Four Forestry and Environmental Studies Students Named Heinz Scholars

Four students from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will receive grants to study pressing environmental challenges as Teresa Heinz Scholars for Environmental Research.

“Only 16 such awards were given this year, so this is quite an honor,” Dean James Gustave Speth said.

The students were selected by a committee of distinguished scientists and environmentalists. The scholars include eight Ph.D. candidates who will receive $10,000 grants and eight master’s candidates who will receive $5,000 awards to pursue environmental research.

Selection was based on proposals that covered a wide range of today’s most pressing environmental concerns, including the complicated structure in the electricity industry, exploring the connection between land use and human health, measuring the sustainability of industrial society, the environmental impact of transportation projects and sustainable water use.

The F&ES students and their projects are:

Brett Greene, a master’s in environmental science candidate, “Shifting Topoclimatic Positions in Montane, Subalpine, and Alpine Meadows: Influences on Carbon Flux, Vegetation, and Water Balance;”

Robert Klee, a doctoral student, “Measuring Sustainability through Materials Flow Analysis of Industrial Systems in Antarctica;”

Justin Ruben, a master’s in environmental management candidate, “Think Globally, Act Globally? Prospects for North-South Solidarity between Movements Challenging the Environment and Social Impacts of Globalization;” and

Leigh Shemitz, a doctoral student, “Exploring the Connection between Land Use and Human Health in Urban Environments: A Case Study Examining the Health Impact of Outdoor Air Pollution Sources on Children with Severe Respiratory Distress.”

For more information, contact Peter Otis, director of career development, 203-432-8920.

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