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Research Assistants

Avana Andrade is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She earned her B.A. in International Studies and Western European History at Colorado State University in 2010. Before returning to school, she worked as a public historian and backcountry ranger with the Student Conservation Association and the National Park Service in both Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Her work has focused on the history of grazing and cultural resource management in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Canyonlands National Park. Work and recreation on the Colorado Plateau motivates her primary interest in grad school, environmental conflict mediation. Avana is a Colorado native and an avid backpacker and gardener.

Joanna Dafoe is a recent graduate with a Master of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is now beginning to study for a law degree at Yale Law School. Her master's research examines the role and policy preference of oil and gas companies in Canadian climate politics. In addition to working with YCELP, Joanna also works as a consultant for the International Institute for Sustainable Development and as a writer and editor for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Prior to joining Yale, Joanna served on the Canadian Government Delegation to the 16th and 17th United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development as a civil society representative. Joanna received her Hon. B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Environmental Policy from the University of Toronto. You can follow her on twitter @jodafoe.

Becky Gallagher is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She holds a B.S from Tufts University, where she majored in Environmental Studies and International Relations. Her professional and academic interests are in energy and policy, especially as they topics relate to cities. Before coming to Yale, she worked for The Trust for Public Land. For their Conservation Finance team, she mapped conserved lands in the U.S. and advised conservation ballot measure campaign committees. At Yale, she plans to study conventional, unconventional, and renewable energy technology and markets, with the hope of finding new applications for her environmental policy background.

Christopher Halfnight is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining Yale, he worked as a litigation attorney in New York, where his pro bono practice included a Massachusetts-based Clean Water Act citizen suit. Christopher is currently focused on environmental policy and particularly interested in the intersection of law, politics, and science around looming water quality and management challenges. He is originally from Toronto, Canada, and studied English and law at McGill University.

Peter Hirsch is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale F&ES. His studies focus on sustainable design of the built environment using the lens of industrial ecology. Before arriving in New Haven, Peter worked with Smart Growth America in DC, researching alternative urban design. He received a BA in Environmental Science and Architectural Studies from Middlebury College.

Anne Householder is a first-year masters student at the Yale School of Architecture. Her main interests include urban design, sustainable planning, and contemporary city development. Anne has a Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in the Environmental Fellows Program. Previously, Anne served as an outreach volunteer with the East St. Louis Action Research project, the 2011 USGBC Solar Decathlon Design Competition, and her undergraduate university’s Ecological Design Consortium, among other extracurriculars.  For the past three summers, Anne has worked as an intern architect developing schematic design presentation materials and illustrations.

Pamela Jao is a first year joint MBA/MEM candidate at the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is interested in corporate sustainability, urban resiliency, and impact investing. Prior to Yale, Pamela worked at Human Rights Watch, Haver Analytics, and AGRION. At AGRION, a startup business network for the cleantech and sustainability sectors, she fulfilled content/product management, business development, and strategy roles. Pamela volunteers for the Cleantech Open Northeast Division and the Living Building Challenge Connecticut Collaborative, in her free time. She is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and NYU, where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in International Relations and Math. You can follow her on Twitter here: @LolaJao.

Rachel Lipstein is a senior at Yale College majoring in English major with a concentration in Writing. She is interested in sustainable agriculture and enjoys spending time on farms. Previously, she worked on the 108-foot sloop, Clearwater, which is dedicated to protecting the Hudson River through education, advocacy, and celebration.

Breanna Lujan is a graduate of Yale College, preparing to pursue a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently taking a year-off to work on environmental issues in Latin America. Breanna is concentrating on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, especially as these topics pertain to environmental policies in Brazil. At the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy she is looking forward to learning more about how the interaction between scientific data and policymaking can be used to resolve environmental issues.

Amy Weinfurter is a first-year Masters of Environmental Management (MEM '15) candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, focusing on the intersection between environmental communication and policy. Before arriving at Yale, she studied English and environmental science at Colby College, and worked with non-profit organizations in Colorado and Washington, D.C., on communication, watershed management, and community outreach and engagement initiatives.

Verner Wilson, III is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is originally from Bristol Bay, Alaska, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2008 from Brown University. He previously worked for the World Wildlife Fund, as well as a coalition of Alaska Native tribes, on issues related to sustainable wild salmon fisheries, environmental justice, mining, oil and gas, and climate change.

Daphne Yin is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Previously at Forest Trends, she wrote extensively on carbon markets and their intersection with efforts on conservation and livelihoods. Daphne traces her interest in markets back to Richard Sandor, for whom she first worked at Environmental Financial Products, the incubator for the Chicago Climate Exchange. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Political Science and minor in Environmental Studies. At FES she looks forward to digging deeper into climate policy, market-based governance, and sustainable land use.

 


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