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The students are the greatest strength of the Environmental Science & Sustainability program. Hailing from South America to Siberia and Provo to Accra, our students are seeking to understand environmental issues and develop creative and inclusive solutions. Check out the selection of student profiles below. Then come join our community of uplifting and insightful students to help us literally change the world.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

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Cecilia Foster
I want to be a science journalist, more specifically an environmental reporter. By studying Environmental Science here at BYU, I can learn about the scientific basis for a lot of environmental issues and work on communicating those to a non-scientific audience. Studying Environmental Science also teaches me how to think like a scientist, while learning to talk and communicate like an activist.

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Derrek Wilson
I chose to study environmental science to understand how the natural world functions and how our interactions are affecting natural systems. I plan on going into the field of environmental law with the ultimate goal of creating environmental policy at a state or federal level. The environmental science major has provided me with scientific literacy to help me make more evidence based policy regarding environmental issues.


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Abigail Banks
I realized that I could make the difference I wanted to make in the world through majoring in Environmental Science. I'm minoring in Business and ultimately I want to do environmental nonprofit work. Studying at BYU gave me the opportunity to do my first internship at a nonprofit which made me realize how much I love it.


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Mitchell Greenhalgh
I’m very interested in how the environment is impacted by humans and how the environment impacts humans. I do research with a public health professor in addition to my main research in the environmental science program. Although my primary interests within environmental science (landscape and spatial ecology, ecological data science) aren’t really taught in the program, it’s providing me with a solid baseline that I would need to go into those fields later on.
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Isabella Errigo
I am an Environmental Science Major and International Development Minor. The ESci program has taught me a lot about environmental science, obviously, but it has also allowed me to connect my passion for environmental issues with my passions for other social injustices. I want to help nations create and enforce effective policies that reduce their emissions and promote sustainable development. I would also like to be a professor in environmental science and international development. After I retire, I want to be a park ranger.
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Sierra Curtis
I am an Environmental Science major and International Development minor.
I want to teach environmental science at community college to under represented minorities and first generation college students. I started in eco-business and while I still help with sustainable development initiatives I switched to an international development minor to better understand refugees or first generation Americans that I hope to teach someday.
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PHD STUDENTS


March 14, 2020 01:03 PM
Devri Adams is pursuing a PhD studying the effects of megafires on ecosystem recovery.
February 27, 2020 03:29 PM
Sara Sayedi is a Ph.D. student working on combining expert opinions to assess risk of dangerous change in Earth systems (permafrost collapse, global wildfire, and water security).
March 14, 2020 01:07 PM
Rebekah Stanton is a PhD student from Sheffield, England. She graduated with a BSc in Coastal Marine Biology in 2012 and has now made the switch to studying deserts.
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MS STUDENTS

February 28, 2020 08:31 AM
March 14, 2020 12:44 PM
Brian Brown is a Master’s Student in Environmental Science. His undergraduate degree (BYU ‘19) was in Bioinformatics with a minor in Computer Science.
March 14, 2020 01:30 PM
Hanna Burgin is an Environmental Science master’s student conducting research about water conservation through sustainable landscaping in Utah.
February 28, 2020 08:13 AM
Trevor Crandall is a master's student working on water quality in the western US.
March 14, 2020 01:33 PM
Isak Larsen is an Environmental Science master’s student from Arizona.
April 25, 2020 12:03 PM
Madeleine Malmfeldt is a Master’s student in Environmental Science from Cumming, Georgia.
April 02, 2020 08:57 PM
Madeline McLaughlin is a Master’s student in Environmental Science from Houston, Texas.
April 25, 2020 11:53 AM
Shannon Nelson is an Environmental Science master’s student.
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UNDERGRAD STUDENTS

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March 14, 2020 01:06 PM
David Armond is an undergraduate in Environmental Science from Provo, UT.
March 14, 2020 12:21 PM
Abigail Banks is an undergraduate in Environmental Science from Salt Lake City, Utah.
March 14, 2020 01:00 PM
Kristina Cass is an Ohio native and is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Geospatial Science and Technology.
March 14, 2020 12:49 PM
Rya Clifton is studying statistics with the goal of becoming a data scientist.
April 02, 2020 08:59 PM
Sierra Curtis Nichols is a junior studying environmental science from Midway, UT.
April 02, 2020 08:53 PM
Jonathan Daniels is a senior studying Microbiology.
February 28, 2020 08:48 AM
Isabella Errigo is an undergraduate student studying environmental science and international development.
March 14, 2020 01:01 PM
Sterling Fuller is an undergraduate student from St. Louis, Missouri studying Biology.
March 14, 2020 12:51 PM
Mitchell Greenhalgh is a third-year student studying environmental science and statistics.
March 14, 2020 12:45 PM
Brynn Hoggan is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Spanish.
February 28, 2020 08:46 AM
Leslie Lange is an Environmental Science Major from Modesto, California. She loves to travel and experience different cultures.
April 25, 2020 12:05 PM
Elizabeth McLaughlin is an undergraduate student studying Bioinformatics.
March 14, 2020 12:29 PM
Marina Merritt is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering.
March 14, 2020 12:41 PM
Haley Moon is an undergraduate in Environmental Science.
March 14, 2020 01:05 PM
Savannah Muise is an Exercise Science major from Alberta, Canada who will be pursuing a medical degree.
March 14, 2020 01:09 PM
Baylie Nusink is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science. She currently studies how wildfires and rodents influence plant invasions in forest and desert ecosystems.
March 14, 2020 12:54 PM
Isaac Parrish is a Junior from Salem, Utah studying Exercise Science and Gerontology.
February 28, 2020 08:45 AM
Leika Patch (pronounced lake- uh) is an undergraduate at BYU studying Environmental Science, and minoring in Philosophy.
March 14, 2020 12:48 PM
Mary Proteau is an undergraduate student from Connecticut.
March 14, 2020 01:11 PM
Thomas Richards is an undergraduate student studying Wildlife and Wildlands conservation with minors in French and Chinese.
March 14, 2020 12:39 PM
Makaylee Roylance is an undergraduate in biophysics.
March 14, 2020 12:47 PM
Emilee Severe is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Science from Idaho.
March 14, 2020 01:35 PM
Samantha Shumate is an Environmental Science undergraduate from Sherman, Texas.
April 25, 2020 12:02 PM
Dion Tapahe is a senior majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in American Indian Studies.
March 14, 2020 12:36 PM
Allie Tuttle Asay is an undergraduate in Environmental Science from Alpine, Utah.
February 28, 2020 08:58 AM
Zak Webber is from Payson, Utah and is a senior studying Molecular Biology at BYU.
March 14, 2020 12:53 PM
Derrek Wilson is a senior from Utah studying Environmental Science.
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Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own—indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come
WANGARI MAATHAI
Environmental Science & Sustainability in the News
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May 18, 2020 09:58 PM
ESS professor Zach Aanderud and his team of students use cutting-edge molecular methods to track COVID-19 in municipal wastewater.
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ESS undergraduate Natasha Griffin has presented at conferences in Europe, ridden in a helicopter and visited both the North and South Poles to figure out how humans are affecting the Earth.
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April 08, 2020 10:36 AM
ESS PhD student Sara Sayedi wanted to use science to improve policy in her home country of Iran, but politics limited her work in the public arena. Now at BYU, she is influencing policy at a global scale.
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BYU team investigates ecosystem resilience to wildfire, linking plants, streams, climate, and society
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Professor Sam St. Clair from the Environmental Science & Sustainability program takes the vitals of one of North America's keystone tree species.
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January 16, 2018 10:00 PM
ESS professor Ben Abbott presents a new tool to fight nutrient pollution. Streams can be “sensors” of ecosystem health, allowing both improved water quality and food production.

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September 11, 2018 10:00 PM
Dance professor Keely Song and ESS professor Ben Abbott teamed up to promote BYU's free UTA passes to students, employees, and their families.
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July 03, 2020 03:29 PM
While at BYU, Dr. Gary Booth taught a wide range of subjects. Students and faculty alike appreciated Booth and his impact on the college.
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July 23, 2020 09:56 AM
After reading 115 studies on COVID-19, ESS faculty and students published non-technical report on the effectiveness of masks at slowing the spread.
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June 27, 2013 10:00 PM
If Utah’s quaking aspen appear to be quaking more than usual this summer, the trees have reason to tremble, says a Brigham Young University biologist. In dappled forests across the West, aspen trees are battling deadly killers from heat stroke to bud-nipping predators to tree “heart attacks.”
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March 17, 2020 11:10 AM
ESS professor Ben Abbott co-authored a study in Nature on the permafrost climate feedback. Working with an international team, he found that abrupt permafrost collapse could double carbon release.
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June 10, 2019 10:00 PM
A new study in Nature Geoscience led by ESS professor and students found that the global water cycle is incorrect even in modern papers and textbooks. 85% of diagrams show no people, despite human domination of water at a global scale.
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June 29, 2020 02:18 PM
Professors and students from Environmental Science & Sustainability lead research projects from Antarctica to Alaska.
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February 03, 2019 10:00 PM
The solution to nutrient pollution could be right below out feet. Literally. New study reveals the active and dynamic world of groundwater microbes.
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By Carlee Reber
June 05, 2019 01:06 PM
Will we show up in the geologic record in millions of years? The Anthropocene suggests the answer is yes: collective human impact on the environment will leave a definitive mark in future bedrock.
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