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Ben Morelli
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Ben Morelli is a second year candidate for the Masters of Environmental Management degree at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He received his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in Ecological Engineering with an emphasis on water resources. His research and academic interests are in the field of industrial ecology where he focuses on materials and their embodied social and environmental impacts.  He has a particular interest in developing tools for results communication, benchmarking, and uncertainty analysis that can advance both the validity and usability of study results.  Ben hopes to use life cycle data to inform conscientious consumer choice, and to encourage product differentiation along environmental and social lines.  He plans to focus these efforts in the building sector.  
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Veronique Bourg-Meyer

Veronique Bourg-Meyer is a second-year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She has 5 years of experience as an attorney specialized in infrastructure project financing and project development in emerging markets for international law firms, with a specific emphasis on public private partnerships and integrated infrastructure projects. She is licensed to practice law in NY State and in France. She also assisted Vermont-based non-profit organizations in land use law and policy studies aimed at informing policy makers on the issue of forest fragmentation in New England. She is interested in supporting good public and private environmental decision-making through the use of industrial ecology tools, systems thinking, good governance, and environmental communication. Vero is especially interested in the impacts of infrastructure on ecosystem services on a large scale. Vero is a native of Paris, France, a ski fanatic and when she was 16, she went scuba diving with a great blue whale.
Colin Brown
Colin Brown

Colin is a second year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His interests lie at the intersection of agriculture and the environment, particularly the ways in which the impacts of agriculture on water resources and climate change might be reduced. Prior to Yale, Colin led biological research for a vertical farming startup in Silicon Valley and coordinated urban forestry efforts in San Jose, CA. More recently, he has researched the effects of changing precipitation on grasslands in Inner Mongolia. Colin received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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Jacob Bukoski

Jacob is a first year Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to attending Yale, Jacob spent three years in Thailand conducting freelance research on snake ecology, energy and buildings, and carbon sequestration in mangrove forests. After spending the summer of 2014 at the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Versailles, Paris, his research interests now focus on sustainable development in both urban and rural communities of the global tropics. Jacob received his Bachelor of Environmental Studies with a concentration in energy and sustainability from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Sam Cohen

Sam is a first year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His interest lies in water resource management and protection, particularly in the face of global climate change. Prior to Yale, Sam worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency on climate change adaptation in the water sector. Sam received a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Physics from the University of Michigan. 
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Zoraya Hightower

Zoraya is a joint Masters degree candidate in Environmental Management and International & Development Economics. She focuses on policy analysis, particularly for systems such as energy, water, and waste management. Zoraya worked as an outdoor educator, a legal file clerk, and interned with the UN Industrial Development Organisation and the US Department of Energy. As a German Okie from Tulsa, Zoraya enjoys the unconventional juxtaposition of ideas. He craziest ambition is to quantitatively define sustainability in a way that makes sense qualitatively. Or to be a human Lorax. 
Mohammad Aatish Khan
Mohammad Aatish Khan

Mohammad is a Fulbright – Nehru Master’s Fellow 2014 and is a first year student in Masters in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is focusing on the application of advanced analytical approaches for understanding complexities and synergies between environmental program design and policy implications in developing countries. He started his professional career as a volunteer working in the tribal areas of Bastar, CG. Since last five years in an International non-profit, he worked with government agencies, international bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations and private firms on more than 30 thematic diverse projects focusing on natural resources, climate change, poverty alleviation, ​governance, REDD plus and development. His area of expertise evaluation, proposal development, project and program planning, team management, budgeting, stakeholder engagement and policy advocacy. ​Prior to Yale, he studied M​BA​ in Environmental Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM)​, Bhopal​ and ​Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Communications from Rajiv Gandhi Tech. University​, India​.    
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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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Lindsey Ratcliff

Lindsey is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on Water Resource Management. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a specialization in Natural Resource Policy. 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. Lindsey is inspired by wild mountain landscapes and loves to ski, fish, and hike.  
Sarah Sugar
Sarah Sugar

Sarah is a second-year Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Although her interests are broad, her degree focus revolves around domestic policy related to environmental impact analysis and public engagement, particularly for aquatic ecosystems. Before returning to school, she worked for several years as an envionmental scientist for the California State Lands Commission, analyzing the implications of proposed projects for both the environment and the Public Trust. Her projects were diverse, ranging from dust control in the Eastern Sierra to acoustic testing off California's 
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Latha Swamy 

Latha is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). She is passionate about international forest policy & governance, food security, public health, gender, the linkages between these in the midst of global environmental change, and their effects on those living in poverty. Prior to her time at F&ES, she was in a combined degree program pursuing an MD in clinical medicine and a PhD in Systems Neuroscience. During her research, Latha sought to better understand how human brains integrate information from a variety of senses – for example, what we see and what we hear – and how that ultimately affects how we process sounds, as well as how this process differs in individuals who are deaf.  She also has extensive clinical training and clinic management experience at both a municipal hospital in NYC and at a free weekend community health clinic for the uninsured in the South Bronx. Prior to making the transition to the environmental field, Latha completed a Community Organizing Fellowship with Physicians for a National Health Program focusing on strategies to engage medical students and residents to advocate for universal healthcare in the US. Currently, Latha serves as the UN Youth Representative at Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), sits on the Junior Board of EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), and is completing a certificate in Urban Agriculture at Just Food NYC. At Yale, Latha leads both the International Development & Environment and Environmental & Social Entrepreneurship student interest groups, edits for the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and is an elected representative on the Student Affairs Committee. She holds an MSc in Neuroscience and Clinical Investigation from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a BS in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia.


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Aaron Willis

Aaron is a second 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.