Our Students & Alumni

The best environmental solutions come from a wide variety of perspectives. MES students have a range of academic and life experiences, and alumni go on to many different careers.

Our graduates go on to many different environmental careers and studies:

  • Develop and run non-profit organizations
  • Work for national, state, local, and tribal governments
  • Resource management, research, and policy development
  • Environmental education and outreach

Many also continue further study, earning Ph.D.s or additional professional degrees.

Get to know some of our MES students and alumni and hear about their successes and experiences in their own words.

MES Alumni

Christine Svetkovich

Christine Svetkovitch, 2000

Completing MES started Christine on a journey that led from environmental education and community development in the Russian Far East all the way back to the Pacific Northwest. Now she works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, focusing on policy and implementation. Read about Christine’s experiences and advice.

Brian Footen

Brian Footen, 2001

Brian’s company Flying FishViews has demonstrated a dramatic new approach to storytelling and environmental study that takes people on a journey of exploration and discovery above and below the water. Read more about Brian and Flying FishViews in The Evergreen Magazine.

Jana Fischback

Jana Fischback, 2014

Jana knew grad school was the right answer for her, and once she discovered her passion for sustainability, only Evergreen could help her get up to speed with the sciences while developing her professional skills. See how the MES program helped Jana grow.

Current MES Students

Paige Anderson

Paige Anderson—Bellingham, Washington

I want to find a way to intersect all of my interests into a lifelong passion that I can gain inspiration from every day. GIS, environmental policy, bioregional ecology and identity, and natural resource management fascinate me. Read the rest of Paige’s story.

Arielle Simmons

Arielle Simmons—New Jersey

The Evergreen State College is a school of leaders. It is my hope to learn how to make a substantive positive impact for our common environment—as a leader, as a woman, and as a global citizen. Read the rest of Arielle’s story.

Josh Carter

Josh Carter—Juneau, Alaska

My main fields of interest are sociology and biology. I like working with plants, and I believe they hold the solution to many of our world's problems. But my interests are pretty broad; if I can be a polymath I will be. Read the rest of Josh’s story.

Rhianna Hruska

Rhianna Hruska—Orange County, California

In my first year alone, I learned about concepts like political ecology, biogeochemistry, restoration ecology, geographic information systems, and biodiversity. Read the rest of Rhianna’s story.