Fellows

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.

Macey 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.

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.

Maryam Aida Tidjani

YEAH Fellow (2021)

Maryam is a senior in ecosystem science and sustainability at Colorado state University. She is also an international student from Cameroon. She joined the YEAH fellows this summer. Her interests are in sustainable development, city planning and renewable energy.


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.


Keegan Shealer
YEAH fellow (2021)

Keegan is a senior studying Environmental Policy & Economics at Moravian University. Over the summer of 2021 he interned at PSE&G on the newly formed Renewables and Energy Solutions Team. This Fall and Spring Keegan is working with ICLEI and the PA Department of Environmental Protection, to form a climate action plan for the Lehigh Valley. This is his first semester with the YEAH Network and he is interested in learning more about SDG7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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.

Melissa Morales

YEAH Fellow (2020-2021)

Melissa is an undergraduate student at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA. She is a senior Environmental Science student. Melissa is passionate about conservation ecology and the relationship between invasive plant species and pollinators. She is interested in environmental justice within local government, and she has experience with this through ClearPath (emissions management software suite from ICLEI-USA.) and community engagement. Melissa is dedicated to land conservation to preserve, protect, and better understand our natural resources.

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.

Jacob Genuise

YEAH Fellow (2021-2022)

Jacob (he/him) is a first-year master’s student in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability program at Colorado State University. His work in the Bowser Lab revolves around better understanding pollinators in protected areas and engaging new perspectives in climate change negotiations. He is interested broadly in international climate change negotiations, people’s perceptions of climate science and climate action, and interdisciplinary approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation!

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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 Math 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.


Sarah Viders
YEAH fellow (2021)

Sarah is studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is from Lone Tree, Colorado and is a senior, graduating in December. She is in the process of applying to law school for Fall 2022, to become an environmental lawyer. Her passions include water law and environmental policy and this is her first semester as a YEAH Fellow. She is grateful for this opportunity to work with so many different people, and to begin to understand the details of international policy.

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.

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.

Alexis Pascaris

YEAH Fellow (2021)

Alexis is a research scientist with experience working on issues at the nexus of renewable energy, policy, technology, and society. She graduated from Michigan Technological University in April 2021 with her Master of Science degree in Environmental & Energy Policy and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. Her research is focused on how renewable energy transitions and land use optimization can be advanced through agrivoltaic system development. It is her vocation to be of service in solving our world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Shane French

YEAH Fellow (2021-2022)

Shane 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. He 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.

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Nassy Khademimoshgenani
YEAH fellow (2021)

Nassy is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the chemistry department of Michigan Technological University (MTU) Houghton, Michigan. Her research focuses on characterization of dissolved organic matter in marine environments and elucidation of the molecular and optical properties of these complex organic mixtures. She is also interested in finding the linkages between natural organic matter and climate change.


Amanda Pastore
YEAH fellow (2021)

Amanda is a second year Masters student at the University of Connecticut in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She went to UConn for her undergraduate as well, where she became a McNair Scholar and completed research on responses of a plankton species (Daphnia magna) to its predator. Later, she examined how rising CO2 levels will impact these predator-prey dynamics in the future. Currently, she is studying the same species to understand how evolution acts on variation in plasticity!


YEAH Alumni



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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.

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. 

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.

Emily Faulks

YEAH Fellow (2020-2021)

Casmali Lopez

YEAH Fellow (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 special interest in indigenous politics, mathematical economics, and thinking through the lens of other possible worlds.