ESC (formerly CSP, ESM, RE) Alumni

Graduates of the Ecosystem Science & Conservation program are applying their skills in fulfilling positions in federal agencies, conservation non-profits, state governments, international organizations, the private sector, and regional and local land trusts. 

The Nicholas School’s dedicated Career & Professional Development Center has three full-time staff members to help our graduates achieve their career goals. 

Here are just a few of the employers who have hired our alumni. 

  • USDA Forest Service
  • US National Park Service
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Teton Regional Land Trust
  • Chesapeake Conservancy
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Project Coordinator
Audrey works at a utility-scale solar development company, Core Solar , based in Austin, Texas. She is a project coordinator...
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Conservation Director
Currently Lynnette is the conservation director at Placer Land Trust. PLT works with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently...
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In early 2015, Jack co-founded Kunoa, a vertically integrated Hawaii meat company. Since that time, Kunoa has raised $3.5M in...
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Fish Biologist
Alicia joined a number of Nicholas School alumni at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2013. There, she works to...
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Natural Resource Specialist and Geospatial Data Lead
Ilana Cohen is a Natural Resource Specialist and Geospatial Data Lead with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Washington,...
Project Scientist
Mr. DiLuzio is a Project Scientist at NewFields, a boutique environmental consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. At NewFields, DiLuzio...
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Forest Certification Manager, American Tree Farm System
Kristina currently manages the American Tree Farm System certification program for the American Forest Foundation (AFF), supporting over 70,000 family...
President and CEO
Joel Dunn is president and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy where he provides overall strategic and operational leadership. Joel has...
Forest Analyst
Lauren Fety currently works for The Conservation Fund in northern California. She is involved in the North Coast Forest Conservation...
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Program Manager
After graduating from the Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012 with a Master's of Forestry and Master's of Environmental...
Director of Monitoring and Evaluation
Christy currently lives in rural Tanzania where she works for African People and Wildlife. As the Director of Monitoring and...
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Director, Southern California
Melissa Johnson currently serves as NatureBridge’s Southern California Director, overseeing programs in both Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands National...
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Director of Sales & Client Relations
Immediately following his graduation from the Nicholas School in 2012, Scott worked as a backcountry ranger at Shenandoah National Park...
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Operations and Market Strategy Manager
Thomas has a passion for the environment, making connections, analyzing markets, and developing business strategies that have a positive impact...
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Project Manager
After spending many formative years mucking around in the Chesapeake's marshes, Emily has come full circle and is working to...
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Geospatial Program Manager
Cassandra currently manages the geospatial program and analytical staff of the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center, which uses technology to...
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Wilderness Coordinator
Monica Patel is currently the Project Lead and Wilderness Coordinator for Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS), America's largest national seashore...
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Executive Director
After graduation from the Nicholas school, Chet joined the nature conservancy in Idaho, managing their preserves and easements in eastern...
Marine Economic and Tourist Resource Development Coordinator
Erika is a writer, photographer, and environmental specialist currently living along the Florida Panhandle. She brings communication and environmental science...

CSP Alumni

Founder and Principal
Strategic advisor, sustainability coach, business-development mentor, communications specialist, conservation biologist—It’s hard to put the work Alexa Bach-McElrone does into one...
Landscape Ecologist, Eastern Conservation Science

Career Interests

Career Interests: MEM'06
Analie Barnett is a Landscape Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Conservation Science team and is based in Atlanta, Ga...
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Principal Program Manager
Terah Donovan supports implementation of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan. This regional program allows California's...
Associate Director
Karen Fadely is an Associate Director for Environmental and Social Performance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. MCC is a U.S...
PhD Candidate
Jamie M. Kass is a PhD Candidate at the City University of New York, conducting research at the City College...
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Senior Regional Planner
Cy has used his M.E.M. for watershed planning and management throughout the 12-county Piedmont Triad (Greensboro - High Point -...

ESM Alumni

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Senior Project Manager
Melanie O’Meara, a Senior Project Manager in the New York District’s Regulatory Branch of the United States Army Corps of...

RE Alumni

Bureau of Environmental Services
Jane Bacchieri has been engaged in water quality and watershed management issues at the federal, state, and local levels for...
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Independent consulting
Michael recently transitioned from a 20-year career in corporate sustainability to explore independent consulting and is currently managing several engagements...
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As a native Midwesterner, Julia developed an affinity for the West and its landscape while traveling across the country on...
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Director, Marine Protected Areas Program
Rikki Grober-Dunsmore is a marine ecologist with over 20 years working in the Caribbean, U.S. and South Pacific Islands to...
Principal/Connectivity Ecologist
Since graduating from the Nicholas School, Julia has become a recognized expert in wildlife crossing siting, design and research. Following...
For over twenty years, Julie’s diverse career in environmental conservation has taken her to many different parts of the country...
Now, two postdoctoral fellows at the Nicholas School—Carla Norwood T’96, MEM’01, and Gabriel Cumming—are working to put locavore on the...
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There are a number of reasons for an organization to embrace sustainability. One is the bottom line. If a company...
Assistant Regional Biologist
Carol's career has taken a few twists and turns since being at the Nicholas School. She entered the MEM program...
MASTS Senior Research Fellow
Schick is a MASTS Senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Currently he works in the School of...
Associate Professor and Chair
Laura A. Watt is an associate professor and currently chair of the Environmental Studies and Planning Department at Sonoma State...