The Climate Change and Health Initiative Student Associates are graduate, professional, and undergraduate students from a range of academic disciplines, who all share a passion for understanding the interface between climate change and health. The CCHI Student Associates program provides a venue for students across Yale University to discuss ideas in an interdisciplinary environment, learn from experts in the field, and engage with research and novel interventions in the climate and health field.
Guests at previous CCHI Student Associate seminars have included: Dr. Daniel Costa, former National Program Director for the Air Climate & Energy Research Program U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice; and Dr. Anthony Costello, co-chair of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.Applications open each fall, and all Yale students are eligible to apply.
2018-19 Student Associates
CCHI Graduate Fellow and Research Assistant
Saskia is a CCHI Graduate Fellow and Research Assistant. She is a master's student in the Yale University Department of Statistics. She is interested in the impact of climate change on food systems and agriculture and would like to address issues in communicating climate and health science to the public. Saskia holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s in Science, Technology & Society and a minor in Mathematics from Vassar College.
Kate is a third-year Ph.D. student at the school of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on the link between environmentally-driven displacement and mental health in Indonesia. She is particularly interested in deepening our understanding of current environmental-migration so as to improve projections of displacement under climate change scenarios. Kate holds a BA (2013) and an MPH (2016) from Columbia University.
Kelsie is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in how weather and climate influences infectious respiratory diseases, and her work focuses primarily on Legionnaires' disease. She also hopes to research how extreme weather events (heavy rainfall and flooding) affect drinking water quality in both urban and rural areas which can lead to increases in disease. She earned her MPH at Yale School of Public Health in 2017 and from 2017-2018 worked on a CCHI pilot grant to assess effects of extreme climate events on environmental reservoirs and dispersion of Legionella.
Anna Maria Cárcamo
Anna Maria Cárcamo is a second-year Master in Environmental Management Candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an environmental lawyer from Brazil. Her main interests are global environmental governance and environmental justice, especially relating to climate change and participatory governance. In Brazil, Anna worked with environmental law in a law firm and at the Public Prosecution's Office. She also researched environmental law, namely the application of the national solid waste policy in Brazilian courts, and the environmental licensing reform bill in Brazil.
Anna currently works as Communications and Outreach Director at the Yale Environment Review and is a chair of the 2019 New Directions in Environmental Law Conference: Global Climate Justice.
Nick is a first-year student in Yale College planning to major in Environmental Studies. His passions include clean energy, political activism, and outdoor recreation. Nick is interested in the health impacts of air pollution and the role of corporate influence in democratic governments. Outside of academics, he serves as a founder of the New Haven Climate Task Force, a citizen-based interest group focused on city policy and sustainability. Much of his time is spent advocating for progressive legislation and educating young people on the science of climate change. Nick is also a frequent volunteer at the Yale Farm.
Will is a fifth year MD-PhD candidate in the Yale School of Medicine and Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.As co-president of the YSM chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, he is interested in developing strategies for ameliorating the health impacts of climate change on communities, improving sustainability within the healthcare sector, and developing advocacy skills at the local and national level.
Christina is a first-year MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health. She is broadly interested in the impacts of climate change on zoonotic diseases, and how anthropogenic land use change will impact reservoir population dynamics and the subsequent risk of disease spillover. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Environmental Science with a minor in Earth System Science.
Danh is a first-year MPH student at the Yale School of Public Health and is specializing in Environmental Health Sciences. He completed his undergraduate degree of Environmental Studies at UCLA and went on to work in solar development and affordable housing. Danh's interests include sustainable food systems and innovations in the built environment with the consideration of climate change.
Emily is a third-year joint MBA and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) candidate at Yale School of Management and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her interests focus on the human-environmental interaction and the opportunities for innovation and application of technology within complex systems such as natural and anthropogenic disasters, the built environment and food systems.
Emma is a second year Master of Arts in Religion with a Concentration in Ethics student at Yale Divinity School. She is interested in the impacts of climate change on reproductive health and the contributions that religious traditions can make to address climate change and health. Emma is from Baltimore, MD and graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. She works as a Digital Marketing Manager at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
Chengcheng Qiu is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in learning about environmental planning, the effect of biodiversity loss, building resilience to climate change, and in particular, the effect of exposure to green space on modulating the impact of climate change on human health in urban areas. Chengcheng has a background in microbiology, ecology and geospatial analysis projects, and hopes to use the skills that she is learning to address real-life climate change-related issues.
Camila Rodriguez Taylor
Camila is a second-year master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a leader for the Climate Change student interest group. Her professional interests include climate change adaptation, food systems and climate finance. Camila is an environmental engineer and has worked in the design and implementation of climate change programs addressing small-scale farmers whose livelihood is threatened by extreme droughts and floods.
Paul Rink is a joint degree student seeking a Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School and a Masters of Environmental Management at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science. He researches climate change litigation strategies as well as the role of financial incentives in achieving or redirecting the objectives of environmental policies. During his career, Paul hopes to facilitate transnational climate change collaboration through legal, policy, and coalition-building tools. He graduated with a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Michigan before moving to Singapore in 2012 as a Princeton in Asia (PiA) fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. In 2014, Paul extended his PiA fellowship by accepting a position as a research uptake assistant at the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Eric Ryberg is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests include paleoclimatology, climate change, environmental chemistry and pollution, environmental justice, and developing world water quality. At Yale, he is investigating low-cost solar disinfection technologies for drinking water disinfection, with the aspiration of reducing the prevalence of gastroenteritis in the rural developing world. He holds a B.A. in both Chemistry and Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University.
Victoria Shirriff is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Victoria is interested in the intersection of climate change, food systems, and urban planning. She is particularly passionate about working to address food security in the face of rapid urbanization and climate change. Victoria has prior experience working in urban agriculture, environmental education, and waste reduction.
Phoebe Tran, M.Sc. is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests are exploring the impact of climate change on cardiovascular disease outcomes and determining drivers of disparities in CVD symptoms awareness. Employing spatial methods and large datasets, she aims to create culturally appropriate interventions for communities who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Phoebe holds a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from Harvard and a BA in Biology with a minor in Mathematics from Emory University.
Melpo is a first year master's student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in climate change as an issue of public health and the framing of climate change in a way that drives effective environmental policy. Specifically, she is interested in issues such as food security and climate refugees and how these disproportionately affect lesser developed countries.
Raphael is a junior in Yale College majoring in History. Interested in pursuing a career in environmental policy, he is fascinated by the intersection of international institutions, governments, the scientific community, and innovations from the private sector in providing comprehensive solutions to climate change. At Yale, he volunteers with No Closed Doors and is involved with the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, where he is working to make inviting innovative entrepreneurs in the green economy the primary focus for this year. Raphael is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from other CCHI associates representing a wide spectrum of interests and specialties in the field of climate change.
2018-19 CCHI Student Associate Alumni Advisors
Cassie is a doctoral student in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests include characterizing risks to human health from chemical contaminants in drinking water, particularly contamination associated with hydraulic fracturing. She is also broadly interested in the protection and sustainable use of drinking water resources.
Emilie is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests include the impacts of natural disasters on human health and the environment, particularly in the context of environmental justice. Emilie has a background in environmental conservation and land management projects and in providing assistance during disaster response and recovery efforts.
Jonathan is a second year master's student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on the intersection between climate change science and policy. As a Student Associate, he is interested in learning about the public health impacts of climate change and the potential for health to serve as a narrative for climate change communication.
Sarah (Sadie) Meller
Sadie is an MD student at the Yale School of Medicine and a PhD student in the Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. She is interested in how environmental hazards impact brain development and is studying how immune cell activation alters neuronal migration. Sadie hopes to advocate for children and help communicate their vulnerability to the health effects of climate change.