Kyle Strayer '16
Outreach Coordinator, SLCGreen
After completing the ENVST program at the University of Utah, Kyle has been working for Salt Lake City's Department of Sustainability as the Outreach Coordinator. This involves assisting in educational outreach campaigns, developing online content, and managing SLCGreen's student interns. The combination of working on sustainability issues and visual media has been a rewarding result of the position and Kyle is continually seeking to further develop his skills and education in the field..
Sara Baldwin Auck '05
Director, Regulatory Program at Interstate Renewable Energy Council(IREC)
As IREC’s Regulatory Program Director, Sara is responsible for managing the development of IREC’s regulatory strategy, establishing priorities for engagement, and assisting with the strategy implementation. Prior to joining IREC, Sara served as Senior Policy and Regulatory Associate at Utah Clean Energy, a non-profit organization where she was responsible for directing and implementing strategic policy and regulatory efforts relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Utah and the West. Her involvement in state, federal, and local policy efforts has led to the adoption of several policies that help level the playing field for clean energy,including net metering, interconnection, third-party financing, and commercial PACE, among others. She has served as Project Manager for numerous successful projects.
Kelsey Howard, '14
Graduate Student, University of Utah
Kelsey is currently attending graduate school at the University of Utah in the geography department. Her Master’s research is focused on studying paleoecology and spring productivity in Utah’s west desert by reconstructing past fire and vegetation histories, as well as past climates through the use of pollen and charcoal from wetland sediments. An anticipated goal of her research is to determine spring activity related to Paleo-Indian and recent human occupation in western Utah. Kelsey became interested in paleoecology as an undergraduate while researching the fire history of a wetland in Mexico under Jennifer Watt and Andrea Brunelle. She also competed two semesters of undergraduate research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This research focused on investigating the impacts of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on vegetation in the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Colin P. Ganong, '12
Environmental Planner-Transcon Environmental, Inc.
Consulting for electric and gas utilities in California and throughout the western United States, Colin leads early stage feasibility, siting and routing, and constraints analyses for linear infrastructure in environmentally sensitive locations. In addition to early stage planning work, Colin has extensive experience with federal and state environmental compliance regulations and has collaborated with most major federal land management agencies. Colin was recently appointed to the board of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals as Communications Co-Director. Although he now considers himself a full-time desk jockey, Colin looks back fondly on his fieldwork-focused internships. Colin's first college internship was with Utah Open Lands where he worked as a field technician and his second internship was with the Utah BLM were he helped develop visual resource inventories throughout the beautiful state of Utah.
Norah Olley, '11
Associate, Origin Climate
Kim Hall, '08
Black Diamond Equipment - Retail Marketing Coordinator
Kim added Environmental and Sustainability Studies as a second major due to her passions for adventuring in the outdoors-wanting to be educated about the places in which she adventured. Her passion for outdoor activities has lead her to a career with Black Diamond Equipment. Kim has worked her way through the company, from the Black Diamond Retail Store to Direct to Consumer Sales and now Marketing. As the Retail Marketing Coordinator Kim is responsible for the creation, development and implementation of all in-store marketing programs, services and tools, as well as all merchandising components of branded environments, such as tradeshows, company meetings and events. Although working for the outdoor industry was not a part of the "plan," Kim has great enjoyed the challenges it presents and still pulls from the knowledge she gained from her time as an Environmental Studies student.
S. McKenzie Skiles, '08
Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
McKenzie is a California Institute of Technology postdoctoral researcher working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Her research interests include snow hydrology, snow optics, and cryosphere-climate interaction. McKenzie grew up in Anchorage, AK and her research is motivated by both her love of snow and concern over climate and land use change impacts. After completing a double major in Geography and Environmental Studies in 2008, she went on to complete a MS in Geography (also at the University of Utah) in 2010, and a PhD in Geography at the University of California- Los Angeles in 2014. Her graduate work focused mainly on the impacts of light absorbing aerosols in snow in the Colorado River Basin, but she has also completed fieldwork in the Sierra Nevada, European Alps, and Greenland. McKenzie has received multiple awards for her research, including an Water Resources Research Editor's Choice Award for her her article 'Dust radiative forcing in snow of the Upper Colorado River Basin: Part II. Interannual variability in radiative forcing and snowmelt rates'.
Brandon B. Lee, '05
ABSG Consulting Inc. Arlington, VA
Director, Environmental and Economic Policy and Regulation
Mr. Lee leads and manages projects related to environmental, regulatory, economic, and security risk-related issues for ABS Consulting, a maritime risk firm. Mr. Lee has led projects analyzing environmental impacts in the Western U.S., regional, national, and international air emissions and climate change, air and water regulations. Mr. Lee has analyzed carbon emissions and emissions pricing, the efficacy of various trading, and control models. Mr. Lee has conducted studies of the impact of aquatic invasive species from ballast water and biofouling and has helped technology companies understand the rules and regulations for government certification and approval. Mr. Lee has also drafted environmental safety regulations for the ports of Abu Dhabi; environmental discharge regulations for the U.S. Coast Guard fleet, and other environmental policies.
Jason Robison, '03
Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law
Professor Robison's research and teaching interests generally revolve around water law and related areas of environmental and natural resources law and policy. He began his work in this field while earning a B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Utah and subsequently completed a J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law, as well as an LL.M. and S.J.D. at Harvard Law School. Professor Robison has held law and policy positions with the Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon Supreme Court, Water Security Initiative at Harvard University, Colorado River Governance Initiative at University of Colorado Law School, and Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School. He also has worked as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard History Department, and Environmental Science and Public Policy Program at Harvard College. Of central importance within Professor Robison’s scholarship is the elaborate body of laws governing allocation and management of water within the Colorado River Basin (colloquially, the “Law of the River”)—a subject on which he had the exceptional opportunity of writing his S.J.D. dissertation while in residence at the University of Utah as a visiting scholar graciously hosted by the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and the College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center.