December 7, 2016

Current Students

Alaina Geibig, Research Assistant and WCC Coordinator | Alaina is a Master of Environmental Management candidate interested in joint land and water management in the working landscapes of the Rocky Mountains. Prior to attending Yale School of the Environment, Alaina explored the intersection of food cultivation and conservation through a variety of AmeriCorps positions in rural Colorado. These experiences were pivotal in identifying Alaina’s deep-seated value for authentic, place-based knowledge systems harbored by farmers and ranchers. Her education supports that it has always been about relationships; she holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Puget Sound. In her free time, you can find Alaina (and her dog) playing outside on skis, bikes, or foot.  See what Alaina has been up to.  |  Blog

Dimitria is a joint Master of Environmental Management and Master of Business Administration candidate at the Yale School of the Environment and Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, Dimitria served as a logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps, leading teams in Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand. She has also worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as a field instructor, teaching leadership, risk management, and environmental stewardship in the western U.S. As an outdoor educator, Dimitria is passionate about protecting natural spaces and is interested in exploring ways the private, public, and nonprofit sectors can work to advance nature-based solutions. Dimitria is from New Jersey and has an AB in Biology and Eurasian Studies from Bowdoin College.  See what Dimitria has been up to.  |  Blog

Aidan Lyde, Research Assistant and WCC Coordinator | Aidan is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment focusing on water resources management and environmental policy analysis. Prior to YSE, Aidan worked for organizations including the U.S. Department of the Interior, Colorado General Assembly, and Colorado State University Extension. His interests include watershed stressors, policy, and water augmentation in the Colorado River Basin, wildfire risk mitigation planning in wildfire-vulnerable communities in Colorado, ways to effectively communicate environmental problems and sustainable solutions to the public, and environmental youth activism. Originally from Colorado, Aidan holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Colorado State University. In his free time, Aidan enjoys the outdoors through hiking, skiing, camping, and photography.  See what Aidan has been up to.  |  Blog

Andie Creel, Research Assistant | Andie Creel is a Ph.D. student at the Yale School of the Environment studying natural resource economics and capital accounting. Her current research evaluates the benefit of local parks and the ecosystem services of green infrastructure in cities. She’s passionate about increasing access to green space and outdoor recreation because of the access she enjoyed growing up in Bozeman, Montana. Before Yale, she worked as a journalist reporting on conservation solutions coming out of rural communities and as a freeride ski coach.  See what Andie has been up to.  |  Blog

Alex Wells, Research Assistant | Alex is a Masters of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment, specializing in ecosystem management and conservation. Having grown up in the Roaring Fork Valley of western Colorado, his passions and priorities are centered on the Mountain West and how its ecological systems can be adapted to the climate crisis in a way that helps both ecosystems and people. Alex holds a B.A. in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College and spent the four years prior to Yale coordinating wildlife-focused citizen science projects in Vermont and Colorado. In his freetime, Alex enjoys playing guitar and running up, down, and around mountains.  See what Alex has been up to.  |  Blog

Jake Barker, Research Assistant and WCC Coordinator | Jake is a Master of Forestry candidate focusing on western forest management, restoration, and conservation. Prior to YSE, he worked in sustainable forestry in the Pacific Northwest and as a forestry technician in timber sales for the USDA Forest Service Enterprise Program. Currently, he is a Conservation Connect Fellow with the National Forest Foundation, showcasing partnerships and collaborations in the Rocky Mountain Region through storytelling, including Wood For Life and the 14ers Centennial Visioning Process. At Yale, he researches the costs of pile burning with the Carbon Containment Lab and Kodama Systems and is a teaching assistant for the Yale Forest Forum. He is a graduate student representative for OneYSE and serves as a leadership team member for the Yale Temperate Forestry student interest group. Jake enjoys surfing, reading, and exploring National Forests.  See what Jake has been up to.  |  Blog

Madeline Gupta – Communications and Website Coordinator | Madeline Gupta is a student in Yale College studying computing science and ethnicity, race, and migration. She manages the website, graphics, and communications for UHPSI. Before working for UHPSI, she programmed for Kode with Klossy, an organization that teaches young gender minorities in computer science to code, and Indigenizing the News, a newsletter focused on elevating Native American issues and educating non-Native allies. Madeline is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and is interested in Indigenous advocacy, specifically in STEM and the environment. You can reach Madeline at, or on Linkedin.