About Us

The Yale Environment Review brings environmental research to life by making it compelling, accessible, and relevant to a wide audience. Our work empowers people with a deeper understanding of peer-reviewed research and the most pressing issues facing our planet. 

The Yale Environment Review is a student-run publication that aims to increase access to the latest developments in environmental studies. We aim to shed light on cutting-edge environmental research through summaries, analysis, and interviews. We do this through three types of content:
 
  • Focus articles explore one recent peer-reviewed article and connect its findings to our everyday lives. 
  • Feature pieces build a story around a central theme using multiple recent peer-reviewed articles.
  • Spotlights profile the people behind the latest research in the environmental field.
The Yale Environment Review helps students sharpen their writing skills, familiarize themselves with science communication, and provides a platform to showcase their expertise.
 

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Staff

Zack Steigerwald-Schnall

editor-in-chief, writer

Zack is a second-year Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of the Environment, specializing in Environmental Policy Analysis and Climate Change Science and Solutions. He is interested in the structural mechanisms by which inequality is legitimized, as well as policy mechanisms to redress environmental and species injustice. Prior to YSE, Zack worked on numerous projects in the Greater Boston area strengthening youth voices through critical thinking and civic action. He spends his free time making music and ice cream.

 

 

Mara MacDonell

communications and outreach director, writer

Mara is a second year Masters of Environmental Science student interested in rural communities, transitioning economies, and environmental justice in the American West. From her experiences growing up in rural, remote northern Minnesota to working in social services policy and programming on the Western Slope of Colorado, she is passionate about the ways in which effective science communication helps facilitate community well-being. Mara holds a BA in geology from Carleton College. In her free time, Mara enjoys backcountry skiing, running rivers, and painting.

 

Allyson Beach

writer

 

 

Allyson is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate. Her focus is on climate innovation and sustainable business. Originally from Northern California, Allyson’s keen awareness of climate disasters motivated her years of work in the environmental field. Her professional experience includes the Energy and Geoeconomics program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the Water Foundation in California. Additionally, her Fulbright research in South India focused on grassroots urban resilience to climate change and weather-related disasters. Before attending the Yale School of the Environment, Allyson worked as the Communications Manager for WaterSHED in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There she supported the organization's mission to identify strategic opportunities and gaps in the wider system while strengthening the capacity of key actors to create a more dynamic and resilient market for water, sanitation, and hygiene products and services in Cambodia. Allyson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Resource & Conservation Studies, and a B.A. in Political Science. She enjoys backpacking and open water swimming around the world.

 

Molly Charles

writer

 

Molly is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment, studying Energy & Environment and Industrial Ecology. She is interested in sustainable buildings and transportation systems, land use, and demand side climate mitigation measures. Prior to YSE, she worked as a research assistant on climate policy and modeling projects ranging from decarbonization of heavy industry to district heating systems in Ukraine. In her free time, Molly can be found playing sports, cooking, or admiring trees.

Sarah Gledhill

writer

Sarah Gledhill specializes in Energy and the Environment as a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment. Prior to Yale, Sarah worked in energy efficiency consulting and solar contracting, and she aims to advance energy justice amidst the clean energy transition. At Yale, Sarah conducted a qualitative focus group study on energy insecurity in Connecticut, interned for an energy analytics firm to consult on the value of distributed energy resources, and helped clean and analyze data regarding incentives and adoption of solar and related technologies. When not thinking about the energy transition, she can be found walking in the woods or climbing up rocks.

Dilara Karademir

writer

Dilara is a second-year Master of Architecture candidate from Istanbul, Turkey. She is interested in 21st century infrastructural, both environmental and social, systems to frame the terminology and picture of the current crisis. Using the household data in different countries and digital technologies, she wants to explore further the possibilities and dynamics of migration and micro-entrepreneurs in off-grid settlements. Prior to Yale, Dilara attended different exchange programs in South Korea, Germany and Finland. She loves reading fiction, and simply, everything about the seas.

 

Yoanna Lazarova

writer

 

Yoanna is a Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of the Environment, specialising in Water Science and Management. She is especially interested in coastal environments, cave diving research and the connection between conservation and community building work. Yoanna graduated from Yale College in 2021 and spent the last year traveling around Europe and skydiving. She spends her time outside of the classroom rock climbing, running and working out.

 

Mary 'Marsh' Marshall

writer

 

 

Mary, known as Marsh to her friends and colleagues, is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School for the Environment specializing in energy and the environment. She delved into the energy industry in 2016 when she left TV news in New York City for a role in rural, Western Colorado, where she spearheaded efforts for solar market development in transitioning coalmining communities across the state. Through her role at Solar Energy International, a nonprofit training institute for solar design and installation, she founded the Solar Forward program, which offered a community-focused, holistic approach to economic development through solar energy via workforce training, policy, stakeholder coordination, and community education. A trained community organizer, her passion lies with rural electric cooperatives and community impact in their service territories. When she’s not studying or working, you can find her working on her custom-build 1980s rockhopper gravel bike, trail running, or playing the fiddle.

Ross D. Martin

writer

 

Ross is a Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. He specializes in Conservation in the American West, bison restoration, and regenerative agricultural systems and markets. Ross's career focuses on promoting nature-based solutions to our planet's most challenging environmental problems.

Lauryn Sherman

writer

Lauryn is a recent J.D. graduate specializing in environmental law, and now a Master of Forestry student at Yale's Forest School. She has previously done work along the Colorado River Basin on groundwater recharge contracts and in the Midwest supporting litigation for indigenous lands protection. While at Yale, she is working with the Environmental Protection Clinic on climate adaptation for small banks as well as working with landowners through the Yale Quiet Corner Initiative to develop forest management plans.

Bisrantee Wagle

writer

Bisrantee is a first-year Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of the Environment, specialising in Environmental Policy and Climate Change Science and Solutions. Before coming to Yale, Bisrantee worked with local governments, indigenous peoples, and youth citizens in Nepal, her home country, to push the development of inclusive environmental policies at the local level. In her free time, she enjoys singing, hiking, and food blogging.

Kirsten Williams

writer

 

 

Kirsten Williams is a joint JD/MEM degree candidate at Vermont Law & Graduate School and Yale School of the Environment. At Yale, she is specializing in Climate Change & Solutions and is particularly interested in constitutional climate change litigation, the ocean-climate nexus, and the clean energy transition. Kirsten is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.