NRSM Student Award Recipients
Please see below for a list of our graduate students who have recently received fellowships, grants, or other honors for their academic and/or professional achievements.
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Hannah Jo is a new Ph.D. student in our Economics, Policy, Management and Society track.
Advisor: Dr. Mae Davenport
Hannah is the recipient of this prestigious award for her project entitled: (Re)Imagining the City: Urban Agriculture, Policy, and Social Justice in Minneapolis. "At their core, debates over urban agriculture are about who has the right to control land, for what purposes, and who has the power to decide. While often framed as a new phenomenon, urban agriculture has long been used to inscribe and contest social hierarchies on the physical landscape. Taking Minneapolis as an example, I use methods from history and social science to trace urban agriculture debates over the last century beginning with Progressive Era city beautification efforts through to contemporary policies that govern access to land. My project speaks to pressing issues in urban history, food studies, and participatory policymaking." Hannah's host center is the Institute for Advanced Study, with Dr. Greg Donofrio serving as her mentor.
Adivsor: Dr. Kristen Nelson
Jamie Mosel - NRSM Fellowship for 2017-18
I have a Bachelors of Arts in history and biology from St. Olaf College, after which I spent a year in Hokkaido (Japan) as a Fulbright fellow studying forest sciences. I graduated with my Master's degree from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, where my work focused on conifer physiology in response to drought and drought acclimation.
Broadly, my research interests include forest science, ecology, succession, and the effects of climate change. In particular, I am interested in how ecosystems, especially trees, are affected by abiotic stresses such as heat and drought related to climate change. I am also interested in how we interact with the land, and the inclusion of traditional knowledge and Native nations.
I am a part of the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change project.
Advisors: Dr. Rebecca Montgomery and Dr. Matt Russell.
Martha Sebald - NRSM Fellowship for 2017-18
I graduated from Whitman College in WA in 2014 with studies in math and economics, and have spent the last few years in the Twin Cities working in investments and wealth management for a large family office in St. Paul.
A few of my research interests include natural resource economics and policy, private family forests, conservation finance, and working land management.
Advisor: Dr. Michael Kilgore
Neal Pastick - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) Recipient for 2017-18
Neal Pastick is a physical scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – Earth Resources Observation and Science Center and a Ph.D. candidate enrolled in the Natural Resources Science and Management Program at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He has conducted remote sensing research for ecological science applications over the past 7 years, having served on a number of working groups for NASA’s terrestrial ecology program. He is broadly interested in how terrestrial ecosystems are impacted by climate change in terms of their composition and function, and how these responses will feedback to the climate system. Much of his research has focused on permafrost landscapes in northern high-latitude regions, as arctic and boreal ecosystems are highly sensitive to climate and disturbance-induced change. A significant component of his work involves spatial analysis and quantitative modeling using multidisciplinary datasets to better understand ecosystem processes and conditions. He currently works on a number of projects funded by NASA’S Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, the U.S. Geological Survey Biological Sequestration (LandCarbon) Program, and the U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Resource Program. He has published nine referred manuscripts as a student and his research has been covered by numerous news agencies (e.g. the Guardian, the Washington Post) and popular magazines (e.g. Scientific American).
Advisor: Dr. Joe Knight
Annie Hawkinson - Bell Museum, Avian Conservation Fellowship for 2017-18
Annie has been interested in avian conservation since she attended the University of MN, Morris in 2013 and graduated with a degree in biology. She has worked for avian research centers in the neotropics and is currently studying the effects of season of fire on avian communities in brushland at the UMN.
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Montgomery
Megan Butler - ICGC, Global Food Security Fellowship for 2017-18
I am a doctoral student in the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Science and Management Program.
Academically my interests focus upon the human dimensions of natural resource management and community engagement/participation. For my thesis research, I am investigating the factors that enable or constrain equitable and effective Community Forest Enterprise (CFE) governance within the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I spent several years as an environmental educator and community organizer in the United States and Latin America and obtained my masters in international development practice from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. After obtaining my degree, I hope to continue working with communities threatened by environmental degradation throughout Latin America to facilitate the development of effective models of community natural resource management and solve problems related to unsustainable or unjust resource management. In my free time, I enjoy long distance running and volunteer as a Spanish/English language interpreter.
Advisor: Dr. Dean Current
Orli Handmaker - NSF Fellowship for 2017-18
Orli is driven by her desire to find solutions that address sustainability holistically through social, environmental, and economic lenses. More specifically, she is interested in the why and how of decision-making processes and wants to understand how different education and information sharing processes can impact people's attitudes and behaviors around sustainability. She aims to research how explicit teaching of the interconnections between human and natural systems using an ecosystem services approach might change the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of individuals and communities. For the past year, she has worked with the Natural Capital Project, supporting a variety of ecosystem services based projects that take an interdisciplinary approach to protecting our planet and its resources. Previously, she worked in international agriculture and food security development programs and in Spanish education in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Advisors: Dr. Bonnie Keeler and Dr. Stephen Polasky