Fellows and Alumni

YEAH Fellows are graduate or senior-level undergraduate students who act as mentors and peers to facilitate student teams participating in multitudinous virtual classrooms organized by the YEAH Network. A critical responsibility of YEAH Fellows is to prepare students to have the common vision of sharing knowledge and experience gained in the YEAH classrooms at international platforms like the Conference of Parties (COP). Fellows are nominated by YEAH member institutions for periods ranging from a month to a year or more.

Sarah Whipple, Lead (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Sarah is a 3rd year PhD Student actively working toward doctoral candidacy at the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. Her research aims to track pollinators (bees and butterflies) in protected areas using citizen science tools and historical datasets to better understand the future of biodiversity within conserved spaces.

Emma Conrad-Rooney (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Emma is the Lab Manager/Senior Research Technician for the Templer Lab in the Biology Department at Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. She is interested in how forest biogeochemistry is affected by climate change and urbanization.

Ally Murphy Pauletto (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Allyson is a double major at Colorado State University in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and International Studies with minors in Spanish and International Development. She is a member of the CSU Women’s Varsity Soccer Team, the Rambition Women’s Leadership Group, the Vice President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and a member of the CSU Honors College. She is a lively, committed, and driven young woman dedicated to building relationships and bridges to find sustainable solutions in her community. Her campus community involvement includes Reading with the Rams and the CSU middle school outreach program. Her experiences interacting with people domestically and internationally has helped form her person and conscience into a dedicated global citizen working toward a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future.

Macy Halgren (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Macey is a graduate student at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. Her research concentration is International Climate Governance, and she is passionate about environmental justice.

Melissa Morales (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Melissa is an undergraduate student at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA. She is a senior Environmental Science student who is passionate about forest and behavioral ecology.

Mireille Gonzalez (YEAH Fellow 2021)

Mireille is a social and behavioral scientist with a research background in environmental anthropology and conservation psychology. She is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department at Colorado State University and received her BA in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley and her MSc in Primate Behavior and Ecology from Central Washington University. She has experience working with a variety of cultural groups and animal species, and a special interest in keystone species, predators, wildlife governance, and the human-wildlife interface. Her current research focuses on characterizing and mitigating social conflict surrounding conservation issues, facilitating collaborative conservation, and enhancing environmental justice, and diversity and inclusion in natural resource management.

Madeline Allen (YEAH Fellow 2021)

Madeline is a 1st year PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is exploring the ways humans interact with and alter the landscape through the built environment, with an emphasis on extreme weather event preparedness and climate-related adaptations. She is committed to supporting data-driven land, resource, and emergency management decisions through GIS- and remote-sensing-based research.

Jaden Wrightsman (YEAH Fellow 2021)

Jaden is an undergraduate at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a senior studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability with a special interest in urban ecology and sustainable development, hoping to tie them into his future career.

Emily Faulks, (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Shane French (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Shane French is a sustainability educator and enabler who is highly skilled in environmental awareness, education, community engagement and training; including twenty years' experience developing, leading and delivering community and grassroots sustainability programs to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students, professional audiences and the general public. Shane strives to create empathy and compassion for the Earth in a creative and inclusive way, approaching his work with integrity for the planet and community. Shane loves sharing different perspectives on the natural environments we are a part of with a sense of positivity, and helping people feel more connected to their natural surroundings. Shane is currently studying the Master of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University, and loves cricket, Australian Rules football and tinkering in his shed.

Brij Parmar (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Brij is an Industrial Designer and throughout his career has worked on a range of interdisciplinary and creative projects. He has experience working in design and manufacturing companies and educational settings. Brij is a committed student of music and martial arts and has been involved in many community projects. He is currently a casual tutor at the Victorian College of Arts (University of Melbourne). His passion for education and sustainability have led him to study a Master of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University.

Nicole Cowan (YEAH Fellow 2020-2021)

Nicole Cowan is a student of the Masters of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has also completed a Bachelor's Degree in Science majoring in zoology and has a strong interest in conservation biology. Nicole also has a background in education and completed a Diploma in Education and taught Science and Maths in secondary schools. Currently, she is working as a Teaching Associate for Monash University in the Education Faculty, with a focus on sustainability in the classroom.

2020 YEAH Alumni

Zach Ginn (YEAH Fellow Fall 2020)

Zach is an undergraduate student at Colorado College, majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology with a minor in Anthropology. He is an avid climber and skier, with interests in pollinator ecology and human resilience.

Elyse Goin (YEAH Fellow Fall 2020)

Elyse completed a BS degree in Marine Biology at UC San Diego, CA, USA. During her undergraduate studies, she learned from a wide array of scientists and participated in laboratory experiences. Upon graduating, she started working as a science interpreter at the Birch Aquarium and soon after she became an instructor. There, Elyse acquired the talents to teach ocean, earth, and climate science to guests from the age of 1 to 100 on land or sea. She has also worked for the Escondido Creek Conservancy as a Facilitator, leading groups of local children through the watershed habitat. Now, she is pursuing a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, looking to bridge the gap between scientists, lawmakers, and the public. Elyse wants to be able to work with international governments to influence coastal communities.

Casmali Lopez (YEAH Fellow Fall 2020)

Casmali is an undergraduate student at Colorado College, Colorado Spring, CO, USA. He is a lifelong grass-roots organizer and a member of the Chumash Community. He has a special interest in indigenous politics, mathematical economics, and thinking through the lens of other possible worlds.

Amna Ijaz (YEAH Fellow Fall 2020)

Amna is a PhD candidate and Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan in the Department of Chemistry of Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular nature of complex environmental (organic matter) mixtures from soil, water, and air using sophisticated analytical techniques, particularly high-resolution mass spectrometry.