Volume 4, Issue 2 Writers

Erinn Dady

is a senior majoring in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability. After graduating in May 2022, she will pursue a graduate program in Ecology and Entomology. Through her undergraduate research in Entomology Assistant Professor Esther Ngumbi’s lab, Erinn is enthusiastic about improving food systems by helping farmers boost their crops’ defenses against insect herbivory.

 

Grace Finnell-Gudwien

is a senior studying Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Ecology and Conservation Biology and certificates in Geographic Information Sciences and Environmental Writing. She is currently applying to graduate school and plans to pursue a master’s in Environmental Journalism.

Maria Maring

is Q Magazine’s Volume 4 Student Editor. A senior from Carbondale, Ill., she is double-majoring in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability and Spanish, with a minor in National Resource Conservation. She is also an iSEE Communications Intern.

Zara Nyhus

is from Peoria, Ill. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in December 2021 with a B.A. in English Literature and the Certificate in Environmental Writing. She is currently applying for various environmental writing graduate programs in hopes of pursuing a career in journalism.

 

 

Tyler Swanson

is a junior from Pecatonica, Ill. He studies Agricultural & Consumer Economics with a concentration in Environmental Economics & Policy. He is minoring in the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program and Urban Planning. Upon graduating, Tyler hopes to pursue a career studying energy policy.

 

Kratika Tandon

is a sophomore from Peoria, Ill., and is a Communications Intern with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE). She is studying Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences (NRES) with a concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment. She is also pursuing a minor in Political Science and plans to attend law school after graduation.

Kayla Vittore 

is from Belvidere, Ill. She is a senior studying Plant Biotechnology and currently works at the Sarah Refi-Hind Lab investigating vegetable pathology. Starting Fall 2022 she will be pursuing a PhD in the Crop Sciences Department at UIUC under Dr. DoKyoung Lee, researching the use of perennial grasses as feedstock for industrial application.

Volume 4.1 Writers

Olivia Grubisich

is a senior from New Lenox, Ill. She studies chemistry and English, and she is pursuing the Certificate in Environmental Writing. She also works as a Content Writing Intern for the Office of Communication for Enrollment Management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

Jane Halloran

is from South Elgin, Ill. She graduated from the University of Illinois in August 2021 with a B.S. in Agricultural & Biological Engineering. She previously worked as a Research Assistant studying clay mineralogy and imaging with Research Assistant Professor Jorge Guzman. She is interested in working on a small farm or a nonprofit in the future.

Miranda Johnson

graduated in May 2021 with a degree in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability, as well as the Certificate in Environmental Writing and a minor in Business. She is originally from Aurora, Ill., but has since moved to Seattle after graduation. She started working as a STEM Coordinator at the Institute for Systems Biology in September, and she hopes to continue her career in environmental nonprofit work in the future.

Kalyn Nowlan

is from Champaign-Urbana, Ill. She graduated from the University of Illinois in May 2021 with a B.A. in English Literature and the Certificate in Environmental Writing, and is now working on her Master’s of Library and Information Science at the iSchool. She hopes to pursue a career in academic librarianship with a research focus in sustainability.

Nikki Palella

is a junior from Long Grove, Ill. She is majoring in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability with minors in Geography & Geographic Information Science and Natural Resource Conservation. On graduation, she hopes to do nonprofit or governmental work to address the climate crisis.

Nicolas Ramkumar 

is a sophomore from Champaign, Ill. He is double-majoring in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability and Economics. He is also pursuing a minor through iSEE’s Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program.

Andy Sima

is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, with bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Sustainability and Creative Writing. He currently lives in Minneapolis and is working on an endangered species book for children. He runs a blog at www.owlmanandy.com, and is also looking for an agent to represent him.

Volume 3 Writers

Lindsay Albright

is from Columbia, Md. She graduated with a degree in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability and received a minor in Creative Writing and the Certificate in Environmental Writing.

 

Anneli Cers 

is from Chicago, Ill. She studies Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences with a minor in Environmental Law & Economics. She plans to pursue a J.D.  in environmental law.

 

Shelby Cheyenne Job

is from Fayetteville, Ga. She graduated with a B.A. in English and B.S. in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability. She currently works as an Events & Programming Assistant for the University of Illinois Research Park.

Jennifer Coronel

is from Cicero, Ill.  She graduated in December 2020 with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and minors in Business and the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP). She will attend Northwestern University beginning in Fall 2021 to obtain her M.S. in Energy and Sustainability within the McCormick School of Engineering.

Peter Davis

is a junior from Naperville, Ill. He is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is active in the Illinois Solar Decathlon as well as the Energy Sustainability Working Advisory Team. He is interested in pursuing solutions to sustainably meet increasing global energy demands.

Sarah Gediman

is a senior from Wilmette, Ill. She is majoring in History and Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability, and hopes to pursue doctoral study in the history of climate science. She serves as the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Student Editor for Q Magazine.

Brandon Hausser

grew up in the U.S. and Europe. He is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability, and received the Certificate in Environmental Writing and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. He hopes to work in environmental preservation and conservation.

Gwenna Heidkamp

is from Riverwoods, Ill. She graduated in May 2020 with a B.S. in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability and received the Certificate in Environmental Writing. She is currently working at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in Research Park.

Maria Maring

is a junior from Carbondale, Ill. She studies Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability and Spanish — and is pursuing the Certificate in Environmental Writing. She is a Communications Intern with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE).

Jonah Messinger

will graduate in May 2021 with an M.Eng. in Engineering in Energy Systems, a B.S. in Engineering Physics, and a minor in the Hoeft Technology and Management Program. Most recently, he was a research assistant to Dr. Varun Sivaram at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and an undergraduate researcher studying gammavoltaics in Professor Lin Jian Meng’s research group. 

Nicole Pinsky

is from Park Ridge, Ill., and graduated in May 2020 with a B.S. in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Public Relations and the Certificate in Environmental Writing. She recently began working in a human resources role for W.W. Grainger, an industrial supply company in Lake Forest, Ill., and hopes to move into the company’s sustainability division.

Joshua Reed

is from Lemont, Ill. He graduated in May 2020 with a B.S. in English as well as the Certificate in Environmental Writing. He plans to pursue a law degree in Chicago.

Andy Sima

studies Environmental Sustainability and Creative Writing at Illinois, where he will graduate in May 2021. He plans for a career as a writer or with the National Parks System. Currently, he is applying for graduate school in Geographic Information Sciences and is looking for an agent to represent his novel. He maintains a blog at owlmanandy.com.

Brooke Witkins

is from Cary, Ill., and graduated with a degree in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability as well as a certificate in GIS and the Certificate in Environmental Writing. Her future plans include relocating to Utah and working in restoration.

Volume 2 Writers

Zachary Fishman

is from Park Ridge, Ill. He is a 2019 graduate in Engineering Physics and is now pursuing an M.S. in Science Journalism at Northwestern University. While at Illinois,  he contributed to The Daily Illini and The Green Observer

Gwenna Heidkamp

is from Riverwoods, Ill. She will graduate from the U of I in May 2020 with a B.S. in Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability (ESES), as well as the Certificate in Environmental Writing (CEW). In her future career, she aspires to help mobilize change for a more sustainable world. She is currently serving as the Greener Campus Programs Intern for iSEE.

Vivienne Henning 

is from Oak Park, Ill. She is a May 2019 Illinois graduate with a B.A. in English, earning a high distinction for her honors thesis. She also completed the Certificate in Environmental Writing (CEW). Since graduation, she has been working at a nonprofit organization and pursuing a publishing career in Chicago.

Carly Hopkins  

is from Marion, Ill. She is a senior in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment. She works as a research assistant for the Miller Research Group on campus. After graduation, she plans to study environmental law with a view to a career in environmental policy.

Taylor Jennings 

is from the St. Louis area. She received a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Global Studies from the U of I in May 2019. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism at New York University. 

Jenna Kurtzweil 

is from Inverness, Ill. She received a B.A. in English and earned the CEW in May 2019. In 2018-19, she served as a Communications Intern at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) as well as the Q Magazine Student Editor for Volume 2, Issue 1. In September 2019, iSEE hired her as a Communications Specialist.

Maria Maring 

is a sophomore from Carbondale, Ill. She studies Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability (ESES) and Spanish — and is pursuing the Certificate in Environmental Writing (CEW). She is currently a Communications Intern with iSEE.

Nidhi Shastri  

is from Hoffman Estates, Ill. She received her B.S. in Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability and Political Science in May 2019. She earned the Certificate in Environmental Writing and hopes to go into the field of environmental policy and communication.  

Charlee Thompson 

is from Edwardsville, Ill. She will graduate in May 2020 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Sustainability, Energy, and Environment. She will continue to earn an M.P.A in Environmental Policy at the University of Washington. While at Illinois, Charlee participated in the Society of Women Engineers and Illinois Student Government. 

Amber Volmer 

is from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She received her B.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in May 2019, and is currently pursuing an M.S.  in Environmental Engineering.

Haley Ware 

is from Elk Grove Village, Ill. She is a senior in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and works as a lab and field assistant with the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Project. She aspires to influence U.S. environmental and climate policy after graduation.

April Wendling 

is from Darien, Ill. She graduated in May 2019 with a B.S. in Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability and Geography. She is a Communications Intern for iSEE and serves as the  Student Editor for QII.ii. 

Volume 1 Writers

Anita Clifton 

grew up in Southern Illinois. After completing a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University, she is completing her Ph.D. in English/Writing at the University of Illinois.

Mark Healy 

is from St. Charles, Ill. He is a 2018 Illinois graduate in Civil and Environmental Engineering and now works as an environmental engineering consultant for Trotter and Associates Inc. in Chicago.

Lisen Holmström

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and received her M.S. degree in Landscape Ecology from the University of Illinois in May 2018. 

Clarissa Ihssen 

is from Woodstock, Ill. She received her B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in May 2019, and aspires to pursue a graduate degree in Library and Information Science.

Taylor Jennings 

is from the St. Louis area. She received a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Global Studies in May 2019. She became involved with the Honduras Water Project her sophomore year. She is pursuing a Master’s in Journalism at New York University. 

Emily Luce 

is from the northern suburbs of Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois in 2018 and plans to live and work in New Zealand.

David Marcus

received a B.A. in English in May 2019 and is a Web Developer at the Spurlock Museum on the University of Illinois’ campus. Marcus strives to use the power of writing to make this Earth a kinder and more compassionate place. 

Laura Schultz 

is from Shorewood, Ill., and interned at iSEE. She graduated in May 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability and a minor in Integrative Biology. She is pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Mallory Shaw 

lives in Bloomington, Ill. with her husband and 6-year old son. She’s a senior Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences major concentrating in fish and wildlife conservation. Her career (and life) goals are to restore and protect wetlands — and the wildlife dependent on them.

Melissa Wagner 

is from Chicago. She is a 2018 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in News-Editorial Journalism and a minor in Public Relations. She is pursuing a career in public relations with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).   

Katie Watson 

is from Oswego, Ill. She is a 2018 University of Illinois graduate, and one of the first recipients of the CEW. She currently works as a Digital Content Specialist in Illinois’ Public Affairs.