People

Program Administrators

Lydia Olander

EIF Program Director; Director, Ecosystem Services Program, Nicholas Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Nicholas School
Email 
Phone 919-613-8713

Colette Watt

Program Coordinator
Email 
Phone 919-613-8731

Fellows

Hussain Alshammasi

I’m a 5th year student in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Nicholas school of the Environment working on the economic costs of air pollution.

Axel Berky

I’m a third year student in the Nicholas School of the Environment working on the long term health effects of mixed metal exposures.

Alice Carter

I'm a 4th year student in the University Program in Ecology working on oxygen dynamics and element cycling in rivers.

Travis Dauwalter

I’m a 3rd year PhD student in Public Policy and Economics studying energy policy.

Kimberley Drouin

I’m a  third year student in the Nicholas school working on the ocean surface circulation of the South Atlantic using observational data sets.

Jacqueline Gerson

I am a 4th year student in the University Program in Ecology working on the impacts of mining on trace element movement.

Kat Horvath

I’m a third year student in the Pratt School of Engineering studying Electrical and Computer Engineering working on designing and testing a portable, miniature mass spectrometer.

Brandon Hunter

I’m a 5th year student in the Pratt School of Engineering working on leveraging environmental engineering and science research to address environmental injustices.

Faye Koenigsmark

I'm a 5th year PhD student in Environmental Engineering focussing on mercury geochemistry and its implications for human exposure.

Anna Lewis

I’m a 3rd year student in the Pratt school working on aquatic organism exposure to plastic additives leaching from polyester fibers.

Reshma Nargund

I’m a second year student in the Nicholas school of the Environment working on the environmental and health effects of artisanal gold mining.

Anna Nordseth

I'm a second year in the University Program in Ecology studying tropical plant coexistence and how human disturbances disrupt these mechanisms.

Ekta Patel

I’m a third year student in the Nicholas and Sanford school working on global environmental governance and urban water politics.

Erika Smull

I am a first year PhD student in the Nicholas School working on water supply finance and management.

Maggie Swift

I’m a first year student in the Nicholas School of the Environment, working on biodiversity and global change in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Emily Ury

I am a 4th year student in the University Program in Ecology working on understanding coastal ecosystem response to sea level rise and salinization.

Michael Valerino

Michael Valerino

I am a 4th year PhD Student in Environmental Engineering in the Pratt School researching how dust and air pollution impact global solar energy production.

Paige Varner

I am a 3rd year student in Environmental Engineering working on utilizing bacterial horizontal gene transfer to enhance bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated sediments.

Dana Wright

I’m a 2nd year student in the Marine Science and Conservation program of the Nicholas School working on the ecology and conservation of the critically endangered eastern population of North Pacific right whale.

Instructors

Rachel Coleman

Assistant Director, Duke Graduate Student Career Services

David Monsma

Program Director, The Educational Foundation of America

Lydia Olander

EIF Program Director; Director, Ecosystem Services Program, Nicholas Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Nicholas School

Tim Profeta

Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Jory Weintraub

Science Communication Program Director, Sanford School

Steering Committee

Emily Bernhardt

Department of Biology, Duke Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Martin Doyle

Professor of River Systems Science and Policy, Nicholas School; Director, Water Policy Program, Nicholas Institute

Claudia Gunsch

Pratt School; Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lydia Olander

EIF Program Director; Director, Ecosystem Services Program, Nicholas Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Nicholas School

Maggie Peloso

Vinson & Elkins LLP; Duke PhD alumni

Billy Pizer

Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy; Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute

Norman Wirzba

Divinity School, and Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics

Alumni Mentors

Luke Dollar

Explorer and Wildlife Biologist, National Geographic Society; Adjunct Associate Professor, Nicholas School

Michelle Duval

Fisheries Management and Ocean Resources Consultant, Mellivora Consulting

Jae Edmonds

Chief Scientist and Battelle Fellow, PNNL; Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Krithi K. Karanth

Chief Conservation Scientist and Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nicholas School

Leah Karrer

Sr. Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility

Judy Ledlee

Process Specialist at Black & Veatch

Elizabeth Losos

Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute

Chris Paul

Director of the Masters of Public Administration and Assistant Professor at North Carolina Central University

Maggie Peloso

Vinson & Elkins LLP; Duke PhD alumni

Kyle S. Van Houtan

Chief Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium