2013 Climate Change Communication Intern Biographies

 Ian Barin is the 2013 4C Multimedia Summer Intern working on graphic design, film and photography projects and contributing media expertise to all 2013 Internship projects.  He is a recent college graduate from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a BS in Environmental Studies. 

 Melissa Clark was raised in Michigan and completed a BS in Zoology and a BS in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communication at Michigan State University.  Melissa previously worked in the state of Washington with the Snow Leopard Trust and Olympic National Park and recently completed a MS of Natural Resources in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences at University of Idaho.  According to Melissa, “This summer, it’s been exciting to work on projects that challenged us to communicate different topics in different modes of communication. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who is passionate about communication, is excited about working with a diverse team of interns, and who wants to learn more about the National Park Units in the National Capital Region.”

 Nora Davis is a doctoral student in Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.  Previously, Nora completed her BA in Psychology and English from the University of Maryland, College-Park, and an MSc in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey.  Professionally, Nora has worked in county environmental planning, social services and green building.  Her primary research draws upon the fields of environmental and positive psychology.  Specifically, she investigates the experience of transcendence: formal and perceived definitions and measurements (e.g. mystical or peak experiences); manifestations in micro and macro physical environments; and, how it impacts value-salience and pro-environmental and social behavior.  Nora also investigates residential energy and environmental voting behavior, sustainability education, the history of American environmentalism, and religion and sustainability.

 Kelly Engle is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but, no, she is not Amish!  She graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in psychobiology and completed internships with the London Zoo and the International Office of the National Park Service.  Since graduation she has worked in Student Conservation Association (SCA)/AmeriCorps positions at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and New Hampshire NRCS.  While working in the Climate Friendly Parks Program, she recognized the significant impact of climate change and wanted to learn more.  Professionally, Kelly is especially interested in helping to educate the public about climate change and solutions through various media, research and policy making, and hands-on activities.

 Claudia Harris is a third year PhD student at George Mason University.   She is studying Environmental Science and Public Policy with a concentration in Conservation Policy in the Amazon region and previously earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in the environmental field as well.  Claudia greatly enjoyed her experience interning for the Center for Climate Change Communication and the National Park Service.  According to Claudia, the internship taught her a great deal about communicating with a specific purpose under the constraint of using a limited number of words.

 Tim Kelly is entering his second and final year in the Masters of Public Health program at the Drexel University School of Public Health, where he is concentrating in environmental and occupational health.  Previously, Tim graduated with his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in anthropology and economics.  Prior to attending Drexel he also worked for several years at Clean Air Council, a Philadelphia-based environmental non-profit agency, promoting environmental health and sustainability projects and spent time in the Masters program in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida where he developed interests in environmental anthropology and political ecology.  His academic and professional interests relate to environmental health, social and environmental justice, and critical social science approaches to understanding health and environment.  He enjoys running, swimming, the outdoors generally, and fooling around on guitar.

 Maximilian Salvador Stiefel is an undergraduate senior at the University of Utah majoring in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Economics, with minors in Portuguese, Korean, and Arabic.  Mr. Stiefel has worked at the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development in Amman, Jordan, studied abroad at Seoul National University in South Korea, and been an assistant in Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.  He has always been interested in socioeconomic justice and environmental stewardship, as well as sustainable development in emerging economies.  Mr. Stiefel is very interested in the intersection between environmental change, security, and development and would like to pursue a PhD in environmental economics.  As an academic he would like to allocate his time between pedagogy, research, and consulting work, assisting companies to develop business practices that promote ecological health, social justice, and sustainable infrastructure development.  In addition to his professional and academic interests he is an avid cook, cyclist, trail runner, and general outdoors enthusiast.  Mr. Stiefel currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 Jenell Walsh-Thomas is currently in her second year as a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University.  Her general research interests stem from her enthusiasm for both environmental and climate science as well as for improving communication between scientists, government entities, the media and the public. She intends to combine her science and policy education with more targeted and advanced doctoral level studies to investigate and articulate more effective mechanisms for the effective dissemination of the scientific basis for identifying the anthropogenic component of global climate change and how actions at many levels must be taken to both mitigate and plan for the consequences.  Through past experiences she has grown to strongly feel that participation and communication within the process of translating environmental science and policy into action is extremely important.  She aspires to continue down the path of becoming a more significant and beneficial part of that process and to become a strong facilitator of the effective translation of science and policy into meaningful action.