Yale Environment Review

Yale Environment Review (YER) is a student-run review that provides weekly updates on environmental research findings.

Yale Environment Review Staff

Shi, Yi

Editor-In-Chief, writer

Shi, Yi is a second-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Society & Environment from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He is thrilled to be serving YER as the Editor-In-Chief for the second year. At YER, he envisions a publication that accesses a broader range of audience while maintaining a high level of writing standard. Shi is passionate about using renewable energy as a solution to alleviate urban poverty and to increase community resilience to climate change impacts. He is a violinist, a singer, a writer, and an educator. 

Christina Stone

Digital Marketing Manager, writer
Christina Stone is a second-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She focuses on environmental communication, particularly regarding climate change. Christina spent the summer of 2016 in Alaska filming a documentary about climate change. She has nearly ten years’ experience working in languages, training and leadership. She is the co-owner of Idealist Productions, an independent film production company. Christina directs films that shed light on environmental issues using exciting and innovative approaches to storytelling. She also has begun to expand into adventure documentary filmmaking, and hopes to create films that blend these two sub-genres. Christina grew up in southeastern Saskatchewan after moving from North Dakota at a very young age. After high school, she moved back to the United States and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During her time in the military, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and two associates’ degrees.

Krisztina Pjeczka

assistant Editor-in-chief, writer
Krisztina Pjeczka is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She focuses on energy, business and climate change. As a Research Assistant at the Center for Business and Environment, for example, she investigates potential business models for renewable thermal energy technologies in the building sector. Prior to Yale, Krisztina worked at the climate change mitigation programs of the World Resources Institute and ICF International. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies and Economics with a minor in French from Middlebury College, Vermont. Krisztina is excited to be YER’s incoming editor-in-chief for the next academic year.

Rebecca Lehman

Digital Marketing Coordinator, writer
Rebecca Lehman is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is focusing on understanding the intersection between science, management and policy specifically in marine environments. Originally from New Hampshire, Rebecca lived in Colorado before coming to F&ES, working with local non-profits and researched climate warming adaptations. Her research focused on the community level effects of warming in alpine and montane meadows, and was part of a global study of environmental warming experiments. At F&ES, she hopes to use the skills she developed in research and apply them in the context of conservation and marine management. Rebecca is excited to be working at YER where she aims to make peer-reviewed articles more engaging for broader audiences.

Jessica Swindon

Author Correspondent, writer
Jessica Swindon is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her current research explores carbon and nitrogen cycling in dryland ecosystems across the Western United States in an effort to improve sustainable land and natural resource management practices. Previously, Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology and chemistry, which brought her into the environmental health field working along side local and federal government agencies to reduce environmental health hazards. Through her experience at Yale she hopes to become a compassionate leader, resilient research scientist, and effective science communicator. “The world is to me a secret which I desire to divine” - Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein.

Gioia Connell

EDITOR
Gioia Connell is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her current research centers on regional human ecology and landscape approaches to urban development. Gioia’s interest in the intersection of development and environment stems from her two former careers in brownfield redevelopment planning and public art. She obtained her Scottish Master of Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews. In her free time, she enjoys taking every opportunity afforded to organize student events, go to lectures, and read. Gioia believes that engaging and open communication in the environmental field is key to inspiring individuals and policymakers. She is excited to serve as an editor for YER. 

Bowen Chang

WRITER

Bowen Chang is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At Yale, he is excited to explore the intersections of earth science and the social sciences. Before Yale, he received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. His previous research experiences include studying forest tree species compositions influenced by landscape and geology in the El Yunque rainforest, Puerto Rico. He also spent a summer identifying and mapping moths in North Yorkshire, England. In his spare time, Bowen loves to paint, sketch, and explore cities and nature.

Emily Dolhansky

WRITER

Emily Dolhansky is a first-year Master’s student of Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her focus is disturbance ecology in forested ecosystems, and she is particularly interested in fire ecology. Through her research she is studying how fire, and fire suppression, affects pine ecosystems in the Northeastern U.S. Prior to coming to F&ES, Emily studied at Stockton University in New Jersey where she helped implement a comprehensive forest management plan for the university’s campus. She also conducted research on how forest fuels differ between management areas, and the effects that forest management has on large mammals. At Stockton, Emily minored in writing and is excited to continue writing about scientific issues for the public at YER. She hopes to use her communication skills to engage audiences about the issues facing forests around the world. 

Sanna O’Connor-Morberg

WRITER
Sanna O’Connor-Morberg is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her primary focus is on water resource management and urban climate resilience initiatives, although she is the first to acknowledge her interests are broad. Her undergraduate program at the University of Auckland was a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree, where she specialised in political studies and environmental engineering respectively. Prior to coming to Yale Sanna worked as an environmental engineer for an interdisciplinary consulting firm in New Zealand. Sanna is excited to be starting her first semester as a contributor to the Yale Environment Review.

Aidan Smith

WRITER
Aidan Smith is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. His academic work focuses on the intersection of anti-capitalism movements and environmentalism. Topically, he is interested in the political ecology of water and energy issues and the discourse surrounding economic development both internationally and domestically. Aidan received a Bachelors of Arts in biology from Vassar College. He then worked in a biofuels lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for several years. Prior to arriving at Yale, Aidan completed some graduate work in urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania. It was during that time he became interested in environmental justice issues and theories of community participation.

Thupten Wodzer

WRITER
Thupten Wodzer is a second-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Thupten grew up in Eastern Tibet, has a Master’s degree in Sociology from Silliman University, Philippines and studied Tibetan, Chinese, and English at Qinghai Normal University in China. Prior to coming to F&ES, he was the Environment Program Lead for the Winrock International team in China.

For six years, Thupten implemented and supervised numerous USAID sustainable development & environmental projects throughout the Tibetan Plateau. He initiated an organic vegetable-farming program that built 668 greenhouses and trained thousands of nomads in Qinghai Province. He also started the Tibetan Farmers’ Cooperative Forum and founded a local conservation group called Double Tree Conservancy, whose mission is to work with religious figures and institutions in Eastern Tibet to apply religious concepts to forest conservation practices.

His focus is on exploring the nexus of the environment and religion, and is looking to find ways to encourage people of faith to engage in environmental protection activities. Thupten’s work explores different religions and cultures from all over the world.

Ewin Winata

Writer
Ewin Winata is a second-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from Brawijaya University of Indonesia. His primary interest lies in the field of water resources management, energy and environmental policy. Ewin seeks better understanding of the intersection between social and environmental system, and leveraging points within the systems for building resilient community to water related shocks, and improving access to clean water and clean energy. He is a civil servant at the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency where he contributes to the formulation of government work plans on Indonesia water resources sector as well as monitoring and evaluation of its implementation. Prior to his current work, he served as an engineer in Indonesian consulting firm where he assisted both local and national government on dam design and construction, flood mitigation, coastal protection, and irrigation project. 

Matthew Kotchen

Faculty Advisor
Matthew Kotchen is a professor of economics at Yale University, with a primary appointment is in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and affiliated appointments in the Yale School of Management and the Department of Economics. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Kotchen’s research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public economics and policy. Ongoing projects employ both theoretical and empirical methods covering a range of topics, including energy, climate change, “green” markets, corporate social responsibility, development, and applied game theory. Kotchen joined the Yale faculty in 2009 and has held previous and visiting positions at Williams College, University of California (Santa Barbara and Berkeley), Stanford University, and Resources for the Future.

Professor Kotchen recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at that U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, DC. While there, he worked on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and represented the United States on the governing boards of the Climate Investment Funds, the Global Environmental Facility, and the Green Climate Fund, in addition to the Treasury Department in U.N. climate negotiations and energy and environment finance efforts in the G-20. Kotchen has also served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as the visiting chief economist of the Environmental Defense Fund.