Meet the Inaugural Cohort of the Earth Institute Summer Intern Program – State of the Planet

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Meet the Inaugural Cohort of the Earth Institute Summer Intern Program

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In this summer’s Beyond Basic Science program, these undergraduates and educators will work on research projects that connect the science of climate change to people and communities.

The Earth Institute is excited to introduce the first cohort of interns for the Beyond Basic Science – Connecting Climate to Communities program. This program, led by Cassie Xu and Joshua Fisher, will offer an opportunity for eight undergraduates and four K12 educators to join research projects across the Earth Institute for 10 weeks in summer 2021.

This program is designed to provide participants with experience in connecting the science of climate change to people and communities through applied research. Cohort members will work with stakeholders on real-world challenges while gaining valuable skills in research competence and fluency in scientific processes. A key aspect of this program is that it aims to increase participation and diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by providing a pathway to engage students and educators from diverse geographies, academic institutions, and backgrounds. It is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

The Earth Institute aspires to work with stakeholders to develop new and deeper understanding of the science behind climate-related issues and to identify pathways toward greater and more effective collaboration in the world’s climate crisis. For the Beyond Basic Science program, researchers from across Earth Institute will serve as mentors for the participants. The backgrounds of the mentors reflects how a diversity of disciplines and paradigms is needed to confront these challenges, with mentors including economists, legal researchers, climate scientists, urban planners, sociologists, and environmental scientists all hosting participants at their departments this summer. Climate change is an intersectional issue and climate research is now evolving to begin addressing this issue with concepts of social justice, corporate responsibility, and systemic racism. The impacts of climate change are felt first and hardest by those who have contributed the least to climate change. Some of the mentors for this year’s cohort recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that emphasizes the importance of working directly with community stakeholders to best help them.

All of the projects in this year’s Beyond Basic Science program center around climate change and participatory research, so members of the cohort will gain valuable skills in working to engage multiple stakeholders in their knowledge development process. We are excited to bring together such an incredible group of students and educators to continue the work of connecting scientists, communities, and policy makers.

Welcome to the following members of the 2021 Beyond Basic Science cohort.

Undergraduate Students:

tareen haque headshotTareen Haque

Major: Environmental Earth Systems Science

School: Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York

Project: Advancing Climate Justice

Mentors: Thad Pawlowski and Johanna Lovecchio, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

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Major: Biotechnology/Data Science

School: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Project: Protected Area Management & Natural Resource Governance: Exploring Pathways for Environmental Sustainability & Peacebuilding

Mentor: Joshua Fisher, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity

sanica headshotSanica Manglorkar

Major: Geosciences (Concentration in Environmental Geosciences)

School: Georgia State University

Project: Projecting Climate Change Induced Migration and Displacement in Africa

Mentor: Alex de Sherbinin, Center for International Earth Science Information Network

cassie headshotCassandra O’Connor

Major: Meteorology

School: Florida Institute of Technology

Project: Supporting Short- and Medium-Term Anticipatory Action and Policy Development in Climate Security and Food Systems

Mentor: Andrew Kruczkiewicz, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

melissa headshotMelissa Olivar

Major: Sociology/International Studies

Minor: Human Right Studies

School: City College of New York

Project: Youth, Peace, and Security

Mentor: Joan Camilo Lopez, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity

daniella headshotDaniella Passariello

Major: Business and Global Affairs

Minor: Environmental Studies


School: Georgetown University

Project: Strengthening Undernutrition Early Warning Systems in Colombia and Guatemala

Mentors: Ángel G. Muñoz and Carmen González Romero, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

raven headshotRaven Rouseau

Major: Environmental Science/Engineering

Minor: Mathematics


School: Spelman College

Project: Population Exposure Estimates in Proximity to Nuclear Power Plants

Mentor: Dara Mendeloff, Center for International Earth Science Information Network

daisy headshotDaisy Zapata

Major: Biology

School: Quinnipiac University

Project: Racial Inequalities and Disasters

Mentors: Thomas Chandler and Joshua DeVincenzo, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Educators:

edita headshotEdita O’Brien

School: Curtis High School, Staten Island, NY

Project: Protected Area Management and Natural Resource Governance & Supporting Short- and Medium-Term Anticipatory Action and Policy Development in Climate Security and Food Systems

Mentors: Joshua Fisher and Andrew Kruczkiewicz; International Research Institute for Climate and Society

lea headshotLea Buena

School: Pelham Lab High School, New York, NY

Project: Racial Inequalities and Disasters


Mentors: Thomas Chandler and Joshua DeVincenzo, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Mentors: Thomas Chandler and Joshua DeVincenzo, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

sal headshotSalvatore Puglisi

School: The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management, New York, NY

Project: Advancing Climate Justice

Mentors: Thad Pawlowski and Johanna Lovecchio, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

tina headshotTina Ahmadi

School: Pike High School, Indianapolis, IN

Project: Racial Inequalities and Disasters

Mentors: Thomas Chandler and Joshua DeVincenzo, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

We are incredibly excited to be offering this opportunity and cannot wait to see the final research projects of the cohort!


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