About Us


Senior Environmental Studies Policy Majors, 2012:
Back Row (Left to Right): Larissa Lee, Sally Holmes, Pat Adams, Björn Knutson, Nina Hatch, Nicholas Papanastassiou, and Amanda Lavigueur. Front Row (Left to Right): Cassady Roberts, Kathryn Lee, Travis Reynolds (Professor), Kelly Kneeland, and Lindley Wells

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Pat Adams

Report Chapter: Progress at any Cost? International Development Banks, Large Hydropower, and the Environment in Ethiopia
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Environmental Studies: Policy
Areas of Interest: Environmental and social justice, renewable energy
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Researcher, Fall 2011; Collaboration for Local Energy: Recommendations to the Bihar Renewable Energy Development and Support Network, Patna, SIT India


Nina Hatch

Report Chapter: Multilevel Environmental Governance – The Case of  Ethiopian Floriculture
Hometown: Ipswich, MA
Major: Environmental Studies: Policy
Areas of Interest: Sustainable Agriculture, Human Health, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Design
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, Summer 2011; Clean Water Action, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Spring 2010; Natural Resources Council of Maine, Augusta, ME


Sally Holmes

Report Chapter: What Is the Place of the Environment in Private International Philanthropy?
Hometown: Prairie Village, KS
Major: Environmental Policy, Minor: Philosophy
Areas of Interest: Marine Policy, Environmental Justice, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, Summer 2012; New England Climate Summer; New England
  • Researcher, Autumn 2011; The effects of and viable solutions to power outages in Stone Town, Zanzibar; SIT Tanzania-Zanzibar
  • Intern, Summer 2011; Mount Desert Oceanarium; Bar Harbor, Maine


Kelly Kneeland

Report Chapter: Waste Management for Social and Environmental Benefits in Ethiopian Cities
Hometown: Stoneham, Massachusetts
Majors: Environmental Policy & Science, Technology and Society
Areas of Interest: Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Renewable Energy, Urban Planning
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, Summer 2012; A Better City Transportation Management Association, Boston, MA
  • Outreach Intern, Summer 2012; Boston Natural Areas Network, Boston, MA
  • Student Researcher, April 2012; Edmund Rice Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Sustainable Cities Intern, January 2012; Urban Ecology Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • Policy Intern, Summer 2011; Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Boston, MA


Björn Knutson

Report Chapter: Waste Management for Social and Environmental Benefits
in Ethiopian Cities
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Major: Environmental Policy, Minor: Administrative Science
Areas of Interest: Renewable energy management, sustainable business management
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Environmental Compliance Intern, Summer 2012; 3M Company, Maplewood, MN


Amanda Lavigueur
Report Chapter: What is the Place of the Environment in Private International Philanthropy?
Hometown: Hudson, NH
Majors: Environmental Studies: Policy; Economics
Areas of interest: Philanthropy, NGOs, Global Nutrition, Public Health
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Intern, Summer 2012; Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
  • Intern, Summer 2011; Forestland Conservation: A Case Study in Sustainable Forest Management, Local Wood Production, and Land Conservation, Kennebec County, Maine, Kennebec Land Trust


Kathryn Lee

Report Chapter:  The Small, For-Profit Business Model and Environmentalism in Ethiopia
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Major: Environmental Studies: Policy; Minor: Anthropology
Areas of Interest: Energy use and policy, natural resource management, environmental justice, and human health
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Climate and Energy Intern for Oceana, Summer 2012; Oceana, Washington, DC
  • Student Campus Volunteer Coordinator, August 2012-Present; Oceana, Waterville, ME
  • Student Research, September-December 2011; The Swedish Program, Stockholm, Sweden


Larissa Lee

Report Chapter: A Delicate Balance: Land use planning in Ethiopia
Hometown: Madison, NJ
Majors: Environmental Studies: Policy; Global Studies
Areas of Interest: Resource Management, Environmental Justice, Endangered Species Conservation
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Ridge Runner, Summers 2012 and 2011, Friends of Acadia National Park, Bar Habor, ME
  • Researcher, Spring 2012; Mapping and Evaluating Mangrove Restoration Efforts in Southwest Madagascar ISP, SIT Madagascar
  • Intern, Summer 2010, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands


Nicholas J. Papanastassiou

Report Chapter: Crop-Environment Interactions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Hometown: Stow, MA
Major: Environmental Studies: Policy and Economics
Areas of Interest: Food systems, agricultural policy and economics, international water management, biking
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Research Assistant, Summer 2012; 2012 Statistical Abstract of the Belgrade Lakes Watershed, Colby College Economics Program
  • Intern, January 2010; Natural Resources Council of Maine, Augusta, Maine


Cassady Roberts

Report Chapter: A Delicate Balance: Land use planning in Ethiopia
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, CO
Major: Environmental Studies: Policy; Minor: Education
Areas of Interest: Environmental education, resource management, environmental justice
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Environmental Educator, Summers 2010 and 2011; Yampatika Environmental Education Center


Lindley Wells

Report Chapter: Multilevel Environmental Governance – The Case of  Ethiopian Floriculture
Hometown: Williamstown, MA
Major: Environmental Studies: Policy
Areas of Interest: Sustainable Food Systems, Education, Environmental Justice
Relevant Work Experience:

  • Summer Camp Founder and Director 2010-2012; Lindley’s Cooking Camp, Williamstown, MA
  • Researcher, Spring 2012; The Value and Need for Community Gardens, Byron Bay, SIT, Australia