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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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)
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Biodiversity and Ornamental Horticulture UASVM Bucharest
Masters Student, Biodiversity Conservation Management Department of Landscape Architecture University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest
Lecturer, Environmental Studies & Sciences Department, Santa Clara University Law & Advocacy Program Co-Lead, Environmental Justice & the Common Good Initiative, Santa Clara University
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.