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.
Megan Barnhart completed field work in Peru through the Peace Corps MI program where she studied private conservation on campisno community lands. She is now a Program Analyst with the EPA’s NEPA Compliance Division in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
Journey Herbeck completed ICD in 2004 after investigating student educational approaches in Honduras while working with the Peace Corps. Since then Journey has been involved in environmental and social justice writing and video projects, most recently concerning the construction of a dam on the longest remaining free-flowing river through Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains.
Pelah Hoyt was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador where she studied cloud forest conservation and completed ICD in 2005. She is now the Lands Director at Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula, MT where she works collaboratively with landowners and other partners to conserve agricultural land and wildlife habitat.
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.
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.
Werner Krueger completed ICD studies in 2003 following field research on reduced-impact logging in the tropical forests of lowland Bolivia where he was a Peace Corps volunteer. Since then Werner has worked with the USDI Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon where he is actively engaged in all aspects of forest management operations.
Alyssa Leary investigated ecological implications of international patent regimes. After completing ICD and Conflict Resolution studies in 2014, Alyssa earned a JD and a certificate in environmental law from Tulane. She is now a member of the consumer protection and environmental practice group at a law firm in Minneapolis.
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.
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.
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.
Tammy Mildenstein completed ICD in 2002 after researching habitat selection of flying foxes (fruit bats) in the Philippines where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is now an Assistant Professor of Organismal Biology at Cornell College, remains involved in conservation-focused research and education for threatened flying foxes and serves as the fruit bat expert on the IUCN's Bat Specialist Group.
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.
Anastasia Orkwiszewski studied medicinal plant traditions and use in the Andes of Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer. Since completing ICD studies in 2014, Stasia has been the UM Dining Gardens manager of vegetable gardens, students interns and UM campus food issues.
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).
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.
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.
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.
After completing studies on biomass burning and fire emissions in Zambia in 1997, Erica Smithwick received a Ph.D. in Forest Science/Ecology from Oregon State University, and then pursued post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin studying the landscape ecology of forest fires in Yellowstone NP. Since 2007, Erica has been at Penn State University, where she is now an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Landscape Dynamics (cld.psu.edu). Examples of current projects include: (1) how biodiversity and human values shape decision making under climate change in indigenous forests (viff.psu.edu) (2) social perceptions of prescribed fire, and (3) carbon storage and conservation of South African conservation areas.
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.
Sam Stier completed ICD in 2003 after serving in the Peace Corps in the Philippines where he investigated the dietary habits of flying foxes. He is the founder and director of The Center for Learning with Nature (CLN), a non-profit organization providing curricula and professional development to help K-12 teachers inspire students through STEM, that fosters student aspirations and capability to create a more sustainable world. CLN's award-winning curriculum, Engineering Inspired by Nature, is now used in K-12 schools across the United States and abroad.
Bridget Tinsley was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia where she investigated the use and management of bamboo for household income. After completing ICD in 2015, Bridget became the Land and Watershed Program Manager for the Potomac Valley Audubon Society in West Virginia.
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.
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.
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.