Staff

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Urs Dieterich

Co-Editor-In-Chief

Urs is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His focus is on international forest governance and supply chain greening in the agricultural sector. Urs researches corporate and political environmental campaigns and the potential of consumer pressure as a stepping stone to achieve paradigmatic change in the environmental performance of major industries. Being actively involved in the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA), Urs explores options to increase public environmental and political awareness. At the United Nations Forum on Forests, Urs serves as the focal point to the Major Group Children and Youth. Urs received his B.Sc. in forest science and resource management at the Technische Universität München.
Lynette Leighton

Lynette Leighton

Co-Editor-In-Chief

Lynette is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Her concentration is in sustainable urban and industrial systems, and corporate environmental strategies.  Lynette is currently working as an Environmental Health and Safety intern with Textron, Inc., and branching into smart growth in cities.  Prior to Yale, Lynette worked as a research entomologist in California and New Jersey.  She double majored in Conservation & Resource Studies and Society & Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.
Elizabeth Babalola

Elizabeth Babalola

Managing Editor

Originally, from Lagos State, Nigeria, Elizabeth Babalola is a Masters of Environmental Management Candidate interested in environmental education. Elizabeth worked as a peer educator during a year of National Youth Service and volunteering for a mangrove reclamation project in Cross River State. During the summer of 2013, she explored revenue generation models, impact studies and curriculum development with Project Learning Tree as a summer consultant in Washington DC.  Elizabeth aspires to create an informal environmental education network with Nigeria’s next generation of passionate environmental professionals and volunteers. 
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Yaping Cheng

Yaping is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with concentration in industrial ecology.  She is currently working to translate articles for the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Prior to Yale, Yaping worked as a customer relation specialist at Alibaba.com, a leading e-commerce company in Asia, and then spent two years in an urbanizing rural area as a teacher.  She received her B.S. in Geographic Information Systems at Wuhan University, China.
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Dream Choi

Dream is a second year candidate for the Masters of Environmental Science degree at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dream’s focus is on people's environmental perception and their political behavior, and analysis of environmental issues from a 'wicked problem' perspective. Prior to Yale, Dream received a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering with a minor in Climate Change Interdisciplinary Studies from Korea University in Seoul, Korea and worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea.
Josh Fain

Josh Fain

Josh is a first year Enivonmental Management Masters candidate in the School Forestry and Environmental Studies. Currently focusing on Land Management and Conservation issues in the Inter-Mountain West, he is interested in engineering comprehensive solutions on a land-scape level. Josh received his B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia in 2005 and spent eight years working in various roles for the US Forest Service.
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David Gonzalez

David is a first-year master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies interested in studying the effects of environmental degradation on human health.  While a student at the University of California, Davis, he conducted global change research in the Rocky Mountains, studied tropical biology in Costa Rica, and coordinated an environmental leadership internship.  Eager to foster scientific thinking outside of academia, David has worked as environmental educator, guiding hundreds of curious students through the mountains and islands of California.

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Catherine Kuhn

Catherine Kuhn is a first year Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focuses on coastal marsh response to sea level rise. Before coming to Yale, Catherine worked as a public school science teacher through the Oakland Teaching Fellows program. Catherine created alliances with local stakeholders and conservation groups to bring urban youth on board with citizen science monitoring and restoration projects during her teaching career. Catherine is passionate about public involvement in urban resource conservation, especially watershed monitoring and management.
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Victoria Montanez

Victoria Montanez is a master’s candidate of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry.  She is interested in the successful integration of environmental stewardship into business strategies of consumer-facing food companies.  Victoria graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2013.  She received the Gaylord Donnelly Prize for her senior research project on mitigating institutional food waste through an environmental campaign targeted at end consumers, using Yale Dining as a case study.  She held a variety of positions in the food sector, from farming to retail, and spent last summer developing the supply chain standards for a food startup Quinciple in New York City.  Upon graduating next spring, Victoria plans to pursue a career promoting a more environmentally responsible and socially just food system through private sector influence. 
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Ben Morelli

Ben Morelli is a first year candidate for the Masters of Environmental Science degree at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He received his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in Ecological Engineering with emphasis on water resources. His research and academic interests are in the field of industrial ecology, focusing on materials and their embodied social and environmental lifecycle impacts. Ben has experience working as a farmer, a sustainability educator, and a community organizer. While industrial ecology may seem a departure from that vein, Ben is interested in applying life-cycle data to inform conscientious consumer choice, and to encourage product differentiation along environmental and social lines that allow individuals and corporations to influence systems-level change.
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Valerie Moye

Valerie is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale F&ES focusing on sustainable urban and industrial systems. Her writings cover the environmental challenges and opportunities related to urban development, industrial ecology, and information technology.  Valerie’s interest in the urban environment blossomed while working to develop city sustainability metrics at the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Sustainability. Her other experiences include developing solid waste management programs in Peru as a member of the Peace Corps, researching industrial symbiosis potential in India, and preparing regional conservation plans in the Southeastern US.
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Jong Tae Park

Jong Tae is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His interest in industrial ecology and corporate strategies is mainly to align private firms, government, and consumers to gain greater social benefit. In the past, Jong Tae worked for Microsoft, BSI, and General Consulate of Republic of Korea. Jong Tae is currently working for the Journal of Industrial Ecology as an Editorial Assistant. He doubled majored in Environmental Science & Ecological Engineering and Business Administration at Korea University, Seoul.
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Aaron Willis

Aaron is a first year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  His focus is on the intersection between water management and business, which grew out of his background in water resources management. Prior to attending Yale, Aaron worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Agency for International Development on various domestic and international water resources management and development issues. Aaron previously attended the University of Michigan, receiving a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies.
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Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her interests include land use planning, environmental psychology, and ecosystem conservation and policy. While at Yale, Liz served as Editor-In-Chief of SAGE Magazine and was awarded the Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her work on collaborative landscape conservation. Her professional experience includes three years as a corporate sustainability analyst consulting with Fortune 500 companies and three years as a field researcher working on federal lands in the Eastern Sierra of California.
Matthew Kotchen

Matthew Kotchen — Faculty Advisor

Professor Kotchen’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public economics. With the use of both theoretical and empirical methods, much of his work focuses on voluntary approaches to environmental policy. Kotchen’s research is published in leading economics journals, interdisciplinary journals and the popular press, and it has been reported on widely in major media outlets.

Recent projects investigate the effect of “green” markets on the provision of environmental public goods, participation in green-electricity programs, and voter referenda for open-space conservation. Ongoing research considers climate and energy policy, daylight saving time, management of common-pool resources, corporate social responsibility, charitable fundraising and applied game theory. Several projects involve interdisciplinary collaborations with ecologists and political scientists.

Kotchen is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and has held previous positions at Williams College, University of California (Santa Barbara and Berkeley), Stanford University and Resources for the Future (RFF).

 

2012-2013 Team

Jennie Miller
Urs Dieterich
Elizabeth Babalola
Lynette Leighton
Howe Wang