Yale Environment Review Staff

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Lindsey Ratcliff
Co-Editor-In-Chief
 
Lindsey is presently in her final year of the Master of Environmental Management program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. As a native of the Southwest, Lindsey is passionate about protecting the Colorado River Basin and is interested in exploring law and policy options that address water scarcity issues in the region. Her prior experience includes land conservation, international sustainable development through woman’s empowerment, and best management practices of oil and gas extraction in the Intermountain West. She also holds a B.A in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a specialization in Natural Resource Policy. Lindsey is inspired by wild mountain landscapes and loves to ski, fly fish, and hike.  
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Shi Yi
Co-Editor-In-Chief

Shi, Yi is a first-year Master's student of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Society & Environment from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. He is thrilled to be serving YER as the Co-Editor-In-Chief for the coming two academic years. At YER, he envisions a future that will bring different stakeholders of YER together to broaden the impact of environmental research and education. He is spearheading the Educational Outreach program at YER that aims to empower high school students and many more to a brighter future through working to improve their skills and interests in environmental science and writing. Specialized in Sustainable Land Use, Management, and Policy, Shi is passionate about drawing synergies between organizations and communities at local levels to better prepare cities against the environmental impact of climate change and urban development. A native of Foshan, China, the hometown of Bruce Lee, Shi lives with the fighting spirit he shares with his Kungfu Master compatriot over his past decade abroad. He is a violinist, a singer, an actor, a writer, and an educator. 
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Christina  Stone
Outreach Coordinator 

Christina Stone is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She has nearly ten years of experience working in languages, training and military intelligence. Originally from a small prairie town in southeastern Saskatchewan, she spent nearly her entire childhood in Canada after moving from North Dakota at a very young age. After high school, she moved back to the United States and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During her time in the military, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and two associates’ degrees. Christina is the co-owner of Idealist Productions, a small film production studio. She is currently working on a documentary that follows climate change communicators and public figures with the goal of demonstrating the value of humanistic communications. She supports efforts such as the Solutions Project, Water.org, All At Once Campaign, The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation.
Paloma Caro
Paloma Caro

Paloma Caro is a second year Master of Environmental management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). She focuses on the intersection between policy, cooperation and sustainable development, especially in agricultural sector and rural areas. At F&ES, she is part of the Governance, Environment and Markets lab team, where she has participated in projects on deforestation in Peru. Last summer, Paloma interned with the UN-FAO sub-regional office of Mesoamerica in Panama. Prior to attending to Yale, Paloma has worked as a field agronomist for private companies, an adjunct instructor for a course in her previous University, and as the Cooperation Officer for an international NGO. She holds a B.S. in Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
Alex Co

Alex Co

Author Correspondent 

Alex is a first-year Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). His research focuses on safer chemical design guidelines and US chemical regulation policy, though he is also studying humanistic communications frameworks for climate change communication. Prior to starting at F&ES, he interned with the Environmental Law Institute and the Green Chemistry Program of the US Environmental Protection Agency. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University, completed research with the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering, and spent time living and studying in both Scotland and Switzerland.
Timila Dhakhwa
Timila Dhakhwa

Timila Dhakhwa is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies specializing in Business and Environment. She grew up in Nepal and has worked in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. This past summer she worked at the World Bank, DC, looking into legal indicators of sustainability for agribusinesses in 40 countries. Timila is interested in innovative business models that can channel finance and support to the growth of sustainable agribusinesses in emerging markets. Timila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College, IL and a certificate in social entrepreneurship from Sweden.
Laura Hammett
Laura Hammett

Laura is a first year Master of Environmental Management student focusing on issues of urban resiliency and climate change adaptation and hoping to work towards reducing climate related risk in cities. Laura comes to Yale after six years in the urban and environmental planning, international development, and communications fields. She spent three years as a project lead with consulting firm Marstel-Day in San Francisco, where she helped the U.S. Air Force resolve resource and land use challenges in collaboration with host communities in South Korea and Japan. Prior to that experience, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, working with a municipality on capacity building and community development projects while leading a national environmental education network for high school students. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.
Samantha Hudson
Samantha Hudson


Samantha (Sam) Hudson is a Mid-Career Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES).  She joined F&ES from Hawaii where she worked as an urban planner in support of large mission-driven organizations.  Most recently, she served as the Senior Planner for Kamehameha Schools (KS), a private educational trust with the mission to improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education. Prior to KS, she provided planning support for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) relocation from Okinawa to Guam. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), where she studied Urban and Environmental Planning.
 
 
Enni Kallio
Enni Kallio

Enni is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She grew up in Finland and has worked for non-profit organizations in Rwanda, Tanzania and Cambodia. She is interested in the multi-disciplinary approach to development and environmental management, studying how people interact with the environment and how this plays a role in the socio-economic aspects of societies. At Yale, she is specializing in the Human Dimensions of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. Enni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Science from Westminster College Fulton, MO.   
Meghna Krishnadas
Meghna Krishnadas

Meghna's research examines how human activities interact with ecological processes and mechanisms that maintain forest diversity, and thereby understand its implications for conservation of tropical forests at multiple spatial scales. For her PhD, she plans to examine changes to seed dispersal, seedling recruitment, diversity, and composition in human-impacted forest landscapes in the Western Ghats, India. Meghna has previously contributed to projects examining distribution of large carnivores and their prey, impacts of fragmentation on Hoolock Gibbons, establishment of long-term vegetation plots, health component of community conservation projects, and formulation of conservation policy at the national level. Her additional interests include conservation issues in the tropics, and she wants to be involved in building a science-based framework for conservation policy and practice in India. Meghna believes science communication to be an important part of conservation, and actively engage with the larger public through writing in the Indian popular media on various aspects of science and policy.
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David McCarthy


David McCarthy is a first-year candidate for the Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from Southern Connecticut State University. Passionate about helping people, his interests rest between the intersection of food security and climate change, with an emphasis on sustainable development in the tropics as a means of climate adaptation and mitigation. Prior to Yale, he worked in the human services field for ten years, five of which he spent working with the homeless population in New Haven, Connecticut. During that time, he developed a highly successful and innovative shared housing model that provides non-subsidized housing solutions for adults exiting homelessness. He continues to implement his housing pivotal model today as a homeless services consultant. David is also a professional photographer who has been published and permanently displayed. After Yale, he plans to work on global food and hunger issues for an NGO or Governmental agency with a focus on food security and climate mitigation.
Lun Ou
Lun Ou
Author Correspondent

Lun Ou is a first year Master of Environmental Science candidate from Beijing, China and studies environmental economics here at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). She sees her involvement with the Yale Environment Review as a great opportunity to sharpen her writing skills and to exchange ideas with peers. She is also an elected member of the Student Affairs Committee and a member of the EQUID (Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity) Committee at F&ES. Because of her international experience, she values the creation of a more diverse and inclusive community and is passionate about making positive changes. 
Yuqian (Silvia) Peng
Yuqian (Silvia) Peng

Yuqian (Silvia) Peng is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She grew up in China and worked in governmental and non-profit organizations in China and U.S. She is interested in international environmental cooperation, environmental justice, and comparative environmental law, with a focus on air quality and climate change. At Yale, she is pursuing a concentration in environmental policy analysis and is building the Environmental Performance Index at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she studied international relations, law and public policy, and environmental studies.

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Luciana Maia Villalba


Luciana Maia Villalba is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES).  A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she completed her B.Sc. in Biology with a focus in Ecology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2006. She then moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earned a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2010. Prior to her arrival at Yale, she worked on soil and groundwater contamination at a consulting firm for a year before spending five years working as an environmental inspector at the Secretariat of Environment of National Government, where she worked on industrial wastewater control. Last summer, she was part of the Corporate Partnerships Team at WWF Australia – Sydney’s office and helped to assess the Australian chemical sector for potential partnerships under the water stewardship project. At F&ES, she is focusing on industrial ecology and water resources management. She plans to work on more sustainable industrial processes in Latin America. Her goal is to gain expertise and to grow professionally as a project manager for heavy industries or manufacture companies, as well as to work as a consultant in the public sector.
Nicole Wooten

Nicole Wooten


Nicole Wooten is a Master of Environmental Management graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Her current academic work focuses on the intersection of protected areas management, ecosystem conservation, and long-distance hiking trails.  She was deeply influenced by her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Environmental sector, as well as her work with both the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Nicole holds Bachelor's degrees in Environmental Studies and in English from the University of North Carolina.
Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu


Andrew is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus on environmental economics and conservation finance. Through his work and studies, he seeks to explore methods of developing a sustainable economy, including the valuation of ecosystem services and conservation finance. Prior to Yale, Andrew worked with Future Centre Trust - an environmental education NGO in Barbados - to create a sustainability education toolkit for primary schools throughout Barbados. Other work experiences include collaborating with professors and students to develop curricula for MUSE, a Mcgill University-led field study program on urban sustainability in Montreal. Andrew graduated from McGill University with a Honors B.A. & Sc. in Environment and minor in Economics. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing volleyball and badminton, cooking, and singing bass.