People


GlacierHub Editors

Ben Orlove

Ben Orlove is the managing editor of GlacierHub. He is an anthropologist who teaches environmental policy at Columbia University. He has conducted fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes since the 1970s and also carried out research in the Italian Alps, the western United States, and Antarctica. His early work focused on agriculture, fisheries and rangelands. More recently, he has studied climate change and glacier retreat, with an emphasis on water, natural hazards and the loss of iconic landscapes. In addition to writing a number of research papers and books, he is also the author of a memoir and a book of nature writing.

 

 

Robert Eshelman-Håkansson is the senior editor of GlacierHub and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His articles and videos have been published by Vice, Columbia Journalism Review, The Baffler, Mother Jones, Climatewire, InsideClimate News, Scientific American, and The Nation, among others. He worked on the Emmy-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously.


GlacierHub Writers

Peter Deneen is a native of Ojai, California. He received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009. Over an eight-year career as an active duty officer, Peter specialized in high seas narcotics interdiction and international relations. Currently, he is balancing a Climate & Society Master’s degree at Columbia with a rigorous sourdough bread baking schedule.  He also enjoys soccer, running, cycling, backpacking, and minimalism.

 


Maria Dombrov is a student in the Climate and Society Master’s program at Columbia University. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Biology with a focus on environmental science and recognition in plant biology research. Her interests include: inspiring others to live sustainably, advocating for coastal and marine wildlife, and preserving the land and its resources.

 


Jasmine Gill holds a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Environmental Studies from The University of San Francisco. She believes in environmental education for all and is interested in all things sustainable. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Climate and Society at Columbia University. When she is not struggling in her statistics class, she enjoys surfing, climbing, knitting and playing Uno.

 


Kristin Hogue is a Northern California native. She received her B.A. degree in English from the University of California, Davis where she was a fellow for the systemwide University of California Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Her interests include the intersection of climate change and culture, especially as it applies to environmental migration. Currently, she’s pursuing her Master’s degree in Climate and Society at Columbia University and dealing with a serious case of FOMO while living in New York City. She enjoys wild, overgrown spaces, pebble-covered west coast beaches and cake.


Nabilah Islam is a current graduate student of the Climate and Society Master’s program at Columbia University. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from CUNY Hunter College. Nabilah is interested in understanding climate induced natural disasters, as well as management of limited basic needs resources in developing countries and among vulnerable populations. She likes attempting to cook and bake, bingeing on Netflix shows, and exploring New York City in her free time.


Runyu Liang is a current student of the Climate and Society Master’s program at Columbia University. She is concerned about feedbacks between glacier dynamics and broader climate processes in the polar area. What is more? Runyu is addicted to all kinds of outdoor activities including free diving, skiing, mountaineering and picnics.

 


Arley Titzler is a graduate student at Columbia University in the Climate and Society Master’s program. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Professional Writing for Civic Engagement from University of California, Santa Barbara. Arley is interested in global climate change policy, environmental justice, and climate’s role in natural disasters. Outside of school, Arley loves finding new adventures, traveling to new places, exercising occasionally, all things music, and a good laugh while scrolling through Instagram memes.

 

 

 


Former GlacierHub Contributors

Andrew Angle is a graduate of the Climate and Society Master’s program at Columbia University. He graduated in May 2017 from Penn State with a B.S. in Geography. Academically, he is interested in the intersection of climate change mitigation and policy as well as the impacts of glacial retreat on communities in the Andes. Outside of school, Andrew’s interests include staying active, hiking, sports and reading.

 

 


Natalie Belew is a recent graduate of Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and East Asian Studies and a graduate of the M.A. in Climate and Society program at Columbia University. She’s particularly interested in Chinese environmental history and how to implement mitigation strategies that best incorporate cultural traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Paul Chakalian has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University. He is a doctoral student at Arizona State University. His focus is on the intersection of urban sociology and climate science to better understand the relationships between our built, cultural and natural environments.

 


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Ashley E. Chappo was senior editor of GlacierHub from 2016 to 2019. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where she studied breaking news and investigative reporting, and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she concentrated in human rights and international conflict resolution. Ashley has worked in the newsrooms of the New York Observer, World Policy Journal, and Manhattan Magazine, previously covering the Arctic for the World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative. She also served as senior editor of the Journal of International Affairs (2017-2018) and editor of RightsViews, published by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Her research interests include human rights in the context of climate change with a focus on how global warming disproportionately impacts women and the world’s most disadvantaged communities. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyChappo or view her digital portfolio at ashleychappo.com.

 


 

Souvik Chatterjee is a graduate of the Climate and Society master’s program at Columbia University. He is interested in preventing climate change and its many negative effects, including the rapid melting of Earth’s glaciers. Before GlacierHub, Souvik didn’t realize how important and widespread glaciers were or how many lives they touch. Now he enjoys reading the news and appreciated the opportunity to become a journalist as a writer for GlacierHub. He also enjoys basketball and hanging out with his friends and family.

 

 

 


Holly Davison graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Earth Sciences and French. After graduation, she worked in human resources at Next Jump Inc., a 200-person e-commerce company. She is a graduate of the M.A. in Climate and Society at Columbia University. She’s interested in how natural disasters affect water quality, having been evacuated after a flood as a teenager. She enjoys glassblowing and cooking.

 

 

 

 


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Tsechu Dolma lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, and directs the Mountain Resiliency Project, a non-profit dedicated to building climate-resilient mountain communities. She researches the response of glacier communities to climate change in the Himalayas. A native of Tibet and Nepal, Tsechu is a Wild Gift Fellow, a Global Youth Laureate and a Brower Youth Award winner. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.P.A. in Economic Development from Columbia University.

 

 

 


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Amanda Evengaard holds a bachelor’s degree in Product Design from Parsons and is a graduate of the M.A. in Climate and Society at Columbia University. Amanda is interested in climate sensitivity, how changing climate affects society and the environment, and how to make decisions for a sustainable future. Previously, Amanda worked in design, production and sustainability with the designer Donna Karan at the D.O.T training center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and at Urban Zen, New York.

 

 

 


Kristen French

Kristen French is a writer on science, medicine and the environment. She is drawn to stories about the intersections between science, culture and social justice. She has published features in New York Magazine, Al Jazeera America, OnEarth magazine and Guernica magazine. She has also written about technology for Popular Mechanics. Kristen is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s M.A. in science journalism program and lives in Brooklyn. She is a former editor of GlacierHub.


Tae Hamm is a graduate of the Climate and Society Master’s program at Columbia University and holds a B.A. in Geology from Lawrence University. Tae is interested in sustainable packaging as well as urban planning for disaster risk reduction. He’s an avid reader of books in all forms and shapes, but buys his books only on Kindle.

 

 


Alexandra Harden.

Alexandra Harden is a graduate of the Climate and Society M.A. program at Columbia University. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Writing and Rhetoric from Colgate University. Her previous work was in Boulder, Colorado, with the Consortium for Capacity Building focusing on helping vulnerable communities mitigate and adapt to climate change.

 

 

 


Sabrina Ho Yen Yin is a graduate of Columbia University’s Climate and Society Program. She has a BSc in Geography from University College London and conducted research on the Indian monsoon and its changing patterns due to climate change. Sabrina is a Singaporean and a future educator.

 

 


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Sam Inglis is a glacial hazards specialist based in Asia. Born in Hong Kong, his passion for the mountains came from his travels in the Indian Himalayas, starting at age 12. He has a master’s degree from the University of Exeter and is dedicated to communicating the complexities of climate science and glaciology. His research has centered on the Indo-Tibetan Sutlej River, the Patagonian Icefields of Chile and the glacial lakes in Nepal.

 


Shreeya Joshi graduated with a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She is specifically interested in climate change adaptation techniques and policies as well as strategic environmental communications. When she is not thinking about these, she’s most likely thinking about food.

 

 

 


William Julian graduated with an M.A. in anthropology from Columbia University. Academically, he is interested the ways in which an influx of Han Chinese tourism is reshaping ethnic Kazakh identity in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as well as in early Chinese historiography of Inner Asian nomadic peoples. Outside of academia, he is interested in photography, documentary filmmaking, and fiction writing.

 


Daniel KandyDaniel Kandy comes from the only continent without glaciers. He graduated with a degree in anthropology from Washington University, studying pastoral nomadism, urban agriculture and GIS. He has worked on ecosystem service markets and energy policy, and now studies climate change science and policy at Columbia University.

 

 


Rachel Kaplan graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Geology-Biology. Since, she has worked as a field technician on projects at 65 degrees South latitude, 68 degrees North latitude, and several beautiful locations in between. She is passionate about how global climate change is shaping Antarctic ecosystems and how scientists can best communicate this change.

 

 


Yunziyi (Lisa) Lang

Yunziyi Lang graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Aviation Meteorology. She is a graduate of the Climate and Society program at Columbia University. She is interested in atmospheric dynamics and the societal effects of climate change. She is working on a project that studies the vulnerability of the U.S. Atlantic coast to hazards associated with extreme winter storms.

 

 


Amy Lieberman

Amy Lieberman is an award-winning journalist based in New York City. Her domestic U.S. and international coverage on climate change, immigration, public health and other social justice and political issues has been published in a range of news outlets, including The Guardian, Slate and The Atlantic. Amy received her Master of Arts degree, specializing in politics and government, from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in May 2014. Last year, she completed a year-long fellowship on the oil industry and climate change and co-published her findings with a team at the Los Angeles Times. She is a former editor of GlacierHub.

 


Brian Llamanzares is a former CNN Philippines news correspondent. He is the CEO and founder of Time Master Watches and a graduate of Columbia University’s Climate and Society program. Brian also worked briefly at the Philippine Senate as a supervising legislative staff officer and more recently as a political consultant. In his spare time, Brian volunteers as a Youth Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital. He has a passion for public service and an interest in disaster risk reduction management.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Anna Lo Presti

Anna LoPresti holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and is currently an M.Sc. candidate in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford. She has conducted environmental fieldwork in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil and tropical savannas of Kenya, with a focus on conservation ecology and hydrology.

 

 

 


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Ben Marconi earned his B.S. in geology from Weber State University in Northern Utah. He is a graduate of the M.A. in Climate and Society at Columbia University and is interested in defining paeloclimates during mass extinction periods to improve our current approach to mitigating climate change. While not working on these projects, Ben can be found skiing, climbing and running in Central Park

 

 

 

 



Brianna Moland has a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in international climate change adaptation and sustainable development. She is holds a master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University. In her free time, she enjoys learning Brazilian Portuguese, trying new restaurants and exploring New York City.

 

 

 

 

 


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Miriam Nielsen is a video producer (and occasional writer) who likes making things about climate change and the environment. She is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Climate and Society program at Columbia University, but spends most of her time on Twitter or playing Ultimate Frisbee.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jade Payne is a graduate of the M.A. in Climate & Society program at Columbia University after graduating in 2017 from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She is interested in climate communications and policy, but she also has an affinity for being “just okay” at video games and attending too many concerts.

 

 

 

 


Alexandra Plassaras completed her Master’s in Data Science in Columbia University’s Quantitative Methods Department. She is GlacierHub’s past web administrator. Her interests include spatial analysis, social network analysis, regression models, data visualization and data mining. Previously, Alexandra worked in the startup world as an analyst, software engineer and Python and SQL tutor. In her free time, she volunteers at a local animal shelter in Harlem, goes hiking, backpacking and loves learning new languages.


Nicholas K. Smith

Nicholas K. Smith is a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GlobalPost and the Vienna Review, among other publications. He is recent graduate from Columbia Journalism School and holds degrees in journalism and marketing from the University of Arizona. He lives in Vienna, Austria. Read more of his work at nicholasksmith.com. He is a former editor of GlacierHub.

 


Angela Soriano Quevedo is holds a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University. She did her undergraduate studies in International Relations in Lima, Peru, where she specialized in Environmental Policy. Previous work experiences include topics related to environmental security, sustainable mountain development and green cities.

 

 

 


Gina Stovall earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology and a Master’s degree in Climate and Society at Columbia University. Gina’s research has explored the cryosphere from a remote sensing perspective with CryoCity and the Polar Geophysics Group. Her projects provoke awareness and advocacy through the communication of climate science. Read her work at ginastovall.com.

 


Brad Swain

Brad Swain received his master’s degree from the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy in 2016. His research focuses on how scarcity changes the way humans evaluate risk and uncertainty. He is now a researcher at the Common Cents Lab at Duke University. Brad’s work at Common Cents uses behavioral economics to help low and middle income families make better financial decisions.

 

 


Sarah Kai Zhen Toh has a B.A. in Geography from Oxford University and a master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University. She has done research about the climatology of the Maritime Continent Monsoon and has always been fascinated by the dynamics that create spectacular landscapes all over the world.

 

 

 


Manon VerchotManon Verchot is a multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C. She writes about climate change, environmental issues, health and international news. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, ClimateWire, Global Post and Mother Nature Network, among others. Manon holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a degree in history and social anthropology from the University of Kent. She has lived on five continents. She is a former editor of GlacierHub.

 

 


brittany wattsBrittany Watts has roots in Atlanta, Georgia, but she has also worked in India, the Dominican Republic and various other cities across the United States. With a background in communications, her most meaningful mission to date was inspiring a love of learning in her students while teaching 7th Grade English/Language Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

 

 


Yurong Yu earned her B.A. in Regional International Development in China. She also worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Beijing. She completed her M.A. candidate in Climate and Society at Columbia University. She is interested in the impact of climate change on regional areas, especially in the Himalayas.

 

 

 

 

 


Rosette Zarzar graduated from Columbia University and majored in Sustainable Development. She is interested in climate change policy and hopes to pursue her law degree in environmental law after completing her bachelor’s degree. Before GlacierHub, Rosette was the Co-Leader of Eco-Reps, an environmental club that promotes sustainable behavior and implements green initiatives on Columbia’s campus. She has also been a part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute Summer Ecosystem Experience for undergraduates, where she studied Fields and Methods of Ecology and Evolution and Environmental Biology.

 

 

 


Yang Zhang is a graduate of the M.A. in Climate and Society program at Columbia University. She holds her B.A. in International Law. Between undergraduate and graduate school, she worked for the government of China in forestry diplomacy and international environment negotiation. After that, she worked as a policy dialogue coordinator for an Asia Pacific-targeted NGO on sustainable development project management in developing countries and regional forestry policy mechanism coordination. She happens to be a big fan of SNL.

 


Yuanrong Zhou earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Toronto and her master’s in Climate and Society from Columbia University. She is interested in nature and climate change, hoping to make contributions to environmental protection.

 

 

 


Yixing Zhu

Yixing Zhu majored in Geomatics at the University of Waterloo and Nanjing University. She is a graduate of the Climate and Society program at Columbia University. Her interests include lakes, oceans and glaciers. With a background in geography and information systems, she would like to figure out the relationship between high altitude glaciers and climate change.

 


 

 

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