Yale Environment Review Staff

Krisztina Pjeczka

Editor-in-chief, writer
Krisztina Pjeczka is a second-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 Manager, writer
Rebecca Lehman is a second-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 is using geospatial software to better understand water resources. Rebecca is excited to be working at YER where she focuses on widening the network of YER readership through online platforms.

Sofia Caycedo

Assistant editor-in-chief


Sofia Caycedo is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Prior to arriving at Yale, Sofia graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a major in earth science and a minor in economics. During her undergraduate degree, she worked for an independent fund that supports progressive social, political and environmental youth projects worldwide. She also served as an advisor for undocumented migrants, and assisted in an ongoing research project regarding access to clean water in Bangladesh. These and other experiences have strengthened her interest in the linkages between human wellbeing, development and the sustainable use of natural resources. At Yale, Sofia’s primary focus is on environmental economics and policy. She is especially interested in the use of natural capital valuation, market-based instruments and business innovation towards climate change solutions. Sofia is excited to start working at YER, and help communicate scientific knowledge regarding environmental issues to a broader audience.

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.

Ben Rifkin


Ben Rifkin is a second-year Master’s student of Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His master’s research brought him to the tropical dry forests of Southern Madagascar where he is studying the impact of human disturbance on diversity and regeneration of tropical forests. Though his current research is narrow, his background and interests are extensive. Ben earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and International & Global Studies from Brandeis University. He then contributed to a variety of research projects with the US Forest Service in Southeastern Alaska, Northern California, and with the Harvard Forest in the Boston metropolitan area. He is excited to use his knowledge and research experience in environmental and biological sciences to engage a broader audience around scientific discovery as it relates to environmental issues. There are few things he enjoys more than a long weekend on the hiking trails of Northern New England. 


Caitlin Chiquelin


Caitlin Chiquelin is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At FES, she is studying industrial ecology and corporate responsibility, with additional study in green investing and finance. On campus, Cait is a co-instructor for the Corporate Water Risk and Strategy workshop and helps to make FES buildings more sustainable as a member of the Environmental Stewardship Committee. Prior to coming to Yale, Cait worked as a field biologist in Massachusetts, focusing on avian ecology and wetlands. In her spare time, Cait is a cycling instructor, a marathon runner, and a classical music aficionado.

Nathalie Sommer


Nathalie Sommer is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her current research focuses on predator-prey interactions and the role of behavioral plasticity in food web functioning. Nathalie is passionate about environmental communication and hopes to be a vocal scientist throughout her career. She recently graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science & Policy. While obtaining her degree, Nathalie was a Pulitzer Center Fellow as part of a Campus Consortium Student Journalism program, where she covered immigration law and military citizenship programs. She is thrilled to be writing for YER and communicating exciting new ecological research to wider audiences.

Anna Maria Cárcamo


Anna Maria Cárcamo is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her main interests are International Environmental Policy, Communications and Environmental Justice. Before coming to Yale, she graduated in Law with a minor in International Politics and screenwriting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She focused on Constitutional Law and researched Environmental Law. She also worked for two years with Environmental Law, in a law firm and at Rio de Janeiro’s Prosecution Office. Throughout these experiences, she became aware of the extent of environmental injustices and the importance of making environmental policies more effective and socially responsible. Since a great part of effectiveness comes from creating consciousness, she believes communications plays a big role and she is excited to be a writer at the Yale Environment Review.

Alexanda Savino

Alexandra Savino is a Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she is pursuing a concentration in Water Resource Science and Management. She has a particular interest in riparian restoration in distressed industrial areas. Prior to attending Yale, Alexandra spent 6 years working in the energy industry. She obtained her BA from Rutgers University where she double majored in History and Political Science and graduated with summa cum laude honors. She received her MA in Environmental History with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University-NJIT.

Katie Murray 


Katie Murray is a second-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is focusing on urban planning, resilience, and climate adaptation, specifically on how green infrastructure can be used to provide resilience to natural hazards for vulnerable communities. Katie is originally from Montpelier, Vermont, and attended undergraduate at Furman University in South Carolina. She has worked in Environmental Compliance for the State of Vermont, and for the Resilience team at the City of Boulder, Colorado. Katie is looking forward to exploring recent developments in resilience during her time with YER. 


Alberto Tordesillas

Alberto Tordesillas is a first-year Master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He focuses on the intersection of agricultural and forestry management with economics and 
finance issues, especially in Mediterranean environments. Prior to Yale, Alberto worked in agricultural and forestry consultancy in Spain. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Forestry Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain.

Eva Albalghiti

Eva is a first year student at the Yale School of Forestry, pursuing a dual degree with Tsinghua University School of Environment. Her research is focused on developing nano-enabled energy technologies towards reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved urban air quality. She thinks that this is a really cool topic, but constantly struggles to articulate it to people at parties. For this reason, she is excited to practice her communication skills with the Yale Environment Review. Eva has already learned a ton from her YER peers and looks forward to working with this team to engage a broader audience in important research.

Emma Rapperport



Emma Rapperport is a second year Master’s of Environmental Management Student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is in the Human Dimensions of Environmental Management track, and has a strong interest in environmental communications and environmental social movements. Before coming to Yale, Emma’s focus was in sustainable agriculture. She worked on farms in France, Switzerland, Germany, Sri Lanka, California, and Minnesota. She also worked for the Pesticide Action Network, an anti-pesticide NGO. Emma is fluent in Spanish and German, and enjoys writing of all kinds.

Matthew Kotchen

Faculty Advisor
Matthew Kotchen is a professor of economics at Yale University, with a primary appointment at 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.