2020 Switzer Fellows

In 2020, twenty new fellows joined the Switzer Fellowship Network of almost 700 Switzer Fellows located across the country and around the world. Read about them and their work below. To find information on fellowship alumni, please go to the Find an Expert section of our website where you can search by name, region, and area of expertise.

James Alejandro Artiga-Purcell
University of California Santa Cruz
Ph.D, Environmental Studies
Naomi Beyeler
University of California San Francisco
Ph.D, Global Health Sciences
Camila Bustos
Yale Law School
JD, Law
Lucia Calderon
University of California Berkeley
MPH, MCP, Public Health & City Planning
Christina De Jesus Villanueva
University of Rhode Island
Ph.D, Biological and Environmental Sciences
Kristin Dobbin
University of California Davis
Ph.D, Ecology
Demi Espinoza
Antioch University Los Angeles
MA, Urban Sustainability
Raven Graf
Harvard Kennedy School
MPP, Masters in Public Policy
Oscar Gutierrez
University of California San Diego
Ph.D, Ethnic Studies
Jade Johnson
San Diego State University
MS, Public Health
Natalie Lounsbury
University of New Hampshire
Ph.D, Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science
Gillian Lui
Yale University
MBA, Business Administration
Kelly Luis
University of Massachusetts Boston
Ph.D, Marine Science and Technology
Hannah Mittelstaedt
University of Maine at Orono
Ph.D, Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Katie Pofahl
Yale University
MEM, Environmental Management
Luis Rodriguez-Cruz
University of Vermont
Ph.D, Food Systems
Monika Shankar
UCLA
MURP, Environmental Analysis and Policy
Ashley Stewart
Yale University
MESc, Environmental Science
Evelyn Valdez-Ward
University of California Irvine
Ph.D, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Idalmis Vaquero
UCLA
JD, Law

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Lara Cushing

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Bringing field ecology online
If outdoor learning were a religion, Erika Zavaleta would be among its foremost acolytes. An online ecology course, she realized, could attract students who would never consider taking a class requiring live field trips. By bringing field biology to a broader range of people, Zavaleta hopes the course will help broaden racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in ecology and environmental studies. “I’m interested in making more ways for people to have an entry point to get interested in conservation, an internship at a reserve, or taking a class with a field component.”Read more >

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