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Yale Environment Review is a student-run review that bridges the gap between environmentally-related academic research and its application to policy and management

YER is an online publication that aims to provide easy access to fact-based research for policy makers, environmental managers, and anyone interested in the latest findings in the natural and social sciences. 

In order to increase access to specialized information, YER publishes readable and concise summaries of original, peer-reviewed literature so that it can be useful to those engaged in the field of environmental and natural resource management and the general public.

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Staff

Sofia Caycedo

Editor-in-Chief, Writer

 

Sofia Caycedo is a dual degree master’s student at Yale University following a Master of Environmental Management and a Master of International & Development Economics. Sofia is studying the intersection between environmental policy, inclusive economic development and climate change from a systems thinking perspective. This past summer, she worked as a research assistant for the United Nations Development Programme's Latin America & Caribbean office in Panama City. Prior to arriving at Yale, Sofia graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam with a major in environmental science and a minor in economics. During her undergraduate degree, she was the secretary of the Alert Fund for Youth, performed research on clean water access in Bangladesh, and served as an advisor for undocumented migrants. 

 

 

Anna Maria Cárcamo

Communications and Outreach Director, Writer

Anna Maria Cárcamo is a second-year Master in Environmental Management Candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an Environmental Lawyer from Brazil. Anna is focusing on Global Environmental Governance and Environmental Justice, with a special interest in Climate Justice and participatory governance. This summer, Anna interned in the United Nations Development Programme's Panama Office, in the Voice and Democracy Governance Programme. In Brazil, Anna worked with Environmental Law in a top-tier Law Firm and at the Public Prosecution's Office. She also researched Environmental Law, namely the application of the national solid waste policy in Brazilian courts, and assisted in elaborating a legal recommendation opposing the proposed Environmental Licensing Reform in Brazil. In her spare time, she studied screenwriting and film.

 

Emma Johnson

Writer, Editor, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Emma Johnson is a Master’s of Environmental Management ’20 student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her areas of study include ecosystem science, mountain ecology, land management, and global environmental issues. Before coming to Yale, Emma worked on the Student Life team for The School for Field Studies study abroad program in Bhutan. She lived in Bhutan for a year helping facilitate a study abroad experience for undergraduates and studying youth perceptions of climate change and the environment. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Davidson College in North Carolina. At YER, she works as an editor and a writer in areas of wildlife conservation and global affairs.

 

Kate Donatelli

Writer, Editor, Communications and Outreach Assistant

Kate Donatelli is a first year Master of Environmental Management student from New Jersey. While at Yale, plans to study environmental policy with a focus on land use and climate adaptation strategies. Before graduate school, she worked for The Trust for Public Land in New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Meredith Brown

Writer, Editor

Meredith Brown is a 2018 candidate for a Master in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. After growing up in the Midwest outside of Chicago, she spent her undergraduate years studying at Santa Clara University in California earning a bachelor’s degree double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Meredith spent five years living in Santiago, Chile working in the non-profit sector. While in Chile, she worked at the Santiago offices of Oceana and The Nature Conservancy where she supported their philanthropy and conservation projects throughout South America. Most recently, Meredith completed an internship at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, Switzerland where she supported various projects in the Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development program, including the research project on just transitions to low-carbon development. Her current studies focus on the development of local environmental justice strategies as it relates to global climate change policy and the important role of strategic communication in this process.

 

Emma Gildesgame

Writer, Editor

Emma Gildesgame is a second-year Masters of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She focuses on watershed management, coastal restoration, and community engagement with conservation. Last summer, she developed compelling, interactive web maps and online tools for the National Parks Conservation Association. As the Instagram manager for the Yale Program and Climate Change Communication, she explores new ways to engage the public with climate change. Before attending FES, she spent over two years working in an aquarium, where she developed public programs which connected adorable animals like sharks and octopuses with solutions to environmental issues. She has also worked on coastal wetland restoration in the San Francisco Bay and as an outdoor educator and naturalist in New Hampshire, Colorado, and California. She has a BA in Environmental Science from Colby College in Waterville, ME.

 

Vivan

Writer, Editor

Vivan is a geologist with interests in renewable energy, groundwater, and natural resources. After graduating from college, he worked as a geologist with a multinational oil and gas company while also dabbling in freelance writing and serving as editor of the company’s Geology and Geophysics newsletter. At Yale, he hopes to master the delicate art of balancing sleep, coursework, and social activities.

 

Kylee Chang

Writer

Kylee is a second-year Master of Environmental Management Candidate at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At Yale, Kylee is interested in the investment into and facilitating the growth of social entrepreneurs. This summer, Kylee worked at a growing start-up, MPOWERD, Inc., creating their sustainability program and in the Ecuadorian Amazon with indigenous communities to commercialize agricultural products. Prior to Yale, she received her B.S. in Chemistry from Loyola Marymount University studying urban air pollution and received her M.S. in Earth Science from UC San Diego researching vehicle emissions at the California Air Resources Board and climate change in the Arctic.

 

Zhinan Chen

Writer

Zhinan Chen is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies interested in environmental anthropology, religion and ecology as well as sustainable development. Prior to attending Yale, she received her B.A. in Arabic and economics from Peking University in China. During her undergrad, Zhinan enjoyed observing and reporting cultures in the Middle East through months of studying in Oman, Morocco, and UAE. At Yale, she aspires to combine her expertise in Arabic with methodologies in environmental anthropology to understand water, energy and environmental impacts of Chinese investment in the Middle East.

 

Trevor Dolan

Writer

Trevor Dolan is a first-year master's in Environmental Management student. He has an interest in environmental law and policy, with an emphasis on environmental justice issues and climate change mitigation. Trevor has worked as a renewable energy advocate for Michigan- and New York City-based nonprofits, and he's currently assisting with research into environmental justice intersections with federal civil rights complaints. His time at FES expands on his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

 

Philip Dube

Writer

Phillip Dube is a first-year master’s student of Environmental Management with a concentration in water resource science and management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is interested in large-scale water transfers and the related water rights and water infrastructure issues in the American West and Southern Africa. Phillip also works with the Yale Office of Sustainability as a GIS Research Assistant for their stormwater management program. Before coming to Yale, Phillip was working for a groundwater consulting firm in Southern California. He attended Bates College in Maine and majored in Environmental Studies.

 

Margaret Ferrato

Writer

Maggie Ferrato is a master's student at Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), where she is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management. At F&ES, she specializes in environmental policy analysis, with a particular emphasis on climate policy. Prior to arriving at Yale this fall, Maggie spent two years working for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on environment, energy, and agriculture policy issues. She is a proud Rhode Islander and a graduate of Georgetown University in D.C.

 

Anna-Sophia Haub

Writer

Anna-Sophia Haub is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is studying the intersection between Business and the Environment, Industrial Ecology, and Environmental Policy, with special focus on waste management practices within the food, DIY, and textile industry, and poverty alleviation within waste-burdened communities in Southeast Asia and South America. Before joining Yale, Anna-Sophia worked at a top-tier nonpartisan foreign policy think tank bringing together government officials, business executives, journalists, educators, civic and religious leaders to converse on global matters related to energy, the environment, human rights, and geo-economics. Prior to her work at the Council on Foreign Relations, Anna-Sophia graduated from Georgetown University with a major in government, with a specific focus on international relations and policy, and a minor in history. During her undergraduate career, she worked on the convergence of for-profit sustainable business and policy development in the sustainable urban food and agricultural tech sector. In her spare time, she volunteers and serves on the executive committee for young professionals at the American Prairie Reserve, a nonprofit land conservation and habitat restoration organization in Montana.

 

Fabiola Hernandez

Writer

Fabiola Hernandez-Alvarez is a second-year Master in Environmental Management Candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Fabi is focusing her work on climate change policy and she is particularly interested in the opportunities arising from enhancing climate action by working with a gender-based approach. This summer, as the Speth Fellow she interned for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. She helped write a report on the twenty most promising global measures to mitigate climate change and participated in projects related to grassland and marine species conservation in Mexico, her home country. Before coming to F&ES, Fabi worked for Mexico’s National Forestry Commission in the design of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

 

Andy Lee

Writer

Andy is a second-year MESc student at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where he focuses on wildlife conservation and conservation policy. Over the summer, he was in South Africa conducting his thesis research on the social and decision-making processes of large carnivore reintroductions in protected reserves. Before coming to Yale, he was a researcher in the Cetacean Ecology Lab of the University of Hong Kong to study coastal dolphins. He has also participated in research on snow leopards, human-wildlife conflict and illegal wildlife trade. All these experiences encouraged him to be more engaged in scientific communications and, through writing for YER, to facilitate dialogues between the academic community and wider audiences.

 

Brurce Mecca

Writer

Brurce Mecca is second year Master of Environmental Science in Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He focuses his research on socio-political analysis of biofuel development on degraded peatland in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. He also studies the impact of Indonesian village funds decentralization and how it would affect rural land use policies. Prior to Yale, he worked in energy research think-tank in Indonesia, where he gained experience in energy policy and its nexus with the environment.

 

Sneha Pandey

Writer

Sneha Pandey is a second year MEM student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She has an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from Nepal where her areas of focus were micropropagation and algal biofuel production. She also worked with various NGOs focused on sustainable development in the context of climate change. At Yale, she is interested in global environmental justice and biodiversity conservation. This summer she worked for Wildlife Conservation Society in Rwanda to evaluate the sustainability of one of their community-based park protection initiatives

 

Mary Schoell

Writer

Mary Schoell is a first year Master in Environmental Science Candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mary’s research at Yale is focused on salt marsh ecosystems, particularly how they are impacted by climate change and human land use. Before coming to graduate school, she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Atlantic Ecology Division to develop, install, and monitor a “living shoreline” salt marsh restoration project. This restoration work involved collaborations with professionals and volunteers across disciplines, which taught her the importance in communicating science and public engagement in environmental work. She is passionate about understanding wetland ecosystem changes over time and supporting the conservation and restoration of these ecosystems through research. She sees a great importance in bridging the gap between ecologists, engineers, economists, social scientists, and the public when it comes to managing for coastal resilience.

 

Evelin Toth

Writer

Evelin Eszter Tóth is a first-year master’s student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She focuses on Climate Change Science & Solutions. Prior to joining Yale F&ES, Evelin was selected a 2017 Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Thanks to this fellowship, she had the opportunity to travel for a year to explore how communities around the world are adapting to the impacts of climate change. This self-developed project took her to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Fiji, Chile and Ecuador (Galapagos Islands). She engaged with farmers, indigenous communities, NGOs, academics, and government agencies with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of the issue of climate change and community resilience. Evelin is excited to contribute to the Yale Environment Review and make climate change related research accessible to a broader audience.

 

Christine Ventura

Writer

Christine Ventura is a Master student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, having received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Rhode Island. She is a horticulturalist, research assistant and research consultant at the Marsh Botanical Gardens at Yale. Her varied interests include invasive species ecology, forest health, habitat restoration, controlled growth environments and environmental planning.

 

Amy Zuckerwise

Writer

Amy Zuckerwise is a first-year Master of Environmental Science student 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.