2022 Switzer Fellows

In 2022, twenty new fellows joined the Switzer Fellowship Network of over 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.

Melinda Adams
University of California Davis
PhD, Native American Studies
Natalia Aristizábal
University of Vermont
PhD, Environment and Natural Resources
Josephine Benson
Dartmouth College
MS, Earth Sciences
Marisol Cira
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nicholas Dorian
Tufts University
PhD, Biology
Ross Feehan
Seamus Guerin
JD, Juris Doctor
Asta Habtemichael
University of Rhode Island
PhD, Chemical Oceanography
Karly Hampshire
University of California San Francisco
David Herrera
Brown University
PhD, Political Science
Abraham Herzog-Arbeitman
PhD, Chemistry
Leslie Hutchins
UC Berkeley
PhD, Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Liz Jacob
Yale University
JD, Juris Doctor
Lily Law
San Jose State University
MS, Environmental Studies
Peter Nguyen
UC Davis
PhD, Geography
Nishaila Porter
Northeastern University
MS, Environmental Science and Policy
Edgar Reyna
MS, Urban and Regional Planning
Gabriela Rodriguez
Yale University
MS, Environmental Management
Amaya Simpson
University of Southern California
MA, Environmental Studies
Chelsi Sparti
UC Berkeley
MS, Energy and Resources

"There is always room to grow in our ability to succinctly and compellingly communicate the importance of the issues we work on to a broader audience. The Switzer Network is providing very valuable training that I am not getting elsewhere."

Lara Cushing

Spotlight on Leadership

Studying the role of infectious disease and perceptions of ecological change
2014 Fellow Andrea Adams’s dissertation research involves the study of disappearing frogs in Southern California. “One species, the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) disappeared from the region during a short period of time in the mid-1960s to early 1970s,” Andrea explains. “One thing that can cause such rapid declines in amphibians is the pathogenic amphibian chytrid fungus. I study this fungus’s distribution and disease dynamics in different amphibian species in Southern California to see if it could have been a major contributing factor to the disappearance of the foothill yellow-legged frog in the region. To do this, I conduct molecular work in the laboratory, as well as field and museum work.”Read more >

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