Juan Miguel Arias
Graduate School of Education
 Juan Miguel Arias

Juan Miguel is a PhD candidate in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. As an interdisciplinary researcher, his work leverages insights from developmental and cultural psychology to explore questions around educational and environmental justice. Broadly, Juan Miguel is interested in the psychology of how people work to understand each other and the living world. His current research interests are around critical pedagogy of place, the environmental and ethnic identities of Latinx and other youth of color, and the influence of experiential programs on students' academic engagement and community/environment connections.

Jenna Forsyth
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources
Jenna Forsyth

Jenna, a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, pursues research that aims to characterize and minimize environmental exposures that undermine child health in low-income countries. Working with communities, she hopes to develop and test solutions to reduce exposures; as part of this work, she is also interested in educational and behavioral approaches to community engagement. Jenna currently focuses on heavy metal exposure in Bangladesh and mosquito-borne disease in Kenya. She holds a master's degree in environmental engineering and global health from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in biology from Carleton College.

Kristen Green
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources
Kristen Green

Kristen is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Her PhD research examines the socio-economic, cultural, and environmental drivers that stimulate stakeholder engagement in Alaskan communities. She is interested in how communities highly dependent on coastal resources might adapt and maintain resiliency in the face of climate change. Prior to beginning her PhD, Kristen worked for six years as biologist and fishery manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game where she designed fisheries management strategies and communicated policies for the commercial groundfish and shellfish fisheries in Southeast Alaska. She has extensive experience collaborating with local stakeholders on issues of small-scale fisheries, marine resource use, and developing harvest policies. She holds a Master's in Marine Science with an emphasis in Ichthyology from Moss Landing Marine Labs and a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from UC Santa Barbara.

Archana Kannan
Graduate School of Education
Archana Kannan

Archana is a PhD student in Science Education at the Graduate School of Education. Prior to starting her PhD, she was a research associate at SK Partners, where she worked towards building measurement and evaluation capacities in informal STEM education. Archana earned an MA in Education from Stanford after completing an MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Toledo and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Mumbai. Previously she taught field-trip programs at the California Academy of Sciences where she developed a keen interest in conservation and sustainability education. Archana has a deep passion for science, which comes from spending several years doing laboratory research in biology. She also taught undergraduate biology for 3 years at the University of Toledo. Her current research interests include evaluation in informal education, developing innovative measures of learning, and professional training for informal educators.

Anna Lee
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Anna Lee

Anna is a doctoral student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.  She is interested in environmental decision-making among producers and consumers in the food system, and studied the social factors that influence alternative farmers' information-gathering strategies as part of her Master's work in the Agroecology Program at UW-Madison before coming to Stanford.  Prior to that, she earned degrees in Earth Systems and Anthropological Sciences at Stanford, and spent two years working and learning at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship program at UCSC.

Veronica Lin
Graduate School of Education
Veronica Lin


Veronica is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences & Technology Design at the Graduate School of Education, and also a masters student in Computer Science. Her research interests lie at the intersection of learning, young children, and technological and educational equity. Her recent projects have focused on how tangible technologies help young children learn and how engaging learning experiences for computational thinking can be designed and implemented in both formal and informal learning environments. Prior to Stanford, Veronica studied Computer Science and Economics at Wellesley College, where she also conducted research in the Human Computer Interaction Lab on tangible technology toys for computational thinking and multi-touch surfaces for collaborative learning.

Monique Markoff
Graduate School of Education
Monique Markoff

Monique is a PhD candidate in sociology of education at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education and is currently researching how educational institutions play a role in shaping students' environmental identities.  She earned a MA in education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BS in human development from Cornell University. Before her time at Stanford she taught middle school math and science for 5 years. She was also a vice-principal and math coach in both Title 1 district and charter contexts. Her love of environmental education research comes from her own years as an outdoor educator, developing links with nature for urban public school students.

Indira Phukan
Graduate School of Education
Indira Phukan

Indira is a PhD candidate in science education at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education and is beginning her research by exploring how diversity in culture and socioeconomic status impacts environmental decision-making behaviors.  She earned a MA in special education through Teach for America and a BA with honors in history from Harvard College.  She has two years experience teaching in a special education classroom in Title 1 schools in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as experience in formally training and supporting first-year teachers.  Most recently, she has been spending her time working as a field science educator, diversity coordinator, and site manager in Yosemite National Park for NatureBridge, a non-profit environmental education company.

Francisca Santana
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources
Francisca Santana

Francisca is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. She studies social-ecological dynamics of coastal regions, with a focus on current and historical trends in conservation, governance, and resource use in the Gulf of Mexico. She is interested in examining how resource-dependent human communities interact with various environmental stressors, including energy extraction, nutrient pollution, land loss, and climate change. Before coming to Stanford, Francisca worked on energy and marine policy issues in the nonprofit and government sectors. She received a master's degree in environmental science and management from UC Santa Barbara and a BA in history from Yale University.

​Shannon Swanson
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
​Shannon Swanson

Shannon is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, a Teresa Elms and Robert D. Lindsay Fellow and a National Geographic Young Explorer. She studies fishing communities in small island nations in South East Asia and Oceania and how they are affected by tourism, marine protected areas, conflict, social learning networks, and governance structures. Drawing from her career as a conservation/travel photojournalist, she is also interested in developing new participatory methods of research using film and photography. Before coming to Stanford, she received a masters in Coastal Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Jose Urteaga
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Jose Urteaga

Jose Urteaga is a first year doctoral student in Stanford’s E-IPER program, whose research interests center on the governance and sustainable management of marine natural resources in developing countries, particularly in Nicaragua. Jose comes to Stanford with a post graduate diploma in Sea Fisheries from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina, after completing a BSc in Biological Sciences in 2000 from the same university. Over the past decade, Jose worked with the conservation NGO Fauna & Flora International in Nicaragua, and led the development of a comprehensive Sea Turtle Conservation Program on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. In 2005, Jose was recognized as a Conservation Hero by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund; in 2010, he was named as one of the National Geographic Society’s Emerging Explorers. Jose is also a member of the Marine Turtle Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and country co-coordinator of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (WIDECAST).

Lynne Zummo
Graduate School of Education
Lynne Zummo

Lynne Zummo is a PhD student in Science Curriculum and Teacher Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Her research investigates a range of topics, from the integration of environmental education into traditional science classrooms to teacher education through learnable core practices. Her most recent project explored the use of flipped classroom technology in high school Biology classrooms. Prior to Stanford, Lynne taught 9th grade Earth Systems Science for several years in Washington, DC. She earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MS in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College.