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Research Assistants

Dena Adler is a  joint J.D./M.E.M candidate at Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She graduated from Brown University in 2011, with honors in environmental studies for her thesis exploring policy strategies to manage climate change impacts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Prior to beginning her degrees at Yale, she worked at Union of Concerned Scientists conducting climate change outreach to citizens and scientists. Her work at Yale centers around exploring new legal and policy opportunities to galvanize climate change solutions at the regional, national, and international levels.

Avana Andrade is a 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.

Shelley Clark is a joint Master of Environmental Management and Juris Doctor candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Pace Law School, respectively. She earned her B.A. in International Studies and French at the University of Mississippi. Before beginning law school in New York City, she lived and worked in Denver, Colorado where she worked as a nanny and a hula-hoop instructor. Her studies focus on ecological urban planning and design. Shelley is a Mississippi native and enjoys travel, yoga, and crafts.

Joanna Dafoe is a recent graduate with a Master of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is now studying 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 joint Master of Environmental Management  and Masters of Business Administration candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management. 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 second-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 environmental litigation. Christopher focuses on energy and environmental policy and he is particularly interested strategic energy policy to address climate change in the North American context – from implementing efficiency to deploying renewables to reforming utility regulations. Christopher spent this past summer working on offshore wind energy policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council and he is part of the YCELP team working on local governance strategies for unconventional oil and gas drilling.  He is originally from Toronto, Canada, and studied English and law at McGill University.

Peter Hirsch is a 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 masters degree 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 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.

Whitney Johnson is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While at Yale, she hopes to focus on the nexus of international development and community-based reforestation models. Previously, Whitney worked at Pinchot University - the first sustainable business school in the country - and prior to that, on sustainability initiatives with the City of Balitmore and with an NGO in Haiti. She graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Religion. She may never find her way back to Smalltown, Texas, where she was raised, but the land ethic that her hometown imparted remains a deeply engrained value.

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.

Andrew Moffat is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to attending Yale he lived in Beijing, China for five years where he studied Mandarin and was exposed to the pollution issues that gave rise to his interest in sustainable environmental management. Most recently, Andrew worked at China Policy where he studied environmental and energy policy issues in the People's Republic of China. At FES he looks forward to studying energy issues and their intersection with the environment, economy and technological innovation.

Diego Torres Quintanilla is a junior at Yale College, originally hailing from Monterrey, Mexico. Diego is majoring in Computer Science and his other academic interests include applied mathematics, physics and literature. At YCELP he has worked on several programming projects, developed mostly in JavaScript and R.

Larry Rodman is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.  Prior to coming to Yale, Larry practiced corporate law in private practice for 40 years in New York City.  He received his undergraduate degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He plans to begin a new career in environmental policy, with a focus on climate change issues, and to assume a leadership role in assessing and finding solutions for the challenges that climate change poses.

Allison Sloto is a joint M.E.M./J.D. candidate at Yale F&ES and Pace Law School. She is originally from Pennsylvania, where she grew up surrounded by forests and farmlands rapidly succumbing to suburban sprawl. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in political science, a B.S. in environmental science, and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. During her past two years in law school, Allison worked at the Pace Land Use Law Center, where she contributed to a variety of land use and sustainable development law projects. During the summer of 2014, Allison worked in the Planning and Law Departments of the City of Mount Vernon, NY, where she focused on the municipality's land use and environmental legal needs. While at F&ES, Allison intends to broaden her skill set by studying sustainable development from a planner's perspective. Allison is also excited about her continued involvement in the Yale-Pace Local Governance of Shale Oil & Gas Development Project, which she began working on at the Pace Land Use Law Center last year.

Ariana Spawn is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her interests include conservation science and policy as well as ocean and coastal management. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Ariana worked as a research associate with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC and New Orleans, LA, where she focused primarily on Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery in the Gulf of Mexico. She has also interned for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Conservation International. Ariana received her BS in Human Biology from Brown University in 2011, where she completed the Voss Environmental Fellows Program in environmental scholarship and communication.

Amy Weinfurter is a 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 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 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.

Anna Young is a junior at Yale College, majoring in Computer Science and also taking classes in the Environmental Studies department. Anna is working with the EPI team on programming projects, including creating interactive data visualizations, animating infographics, and developing crowdsourcing techniques. She looks forward to learning more about how to apply computer science concepts to environmental issues at YCELP.

 


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