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About The Emerald Review

The Emerald Review is an undergraduate student-run publication that seeks to highlight the works of students in the field of earth and environment. The publication offers viewpoints from a broad spectrum of opinions and backgrounds in order to promote a general understanding of a green and sustainable world. We are a small dedicated staff of volunteer students who are fascinated by the natural world.

Our Editors have worked hard to make each article you read a refined work. We have had the pleasure of receiving articles on topics ranging from the international climate negotiations in Paris to Boston University’s own Earth House. We encourage first time readers to take a few moments to read some of our work and learn more about our staff.

  • Michael Baker

    Editor-in-Chief

    Mike Baker is the Editor-in-Chief for The Emerald Review. He is a senior majoring in Economics and Environmental Analysis and Policy. If you’re seeking him out, you’ll likely find him riding his bike on Comm. Ave or elsewhere in the Greater Boston Area — while also consuming an exorbitant quantity of local food. He is a passionate advocate of public transportation, environmental sustainability, and urban development. Mike has strong experience in the public sector and, most recently, worked with Vineyard Wind.
  • Olivia Williams

    Managing Editor

    Olivia is double majoring in English and Earth and Environmental Science. She has been with The Emerald Review for three years and has loved every moment! She also helped found Climate Advocacy, Research, and Education (CARE), works in the Department of the Earth and Environment, and researches biogeochemical cycling in marshes.
  • Chance Rogala

    Copy Editor

    Chance Rogala is a senior studying Economics and Political Science. Aside from being a Copy Editor from The Emerald Review, Chance regularly participates in Epsilon Eta, BU's professional fraternity, and works in local politics. He is passionate about environmental impacts of economic policy, market regulation, and voting rights.
  • Reese Collins

    Copy Editor

    Reese is a junior from Oakton, Virginia. She is pursuing a degree in English with the goal of becoming a journalist. She is also an editor for The Beacon Literary Journal, and enjoys spending her time reading and eating copious amounts of pasta.
  • Sara Mack

    Communications Editor

    Sara is a senior studying Environmental Analysis and Policy as well as Public Relations. She is passionate about composting, functional bike lanes, and recently started making her own kombucha. In her last semester at BU she is working on a documentary focused on farmland conservation and culture in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Sara has been with The Emerald Review for 3 years, and has been the Communications Editor for 2 years.
  • Ethan Brown

    Website Editor

    Ethan is a junior from Bethel, Connecticut majoring in Film & Television and Environmental Analysis & Policy with a minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Outside of the review, he is Programming Coordinator for BUTV10, an active member of The Bunion and BU On Broadway, and a consultant at the CAS Writing Center. Ethan hopes to use his loves for writing and film/tv to communicate environmental issues and spur more solution-oriented bipartisan discussions. His favorite TV show is The Good Place, and he is passionately opposed to pineapple on pizza.
  • Rachel Gentile

    Senior Staff Editor

    Rachel Gentile is a senior double majoring in Earth and Environmental Science and Public Relations. She is Communications Director of BU Climate Advocacy Research and Education (CARE), is an active member of Epsilon Eta (environmental fraternity) and hosts a radio show on WTBU. Rachel loves coffee, skiing and traveling and is strongly opposed to the fossil fuel industry, olives and the oxford comma.
  • Andrew Kelbley

    Senior Staff Editor

    Andrew is double majoring in Economics and Environmental Analysis and Policy. He has been an editor for The Emerald Review for about 2 years now, and is also involved with the Environmental Student Organization. He enjoys doing yoga in Brookline, playing the french Horn in Cambridge, and learning about plants and animals at BU.
  • Joey Chen

    Staff Editor

    Joey Chen is a sophomore studying English and Economics. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and loves everything about the city— its ratchedness, its spirit, its people. In her free time, she likes watching 90 Day Fiancé and other enlightening TLC shows. Other hobbies include biking, climbing, and growing microgreens. Next on her to-do list is a cross-country bike trip, on which she hopes to revive some of that Kerouac spirit.
  • Emily Hunter

    Staff Editor

    Emily is a sophomore from Western Massachusetts studying Earth and Environmental Science. Outside of the review, she works in a research lab on campus. She loves being outside, reading, and going to sporting events. You can find her at Red Sox games or at the BU Beach once the weather gets nice.
  • Amelia Murray-Cooper

    Staff Editor

    Amelia Murray-Cooper is a sophomore studying Environmental Analysis and Policy with a minor in Media Science. She is passionate about environmental justice and sustainability. Outside of The Emerald Review, she can be found editing articles for The BU Buzz, volunteering with Epsilon Eta and Omega Phi Alpha, working for Sustainability@BU, or knitting.
  • Megan Crimmins

    Senior Staff Writer

    Megan is a sophomore majoring in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy. She is passionate about environmental justice and hopes to work in the future to address the disproportionate effects of climate change on developing and poorer countries. When not writing for the Review, she can be found studying in Mugar, working out at FitRec, or reading a good book, even sometimes two of these at the same time.
  • Olivia Henning

    Senior Staff Writer

    Olivia is a sophomore studying Environmental Analysis and Policy from Seattle, Washington. She is involved in the Environmental Student Organization and Student Food Rescue on campus. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental modeling after graduation.
  • Scott Johnson

    Senior Staff Writer

    Scott is a second semester junior studying international relations with a functional track in environment and development and a regional focus in the Middle East & Africa. He is originally from the Boston area, and has always had interest in sustainable development. He is interested in NGO work and entrepreneurial opportunities. He is also a full time musician and loves exploring new opportunities when they arise.
  • Julia Marcua

    Senior Staff Writer

    Julia Maruca is a Journalism student in her junior year at BU who is minoring in Earth and Environmental Science. Her goal is to combine her two passions--storytelling and the environment--and work towards climate journalism and science communication. When she isn't staying up late worrying about sea level rise, she writes community and science features and helps with social media at the BU Daily Free Press, and plays saxophone in the BU Pep Band.
  • Jennifer McMullin

    Senior Staff Writer

    Jenny McMullin is a junior studying Environmental Analysis & Policy in CAS. She is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she developed an appreciation for the natural environment, especially the local beaches and ponds. She is looking forward to pursuing her passion in the environmental field, specifically water conservation and management, after graduation. Outside of The Emerald Review, she volunteers with BU’s Community Service Center, and she is the Internal Affairs Representative for Transition to Boston University, a mentorship program for transfer students.
  • Olivia Amitay

    Staff Writer

    Olivia is a sophomore from Silver Spring, Maryland majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Olivia hopes to work with environmental advocacy groups to create digestible media content. On campus, Olivia is a consultant at the CAS Writing Center and hosts her radio show, Sample City, on WTBU. In her free time, you can catch her in a thrift store, at a concert, or on her couch watching Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Margaret Covert

    Staff Writer

    Margaret is a senior studying Behavioral Biology and Public Health hailing from Peru, IL. Currently, she works with a group that researches cognitive aging, and she works as a veterinary technician in Boston. She is interested in the ways that humans interact with the flora and fauna around them, and how those interactions affect the environment. She hopes to pursue Conservation Veterinary Medicine and ensure that our planet’s wildlife is protected for generations to come.
  • Maneesha Khalae

    Staff Writer

    Maneesha is a Staff Writer at The Emerald Review. She is studying Economics and plans to work in the intersection of development and environmental management. She is passionate about ensuring sustainable development, particularly in developing countries. She is the secretary of Sikh Association of Boston University (SABU), involved in the Student Ambassador Program (SAP) and works as the Global Development Policy Center's (GDP) center as a Communications fellow.
  • Nicole Soulas

    Staff Writer

    Nicole Soulas is a Staff Writer for The Emerald Review. She is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. Nicole also writes for the Boston Political Review, and she is very interested in environmental ethics. She loves dogs and coffee, and her dream is to be locked in a room with the both.
  • Matthew Tate

    Staff Writer

    Matthew (Matt) Tate is a sophomore from Albany, New York majoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Outside of the review, he likes to participate in community service programs, such as FYSOP and ASB, and is a member of a variety of student groups on campus, such as ESO, BU Cleantech Club, Student Government, Divest BU, and the Catholic Center at Boston University. People often refer to Matt by both his first and last name, as the generous number of t's in his name allows for this pronunciation.

Michael Baker

Editor-in-Chief

Mike Baker is the Editor-in-Chief for The Emerald Review. He is a senior majoring in Economics and Environmental Analysis and Policy. If you’re seeking him out, you’ll likely find him riding his bike on Comm. Ave or elsewhere in the Greater Boston Area — while also consuming an exorbitant quantity of local food. He is a passionate advocate of public transportation, environmental sustainability, and urban development. Mike has strong experience in the public sector and, most recently, worked with Vineyard Wind.

Olivia Williams

Managing Editor

Olivia is double majoring in English and Earth and Environmental Science. She has been with The Emerald Review for three years and has loved every moment! She also helped found Climate Advocacy, Research, and Education (CARE), works in the Department of the Earth and Environment, and researches biogeochemical cycling in marshes.

Chance Rogala

Copy Editor

Chance Rogala is a senior studying Economics and Political Science. Aside from being a Copy Editor from The Emerald Review, Chance regularly participates in Epsilon Eta, BU's professional fraternity, and works in local politics. He is passionate about environmental impacts of economic policy, market regulation, and voting rights.

Reese Collins

Copy Editor

Reese is a junior from Oakton, Virginia. She is pursuing a degree in English with the goal of becoming a journalist. She is also an editor for The Beacon Literary Journal, and enjoys spending her time reading and eating copious amounts of pasta.

Sara Mack

Communications Editor

Sara is a senior studying Environmental Analysis and Policy as well as Public Relations. She is passionate about composting, functional bike lanes, and recently started making her own kombucha. In her last semester at BU she is working on a documentary focused on farmland conservation and culture in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Sara has been with The Emerald Review for 3 years, and has been the Communications Editor for 2 years.

Ethan Brown

Website Editor

Ethan is a junior from Bethel, Connecticut majoring in Film & Television and Environmental Analysis & Policy with a minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Outside of the review, he is Programming Coordinator for BUTV10, an active member of The Bunion and BU On Broadway, and a consultant at the CAS Writing Center. Ethan hopes to use his loves for writing and film/tv to communicate environmental issues and spur more solution-oriented bipartisan discussions. His favorite TV show is The Good Place, and he is passionately opposed to pineapple on pizza.

Rachel Gentile

Senior Staff Editor

Rachel Gentile is a senior double majoring in Earth and Environmental Science and Public Relations. She is Communications Director of BU Climate Advocacy Research and Education (CARE), is an active member of Epsilon Eta (environmental fraternity) and hosts a radio show on WTBU. Rachel loves coffee, skiing and traveling and is strongly opposed to the fossil fuel industry, olives and the oxford comma.

Andrew Kelbley

Senior Staff Editor

Andrew is double majoring in Economics and Environmental Analysis and Policy. He has been an editor for The Emerald Review for about 2 years now, and is also involved with the Environmental Student Organization. He enjoys doing yoga in Brookline, playing the french Horn in Cambridge, and learning about plants and animals at BU.

Joey Chen

Staff Editor

Joey Chen is a sophomore studying English and Economics. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and loves everything about the city— its ratchedness, its spirit, its people. In her free time, she likes watching 90 Day Fiancé and other enlightening TLC shows. Other hobbies include biking, climbing, and growing microgreens. Next on her to-do list is a cross-country bike trip, on which she hopes to revive some of that Kerouac spirit.

Emily Hunter

Staff Editor

Emily is a sophomore from Western Massachusetts studying Earth and Environmental Science. Outside of the review, she works in a research lab on campus. She loves being outside, reading, and going to sporting events. You can find her at Red Sox games or at the BU Beach once the weather gets nice.

Amelia Murray-Cooper

Staff Editor

Amelia Murray-Cooper is a sophomore studying Environmental Analysis and Policy with a minor in Media Science. She is passionate about environmental justice and sustainability. Outside of The Emerald Review, she can be found editing articles for The BU Buzz, volunteering with Epsilon Eta and Omega Phi Alpha, working for Sustainability@BU, or knitting.

Megan Crimmins

Senior Staff Writer

Megan is a sophomore majoring in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy. She is passionate about environmental justice and hopes to work in the future to address the disproportionate effects of climate change on developing and poorer countries. When not writing for the Review, she can be found studying in Mugar, working out at FitRec, or reading a good book, even sometimes two of these at the same time.

Olivia Henning

Senior Staff Writer

Olivia is a sophomore studying Environmental Analysis and Policy from Seattle, Washington. She is involved in the Environmental Student Organization and Student Food Rescue on campus. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental modeling after graduation.

Scott Johnson

Senior Staff Writer

Scott is a second semester junior studying international relations with a functional track in environment and development and a regional focus in the Middle East & Africa. He is originally from the Boston area, and has always had interest in sustainable development. He is interested in NGO work and entrepreneurial opportunities. He is also a full time musician and loves exploring new opportunities when they arise.

Julia Marcua

Senior Staff Writer

Julia Maruca is a Journalism student in her junior year at BU who is minoring in Earth and Environmental Science. Her goal is to combine her two passions--storytelling and the environment--and work towards climate journalism and science communication. When she isn't staying up late worrying about sea level rise, she writes community and science features and helps with social media at the BU Daily Free Press, and plays saxophone in the BU Pep Band.

Jennifer McMullin

Senior Staff Writer

Jenny McMullin is a junior studying Environmental Analysis & Policy in CAS. She is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she developed an appreciation for the natural environment, especially the local beaches and ponds. She is looking forward to pursuing her passion in the environmental field, specifically water conservation and management, after graduation. Outside of The Emerald Review, she volunteers with BU’s Community Service Center, and she is the Internal Affairs Representative for Transition to Boston University, a mentorship program for transfer students.

Olivia Amitay

Staff Writer

Olivia is a sophomore from Silver Spring, Maryland majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Olivia hopes to work with environmental advocacy groups to create digestible media content. On campus, Olivia is a consultant at the CAS Writing Center and hosts her radio show, Sample City, on WTBU. In her free time, you can catch her in a thrift store, at a concert, or on her couch watching Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Margaret Covert

Staff Writer

Margaret is a senior studying Behavioral Biology and Public Health hailing from Peru, IL. Currently, she works with a group that researches cognitive aging, and she works as a veterinary technician in Boston. She is interested in the ways that humans interact with the flora and fauna around them, and how those interactions affect the environment. She hopes to pursue Conservation Veterinary Medicine and ensure that our planet’s wildlife is protected for generations to come.

Maneesha Khalae

Staff Writer

Maneesha is a Staff Writer at The Emerald Review. She is studying Economics and plans to work in the intersection of development and environmental management. She is passionate about ensuring sustainable development, particularly in developing countries. She is the secretary of Sikh Association of Boston University (SABU), involved in the Student Ambassador Program (SAP) and works as the Global Development Policy Center's (GDP) center as a Communications fellow.

Nicole Soulas

Staff Writer

Nicole Soulas is a Staff Writer for The Emerald Review. She is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. Nicole also writes for the Boston Political Review, and she is very interested in environmental ethics. She loves dogs and coffee, and her dream is to be locked in a room with the both.

Matthew Tate

Staff Writer

Matthew (Matt) Tate is a sophomore from Albany, New York majoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Outside of the review, he likes to participate in community service programs, such as FYSOP and ASB, and is a member of a variety of student groups on campus, such as ESO, BU Cleantech Club, Student Government, Divest BU, and the Catholic Center at Boston University. People often refer to Matt by both his first and last name, as the generous number of t's in his name allows for this pronunciation.

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