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 four full-time staff members to help our graduates achieve their career goals. 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
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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Habitat Exchange Program Specialist
Audrey grew up in the high and dry panhandle plains of Texas, where crop fields, grazing pastures, and feed yards...
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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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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,...
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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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President and CEO
Joel Dunn is president and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy where he provides overall strategic and operational leadership. Joel has...
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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...
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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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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...
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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

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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...
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Landscape Ecologist, Eastern Conservation Science
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...
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Associate Director
Karen Fadely is an Associate Director for Environmental and Social Performance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. MCC is a U.S...
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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

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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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Director, Corporate Sustainability
Michael joined Lowe’s in 2002 to guide the company’s sustainability direction having previously worked at Champion International (forest products) and...
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Founder
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...
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Principal/Connectivity Ecologist
Since graduating from the Nicholas School, Julia has become a recognized expert in wildlife crossing siting, design and research. Following...
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Coordinator
For over twenty years, Julie’s diverse career in environmental conservation has taken her to many different parts of the country...
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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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Manager
There are a number of reasons for an organization to embrace sustainability. One is the bottom line. If a company...
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Assistant Regional Biologist
Carol's career has taken a few twists and turns since being at the Nicholas School. She entered the MEM program...
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MASTS Senior Research Fellow
Schick is a MASTS Senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Currently he works in the School of...
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Associate Professor and Chair
Laura A. Watt is an associate professor and currently chair of the Environmental Studies and Planning Department at Sonoma State...