During his time at F&ES, Michael explored a broad range of interests while focusing on management of freshwater systems, as well as the issues surrounding policy and governance, watershed management, and interactions of humans with riverine ecosystems.
Michael's interest in understanding the dynamics of water resource management springs from a lifetime of living near and studying rivers, big and small: from the Upper Columbia and Upper Missouri to countless creeks and streams in between.
Prior to his arrival at Yale, he worked as a Statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focusing on US crop production practices and on-farm resource use and management across a broad array of farm types in the Pacific Northwest. Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a focus on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Management from Washington State University.
As a Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Lindsey focused on water resource management, environmental politics and social change of the American West, and natural resource policy processes.
Her prior experience includes land conservation, international sustainable development through woman’s empowerment, and best management practices of oil and gas extraction in the Intermountain West. She holds a B.A in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a specialization in natural resource policy.
Lindsey believes that environmental issues are grounded in social concerns that demand the highest standards of law and justice and she is excited to continue her academic career by attending law school in fall 2016. As a lawyer, she aspires to a career devoted toward protecting our most important natural resources (such as the rivers and streams of the Colorado River Basin), while simultaneously working to ensure that all people are fairly treated, represented, and heard throughout the process.
Rebecca (Becca) Shively is an Oregonian and a first year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at Yale. Her primary interest is in Western land and water conservation achieved through collaborative local partnerships between rural communities, agricultural producers and public land managers.
Becca's professional experiences range from international development and microfinance programming in rural India; emergency and school nutrition services in rural Northern California; and for the past 4 years, federal policy at USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. There, she worked in several capacities with the Farm Service Agency, U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service on interagency coordination related to local food systems, drought resilience, and water policy.
She completed a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR.
Leanne focused her studies at FES on land use impacts to water resources, earning a specialization in Water Resource Science and Management. Leanne’s interests stem from a childhood spent exploring the Columbia River in the Hanford Reach in Southeast Washington State.
Before coming to Yale, Leanne spent six years working at Ecotrust, in Portland Oregon for their Marine Spatial Planning Program. Her time there, working with commercial fishermen throughout Oregon and California, has led to her interest in incorporating resource dependent communities in environmental planning and management decisions.
Leanne has a Bachelors degree from Willamette University in Salem,Oregon, where she majored in Environmental and Earth Science with a Natural Science Emphasis and minored in Biology.