Current MES Students

Our students come from a range of backgrounds and each aspire to achieve their own individual goals in this program. For many students, the MES program provides them with tools and opportunities to make the change they want to see.

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Carly Rose, 2018 Cohort

Leading up to this program, I have worked with people and organizations to build knowledge on various topics related to environmental studies – those topics include wild and native plant identification, edible and medicinal plant use, Pacific Northwest mycology, sustainable building with cob and straw bale, and organic gardening – to name a few. I completed a summer internship at the High Desert Center for Sustainable Studies in Colorado when my son was a baby. I value environmental education for individuals of all ages, which was why I volunteered to teach at the High Desert Center. I wanted to gain knowledge and skills in environmental studies to pursue my greatest interest and to open up possibilities for a career in the environmental sector...

Read more about Carly's story here!

Woman smiling with forest backgroundHeidi Zarghami, 2018 Cohort

Before coming to the MES program I was an artist specializing in Eco-Art sculpture. I graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz where I studied art and ecology. I worked under Newton and Helen Harrison who informed my practice and strengthened my understanding of systems thinking, as well as Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle who taught me the importance of environmental education.

My visual arts background has informed my environmental studies by instilling within me the importance of the visual design of information and the power of mapmaking in understanding the surrounding environment. During my time in the program I hope to improve my mapmaking skills and academic writing in order to gain employment after graduation within local city government in creative planning and design...

Read more about Heidi's story here!

Eunbi Lee, 2018 CohortWoman sitting on rock overlooking mountains

Hi everyone, I am Eunbi Lee! I was born in South Korea and moved to the US in 2015 with a spirit of adventure of living in a different culture. I have always pursued to be someone who "does good" to pass clean water and land to the next generation.

Currently, I am interested in the groundwater flow that is impacted by water impoundment facilities such as dams, culverts, or wells...

Read more about Eunbi's story here!

Emilia Omerberg, 2018 CohortWoman in overalls and hat holding a fish and smiling

Hi my name is Emilia. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I grew up exploring the California coastline to the Eastern Sierras. This is where I fell in love with the environment as well as working to protect and preserve it.

I studied and received majors in Biology and Environmental Studies and also received a minor in Chemistry at Oberlin College in Ohio. I thrive on experiential learning and have a passion for wildlife conservation. I initially fell in love with fish conservation during a field program in Montana where we studied Westslope cutthroat trout and Bull trout...

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Trudy Gritsch, 2018 Cohort

Woman smiling in green field holding butterflyHi everyone, I’m Trudy! I have just started my MES in the fall of 2018, and I am already so excited to see what the rest of my time here has in store for me. Both as a student, and as the program assistant for MES.

I graduated from the University of Kansas in the spring of 2016 with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and English Creative Writing.The double degree came from passion; I loved them both, so I gave neither up!...

Read more about Trudy's story here!