Poster Contributors

Listing 77 Contributors in this category. Click on any listing to show sessions and more information. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate the list.

Zijun Li

Graduate Student,  Environmental Informatics University of Michigan

Zijun Li is a graduate student studying Environmental Informatics at the University of Michigan. She has passion for using different methods to analyze interactions between society and environment. She focuses mainly on environment functions, responses, and conservation to climate change and human activities. She believes that ” By plucking the petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower “. We need to protect and embrace the planet instead of working against it. 

Laura Slater

PhD candidate in fisheries, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences University of Alaska Fairbanks

Laura Slater is a PhD candidate in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She is studying the mating dynamics of snow crab to improve understanding of stock renewal processes supporting a large commercial fishery in the eastern Bering Sea. After completing her master’s degree in marine biology (also at UAF), she worked as a research biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 14 years. During this time, she led research to inform the sustainable management of crab stocks in the eastern Bering Sea. She plans to pursue a career in fisheries ecology after completing her doctoral degree. She also serves as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, where she works alongside others to identify and remove barriers to members with historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds in the fisheries field. She recently moved to Santa Rosa, CA and in her free time, she enjoys exploring and taking walks with her husband and son. 

Marco Alvarez

He/Him/His MEM'22  

Marco Alvarez is a Master’s of Environmental Management student specializing in water resources at the Yale School of the Environment. He is a part of the JEDSI lab under Dr. Dorceta Taylor, where he studies food justice and food access in various Michigan cities. Prior to his graduate studies, he graduated from Florida International University, where he earned his B.S in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, where he focused on nitrogen fixation rates in speckled alder. He also worked at Zoo Miami, where he studied gopher tortoise thermal ecology as a part of the FIU Tropical Conservation Internship. 

Odalis Avalos

Undergraduate Student, Humboldt State University Co-director and web designer of Ciencia Para Todos (Science For All)

Odalis Avalos is a fourth-year at Humboldt State University striving to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management with an emphasis on Ecological Restoration while minoring in Geospatial Analysis. She is a co-director and web designer of Ciencia Para Todos, an organization determined to include underrepresented groups in science by integrating language diversity into institutions. Additionally, Odalis is a bilingual environmental education leader for Ciencia en las Secoyas, a program organized by the Redwood Community Action Agency. Her work consists of translating and developing Spanish curriculum relating to Redwood tree resilience.  

Natalie Baillargeon

Senior, Environmental Science and Policy  Smith College External Affairs Coordinator Woodwell Climate Research Center

Natalie Baillargeon is a senior at Smith College, majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. Concurrently, she is working at Woodwell Climate Research Center as the External Affairs Coordinator, where she maintains partnerships and works on domestic and international climate policy outreach. In her research, she works to understand how ecological systems are influenced by distributions, such as land-use changes and climate change. Most notably, she has worked on an almost three-year project, investigating how Arctic tundra fires affect vegetation composition/nutrients. She plans to pursue a career in environmental policy and ecological management; she is specifically interested in understanding how climate change will change our socio-ecological systems and how we can prepare for and mitigate climate-induced hazards, particularly for historically disadvantaged communities.

Aditya Benyamin

Dual Degree student, Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability and the Master of Public Policy University of Michigan   WILDRHINOS (Worldwide Innovative Learning Design for Reconciliation of Human Interests with Nature and Overexploited Species) 

Aditya Benyamin is a graduating Dual Degree student in the Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability and the Master of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Coming from the mega-biodiverse country of Indonesia, his academic and professional pursuits are in the intersection of education for sustainable development at the K-12 level and education policies in areas with high biodiversity. 
 
As a member of the WILDRHINOS project team, he focuses on building partnerships with NGOs especially in the Leuser Ecosystem of the Sumatra Island in Indonesia where endangered megafaunas including rhinos, elephants, tigers, and rhinos can be found and in dire need of more protection. The partnership launches further the development of educational materials based on the award-winning documentary, The Last Animals, to reach younger audiences at the K-12 level and across the globe. This builds on Aditya’s undergraduate background in psychology along with his experiences working with partners across Southeast Asia, as well as researching human-nature connections and the psychosocial impacts of natural disasters exacerbated by climate change. 

Vladimir Boc

Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Biodiversity and Ornamental Horticulture UASVM Bucharest 

Education:  BSc Landscape Architecture - University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UASVM), Bucharest (2010); MSc Landscape and territory - UAUIM Bucharest (2012); PhD in Horticulture at UASVM Bucharest (2017), Doctoral research: Integrating Bioclimatic Security in Green Infrastructure Planning. The Role of Urban Vegetation.   
 
Professional Experience:  2017-present: Assistant Professor PhD / Senior lecturer PhD (since 2019) at the Landscape Architecture, Biodiversity and Ornamental Horticulture Department, UASVM Bucharest.  
 
Taught disciplines: Ecology, Landscape planning, Metropolitan green space systems. 
 
2008-present: Participating in more than 12 student, professional and academic competitions in the field of landscape architecture, receiving 6 prizes (3 international and 3 at national level). Participation at over 20 international conferences with papers/posters.  
 
2013-present: Working as planner and advisor in landscape and planting design for commercial, residential and public urban spaces.  
 
Interests: Sustainable / Bioclimatic landscape planning and design, Metropolitan green infrastructure, Urban Ecology, Vegetation mapping and assessment 

Mihalache Bogdan

Masters Student, Biodiversity Conservation Management Department of Landscape Architecture University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest 

Graduate of University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest - Faculty of Horticulture, Department of Landscape Architecture and currently a Masters student in Biodiversity Conservation Management in the same faculty. Over 10 year experience in practicing Landscape Architecture, with focus in the last 2 years on vegetation conservation and management in the Vacaresti Natural Park Association, from Bucharest. The Association is a partner of the Romanian National Agency of Protected Natural Areas (ANANP) in the administration of the Park. Vacaresti Natural Park is the first Natural Urban Area of Romania, being set close to the center of Bucharest. Responsibilities and activities within the Park:  
 
- Field research and strategies regarding vegetation: inventory, mapping and managing; 
- Designing sustainable recreational spaces and functional elements within the park; 
- Field implementation of projects and infrastructure. 

Zsea Bowmani

Lecturer, Environmental Studies & Sciences Department, Santa Clara University  Law & Advocacy Program Co-Lead, Environmental Justice & the Common Good Initiative, Santa Clara University  

Zsea Bowmani (Twitter: @LiberationGreen) teaches environmental law at Santa Clara University and co-leads the Law & Advocacy Project of the university’s Environmental Justice & the Common Good Initiative. Through this initiative, Zsea fosters university-community partnerships to achieve social and environmental justice in Northern California by connecting students to grassroots and community-led EJ advocacy in the region. Zsea also founded and currently coordinates the EJ Committee of the National Lawyers Guild - Bay Area Chapter for lawyers, law students, and legal workers to provide legal support to the local EJ movement. 
 
As a scholar-activist, Zsea seeks to understand the relationships between seemingly disparate subjects—environmental law, human rights law, race and ethnicity, and sexual and gender identity—in order to effectively solve the critical environmental challenges of our time. He explores this in his forthcoming piece in the Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality, proposing a framework of Black queer feminist ecology to harmonize environmental law with other fields such as critical race theory, Black feminist thought, queer ecology, and environmental studies to inform climate law and policy and environmental law more broadly. Zsea’s writing has also been published in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Tulane University School of Law Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series, and the University of Toledo College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series. 
 
Prior to his role at SCU, Zsea was an attorney at the ACLU and a Policy Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force in Washington DC. In these roles, Zsea worked on a number of legal cases as well as state and federal policies to challenge the criminalization of marginalized communities, to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, and to expand access to health care. Among his accomplishments, Zsea helped draft joint amicus briefs for US Supreme Court cases addressing employer-sponsored health plans and restrictions on women’s access to comprehensive medical healthcare, and created a first-of-its-kind toolkit for reproductive justice and LGBTQ advocates. 
 
Zsea has been honored with multiple awards for his activism and scholarship, including awards from the Charles Houston Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association-Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Reflecting his commitment to community service, Zsea sits on several boards, including most recently Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, a multiracial grassroots organization that fights for environmental justice and to build a clean, healthy, and just future for all. 
 
Zsea received his BA in History from Stanford University and his JD from Santa Clara Law with certificates in Public International Law with honors, and Public Interest and Social Justice Law. 

Jill Capotosto

She/Her/Hers MEM & MA ‘21 Yale School of the Environment and the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Jill is a joint-degree master’s student in her final year at the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She focuses on environmental justice, particularly in the international development and humantiarian aid sectors. At Yale, she works in the lab of Dr. Dorceta Taylor supporting research on access to ethnic food retailers in Connecticut cities. Before graduate school, Jill served as a Princeton in Asia fellow in the Viet Nam office of TRAFFIC, an international nonprofit combatting wildlife trafficking. She has also worked for the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a Vermont-based nonprofit focused on building climate resilience in U.S. cities.