College. See what Leif has been up to.  |   Blog

Damaris Chenoweth, Research Assistant | Damaris is a Master of Environmental Science candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her thesis research focuses on modeling sagebrush community regeneration in areas disturbed by oil and gas extraction. At Ucross, Damaris assesses the vulnerability of conservation targets to climate change in a region known as The Crown of the Continent. For this project, she works closely with US Fish and Wildlife to contribute to a larger Landscape Conservation Design.  Blog

Margot Cumming, Research Assistant | Margot is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate focusing on water resources. She is interested in studying urban water quantity planning and policy development while at Yale. Before graduate school, Margot became inspired by the western landscape while spending time in Colorado working on mayflies, and working on steel head research in Washington. See what Margot has been up to.  |  Blog

Shea Flanagan, Research Assistant and WRF Fellow | Shea is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, specializing in Systems Leadership in Conservation and Business & the Environment. At Ucross, Shea works as a research assistant on a carbon offsets project related to the avoided conversion of grasslands. She also works as a writer for the Conservation Finance Network at the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, and volunteers as a Nonprofit Board Fellow for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. Shea spent most of her time prior to Yale working for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire and in the Adirondacks, serving on the chapters’ conservation and stewardship teams. See what Shea has been up to.  |  Blog

Danielle Glass, Western Resources Fellow | Environmental history has shown that we, as humans, have power over our surroundings. As such, we have the responsibility to construct stable, resilient ecosystems and the opportunity to promote engaging, productive landscapes. As a conservation biologist, Danielle is interested in advancing these ideas in the context of biodiversity conservation, spatial ecology, and human-wildlife coexistence. She is currently studying how surface water utilization impacts desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) movement patterns in California’s Mojave Desert. See what Danielle has been up to.  |   Blog

Meghanlata Gupta, Communications Coordinator and Research Assistant |Meghanlata Gupta is a student at Yale College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. As a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, her research focuses on the intersections of federal Indian law, resource co-management, and Indigenous histories. On campus, she is involved with Ucross, the Native American Cultural Center, and the Association of Native Americans at Yale. See what Meghanlata has been up to.  |  Blog

Anna-Sophia Haub, Research Assistant|Anna-Sophia Haub is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies specializing in Business & the Environment and Industrial Ecology. She is focusing on sustainable, circular, and restorative business models across and at the nexus of the food and fashion industries. At Ucross, she works as a research assistant on identifying implementable and effective solutions for wildlife friendly ranching in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). See what Anna-Sophia has been up to. |Blog

Meghan Hills, Western Resources Fellow | Meghan is pursuing a Master of Environmental Science degree, where her research focuses on the spread of chronic wasting disease among deer and elk of the Northern Rockies. In her pre-Yale years, Meghan served with Montana Conservation Corps and attended the University of Texas at Austin for a B.S. in Biology. As an undergrad, she conducted independent research into the use of camera traps for identifying and tracking male deer. Despite what her undergraduate- and graduate-level research topics suggest, Meghan is not fixated on deer… Rather, she’s passionate about supporting and contributing to landscape-level conservation in the American West and around the world, and to exploring the possibility for keystone and umbrella species to serve as the basis of efforts to safeguard ecosystems. See what Meghan has been up to.  |   Blog

Elizabeth Himschoot, Research Assistant| Born and raised in small remote community in Alaska, Elizabeth has always had a strong connection to nature and an understanding of human influence on the environment. As a Master of Environmental Management candidate, she is focused on learning interdisciplinary land management strategies with an emphasis on biodiversity conservation. She hopes to return to the West to continue exploring the human and nature connection through multiple ways of knowing. As a UHPSI Speaker Coordinator Elizabeth is bringing innovative speakers to the F&ES community to share their experiences and perspectives on western environmental issues. See what Elizabeth has been up to.  |   Blog

Lucas Isakowitz, Western Resources Fellow | Lucas Isakowitz is an environmental writer working hard to keep alive the natural curiosity that we all had as children. His focus at Yale F&ES is environmental governance and storytelling, and most recently a growing interest in water issues. Through the Western Resources Fellowship, Lucas will work with the Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Program, focusing on coalition building and storytelling along the Colorado, and diving into the world of water resource management. See what Lucas has been up to.  |   Blog

Rory Jacobson, Research Assistant | Rory Jacobson is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Before attending Yale FES, he worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at a nonprofit dedicated to developing policies to incentivize carbon storage in agricultural lands and rangelands. At UHPS, Rory is working with partners at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to develop a financial model to incentivize ranchers to reduce their operations’ impacts on wildlife. Rory holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. See what Rory has been up to.  |  Blog

Haley Leslie-Bole, Research Assistant | Haley is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate specializing in political ecology and human dimensions of environmental challenges. She is particularly interested in applying perspectives she has gained from the social sciences to land management challenges in the Rocky Mountain West. Haley has spent most of her life living, working, and exploring in the West starting with her childhood in California and continuing with her BA from Colorado College and her outdoor education work in many Western states. See what Haley has been up to.  |  Blog

Zhi Li, Research Assistant and WRF Fellow | Zhi comes from Shantou, a coastal city of about five million in Southeast China. He became passionate about forest ecology during his education at Brandeis University and worked for Harvest Forest to conduct research at Walden pond in Massachusetts. Zhi is pursuing a Master of Forest Science degree at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focuses his research on fire ecology and forest regeneration in western United States. Besides his academic interests, Zhi is enthusiastic about rock climbing and basketball. See what Zhi has been up to.  |  Blog

Emilé Newman, Research Assistant| Emilé is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She received her undergraduate degree and intimate knowledge of the West from the University of Montana. At F&ES, she is working on innovating channels to better integrate the lived experiences of rural stakeholders and communities in the creation of environmental solutions and sustainable land management in Western landscapes. She is deeply interested in the role of applied stewardship in working landscapes as one wedge in a broader approach to addressing climate change. She sees the potential in how attuning to, and caring for, something as seemingly inconsequential as soil, the earth beneath our feet, has the power to transform our relationship to the land and one another. See what Emilé has been up to.  |  Blog

Talia Niederman, Research Assistant | Talia is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management with a focus in Ecosystem Conservation and Land Management. Prior to Yale F&ES, Talia worked for the Center for Biological Diversity and the Catalina Island Marine Institute. She is interested in analyzing anthropogenic influences on wildlife populations and collaborating with local communities to develop effective conservation strategies. Talia has worked as a research assistant with UHPSI for two years while attending Yale. See what Talia has been up to.  |Blog

Katie Pofahl, Research Assistant and Land Management Field Practicum Participant | Katie is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies specializing in land conservation and business strategy. She grew up in America’s dairyland and learned the importance of working landscapes and sustainable rural livelihoods. Now focused on the wild and arid landscapes of the West, Katie works to create lasting conservation solutions for resilient landscapes and communities. She has restored habitat with farm-working families in the strawberry fields and ranches of California and she developed market-based incentives for fishing communities along the coast. At F&ES Katie works with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale to educate land conservation practitioners about cutting-edge financial strategies. She also works with the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative to assess best practices in grassland restoration for ranch lands in the Northern Great Plains. See what Katie has been up to.  |   Blog

Bryce Powell, Research Assistant |Bryce is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies specializing in Ecosystems and Land Conservation and Management. Originally from Colorado, Bryce owes his identity to years of work and play in the mountains and deserts of the American West. Before relocating to Connecticut, Bryce led a trail crew with the U.S. Forest Service in the High Uintas Wilderness of Utah. He is interested in the management of public lands in the American West, particularly through stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution, and the involvement of indigenous and marginalized perspectives. . See what Bryce has been up to. |  Blog

Humna Sharif, Research Assistant |Humna Sharif is a Master of Environmental Management Candidate at Yale F&ES and is focusing on water resource science and management, and environmental policy analysis during her time at Yale. She graduated from University of Virginia in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Sciences and worked at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in Washington D.C. Her portfolio included NFWF’s programs in the Western U.S. including the Northern Great Plains, Northern Rockies, and Sagebrush Landscapes among others. She is interested in exploring the interconnectedness of freshwater systems with land, and how we can address issues of water quantity/quality through ecosystems management practices, and policy changes. See what Humna has been up to. |  Blog

Abbey Warner, Research Assistant |Abbey Warner is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her current studies and prior work experience in the nonprofit and agricultural sectors center around natural resource and land management to promote the multiple benefits of water provision, climate mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem health, and equitable development within communities. At UHPSI, Abbey assists in coordinating the Western Speakers Series in order to connect students, staff, and faculty to scientists and practitioners working on environmental topics in the West. Abbey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  See what Abbey has been up to.  |   Blog

Tiana Wilson-Blindman, Research Assistant |Tiana is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Raised in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Tiana (Oglala Lakota) is passionate about natural resource science and policy on Indigenous lands, with an emphasis on human rights. In parallel, her focus also lies in promoting and implementing tribal energy independence in the transition to renewable energies. Outside of her academic life, she also can be found with a camera in hand hiking, kayaking, and camping, preferably in the wildlands of Wyoming, where her family now resides. See what Tiana has been up to. | Blog