Staff

Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor 

Professor, Principal Investigator 

Yale School of the Environment 

She/Her/Hers

Dr. Dorceta Taylor is a distinguished professor at Yale University’s School of the Environment. She oversees the programming and strategic development for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program as well as the Environmental Fellows program. She authored the most comprehensive report on diversity in the mainstream environmental movement, “Diversity in the Environmental Institutions: Mainstream NGOS, Foundations & Government Agencies,” commissioned by Green 2.0, which called for programs like DDCSP to diversify the conservation workforce. She is also the author of three books focused on environmental history and environmental justice.

Dr. Haille Rae

Research Associate

Yale School of the Environment 

She/Her/Hers

Haille Rae is a researcher with a background in entertainment-education, behavioral science, and health promotion. She studies television representation, focusing on Black women characters, stories, health, and their impacts. Through this work, she aims to increase quality representation of underrepresented groups and inspire empathy, social change, and promote health through television, other media, and community engagement. She also has engaged in projects related to social determinants of health and community-based research. Haille received her PhD in health promotion & behavior from the University of Georgia, master’s degree in public health from Emory University, and bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Spelman College.


Meg Daupan  

Program Manager- Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program 

School for Environment and Sustainability

University of Michigan

She/Her/Hers

Meg Daupan completed her first master’s degree in microbiology from the University of the Philippines and her second master’s in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan. She oversees various aspects of the program including recruitment, summer curriculum development, and partnership-building with other university departments as well as external environmental and conservation organizations. 


Katherine Allison 

Research Associate

Yale School of the Environment 

She/Her/Hers

Katherine is a Research Associate focusing on climate, environmental, and food justice issues. She received a BA in International Business and French from Linfield College in Oregon and a M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University. In between undergrad and grad school, she worked for four years managing food distribution programs at regional food banks in Washington DC and Seattle, WA. 


Kayla Morin 

Program Administrator- Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program 

Yale School of the Environment 

She/Her/Hers

Kayla Morin completed her master’s degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology from the University of Connecticut. She specialized in anadromous fish, science communication and museum studies. She oversees various aspects of the program including summer curriculum development, and partnership-building with external environmental and conservation organizations.


Former Staff

Dr. M’Lis Bartlett 

School for Environment and Sustainability

University of Michigan

She/Her/Hers

M’Lis is the Program Director for the Environmental Fellows Program (https://efp.seas.umich.edu/) and a lecturer at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. She is passionate about environmental and place-based education that incorporates issues of social justice. With over 25 years of experience as an urban environmental educator, activist, artist, and researcher in communities including New York City, Detroit, and Flint, Michigan, she is dedicated to building supportive and ethical partnerships between communities and institutions. Her research interests include participatory design, environmental education, environmental justice, and community-based participatory research. She was formerly the director of the Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies, NYC, where she ran a city-wide environmental internship program for teens and provided professional development for teachers working to integrate environmental issues into the curriculum.


Sophia Paul 

She/ her, they/them

Project Manager, VSEF and New Horizons in Conservation Conference