YEAH 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. Her research aims to track pollinators using citizen science tools and historical datasets to better understand the future of biodiversity within conserved spaces.

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.

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. He strives to create empathy and compassion for the Earth in a creative and inclusive way. Also, he loves sharing different perspectives on the natural environments we are a part of with a sense of positivity.


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 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. 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 SDG 7.


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. Her research focuses on responses of a plankton species to its predator and how rising CO2 levels will impact these predator-prey dynamics. Currently, she is studying the same species to understand how evolution acts on variation in plasticity!


Emmeline Kelley
YEAH fellow (2021)

Emmeline is a senior Environmental Studies major at Colorado College. She is interested in renewable energy and environmental economics with experience working in the field. Emmeline served as an intern at the New York Green Bank, which invests in projects that demonstrate greenhouse gas emissions reductions. She also had an internship with Goldman Sachs in the asset management division where she gained exposure to Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investing.


Diellza Muriqi
YEAH fellow (2021)

Diellza (she/her) is an Economics student at Colorado College. She is interested in water resources and management. Her experience consists of research in Colorado and the overall Upper Basin. Two summers ago, she worked on a literature review that examined the economic impacts of water demand management in the Upper Basin. This summer, Diellza researched the town of Castle Rock, where she looked at what has been done to manage water scarcities, and the behavioral economics of communicating water rates.

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.

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. Her research is focused on how renewable energy transitions and land use optimization can be advanced through agrivoltaic system development.

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. Currently, she is working as a Teaching Associate for Monash University, 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.

Nassy Khademimoshgenani
YEAH fellow (2021)

Nassy is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the chemistry department of Michigan Technological University (MTU). Her research focuses on characterizing and understanding dissolved organic matter in marine environments. She is also interested in finding the linkages between natural organic matter and climate change.


Charles Doktycz
YEAH fellow (2021)

Charles is a doctoral student in Civil Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He earned his M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His current research focuses on risk assessment of infrastructure systems impacted by severe weather as a result of climate change.


Kaydee Barker
YEAH fellow (2021)

Kaydee is a traveler/business consultant/communicator turned soil ecologist, currently pursuing her B.S. in Ecosystems Science and Sustainability and a minor in Soil Science at Colorado State University. Her research interests focus on understanding plant-soil interactions and biogeochemical cycling to provide a basis for making decisions about management of natural resources for climate change mitigation, food security, and global environmental justice. 


YEAH Alumni



Madeline Allen

YEAH Fellow (2021)

Madeline is a 1st year PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Vanderbilt University. She is committed to supporting data-driven land, resource, and emergency management decisions through GIS- and remote-sensing-based research.

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. Her experiences interacting with people domestically and internationally has helped her working toward a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future.

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.

Melissa Morales

YEAH Fellow (2020-2021)

Melissa is an undergraduate student at Moravian College. She is a senior student in Environmental Science, who is passionate about conservation ecology and the relationship between invasive plant species and pollinators. She is also interested in environmental justice within local government,

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. 

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.

Elyse Goin

YEAH Fellow (Fall 2020)

Elyse completed a BS degree in Marine Biology at UC San Diego. Upon graduating, she started working as a science interpreter at the Birch Aquarium and she acquired the talents to teach ocean, earth, and climate science. Now, she is pursuing a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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.


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.

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.

Mireille Gonzalez

YEAH Fellow (2021)

Mireille is a social and behavioral scientist with a research background in environmental anthropology and conservation psychology. Her current research focuses on characterizing and mitigating social conflict surrounding conservation issues and enhancing environmental justice.

Emily Faulks

YEAH Fellow (2020-2021)