December 7, 2016

Former Staff and Students

2020
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
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
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
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
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

      2019
Eve Barnett, Research Assistant | Eve Barnett earned a MEM in 2020. Eve studied environmental policy and hopes to work on public land conservation issues. Before graduate school, she earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, then worked for the National Park Service (NPS) 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 was 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 worked 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 studied 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 focused on land conservation and management as well as conservation finance. He was a research assistant with the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative, where he worked to source potential projects and partnerships for a carbon offset fund. Jeff also wrote for the Conservation Finance Network and served 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 was an Environmental Studies BA and Education Studies Scholar at Yale College. Franklin studied 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
Mark Foster, Research Assistant | Mark was a Master of Forestry student who brought 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 researched 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
Claire Lafave, Land Management Field Practicum Participant |Claire Lafave earned a MEM/MBA from Yale and is passionate about using business as a lever to support the transition towards regenerative food systems. At Yale, she founded and runs the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at CBEY. She has conducted graduate internships at Happy Family Organics, an organic baby food company, and Hugo and Hoby, a sustainable furniture start-up founded by two Yale SOM alums. She loves hiking, dance, gardening, and contemporary fiction. . See what Claire has been up to.  | Blog  
Joshua Perez-Cruet, Western Resources Fellow  | Joshua earned a BS and BS Int. in 2020 from Yale College and majored in Chemistry and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. He worked as an aquatic research technician for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and completed a survey of the benthic invertebrates of Canyon Creek for The Nature Conservancy’s Tensleep Preserve. Joshua aspires to study medicine in the future. At Yale, Joshua was the Intramural Secretary for Grace Hopper College, played piano for the Yale Gospel Choir, and teught for several science outreach programs. See what Joshua has been up to.  |  Blog
Chengcheng Qiu, Research Assistant (Coursework) | Chengcheng was 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 focused her study on geospatial analysis and examining the effects of green space in modulating climate-related health impacts. She worked 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 was a Master of Forestry candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused 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 was 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 was 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 earned a Masters of Forestry in 2020 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 conducted 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 earned a Master of Environmental Management  degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her academic interests include water resource management and land use, and she worked 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
sabrinaSabrina Szeto, MF – Geospatial Analyst | Sabrina graduated with a Master of Forestry degree at F&ES in 2016. As geospatial analyst from 2016 to 2019, Sabrina specialized in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing for solving environmental challenges. With a background in anthropology and forestry, she has a strong interest in understanding ecosystems and societies. Sabrina supported student research by providing tailored guidance on GIS and storytelling with maps. Sabrina also founded a working group for Google Earth Engine users at Yale in 2017, which is now led by TC Chakraborty and others under the Yale Center of Earth Observation. In summer 2019, Sabrina started a geospatial consulting practice in Germany, helping organizations and land managers to use GIS and earth observation data to do their work more effectively. See what Sabrina has been up to.
Sophie Tyack, Research Assistant (Coursework) | Sophie Tyack earned a MBA/MEM 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 was 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 built 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 earned a Master of Environmental Science degree 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
2018 Alumni
Jaycie Arndt, Land Management Field Practicum | Jaycie was a student at the University of Wyoming studying rangeland ecology and watershed management. Her hometown is Arvada, Wyoming. She is interested in the monitoring and rapid assessment applications, and took part in Ranch Crew (now called Land Management Field Practicum) to gain experience in working with landowners and seeing how stakeholder goals work together.  
Anthony Bell, Western Research Fellow | Anthony is a born and raised native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a Masters of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is interested in market-based vehicles for land conservation and investigating bison ranching as a grassland restoration and conservation mechanism. He spent 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. | Blog
Charlie Bettigole, MS – Program Director | Charlie served as UHPSI’s program director from 2013 to 2018, managing day-to-day operations from either the New Haven or Ucross office. His background lies in spatial ecology, remote sensing, and wildlife biology – he has worked in academic and on-the-ground organizations across North America. Charlie had a hand in most of the projects the team takes on, but focused on the cultivation of key relationships with Ucross Partners, generating new student interest in UHPSI research, and assisting with scientific analysis and writing. Charlie lent particular effort to the development of UHPSI’s Change Vector Analysis algorithm, working with practitioners on the ground to maximize the utility of this change-detection tool, and building it’s reach through the development of an interactive web application. When not at work, Charlie can be found with his daughter Margot on his back, skiing, fishing, and hiking in the northern Rockies and rolling hills of Connecticut.
eve Eve Boyce, Research Assistant | Eve earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale F&ES, and hailed 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.  
kris Kris Covey, MF, PhD – Lead Scientist and F&ES Lecturer in Forest Dynamics | Kris finished his PhD in silviculture and biogeochemistry at F&ES in the spring of 2016.  Kris assisted the UHPSI team with publication strategy, data processing and analysis, and student, faculty and staff engagement.  As the lead scientist in the UHPSI Lab, Kris lends his expertise in experimental design, analysis, and publication to UHPSI students and staff.   Kris and his wife welcomed daughter Laurel in the fall of 2015.
Ross Donihue, Western Research Fellow | Ross earned a Master in Environmental Management degree 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. | Blog
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. | Blog
charlie_fCharlie Faires, Affiliate | With a background in farming, ranching, and wildlife biology, Charlie came 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.
Tyler Jones, Ranch Crew | Tyler was born and raised in Rozet Wyoming on a family ranch. He grew up around plants, wildlife and livestock and have maintained a desire to be involved in that lifestyle for years to come. He currently attends Sheridan College in Wyoming and studies Rangeland Management as well as Agriculture Business. He plans to move on to the University of Wyoming and obtain a Masters in Rangeland Ecology after graduation. He joined Ranch Crew with the intent of taking the knowledge he has gained in school and putting it to the test in a real-life situation where several interested parties are working together to improve and maintain a piece of Wyoming’s natural resources.
samSamuel Jordan, Research Assistant | Sam earned a MESc while with researching the sagebrush steppe in Wyoming. His work will 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.
Jaclyn Kachelmeyer, Research Assistant |Jaclyn earned a Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Born and raised in Texas, her interest in the West grew out of road trips to visit family in California, crisscrossing through National Parks, ranches, and stretches of sky and land as far as the eye could see. Jaclyn is interested in land use change, agroecology, agroforestry, and carbon sequestration on agricultural and ranch lands. See what Jaclyn has been up to.
Carli Kierstead, Western Research Fellow | Carli earned a MEM in 2018 and is 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 worked 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 provided 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. | Blog
Rebecca Lehman, Research Assistant | Rebecca earned a Masters in Environmental Management. She is studying water resource management through the use of geospatial software. She loves to mountain bike and climb, and dreams of one day living in Colorado. See what Rebecca has been up to.    
Laurel Low, Research Assistant | Laurel earned a Master of Environmental Management degree at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, focusing on aquatic ecology, stakeholder engagement, and decision-making. A Bay Area native, she worked most recently for US Fish & Wildlife Service as a Conservation Scientist and Educator mostly within the Fisheries department in Olympia, WA. At UHSPI, she will be working with The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming to research and develop a management plan for native trout reintroduction. See what Laurel has been up to.
Lydia Mendoza, Land Management Field Practicum |  Lydia  earned a Master  of  Forestry  degree at  the  Yale  School  of  Forestry  and  Environmental  Studies.  She  is  originally  from Ohio  but  moved  to  California  shortly  after graduating  college.  Before  starting  at  F&ES, she worked in public health in San Francisco and  land  conservation  in  the  northern  Sierra  Nevada.  She  is interested  in  working  land  conservation  and  sustainable  forestry.   See what Lydia has been up to.
Jeremy Menkhaus, Western Research Fellow, Land Management Field Practicum | Jeremy was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida and earned a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. He has a professional background in mergers & acquisitions advisory as well as private equity investing, and now focuses his time on looking at innovative financial tools and investment vehicles for motivating better land management practices and increased conservation efforts. He is the fourth of nine kids and enjoys hunting and fly fishing.
Ethan Miller, Research Assistant | Ethan earned a Master of Forestry degree at Yale F&ES focusing on the role of collaborative spatial planning and analysis in the management of multi-functional forest landscapes. As a UHPSI Research Assistant, Ethan created a web-based process for detecting invasive cheatgrass in the West using satellite imagery. His work employed 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.
chad Chadwick Oliver, PhD – Faculty PI | As the Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Chad served as UHPSI’s fearless leader, ensuring that research remains relevant, timely, and effective. His research has taken him to more than 25 countries, where he has cultivated macro-level perspective that help to situate UHPSI within a larger framework. Outside of UHPSI, Chad teaches and researches forest ecology and silviculture, as well as natural resource management on local, region, and global scales. Chad and his wife Fatma recently published a new book on global resources.
Katherine Panek, Land Management Field Practicum | Katie Panek earned a MEM degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has roots in Colorado and Massachusetts and is interested in land conservation and sustainable development in the American West, especially as pertaining to working lands. Before coming to F&ES, she worked in ecotourism, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the development of protected areas in Chilean Patagonia. See what Katie has been up to.
austin Austin Rempel, Western Research Fellow | Austin earned a MEM and is 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 F&ES 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. | Blog
Rachel Renne, Western Research Fellow | Rachel Renne grew up in rural southwest Florida, and earned a Master’s of Environmental Science 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. | Blog
Evelyn Rhodes (Sale), Research Assistant | Sale earned a Master of Environmental Science and is interested in soil and water quality, particularly with regard to waste products and public health. She previously worked on food waste composting projects for Recology in San Francisco. Sale has previous experience coordinating carbon offset pledges for multi-national organizations and is excited learn more about soil carbon sequestration strategies. Originally from Seattle and a lover of mountains, Sale has an affection for western landscapes. See what Sale has been up to.
kyleKyle Soriano, Affiliate | Kyle came 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.  
Jessica Swindon, Western Research Fellow | Jessica Swindon earned a Master of Environmental Science degree in ecosystem ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her research focused 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. | Blog
eliEli Terris, Research Assistant | Eli served as the Experimental Grassland Coordinator at Yale’s West Campus. He helped to prepare for a management competition at an experimental grassland site taking place in the spring of 2017. Eli earned a joint-MEM and African studies master’s degree in 2019. Prior to coming to F&ES, 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.
Robert Turnbull, Research Assistant | Rob earned a Master of Forestry degree and is interested in sustainable forest management and forest regeneration. Raised in Connecticut, his academic interests stem from a childhood spent romping through New England’s forests. Rob spent the past few years planting trees, running ornithological surveys throughout Latin America, and working as an arborist.  
Samuel Wall, Western Research Fellow | Sam earned a Masters of Environmental Management degree at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His education 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.
2017 Alumni
martin_bMartin Becker, MEM | 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 was interested in acquiring and applying new GIS skills for managing large-scale conservation initiatives and improving agricultural management practices. Martin brought his enthusiasm and energy for land stewardship as a research analyst for UHPSI. In his free time, Martin enjoys hiking and climbing mountains, drinking coffee or wine and traveling to new places with his wife Josefina. See what Martin 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. | Blog
juliaJulia Calderón, MF | Julia is a second year Master of Forestry student with a background in environmental sciences. She has worked assisting in community based forest projects such as land planning, restoration, 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 assisted the Northern Plains Resource Council and the City of Billings in designing an urban compost program in Fall 2016. See what Julia has been up to.
Elizabeth Domenech, MEM | Elizabeth graduated in 2017 with a MEM degree. She is from Austin, Texas and is 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 worked with UHPSI to bring a diverse set of practitioners (ranchers, managers, conservationists) to New Haven to talk about Western land conservation issues, and worked with TNC on designing protocols for monitoring fence crossings by wildlife in Wyoming. See what Elizabeth has been up to.
Taylor Ganz, MESc | Taylor graduated from FES with a MESc degree in 2017 . She’s interested in environmental research relevant to public lands management in the American West, and worked with UHPSI to study the impact of air pollution on alpine watersheds. Taylor is originally from California but has lived and worked across the West, primarily in Idaho and Wyoming. She now studies carnivore – ungulate interactions in Washington State. See what Taylor has been up to. | Blog
henry Henry Glick, MESc, PhD Candidate – Lead Researcher | Henry provided analytical, spatial, and statistical expertise wherever it’s needed in the UHPSI lab. He was 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 applied them to UHPSI whenever possible. See what Henry has been up to.
luke Luke Menard, MEM | Luke graduated with a MEM degree in 2017. He is 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 assisted UHPSI with geospatial projects, such as mapping conservation priority lands in western states. See what Luke has been up to.
Joshua Morse, MESc | Josh is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in how people value nature, and how these values inform (or, don’t inform!) natural resource policy. His work as a Ucross Western Research Fellow and Masters student at Yale FES focused on mapping the stakeholder community surrounding Wyoming’s Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. In his free time, Josh enjoys fly fishing, playing mandolin, and exploring with his dog Pepper. See what Josh has been up to. | Blog
lucyanneLucyann Murray, MBA, MF | Lucyann graduated in 2017 with a MBA/MF at the Yale School’s of Management and Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her studies at Yale 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 worked 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. See what Lucyann has been up to. | Blog
nick_oNick Olson, MF – Assistant Director | Nick graduated from F&ES with a Master of Forestry and joined the Ucross team as Assistant Director in Spring 2016. In this role, Nick helps expand Ucross relationships in the Rockies and in New Haven, assists the Western Research Fellows, and connects students with projects across the American West. In September 2016, Nick married his sweetheart, Cass, who he met while working in the Upper Amazon Basin of Ecuador.
devin_r Devin Routh, MA, MFS | Devin spent much of his efforts designing new algorithms and statistical operations on a Google Earth Engine research project investigating the automated detection of invasive species with satellite imagery. Devin is in the midst of starting a meadery at his family farm in North Carolina. He continues to share his expertise on all things bee with folks in Wyoming and New Haven. See what Devin has been up to.
becca Rebecca Shively, MEM | Rebecca graduated with a MEM degree in 2017. She has interests in water resources, climate resilience and the American west. She was born and raised in Oregon, and came 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 worked with the Savory Institute to connect FES students with increased on-the-ground knowledge of holistic management and rangeland stewardship. See what Rebecca has been up to. | Blog
hannahHannah Walchak, MEM | Hannah graduated in 2017 with an MEM degree. She studied the intersection of land conservation and agricultural management. She spent the summer of 2016 working at the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, where she fell in love with the magic of Maui. At Ucross, she worked with TNC’s Tensleep Preserve and Spear-O Mountain Campus, both in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, to develop background research, feasibility studies, and management plans for a few different multi-use collaborative research and recreation outposts. See what Hannah has been up to.
2016 Alumni
leanne Leanne Weiss, MEM | Leanne graduated in 2016 with a MEM from F&ES. Hailing from Oregon, Leanne has spent the last four years working with ocean fishermen off the coast of Oregon to design sustainable fisheries management practices. Leanne spent the summer of 2015 based jointly in Sheridan and Ucross, splitting time working on UHPSI projects around the ranch, while also assisting the Sheridan Community Land Trust with a variety of on the ground projects. See what Leanne has been up to.
laurel_w Laurel Williams, MEM | Laurel graduated in 2016 as a mid career MEM student at F&ES. Before coming back to school, Laurel spent nine years working on public lands issues in the West and Washington, DC. While on the west coast, she worked with diverse stakeholders including Native American tribes, ranchers, and elected officials to craft and pass conservation legislation. Laurel works with Elizabeth, coordinating increased interaction between FES students and western stewardship practitioners. Laurel and her husband just welcomed daughter Adelyn, and can’t wait to introduce her to the high plains and mountains of the West. See what Laurel has been up to.
2015 Alumni
megan_b Megan Brakeley, MEM | Megan graduated in 2015 with an M.E.M from F&ES. Her background lies in education, farming, and environmental studies. With these three values guiding Megan’s graduate studies, it was a perfect fit to bring her into the Ucross fold to work with the Clearmont School on designing a set of mapping classes focused on sustainable land management practices. Over Yale’s 2015 spring break, Megan and Charlie traveled to Ucross to work with middle-school students in their science and agricultural classes. See what Megan has been up to.
bryce_k Bryce Kellog, MESc | Bryce graduated in 2015 with an MESc from F&ES. As a native of central Oregon, Bryce has a strong connection to rangelands, and pursued this interest in project work Spring 2015. Bryce built an ecological model of cheatgrass distribution based on satellite and weather data (essentially predicting its spatial extent and longevity of green-out), and then built a resource allocation model that maximized early season grazing of cheatgrass (when it is still a viable forage crop) with the fewest resources possible. See what Bryce has been up to.
catherine_k Catherine Kuhn, MESc | After two years of working with the UHPSI team, Catherine graduated in the Spring of 2015 with an MESc from F&ES, and has gone on to pursue a PhD at the University of Washington. A native of Kansas, Catherine spent five years before F&ES in the Bay Area teaching watershed ecology, biology and conservation to high school students as part of the Oakland Teaching Fellows program. She is interested in watershed scale conservation and management with an emphasis on how land use practices can improve community resilience in the high plains. See what Catherine has been up to.
lindsi_sLindsi Seegmiller, MESc | Lindsi served as UHPSI’s specialist in the acquisition, manipulation, and analysis of satellite imagery from May 2013 through October 2015. Among other things, she was in charge of using this imagery to identify the distribution and relative abundance of invasive species across the landscape, as well as developing web-compatible tools that allow the public to perform complex geospatial analysis. See what Lindsi has been up to.
jeff_s Jeffrey Stoike, PhD | Jeff finished his PhD at F&ES in January of 2016. His PhD work has been focused on building sustainable relationships in Brazil between landowners, managers, government, NGO’s, and many other stakeholders around issues of conservation and land management. With a sharp eye towards communication and landowner engagement, and a burgeoning interest in the American West, Jeff has been working with Shane Cross, who helps run his family’s ranch outside of Douglas, WY. See what Jeffrey has been up to.
sophie_y Sophie Young, MEM | Sophie graduated in 2015 with an M.E.M from F&ES. Originally from California, Sophie has spent time in working landscapes around the world, including China and Spain. Sophie brought her expertise in land use and economic development to UHPSI in the spring of 2015 as she worked on her master’s thesis in collaboration with Mountain Meadow Wool (MMW). Inspired by a set of conversations with Valerie Spanos and Karen Hostetler at MMW, Sophie dove into the world of fiber production, researching a variety of topics and helping MMW design a set of best practices to use with their producers. See what Sophie has been up to.