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YPCCC Student Alumni

We are fortunate to work with many talented students during their time at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.  Below are some of the past students who have worked with YPCCC.  

Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka is an FES Masters graduate most interested in the connections people have with nature. She studies climate justice, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and catastrophe response. She has carried out disaster forensic research for the Red Cross Climate Centre in Malawi, is Co Director of the Environmental Film Fest @ Yale, and co leads the Environmental Justice student interest group. The highlight of her week is usually "working" alongside grade 2 farmers at the Yale Farm, rockclimbing, yoga, or talking to her parents on the phone. Oh, and of course doing social media for YPCCC.

Minna Brown

Hailing from Portland, OR, Minna brings a breadth of experience in online outreach and digital strategy to YPCCC.  As a Sociology/Anthropology major at Middlebury College, she translated her passion for telling effective climate change stories into internships, conferences, and her thesis on the role of climate change journalists.  Post-college, she worked as the Outreach Director for Portland-based climate advocacy group Focus the Nation, motivating diverse groups on and off campuses to get educated, engaged and active in addressing global warming in their communities.  Moving to Burlington, VT, she broadened her communication, marketing, sales, and management skills as the Client Services Manager at Union Street Media, an online marketing and design firm.  Seeking to harness those skills specifically on climate and energy issues, Minna jumped at the chance to continue her academic studies at Yale.  Now a first year Master of Environmental Management student at FES, Minna melds her interests in sustainable business and climate communication by working on digital strategy for the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale in addition and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.  When she's not in front of a computer screen, she's either in the kitchen whipping up something tasty, or adventuring outside.

Eric Plunkett, MEM/MBA 2015

Eric is a Masters student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management, where he studies energy policy and the intersection of business and the environment. He's particularly interested in energy behaviors and how to leverage communications, behavioral science, and market forces to change those behaviors. In other words, he wants to know how to get everyone to turn their darn lights off. Prior to coming to Yale, Eric spent 3.5 years at the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, DC, where he worked on energy code research, policy, and advocacy. Eric is a proud native of Buffalo, NY (well, the suburbs), and holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. His goal is to fight for a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous world for all people. When he's not doing that, he's usually playing soccer, hiking, or talking about finishing his screenplay.

Bonnie Frye Hemphill, MEM 2013

Residing in Maine, Bonnie is the Coordinator for Businesses for Climate Action and a Consultant for the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  She sharpens the communications of nonprofit advocacy groups working for solutions to climate change, especially for profitable and practical business propositions. Prior to Yale, Bonnie worked for three years in Seattle at the nonprofit Climate Solutions; there she helped grow its Business Leaders for Climate Solutions network from 125 to more than 1000 clean-economy executives and entrepreneurs advocating for stronger climate policies. Bonnie is a native of Cary, NC, holds a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont, and enthusiastically pursues adventures and shenanigans whenever possible – from sledding the Presidential Range to canoeing across the Canadian Arctic, rafting the Grand Canyon, tossing Frisbees, quilting, and jumping into cold bodies of water.

Hodiah Nemes, Yale College 2013

Hodiah Nemes graduated from Yale College in 2013 with a major in Environmental Studies, concentrating in environmental rhetoric.  His senior thesis analyzed presidential rhetoric on climate change, with a special focus on the speeches of Bill Clinton.  As a senior, Hody was elected "Mr. Yale" by his peers for his outrageous impersonation of another president: George W. Bush. During college, he worked as a journalist for the St. Louis Beacon and a communications intern for Israel's Green party. He now lives in New York City and writes for the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper.

Megan McVey, MEM 2012

Megan is currently a Senior Digital Associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and works with Pew’s environmental, creative, and multimedia teams on content packaging and strategy. She oversees content development, works with the distribution team on social media and email marketing, and advises Pew staff on incorporating digital communications techniques into their work.  Before Pew, Megan served as the Communications Manager at the U.S. Global Change Research Program, where she developed and implemented strategies for enhancing the Program’s web-based presence and overall communications effectiveness. She designed, launched, and managed the USGCRP website, implemented social media outreach strategies to increase engagement with those within the climate change communication community, and informed staff about online engagement and user experience best practices. She also served as the coordinator for the Communication and Education Interagency Working Group, which aimed to coordinate and enhance unified Federal strategies to communicate and educate about climate change science. 

Frances Moore, MEsc2009

Fran is currently based in Palo Alto, CA pursuing a PhD in Stanford University's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. She combines methods from economics, climate science and psychology to understand how quickly and effectively farmers will adapt to climate change. This is a critical piece of understanding the actual climate change impacts people will face but has received very little research attention. Fran hopes the approach can help make climate change impacts more concrete and salient in communicating climate science. 

John Chung-En Liu, MEM/MA (International Development & Economics) 2009

John Chung-En is a PhD candidate in sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to entering his doctoral program, he received a joint master's degree in environmental management and economics at Yale University, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University in his home country. In John's dissertation, he looks into the construction and governance of carbon markets, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in the European Union.  During his time at YPCCC, John worked with Dr. Leiserowitz to examine environmental attitudes and behaviors in urban China. He is currently writing a paper on the climate change skepticism in China to continue this research agenda.

Kartikeya Singh, MEsc 2009

Kartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Junior Research Fellow, received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation and the geopolitics of energy use. His Master’s thesis focused on effective management of access to energy for rural communities in India through decentralized renewable energy systems. Previously, Kartikeya was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), which has served as a forum for voices of the budding youth climate movement across South Asia. He has been involved with international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali in 2007 and has served as part of the negotiating team of the government of Maldives at the climate talks from 2009 to 2012.

Darcy Dugan, MEsc 2009

Darcy Dugan now lives in Alaska with her husband and son and works as the Program Manager for the Alaska Ocean Observing System.  AOOS is one of 11 regional ocean observing systems in the US funded by NOAA with the mission of improving access to marine data.  Darcy works with scientists and institutions who are monitoring Alaska's coastal and marine environment, and helps shape the information into user-friendly data tools for recreationists, mariners, coastal managers, fisherman, industry, conservation groups, and other marine users.

Dylan Walsh, MEM 2009

Dylan is a freelance writer based in New Haven, CT. He contributed regularly to The New York Times Green blog until it closed in March, 2013. He now contributes to Elements at The New Yorker, as well as The Guardian environment blog. He has written for Yale Environment 360, The Huffington Post, and environment Yale, among other publications. Dylan writes about science and the environment. He is particularly interested in technology and people within the environment.  Until January of 2014, Dylan was an editor at The Solutions Journal. You can find irregular updates on his work at

Jessica Boehland 2007

Jessica Boehland works as a Program Officer on The Kresge Foundation’s Environment team. She supports the foundation’s work on climate change resilience with an emphasis on energy efficiency in the built environment. Prior to joining Kresge in 2008, Jessica served as managing editor of Environmental Building News and editor of GreenSource magazine. Her writing has appeared in numerous other publications. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on climate change science and policy.

Other past YPCCC alumni:

  • Doug Dagan, MEM/JD (Vermont Law School) 2013
  • Richard Herron Yale College 2013
  • Bidisha Banerjee, MEsc 2009
  • Aliya Haq, MEM 2009
  • Leslie P. King 2009
  • Amir Nadav 2009
  • Seth Zeren 2009
  • Heather Amire Colman-McGill 2007
  • Dahvi Wilson 2007
  • Zeke Hausfather 2008