December 7, 2016

Current Students


Jaycie Arndt, Ranch Crew |


Anthony Bell, Western Research Fellow | Anthony is a born and raised native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is interested in market-based vehicles for land conservation and have been investigating bison ranching as a grassland restoration and conservation mechanism. He will spend the summer of 2017 on a bison ranch in Wyoming as well as some time at the American Prairie Reserve in Montana. See what Anthony has been up to.


eve Eve Boyce, Research Assistant | Eve is a second 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 brought her knowledge of farmland access issues to UHSPI, assisting the National Young Farmers Coalition with the development of a financial modeling tool for farmers looking for land in Fall 2016. See what Eve has been up to.


Paul Burow, Western Research Fellow | Paul is a Ph.D. student in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Department of Anthropology at Yale. His work focuses on the environmental anthropology of forests, multi-species entanglements, and settler colonialism in North America’s Intermountain West. He will spend the 2017 summer exploring a dissertation project on the social and political life of pine nuts and piñon-juniper woodlands in the Great Basin. He holds a M.E.Sc. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a B.A. from the University of California, Davis. See what Paul has been up to.


Ross Donihue, Western Research Fellow | Ross is a Master in Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He also holds a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from Macalester College. Ross is also the founder and creative director of Maps for Good, a mission driven organization that makes maps and digital media for conservation campaigns around the world. Ross is a visual storyteller and a wilderness enthusiast. See what Ross has been up to.


Adam Eichenwald, Western Research Fellow | Adam’s main interests are in how predators influence food webs and ecosystems through interactions with their prey, and how the studies of such effects can be applicable to conservation efforts. Most of his research over the past few years has been with birds and bats, although he loves working with trophic interactions across ecosystems in general. For his master’s work, he is primarily focused on the interactions between Alaskan gyrfalcon populations and one of their primary sources of prey, the rock and willow ptarmigan. He is interested in discovering whether the presence of gyrfalcons has cascading effects through the arctic food web. See what Adam has been up to.


charlie_fCharlie Faires, Affiliate | 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. See what Charlie has been up to.


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.


Tyler Jones, Ranch Crew |


samSamuel Jordan, Research Assistant | Sam is a second 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. See what Sam has been up to.


Carli Kierstead, Western Research Fellow | Carli is a second year MEM student interested in the social-ecological dynamics of large-scale conservation, climate change adaptation, and environmental justice. She grew up in San Diego, CA and came to FES after conducting coastal ecological research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and working in veterinary medicine. During the 2017 summer Carli will be working in partnership with UHPSI and The Nature Conservancy in Lander, WY to assess the feasibility of a site-specific scenario analysis tool for the Popo Agie watershed’s complex agricultural and ecological needs. She aims to supply TNC with spatial, social, and ecological analysis that will aid in their future conservation decision making in the American West. See what Carli has been up to.


Jeremy Menkhaus, Western Research Fellow, Ranch Crew |


Lydia Mendoza, Ranch Crew | See what Lydia has been up to.


Ethan Miller, Research Assistant | Ethan is a second year Master of Forestry student at FES focusing on the role of collaborative spatial planning and analysis in the management of multi-functional forest landscapes. As a UHPSI Research Assistant, Ethan is creating a web-based process for detecting invasive cheatgrass in the West using satellite imagery. His work employs Google Earth Engine, time series analysis, and image classification techniques to dynamically detect cheatgrass over time. Before joining UHPSI, Ethan worked as a Fellow with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In this role he studied the viability of using drones as a means of mapping and assessing biomass storage in timber plantations and reforestation sites along the Panama Canal. See what Ethan has been up to.


Katherine Panek, Ranch Crew | See what Katie has been up to.


austinAustin Rempel, Western Research Fellow | 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. See what Austin has been up to.


Rachel Renne, Western Research Fellow | Rachel Renne grew up in rural southwest Florida, and is currently a Master’s of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. After graduating from college in 2008, she began a three-mile-per-hour tour—on foot—of the subtle and dramatic shifts of vegetation across the American landscape, hiking over 10,500 miles on National Scenic Trails. At Yale, she has expanded her love of plants to a fascination with how soils translate climate into vegetation. This summer, she will serve as the field botanist for a study investigating the impacts of livestock grazing on plant diversity in big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) ecosystems in Wyoming. When not in the field, Rachel will be analyzing a large vegetation dataset to investigate big sagebrush community structure across the West.


Jordan Skovgard, Ranch Crew | See what Jordan has been up to.


Jessica Swindon, Western Research Fellow | Jessica Swindon is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Science degree in ecosystem ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her current research focuses on root distribution and production, as well as carbon and nitrogen cycling in the sagebrush steppe, mixed grass prairie, and shortgrass steppe in Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Through her research she hopes to join the ideas behind sustainability with land and natural resource management. “The world is to me a secret which I desire to divine” – Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein. See what Jessica has been up to.


eliEli Terris, Research Assistant | 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. See what Eli has been up to.


kyleKyle Soriano, Affiliate | 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.


Samuel Wall, Western Research Fellow | Sam is a second year Masters of Environmental Management student at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His education here has been focused on water resource management and energy and the environment. He grew up in Western Montana, on the south end of Flathead Lake near the Mission Mountain Wilderness, surrounded by an abundance of water resources and scenic mountains. Constantly being in the outdoors in his youth drove his aspirations to work in natural resources, and to be a steward of the natural world. In the summer of 2017, he worked as an intern for Energy Keepers Incorporated, the corporation tasked with managing the Se̓liš Ksanka Qĺispe̓ project, the first tribal owned major hydropower facility in the United States, located on the Flathead Indian Reservation.