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The State Of Maine's Environment 2010: About the Authors


The State of State Parks in Maine

The State of Lakes in Maine

The State of Biomass Energy in Maine

The State of Renewable Ocean Energy in Maine

The State of Downeast Maine

The State of State Parks: Li Yu Chan, Gordon Padelford, Theo Papademetriou

Li Yu Chan

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of interest: Alternative Education, Community Organizing

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, Summer 2010; Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network
  • Intern, Summer 2009; International Movement for a Just World in Kuala Lumpur
  • Intern, Summer 2008; Eco-Factor Consulting in Kuala Lumpur

Gordon Padelford

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Majors: Environmental Studies: Policy; Government

Areas of Interest: Outdoor Recreation,  Landscape Scale Habitat Conservation, Urban/Regional Planning, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry,

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, Summer 2010: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
  • Intern, Summer 2009: Cascade Land Conservancy
  • Intern, January 2009: Maine League of Conservation Voters
  • Intern, Summer 2008: San Juan Preservation Trust

Theo Papademetriou

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: New York, NY

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interest: Wildlife/Land Conservation, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Researcher, Spring 2010; Round River Conservation Studies, Namibia
  • Assistant Farmhand, Summer 2009; The Mountain School of Milton Academy
  • Intern, Summer 2008; AKRF: Environmental, Planning and Engineering Consulting

The State of Lakes: Lia d'Hemecourt, Brynna Patel, Sophie Sarkar

Lia d’Hemecourt

Class year: 2011

Hometown: Concord, NH

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interest: Sustainable and Local Agriculture, Environmental Health and Toxicity

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Crew Member, Summers 2009, 2010: Appalachian Mountain Club, Three Mile Island Camp
  • MOFGA Intern, Summer 2008; Longmeadow Organic Farm, West Gardiner, Maine

Brynna Patel

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Acton, MA

Majors: Environmental Studies: Policy; International Studies

Areas of Interest: Community Participation in Resource Management, Sustainable Urban Development

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Volunteer with Pune Watershed Rehabilitiation Programme; Spring Semester 2010, Pune, India
  • Independent Research, Spring 2010, Public Interest Litigation in India as it Pertains to Watershed Management
  • Intern, 2009-2010, Hearty Girls Healthy Women, Waterville, ME
  • Independent Research, 2010-2011, Community Engagement in Restoring River Water Quality, India   

Sophie Sarkar

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Majors: Environmental Policy; Economics

Areas of Interest: Urban Development, Market-based Policies, Sustainable Food Systems

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, Summer 2010; Honey Brook Organic Farm
  • Member, 2009; The London School of Economics Sustainable Futures Consultant Group 
  • Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, Summer 2009; Princeton Township Planning Department
  • Research Assistant, Summer 2008; Rutgers University Endocrine Research Facility

The State of Biomass Energy: Rachel Baron, Blair Braverman, Francis Gassert

Rachel Baron

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interest: Renewable Energy, Environmental Education, Sustainability

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Researcher, Spring 2010, Bahía, Ecuador, Independent Study on Plastic Bag Use and Reduction
  • Co-President, 2009-2011, Colby College, Environmental Coalition
  • Intern, Winter 2009, Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Trip Leader, Summer 2009, 2010, Apogee Adventures
  • Volunteer, 2006-2007, Student Conservation Association

Blair Braverman

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Davis, CA

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy; Minor: Creative Writing

Areas of Interest: Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Environmental Writing, Arctic and Circumpolar Regions

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Research Assistant, Summer 2010:  Professor Philip Nyhus, Colby College Environmental Studies Program
  • Independent research, Spring/Summer 2010: The Distribution of Formerly Used Defense Sites in Relation to Native Alaskan Populations
  • Researcher, Fall 2009: Round River Conservation Studies, Namibia
  • Naturalist, Summer 2009:  Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
  • Intern, Winter 2008: Jensen Arctic Museum
  • Student, 2006-2007, Folkehøgskolen 69°Nord (yearlong Norwegian folk school focusing on Arctic wilderness and dogsledding)

Francis Gassert

Hometown: Acton, MA

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy; Minor: Chinese

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Research assistant 2009-2010: Colby College, Economics Department; Impacts of big dam construction in Yunnan, China
  • Researcher, Spring 2010: SIT Madagascar,

The State of Renewable Ocean Energy: Richard Schwartz, J. Sarah Sorenson, Henry Wyman

Richard Schwartz

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Dover, MA

Majors: Environmental Studies: Policy; Economics

Areas of Interest: Venture capital and private equity investment in renewable technologies; natural resource and energy economics and policy 

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Management Consulting Intern, Summers 2009 and 2010; Treacy & Company, Boston, Massachusetts

J. Sarah Sorenson

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interest: Water Rights Policy, Urban Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, 2010-2011; Food and Water Watch
  • Student Member, 2008-2010; Colby College Environmental Advisory Group
  • Co-President, 2007-2010, Colby College Environmental Coalition
  • Environmental Studies Program Assistant, Summer 2010; Colby College
  • Researcher, Spring 2010; Sustainable Development and Management; Mount Everest
  • Outreach and Marine Debris Coordinator Intern, January 2010; San Diego Coastkeeper
  • Green Roofs and Living Walls Intern, January 2009; Good Earth Plants
  • Intern, Summer 2008; Long Meadow Organic Farm

Henry Wyman

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: New Canaan, CT

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interest: Environmental Education, Energy Policy

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Volunteer, Summer 2010; WAVES for Development
  • Trip Leader, Summer 2009; Camp Kieve Affective Education

The State of Downeast Maine: Tamer Hassan, Andrea Notopoulos, Brooke Wanlass

The Downeast region of Maine has an incredible wealth of resources within its ecosystem.  Its unimpaired waters, forestland, fisheries, and uniquely undeveloped landscapes support biodiversity and the economy.  Despite its ecological wealth, Downeast Maine is the most impoverished region in the state, with the lowest levels of income and highest levels of unemployment.  This report explores the drivers behind the current state of Downeast Maine, questioning how the region’s resources can be used for economic benefit while they are conserved for the future.


 

Tamer Hassan

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Langley, VA

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interest: Environmental Justice, Local Food Systems

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Independent Film Production, 2010, "Finding Community" film series on intentional communities in the United States

Andrea Notopoulos

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Newton, MA

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interest: Land Conservation, Environmental Education, Social Justice

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Environmental Education Internship; The Trustees of Reservations: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Apprenticeship in Outdoor Guiding; Mahoosuc Guide Service: Newry, Maine
  • Education Internship; Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park: Woodstock, Vermont
  • Internship; The Nature Conservancy’s Zapata Ranch: Mosca, Colorado
  • Research; International Organizations, Social Justice, and Climate Change Issues: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Research; Save the Rhino Trust & Integrated Rural Conservation and Development Organization with Round River Conservation Studies, Namibia

Brooke Wanlass

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: Setauket, NY

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy; Economics

Areas of Interest: Renewable Energy, Carbon Trading, Environmental Economics

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Teachers Assistant, September 2010- present; Microeconomic Theory, Colby College
  • Research Assistant, Summer 2010; Vertical Integration in Minor League Baseball, Colby College
  • Intern, Summer 2009; Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce, Newport, Maine
  • Intern, Spring 2008; ReVision Energy, Portland, Maine



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