Yale Environment Review Staff

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Shi Yi
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. 
Christina Brown
Christina  Stone
Outreach Coordinator 

Christina Stone is a first-year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She has nearly ten years’ experience working in languages, training and leadership. She is the co-owner of Idealist Productions, an independent film production company. Christina plans to direct films that shed light on environmental issues using exciting and innovative approaches to storytelling. She also has plans to expand into adventure documentary filmmaking, and hopes to create films that blend these two sub-genres. Christina grew up in southeastern Saskatchewan 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. 
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.
Lara Iwanicki

Lara Iwanicki


Lara is currently a second-year Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lara holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the State University of Sao Paulo. At Yale, her research focuses on the management of Marine Protected Areas and their impacts on the biodiversity of coral reefs and reef-associated fish. Lara is passionate about marine conservation and gained extensive experience working with NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund, Oceana, RARE and NRDC. Through the Yale Environmental Review, she hopes to increase people’s awareness and interest in coral reefs ecosystems.
Yanin Kramsky

Yanin Kramsky


Yanin is a first-year Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). After completing their undergraduate degree, Yanin consulted clients across a breadth of industries at the global innovation firm Frog Design, transforming ethnographic research into implementable design solutions. Later at Amplifier Strategies, Yanin designed educational materials on topics ranging from global ultra-poverty to the injustices of California’s prison system. During this time, they also taught the fundamentals of design to under-served students in Oakland, CA. Yanin is passionate about design and environmental justice. They enjoy employing creative teaching and learning methodologies to engage urban youth in environmental problem-solving. They received a B.S. in Product Design from Art Center College of Design, with a concentration in Designmatters: Art and Design for Social Impact. 
Kira McCall

Kira McCall


Kira is a first-year Master of Environmental Science student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies. She grew up on the California coast and was lucky enough to spend much of her childhood and teen years there with her family. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in Conservation and Resource Studies. Her coursework focused on wildlife ecology and conservation and the social, political, and economical aspects of protecting wildlife and wild lands. During her undergraduate career, she participated in a study abroad program at the School for Field Studies, gaining invaluable field experience and researching wildlife management in Kenya and Tanzania. There, she realized she could make her passion into a career, working not only to help promote community support for natural resource and wildlife conservation, but also to contribute to understanding wildlife ecology through field research. She is now focusing her graduate career on primate conservation and plans to research chimpanzee movements and habitat use in the Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda.
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.

Olivia Pearman

Olivia Pearman 

Author Correspondent

Olivia is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is from North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Management from Clemson University. Olivia is interested in the process of decision-making related to complex environmental problems, such as those that emerge at the intersection of wildlife conservation and economic development. She has done extensive research on mitigation for greater sage-grouse and will be continuing this work this semester. Since arriving at Yale, she has greatly enjoyed working with two New Haven-based NGOs: the New Haven Land Trust and the Urban Resources Initiative. Olivia loves rock climbing, hiking, camping, kayaking, and doing pretty much anything outside in her free time.
Luciana

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.
Stefanie Wnuck

Stefanie Wnuck


Stefanie is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Focusing on climate policy, her interests range from carbon markets to the role of voluntary and information-based approaches that effectively drive behavior change. Stefanie hopes to contribute to innovative mitigation strategies, and is excited to further explore how data can be used to advocate for more ambitious climate action at all levels. In summer 2015, Stefanie interned with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the Office of Climate Change. At Yale, Stefanie is the co-chair of the 2016 New Directions in Environmental Law conference. Prior to arriving at Yale, Stefanie worked on product stewardship and waste management issues, promoting recycling policies that minimize the end-of-life environmental and health impacts of consumer products. Stefanie holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Environmental Science from Lafayette College. She currently serves on the West Hartford Conservation and Environment Commission.
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.