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 the 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 FES, 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


Eve Barnett, Research Assistant | Eve Barnett is studying environmental policy and hopes to work on public land conservation issues after she graduates. Before graduate school, she earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, then worked for the National Park Service in CA and WA. She learned about the complexities of effective stewardship during her time with the NPS and hopes to gain new perspectives while at Yale. She is particularly interested in finding strategies for preserving natural resources for future generations while also ensuring that opportunities for solitude and recreation remain accessible. In her free time, she loves to backpack, ski, and forage for mushrooms. See what Eve has been up to.  |   Blog


Brendan Boepple, Research Assistant | Brendan Boepple is a Master of Environmental Management candidate interested in private land and working lands conservation in the American West. Prior to Yale FES he worked at Colorado College‚ Äôs State of the Rockies Project, supervising undergraduate research on topics related to land and water in Colorado. At State of the Rockies, Brendan also oversaw the implementation and release of the annual Conservation in the West Poll–a survey assessing the attitudes of western voters towards environmental and natural resource issues. At UHPSI, he is working with the Nature Conservancy’s Tensleep Preserve to explore native trout reintroduction in Wyoming. See what Brendan has been up to.  |  Blog


Jesse Bryant, Western Resources Fellowship | Jesse came to Yale F&ES after four years of work in Wyoming and Idaho with NOLS and Teton Science Schools. While at F&ES he has been studying environmental conflict, governance, and media. His ongoing research project involves investigating and resolving conflict that has arisen between the powerful rock climbing community and residents of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. In the future he intends to cultivate a career that leverages the public sciences and humanities in order to imagine solutions to the worlds most pressing problems. See what Jesse has been up to.  |  Blog


Jeffrey Conti, Research Assistant | Jeff has a passion for protecting ecologically and economically vital natural and working lands. At FES, Jeff is focusing on land conservation and management as well as conservation finance. He is currently a research assistant with the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative, where he works to source potential projects and partnerships for a carbon offset fund. Jeff also writes for the Conservation Finance Network, and serves as a Teaching Fellow for Brad Gentry’s Strategies for Land Conservation course. See what Jeff has been up to.  |  Blog


Franklin Eccher, Western Resources Fellowship | Franklin is an Environmental Studies BA and Education Studies Scholar at Yale College. Franklin studies issues in rural America, including fisheries restoration in the Mountain West and college access for rural students. Franklin was a Western Resources Fellow in summer 2018, where he stayed on the Tensleep Preserve to research and write his senior thesis: “The Hardier Fish: An Environmental History of Trout and Grayling Management in the Montana ‘Trout Paradise.'” See what Franklin has been up to.  |  Blog


Shea Flanagan, Research Assistant | 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


Mark Foster, Research Assistant | Mark is a first-year Master of Forestry student who brings his prior experience as an environmental attorney to bear on current land management issues. As an attorney, Mark focused on emissions issues related to stationary and mobile sources (power plants and cars), permitting of major liquid natural gas projects, national fuel programs, and natural resource conservation. In addition, he has worked on input to developing federal management plans throughout the country, and the application of policies in these plans to current projects and activities. He is focused on practical solutions that meet the needs of the present while anticipating the future. See what Mark has been up to.  |  Blog


Cayley Geffen, Western Research Fellow | Cayley is from San Francisco, California. Currently, in Utah, there is a great deal of political, economic, and social controversy over Former President Obama’s recent designation of Bears Ears National Monument. As a double major in environmental studies and economics and as a passionate outdoor enthusiast with significant ties to Utah, she is very interested in this current national land use issue. During summer 2017, she is researching the natural, social, and political history of the area and interview people from each of the groups involved in the controversy surrounding the designation of Bears Ears as a national monument. She will create a short documentary film and produce written analysis of this topic. See what Cayley has been up to.  |  Blog


Meghanlata Gupta, Communications Coordinator | Meghanlata is a sophomore at Yale College majoring in Anthropology. As a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, she is interested in wild bison reintroduction onto Indigenous lands and Native American health law and policy. In addition to working on communications with Ucross, Meghanlata is involved with the Association of Native Americans at Yale and the first-year pre-orientation program FOCUS on New Haven. See what Meghanlata 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


Reid Lewis, Symposium Coordinator | Reid is a Master of Forestry candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, he hopes to return to the West to aid in managing drought-resilient, fire healthy forests. With Ucross, Reid assists in brining prominent western speakers to the FES community to share valuable knowledge and perspectives about western environmental issues. See what Reid has been up to.  |  Blog


Zhi Li, Research Assistant | 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


Talia Niederman, Research Assistant | Talia is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management with a focus in Ecosystem Conservation and Land Management. Prior to F&ES, she 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. See what Talia has been up to.  |  Blog


Chengcheng Qiu, Research Assistant (Coursework) | Chengcheng is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health concentrating in Environmental Health Sciences. Prior to graduate school, Chengcheng studied Biology and Human Health, and participated in floristic research at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she has developed a passion in understanding and preserving the relationship between natural environment and humans. While at Yale, she focuses her study on geospatial analysis and examining the effects of green space in modulating climate-related health impacts. She is currently working on developing a data visualization tool using Google Earth Engine for examining the population composition and socioeconomic changes around national forests in the United States. See what Chengcheng has been up to.  |  Blog


Jack Singer, Research Assistant | Jack Singer is a Master of Forestry candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focuses on land management policy and practices. He was previously employed by the Great Basin Institute as the Ecological Monitoring State Coordinator of Wyoming, where supervised monitoring activities over aspen and conifer forests, juniper slopes, riparian zones, sagebrush steppe, and other ecotypes. He is excited to gain experience with forest and land management solutions on multi-use lands in the West. See what Jack has been up to.  |  Blog


Charlotte Stanley, Research Assistant | Charlotte is a Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on improving conservation efforts and mitigating climate change through geospatial analysis. For her summer internship at F&ES, Charlotte mapped community conservation areas and analyzed land cover change in Eastern Zambia to obtain carbon credits for sustainable farmers. Prior to F&ES, she coordinated public education on recycling and sustainability for the NYC Department of Sanitation and managed curriculum development at Urban Green Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from UCLA. Blog


Lauren Stoneburner, Research Assistant | Lauren is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, focusing her studies on urban ecological conservation. Having grown up in southern California, she is intimately familiar with reconciling L.A.’s dual identity of being known for its magnificent nature and urban sprawl. In her career, Lauren hopes to manage protected areas in a way that preserves the landscape’s ecological viability, fosters smarter urban growth, and enables people of all backgrounds to connect meaningfully with nature. See what Lauren has been up to.  |  Blog


Michael Storace, Research Assistant | Michael is a Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies studying ecosystem conservation and land management. He is interested in planning conservation to achieve landscape scale habitat connectivity for both ecological function and social benefit. With Ucross, Michael is conducting geospatial analysis of conservation planning and prioritization in northeastern Wyoming. Michael graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in environmental studies and focused on environmental policy and water quality. See what Michael has been up to.  |  Blog


Julia Sullivan, Research Assistant | Julia is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her academic interests include water resource management and land use, and she is currently working with Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming to assess the socioeconomic impacts of the forest-planning process. Prior to attending Yale F&ES, Julia worked in conservation for four years–both in the non-profit sector and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. She holds a dual-degree in Environmental Studies and International Studies from American University in Washington, DC. See what Julia has been up to.  |  Blog


Sophie Tyack, Research Assistant (Coursework) | Sophie Tyack is a second year MBA/MEM candidate at the School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is interested in the intersection of data analytics and sustainable development. Prior to Yale, Sophie worked as a research analyst at an environmental consulting firm where her work ranged from natural resource damage assessment cases to system dynamics modeling. Originally from Boston, Sophie holds a B.A. with High Honors from Princeton University, where she studied Classics and Environmental Studies. See what Sophie has been up to.  |  Blog


Ben Williamson, Research Assistant | Ben is a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Originally from Colorado, Ben has a BS in Ecology and Organismal Biology from the University of Montana. His early interest in wildlife biology led him to positions with the National Park Service, the Glacier Institute, and Natural Resources Defense Council. At Yale, he is building on his science and education background, to craft a career path in land use policy and governance. See what Ben has been up to.  |  Blog


Amy Zuckerwise, Symposium Coordinator | Amy Zuckerwise is a Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Amy studies carnivore ecology and conservation, with a focus in small and medium-sized wildcat species. Prior to Yale, Amy worked as a wildlife biologist in environmental consulting in Southern California. During her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, she majored in Biology with honors in Ecology and Evolution, and conducted her thesis research on the ecology of bobcats, pumas, and other mammals in northern California. See what Amy has been up to.  |  Blog