Biology (she/her/hers) I graduated from Grinnell College in 2019 with a B.A. in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. From there I went to work in Dr. Sarah Evans and Dr. Nick Haddad’s labs at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station, where I worked on projects that broadly focused on soil microbial ecology, plant/microbe interactions, and agroecology. Now as a PhD student in the Biology department, I plan to investigate plant/insect/microbe interactions, and how these interactions could be used to improve agricultural sustainability.
Watershed Sciences (she/her/hers) I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resource Management and a minor in Watershed Science. I worked in different labs that focused on the impacts of climate change on grasslands, the impacts of fire on the Poudre River and the interactions of various snow zone and ephemeral streams. My interest in aquatic ecology lead me to work with Pacific Fish Inland Fish Biological Opinion Program that covers the Columbia Watershed Basin and eventually to the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies as Habitat Biologist in the Upper Rio Grande Basin. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters of Ecology under the guidance of Trisha Atwood working in coastal wetlands of Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Environment & Society I am currently an M.S. Geography student working with Dr. Peter Howe. I graduated with a B.S. in Geography from Weber State University where I was able to complete a couple hands-on classes on limiting the carbon footprints of numerous buildings and landscapes on campus. I did undergraduate research on culture and climate change opinion and hope to continue some form of that for my thesis research.
Watershed Sciences (he/him/his) I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Ecology and Environment in 2020. I am interested in the effects of both local and global stressors, such as overfishing and climate change, on marine ecosystem change and the repercussions this will have on the coastal communities that depend on these ecosystems. Currently, I am an incoming M.S. Ecology student working with Dr. Trisha Atwood looking at marine fisheries and nutrient cycling, emphasizing the amounts of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous being released due to global fishing practices.
Environment & Society (he/him/his) I am an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary PhD student under Dr. Sarah Klain identifying and helping to activate climate-adapted food sovereignty practices with the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. I earned my BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Florida State University in 2013 with a focus on Dead Sea Scrolls apocalyptic literature. I earned my MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education from Alaska Pacific University in 2015 and my thesis work developed an educational model for teaching hope within climate change education. Professionally, I have worked for over a decade in science communication and environmental education roles, primarily within the nonprofit sector, in Utah, Alaska, Maine, New Mexico, and Florida.
Civil & Environmental Engineering (she/her/hers) I am a PhD student in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Utah State University. My current research is focused on quantifying evapotranspiration drivers in an environment that limit the application of traditional energy and water balance approaches, by studying potential adaptation of energy balance models for vegetation using UAV and satellite information based on better understanding of evapotranspiration drivers in urban environments. I am working with Dr. Alfonso Torres and Dr. Lawrence Hipps.
Wildland Resources (he/him/his) I have a Bachelors from University of Idaho in Ecology and Conservation Biology and MS from University of Washington in Wildlife Sciences. The complexity of natural systems has always fascinated me and my research interests revolve around species interactions and community ecology, with a focus on mammals. My dissertation research investigates how invasive wild pigs interact with native cougars and deer to develop a more complete understanding of the impacts of this rapidly spreading invasive species.
Geosciences (she/her/hers) I an M.S. Geology student interested in arid and fluvial geomorphology. In 2019, I graduated with my B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University. There, I became interested in the relationship between climate and fluvial geomorphology. This was explored through my undergraduate research, where I aimed to simulate a watershed’s hydrology in response to climate change. I am motivated when my research applies to people, which stems from my interests in science outreach and communication. Here at Utah State University, I’m working with Dr. Joel Pederson to investigate erosion rates in arid environments and geoscience outreach.
Plants, Soils, Climate (she/her/hers) I have a B.S. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from India and a M.S. in Data Science from the University at Albany, New York. I am a first-year PhD student in the Plants, Soil, and Climate department at Utah State University. The range of research tools and disciplines available at Utah State, including climate diagnostics and prediction; tropical and monsoon meteorology: climate variability is extremely impressive and would allow me to investigate more varied techniques of analysis. By working with Dr. Yoshi Chikamoto, I will be able to understand the fundamental physical processes of climate variability, predictability, and change, which closely matches my research interests.
Watershed Sciences (she/her/hers) I received my B.A in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College where I found my passion for geomorphology. After graduating, I was an intern for the NASA Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research where I examined periglacial alluvial fans to explore whether these fans have similar geomorphic characteristics to non-periglacial Martian fans. Following that, I worked for the U.S Geological Survey in Moab, UT as a Biological Science Technician conducting research to address the issues of global climate change, biogeochemistry, and pedogenesis. Now, I am working with Dr. Peter Wilcock in the Department of Watershed Sciences as an M.S student. My research interests include fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, and river channel change. I strive to understand how these processes are impacted by climate change while using maps to understand these changes.
Biology (they/them/theirs) I earned my B.S. in Biology from Tufts University in 2018. Following graduation, I completed several fieldwork positions focused on coastal ecology, conservation, and nesting sea turtle research. I am excited to apply this experience to my M.S. research with Dr. Karen Kaphiem, where I will be studying the social behavior of sweat bees in relation to changing environmental conditions.
Cohort 5 (Fall 2020)
The CAS trainees in cohort 5 are currently developing their CAS research projects. Once cohort 5 research teams finalize their proposals, we will outline their projects, here!
Plants, Soils, & Climate (she/her/hers) I am a PhD student in Climate Science at Utah State University studying climate dynamics, variability, and adaptation with a strong background in translating science into policy on the local, national, and international levels. My current research is focused on changes to cold weather climate extremes in the context of global warming. My passion is helping communities create science informed action to build resiliency to the challenges posed by climate change.
Wildland Resources I am currently an M.S. Ecology Student working with Dr. Tom Edwards and the Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on terrestrial species distribution modeling. Graduating with a B.S. in Geospatial Computing from Brigham Young University-Idaho, I learned to think spatially and had a keen interest in spatial ecology. I now use a variety of tools in remote sensing, geospatial analysis, species distribution and occupancy modeling, and conservation planning to understand how plant and wildlife individuals, populations, and communities interact and are distributed spatially. My thesis research explores the distribution of rare and endangered plants in the Colorado Plateau and their associations with energy development and climate change impacts.
Environment & Society (she/her/hers) I work with Sarah Klain and Roslynn McCann looking at how risks regarding negative emissions technologies are perceived. I am also interested in learning more about the social and political enablers and barriers to mitigating climate change, as well as climate education programs for the public.
Mathematics & Statistics (she/her/hers) I graduated from the University of La Verne with a B.S. in Mathematics in May 2019. I am currently a second year PhD student in the USU department of Mathematics and Statistics. My current research interests are centered around disease modeling; however, I have developed an interest in the application of mathematical models to make informed choices in the face of climate change. Over the past summer, I engaged in research investigating the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on greenhouse gas production. This research has inspired me to leverage mathematics to gain a greater understanding of climate change.
Environment & Society (she/her/hers) I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in conservation biology and minors in environmental science and Statistics. My research interests include natural resource management, climate change, and biodiversity conservation. I am pursuing an MS in Geography in the Fall of 2020. My research at Utah State University studies how human appropriation of net primary production affects biodiversity in the United States. I hope to be able to inform future policy and management decisions with sound scientific information. The importance of understanding of how humans interact with the environment will only increase in the future, and I'm excited to have a part in it.
Geosciences I obtained a B.S. in Geology from Wheaton College (IL), where I learned to love geomorphology and value interdisciplinary studies. Two internships—collecting water quality samples and promoting river conservation awareness in Colorado (through The Roaring Fork Conservancy), and investigating the fluvial geomorphic history of two streams in Yellowstone National park utilizing field collection and computer modeling (through the KECK Geology Consortium funded by the NSF)—deepened my desire to understand the history of a geomorphic system to wisely steward such regions in the future. I am currently an M.S. student working with Tammy Rittenour to explore wildfire heating of soils and rocks and how this information fits within a larger climatic history.
Cohort 4 (Fall 2019)
The CAS trainees in cohort 4 are all working together on a California Wildfires project. The project seeks to pair spatial data designating fire spread & severity and a survey built to (1) understand how experiences of wildfire (e.g., smoke, power shutoffs, property damage) may have impacted California residents in the past year, and (2) learn more about views on wildfire policies and programs.
Cohort 3 (Fall 2018)
M.S. Watershed Sciences, 2020
PhD Student, University of Padova
M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2020
Interstate Streams Specialist, Utah Division of Water Resources
M.S. Climate Science, 2020
PhD Student, University of Wisconsin
Cohort 2 (Fall 2017)
M.S. Water Resources Engineering, 2019
M.S. Geography, 2019
PhD Sociology, 2020
PhD Environment & Society, 2020
Post-doc, Institute for Outdoor Recreation & Tourism, Utah State
M.S. Ecology, 2020
Rangeland Management Specialist, BLM
Cohort 1 (Spring 2017)
M.S. Geography, 2018
Network Facilitator, United Way of Northern Utah
PhD Economics, 2019
Faculty, Nanjing Audit University
M.S. Watershed Sciences, 2019
M.S. Ecology, 2019
PhD Student, Arizona State University
M.S. Watershed Sciences, 2020
ORISE Researcher, EPA