Research Assistants

Joseph Battles is a junior economics and math major and participant in the Energy Studies program. He spent this past summer interning in Louisville, Kentucky, where he worked for the Louisville Metro Government, focusing specifically on issues relating to government efficiency, sustainability, and digital inclusion. At the Yale Sustainability Office, he seeks to combine his interests in environmental research, economics, and policy to help further the community’s sustainability goals. In his spare time, Joe enjoys exploring the various running trails around New Haven and spending time with his amazing residential college community in Davenport.

Gyan de Silva is a first-year Masters in Environmental Management student at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecological Science with Management from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Prior to studying at Yale, he worked for two years for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Sri Lanka. Here, he was involved in a range of projects related to the conservation of endangered species and critical ecosystems, watershed management and national biodiversity and environmental policy. At FES, he hopes to build upon my experience in conservation, but is also excited to explore other areas of the environmental sector. In his free time, he enjoys travelling and playing soccer.
Lauren Kim is a sophomore and potential Environmental Studies major in Silliman College. Hailing from from sunny Irvine, California, Lauren loves spending time outside and cooking. She is interested in sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and urban planning. She works at the Yale Farm and is a Dwight Hall Urban Fellow. Lauren is also studying Chinese at Yale and spent the last summer in Beijing, China. In the future, she is interested in understanding and solving global environmental problems. She is excited to work on researching ways to assess and improve sustainability literacy at Yale.
Sabrina Korman is a second-year joint degree candidate at the Yale School of Management and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is particularly interested in helping companies integrate sustainability into their strategy and operations to drive business growth. Prior to Yale, she held positions at the Principles for Responsible Management (PRME) Secretariat at the UN Global Compact, CARE International in Lao PDR, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, strengthening relationships between the environment and society on national and global scales. Sabrina holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and is excited to turn her passion into action on Yale’s campus.
Elsie Moore is a first-year Master in Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. Her academic and research interest are in planetary health and the co-benefits of sustainable urban design and climate change resilience. Prior to Yale, she worked in international relations, global health and human rights, and public health. She holds a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College. Elsie is excited to be working with the Office of Sustainability to promote holistic and integrated solutions that foster sustainability and human health.
Rebecca Persson is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Rebecca is a Global Affairs major in the International Security track, interested in studying the role of education in facilitating durable peace. At Yale, Rebecca is involved with the International Relations Association (YIRA), as Secretary of its Executive Board, as well as having run Model UN conferences domestically, and abroad (in Budapest & Korea)! She is also involved with the Schell Center in Yale’s Law School in constructing a Human Rights Conflict Resolution Curriculum for the Dr. Hawa Abdi Hope Village Foundation in Lower Shebelle, Somalia. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys drinking lemon-ginger tea, spinning, and eating chocolate-banana pancakes.
Hailing from Tampa, FL, Meng Fei Shen is a sophomore in Calhoun College. Meng Fei is an East Asian Studies major concentrating in China and Korea. At Yale, she is the the business manager of Yale’s premier Chinese a cappella group C-Sharp, the media chair for Chinese Adopted Siblings at Yale, and a student assistant at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature. Meng Fei is currently involved with the Yale-China Association’s exchange program, where she partners with students from Lingnan College in Guangzhou to research corporate social responsibility within a globalizing context. Meng Fei is also studying Chinese and Korean and often engages in language-exchange programs like Tandem Cafe or Bridges ESL. She has studied at Seoul National University through the Light Fellowship. Meng Fei’s goal is to gain mastery of all three East Asian languages by the time she graduates and eventually work in the corporate CSR sector within East Asia.
Lekha Tlhotlhalemaje is a sophomore in Pierson College from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a prospective Environmental Studies and History double major. She is interested in international environmental policy as well as global environmental justice. In particular, she is interested in environmental Intersectionality, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. Her past experience includes working as an instructor in the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment session of Yale Young Global Scholars. She is also involved in the Yale Association for African Peace and Development, club field hockey, and Ivy Leadership Council. She looks forward to working as the cultural center liaison for the Office of Sustainability, in order to move towards a more inclusive and sustainable Yale.
Amelia Trant is a junior in Berkeley College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, but she also enjoys dabbling in dead languages especially the Classics. She studies breast cancer at the Yale School of Medicine, and shares her love of science by mentoring women in her field. Her passion for education led her to become active in the New Haven community as a PALS tutor. Looking beyond the psets, she is interested in medical issues both here and abroad and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare.
Lisa Zhou is a freshman in Timothy Dwight College from Shanghai, China. She speaks Chinese, English and French, and plans to conquer Swedish and Japanese next. She is interested in the human mind and plans to major in Cognitive Science, potentially concentrating in language and computation. She enjoys cuisine and music, and is a certified engineer in TD recording studio, where she loves to do acoustic covers with friends. Lisa also loves to explore origami and hand lettering possibilities in her free time. Back home, she is involved with Magic Reading, a platform for children literature recommendation. She is excited to be researching about college campus space use with the Yale Office of Sustainability.

Bulldog Sustainability

Grace Castillo is a junior majoring in English. Her past experience includes research on urban ecological design in Baltimore parks, social media work for the Yale Farm, and health and wellness support for LG&E/KU. Grace hopes to pursue a path in Environmental Studies or Public Health, and she is particularly interested in the potential overlap between the two fields. Grace is a member of the Yale Glee Club and a writer for the Yale Daily News Science & Technology section.
Kevin Lin is a sophomore in Pierson College from Brooklyn, New York. He is a prospective Environmental Studies and Global Affairs double major passionate about sustainable development and environmental education. His past experience includes research in plant-parasitic nematodes, environmental science curriculum design, and successful initiatives in sustainability stewardship and education. Furthermore, he has traveled to places such as Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands to study biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, most recently in Beijing, China. He is excited to continue developing his skills in sustainability stewardship and environmental education at Yale.
Sofia Menemenlis is a freshman in Timothy Dwight College.  She has served as a fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education, studied methane emissions with California’s Air Resources Board, and led projects to improve sustainability in her school district.  She has not decided on a major, but is excited to continue pursuing her interests in sustainability and environmental issues at Yale.  Sofia is also on Yale’s varsity gymnastics team and loves to spend time outdoors.


Professional School Coordinators

Luke Elder is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), specializing in business and the environment. Prior to Yale, he held positions conducting fieldwork for The Nature Conservancy, working on environmental policy in the U.S. Senate, and consulting to advance sustainability at The Ocean Foundation. Luke received a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College where he worked for four years on carbon neutrality efforts for the Office of Sustainability Integration. At Yale, Luke works for the Environmental Stewardship Committee on the Forestry School’s involvement in the Yale Carbon Charge. In his free time, Luke enjoys cooking, running, and scuba diving.

Andrew Greaves is a second year MBA candidate at the School of Management. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in Government from Connecticut College. Andrew was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2014 to teach English in a rural village in Pahang, Malaysia. Most recently, Andrew worked on social responsibility issues for the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He is the founder of the School of Management’s Sustainability Working Group, which strives to best connect student priorities and staff initiatives to make Evans Hall more sustainable.