Alumni News

Brian App

Brian completed ICD studies in 2004 after serving in the Peace Corps in Cameroon where he conducted research on reforestation projects.  He is currently working with the USAID Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program in Botswanan to improve land management and livelihoods in the Okavango River Basin.

Brian App

Curan Bonham

Curan Bonham completed ICD studies in 2006 following studies of integrated conservation and development projects in Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer. He then received a Fulbright award to Chile and worked with Bioversity International in Italy and India. Curan is now an Intervention Monitoring and Evaluation Manager with Conservation International in Washington, D.C.

Curan Bonham

Dana Foster

Dana Foster worked on a coffee farm in El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer and designed and implemented a direct trade program between Black Coffee Roasting Company in Missoula Montana and Finca Buena Vista, a Salvadoran Organic Coffee farm, for her ICD M.S. project (2012). Dana's love and passion for coffee continues; she now works as the Coffee Specialist and Assistant Buyer at Zoka Coffee Roasters in Seattle.

Dana Foster

Stephen Handler

Stephen completed ICD studies in 2007 after working with the Sonoran Institute on a habitat restoration project in the Colorado River Delta in Mexico.  Stephen is currently working with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in Houghton, MI, helping foresters and landowners in the Great Lakes region adapt to climate change. 

Stephen Handler

Mike Igoe

As part of his ICD studies (completed 2013), Mike spent a year in Kyrgyzstan studying the organization of water user groups, NGO coordination and climate change adaptation.  He worked with the Aga Khan Development Network and developed a strong affinity for fermented mare's milk.  Mike has since moved to Washington, DC where he works as a journalist covering development policy, programs and issues for Devex, a social enterprise and media platform for global development professionals.

Mike Igoe

Noah Jackson

Noah Jackson, ICD 2007, works in forest farming communities in Asia and Africa as a researcher, storyteller and documenter of ecological knowledge. He currently directs the NGO Forest Voices and consults on farmer training and sustainable agroforestry for the Rainforest Alliance.

Noah Jackson

Siobhan Lozada

Siobhan Lozada completed ICD studies on rural livelihood strategies and food production practices in Belize to provide policy prescriptions for enhancing food system resiliency and household food security in the context of ecological and agricultural change.

Siobhan Lozada

Ryan Maroney

Ryan completed ICD studies in 2003 after serving with the Peace Corps and studying agali (Ovis ammon) sheep conservation and pastoralists in Mongolia.  He then got a position with the NRCS in Alaska and is now NRCS state biologist where he works on wildlife habitat management and private lands conservation projects.

Ryan Maroney

Shane McCarthy

Shane served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador where he studied sustainable land use and pastoralists in high elevation paramo grasslands.  Since completing his M.S. degree in 1997, Shane has worked internationally as a private consultant providing training and technical support to agribusinesses and natural resource management projects.  He is currently working on low carbon development initiatives in the Papua Province of Indonesia and is a lead auditor for FSC and SAN in the SE Asia-Pacific region.

Shane McCarthy

Garrett Olson

Garrett Olson completed ICD studies in 2007 after serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia where he studied rural livelihood generation. Garrett is a seasonal smokejumber with the U.S. Forest Service and returns to Zambia every winter to work in agriculture and agroforestry with NGOs.

Garrett Olson

Sarah Potenza

Sarah Potenza completed ICD studies in 2007 after working with an NGO on the development of sustainable agricultural practices, nutrition and education in Honduras.  Sarah is currently the Executive Director of WWOOF-USA (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA).

Sarah Potenza

Amy Quandt

Amy Quandt completed ICD studies in 2010 after serving with the Peace Corps in Tanzania and then managed a community-based elephant conservation project in NW Thailand. In 2012 she began a PhD program in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado to continue her M.S. degree studies of agroforestry in Tanzania.

Amy Quandt

Kim Roberts

Kim completed ICD studies in 2011 after working on community forestry access and governance in Northern Thailand. In 2014 she began a PhD program studying political ecology in York University's Geography Department in Toronto. She's exploring how ethnic minority communities negotiate their access to forests in the midst of the changing political scene in Myanmar. 

Kim Roberts

Jason Seagle

Jason Seagle has coordinated agricultural development and livelihood programs in the South Sudan for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and several other international organizations since completing ICD studies in 2007. Most recently he worked with GOAL, an Irish NGO.

Jason Seagle

Tenly Snow

Tenly completed ICD in 2013 after investigating the role of women in decentralized water management in Senegal.  Tenly currently lives in Washington D.C. where she works with John Snow, Inc., a global public health company committed to addressing malaria and HIV prevention, maternal and child health, and nutrition projects throughout the developing world.  She travels extensively in Africa. 

Tenly Snow

Sam Stier

Sam Stier completed ICD in 2003 after serving in the Peace Corps in the Philippines where he conducted research on the dietary habits of flying foxes.  He is the founding director of the Center for Learning with Nature, a non-profit organization that develops curricula and collaborates with teachers to ignite young peoples’ appreciation for the natural world and STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math).  He is also a faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design, where he teaches science and sustainable design.

Sam Stier

Karin Vermilye

Karin Vermilye completed ICD in 2004 after working in Cameroon where she conducted research on Shea butter.  She now lives in Botswana with her husband Brian App who is also an ICD graduate and their two kids.  Recently, an essay she wrote about her life in Botswana aired on Public Radio International's Living on Earth.

Karin Vermilye

Sangay Wangchuk

Sangay Wangchuk completed ICD studies in 2012 and is now a faculty member and Dean of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan where he conducts research and training on conservation and development-related issues.

Sangay Wangchuk

Kyla Zaret

Kyla completed ICD in 2011 following studies of the distribution, use and cultural meaning of ciprés de las Guaitecas trees in southern Chile.  She is now pursuing a PhD in Earth, Environment and Society at Portland State where she continues ecological studies of ciprés de las Guaitecas and forested peatlands in the context of social-ecological change and involves local students in monitoring experimental plantations to provide insights into mechanisms that may be limiting tree regeneration.

Kyla Zaret