Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Yale Environment Review Staff

Shi Yi

Shi Yi

Editor-In-Chief

Shi, Yi is a second-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 Editor-In-Chief for the second year. At YER, he envisions a publication that accesses a broader range of audience while maintaining a high level of writing standard. Shi is passionate about using renewable energy as a solution to alleviate urban poverty and to increase community resilience to climate change impacts. He is a violinist, a singer, a writer, and an educator. 

Christina Stone

Christina  Stone

Outreach Coordinator 

Christina Stone is a second-year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She focuses on environmental communication, particularly regarding climate change. Christina spent the summer of 2016 in Alaska filming a documentary about climate change. 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 directs films that shed light on environmental issues using exciting and innovative approaches to storytelling. She also has begun 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.

Krisztina Pjeczka

Krisztina Pjeczka

Editor

Krisztina Pjeczka is a first year Masters of Environmental Management student at Yale. She focuses on energy, business and climate change. As a Research Assistant at the Center for Business and Environment, for example, she investigates potential business models for renewable thermal energy technologies in the building sector. Prior to Yale, Krisztina worked at the climate change mitigation programs of the World Resources Institute and ICF International. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies and Economics with a minor in French from Middlebury College, Vermont. Krisztina is excited to be YER’s incoming editor-in-chief for the next academic year.

Rebecca Lehman

Rebecca Lehman

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Rebecca Lehman is a first year MEM student from New Hampshire. She is focusing on understanding the intersection between science, management and policy specifically in marine environments. Before coming to F&ES, Rebecca lived in Colorado where she worked in local non-profits and researched climate warming adaptations. Her research focused on the community level effects of warming in alpine and montane meadows, and was part of a global study of environmental warming experiments. At F&ES, she hopes to use the skills she developed in research and apply them in the context of conservation and marine management. Rebecca is excited to be working at YER where she aims to make peer-reviewed articles more engaging for broader audiences.

Jessica Swindon

Jessica Swindon

Author Correspondent

Jessica Swindon is in her first year pursuing a Master of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her current research focuses on biogeochemistry in semi-arid ecosystems and she is primarily interested in the flow of nutrients and elements through natural and industrial systems. She hopes to use the knowledge and skills she learns at Yale to be a compassionate leader, resilient research scientist, and effective science communicator. Prior to arriving at Yale she received a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology and Chemistry which brought her into the environmental health field working with local and federal government agencies to protect environmental health for communities. She currently spends most of her free time working on a team to create a database of global metal lifecycles and creative writing. “The world is to me a secret which I desire to divine” - Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein.

Melissa Castera

Melissa Castera

Melissa Castera is currently a second-year Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Originally from Uruguay, Melissa holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of the Republic (Uruguay). At Yale, her focus is on the water resources management and science, and she is passionate about finding technical solutions for water issues. In the past she gained extensive experience working with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Through the Yale Environmental Review, she hopes to improve people’s understanding of complex interactions between water issues and anthropogenic activities.

Kelechi Eleanya

Kelechi Eleanya

Kelechi Eleanya is a mid-Career, Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). He holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resource Policy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2014, he became the first African to win the Gregory Award of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) in the United States of America. Before coming to Yale F&ES, he has teaching and research experience with the Federal University in Nigeria for three years. He also worked with the United Nations Millennium Villages Project (MVP) from 2008-2012 and he was the Community Development and Gender focal point in Ikaram MVP, Nigeria. Since 2005, Kelechi has been a regular columnist on topics covering children, sustainable development and environment with Jolee Magazine that has over 39 million+ global readership. He is a song writer, singer and International development consultant. At Yale F&ES, he is focusing on environmental policy and sustainable livelihoods development.

Parfait Gasana

Parfait Gasana

Parfait Gasana is an F&ES student expecting a Master of Environmental Management degree in 2018. His particular interest in energy and environmental policy stems from his experiences growing up in Rwanda, East Africa and observing firsthand the impact Western policies played in shaping regional politics. Gasana earned his MS in International Relations from the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut. He also served in various volunteer capacities with the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Secretary of State for the State of Connecticut, and the Institute for International Justice and Development.

Kira McCall

Kira McCall

Kira McCall is a second-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 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. Over the summer of 2016, she studied the relationship between humans and chimpanzees around Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda. Her goal was to further the understanding of crop raiding by chimpanzees and is currently developing strategies to relieve the tension between humans and chimpanzees.  

Matthew Moroney

Matt Moroney

Matt Moroney is a first year Masters of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He obtained a Bachelors of Environmental Science with a Chemistry minor from Western Washington University. Afterwards, he spent four years investigating contaminated sites and permitting new data centers. He is interested in the flow of materials in society and ways to replace them using green chemistry and systems thinking, as well as the technologies that will alter the way we live and work. Matt believes that science and art, two of humanity's greatest accomplishments, stem from the same innate place in our being -- curiosity about the world and the creativity to explain it. Science communication can inspire and nurture both of these powerful traits that we all share.

Ewin Winata

Ewin Winata

Ewin Winata is a second year Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from Brawijaya University of Indonesia.  His primary interest lies in the field of water resources management, energy and environmental policy. Ewin seeks better understanding of the intersection between social and environmental system, and leveraging points within the systems for building resilient community to water related shocks, and improving access to clean water and clean energy. He is a civil servant at the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency where he contributes to the formulation of government work plans on Indonesia water resources sector as well as monitoring and evaluation of its implementation. Prior to his current work, he served as an engineer in Indonesian consulting firm where he assisted both local and national government on dam design and construction, flood mitigation, coastal protection, and irrigation project.