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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.

  • Emily Hunter

    Editor-in-Chief

    Emily is a senior from Western Massachusetts who will be graduating this spring with a BA in Earth and Environmental Science and an MS in Energy and Environment. She is passionate about conservation and climate issues. Emily is also involved in Epsilon Eta and is a finance assistant in BU's Department of Earth and Environment. She enjoys hiking, reading, and going to Red Sox games in her free time.
  • Amelia Murray-Cooper

    Managing Editor

    Amelia is a senior pursuing a BA in Environmental Analysis and Policy and MS in Energy and Environment. She is passionate about environmental justice and sustainability. Outside of The Emerald Review, she can be found volunteering with Epsilon Eta and Omega Phi Alpha, working with BU CleanTech Club, or knitting.
  • Megan Crimmins

    Copy Editor

    Megan is a senior from Prescott, Arizona majoring in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy. Outside of the Review, she is involved with Epsilon Eta and the Sweaty Penguin podcast. She is passionate about environmental justice and hopes to work with climate refugees and refugee policy in the future.
  • Juliette Van Vleck

    Copy Editor

    Juliette is a junior from DC studying at Boston University. Her passion for service and sustainability brought her to the Department of Earth & Environment to study Environmental Policy/Analysis and Hospitality in the context of travel, tourism, and other consumer-facing industries.
  • Olivia Bible

    Website Editor

    Olivia is a senior from Belmont, Massachusetts studying Marine Science and Biology. She is also a member of Epsilon Eta, a DJ at WTBU, and a volunteer in the Rotjan Lab on campus. She is passionate about the effect of climate change on the ocean and phenology. In her free time, she enjoys running and listening to music.
  • Abby Van Selous

    Creative Editor

    Abby is a sophomore from Pennington, New Jersey. She is studying Journalism and Environmental Analysis and Policy with the goal of becoming an environmental journalist. Abby's hope is that she will be able to raise awareness of environmental issues through her writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and going on runs.
  • Ian Galinson

    Senior Staff Editor

    Ian Galinson is a senior studying English, and Earth and Environmental Science. He is originally from San Francisco, California, where he discovered his perpetually-growing passion for nature and the world that surrounds him. In the future, he hopes to promote environmental activism and climate policy reform. Ian also enjoys listening to electronic and alternative music, reading, and taking walks through Brookline.
  • Tala Altabsh

    Staff Editor

    Tala is a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy and Sustainable Energy. She grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is hoping to be a driving force in reducing Saudi's fossil fuel consumption and helping facilitate the shift towards renewable energy. Her hobbies include volleyball, photography, and reading; her interests include feminism, sustainability, and traveling.
  • Erica Judd

    Staff Editor

    Erica is a junior from Massachusetts studying Environmental Analysis and Policy. They are passionate about conservation, environmental justice, and sustainable development. Erica is the treasurer of BU’s Sustainable Ocean Alliance chapter and spent their summer monitoring listed species of shorebirds on Cape Cod. They love reading, hiking, and all things marine-related.
  • Tian Liao

    Tian is a senior studying international relations. Born in Beijing, he lived in many places in the United States. Piano playing, salsa dancing, and searching for tasty and healthy snacks are some of his hobbies. It is his aspiration to support the development of sustainable communities.
  • Anna Facciola

    Staff Editor

    Anna Facciola is a junior from Northern Virginia majoring in Environmental Analysis & Policy with a minor in Spanish. She is also involved in the WTBU radio station, Students for Reproductive Freedom, the Community Service Center, and BU On Tap. Anna is passionate about environmental justice and law. She enjoys riding her bike, hiking, and camping.
  • Akshata Shukla

    Staff Editor

    Akshata is a junior from New Jersey majoring in Biology with a concentration in Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (CMG). She works at a research lab that studies the environmental affects of microbial behavior, and enjoys going on hikes or getting food with friends in her free time.
  • Jenny Motzer

    Senior Staff Writer

    Jenny is a junior from New Jersey studying Neuroscience on the Pre-Medical track. Her interests include wildlife conservation, sustainable energy, and environmental policy. She is also on the executive board for Women in Neuroscience and works as a research assistant in the Denison Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and running on the esplanade.
  • Elin Chan

    Senior Staff Writer

    Elin is a senior from Hong Kong studying Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology and minoring in Marine Science. She is fascinated by life, specifically marine life, and is passionate about biological conservation and environmental policies. Outside of the review, she can be found playing on BU’s Women’s Waterpolo team and hosting on the podcast ‘Let’s Talk About Climate’.
  • Alexis Rindner

    Senior Staff Writer

    Alexis is a senior from Northern California, studying Economics. She has a great interest in environmental justice and advocacy, with a focus on environmental economics and creating a more green economy. She is also a writer for the BU Pre-Law Review and extremely active in politics. In her spare time, you can find her ranting about politics or binge-watching Peaky Blinders.
  • Ian Fitzsimons

    Senior Staff Writer

    Ian is a senior studying environmental analysis and policy and is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his free time you can find him on a walking excursion around Boston or watching Law and Order.
  • Abigail Grassick

    Senior Staff Writer

    Abigail is a junior studying Biology with a concentration in ecology and conversation, and with minors in marine science and environmental analysis and policy. She is passionate about science education and improving equality of access. On campus she is a member of Beta Psi Omega and the Rotjan lab, and in her free time she loves hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and reading.
  • Lexi Svarczkopf

    Senior Staff Writer

    My name's Alexa Svarczkopf but everyone calls me Lexi! I'm incredibly passionate about loving and caring for the environment, and promoting sustainability. I plan on attending law school after finishing my undergraduate degree here at BU, and then go on to practice international/environmental law!
  • Meghan Walsh

    Staff Writer

    Meghan is a sophomore from Connecticut studying Accounting and Business Analytics. She is interested in sustainability and environmental, social, and governance reporting. In her free time, you can find her playing rugby for the BU women's team, baking, and going for walks around Boston.
  • Anjali Kini

    Staff Writer

    I am a graduate student from India pursuing my MA in Global Development Economics. I am passionate about Energy, Infrastructure and Climate Finance and hope to advance sustainability, particularly in global policy reform. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, reading philosophy and going on walks with my dog.
  • Kelly Schisa

    Staff Writer

    Kelly is a sophomore from Williamsburg, Virginia studying Earth and Environmental Science. She is also involved in the Environmental Student Organization at Boston University and is passionate about wildlife conservation, sustainable development, and environmental justice. Aside from writing, Kelly enjoys hiking, baking, and knitting in her free time.
  • Cora Funke

    Staff Writer

    Cora is a junior from Vermont majoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy and Political Science. She is also involved with Divest BU, Strong Women Strong Girls, and BU Women's Club Basketball. She enjoys reading, roller skating, and calling her family's cats on FaceTime.
  • Shayna Smith

    Staff Writer

    Shanya is a sophomore at Boston University studying Film and Television as well as Environmental Science. She is passionate about writing, caring for our environment, and building connections between media and science. Outside of academics, she is a competitive member of the BU Figure Skating Team and a videography intern at Hillel!
  • Andrea Nasev

    Staff Writer

    Andrea is a senior transfer at BU studying International Relations with a concentration in Environment and Development. She hopes to go where others won’t go, because those are the communities that need the most attention. Her ambitions are propelled by her love of animals and fascination with the anthropocene. Her favorite animal is the orca whale and her favorite feature of the anthropocene is live music and pre sliced bread.
  • Natalie Clott

    Staff Writer

    Natalie is a freshman from Boston, Massachusetts studying Environmental Analysis and Policy. She is part of the Environmental Student Organization and is passionate about environmental justice, sustainable innovation, and wildlife conservation. She enjoys baking, hiking, and listening to music!
  • Valerie Friar

    Staff Writer

    Valerie is a freshman studying Journalism at COM. She is from Maryland and is very passionate about environmental justice and raising awareness towards global sustainability!
  • Indrani Malhotra

    Staff Writer

    Indrani is a freshman from Westchester, New York, double majoring in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy. Indrani is passionate about global policy related to climate change and sustainability. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors, eat ice cream, and listen to music.
  • Jelena Garcevic

    Staff Writer

    Jelena is a sophomore from Montenegro and is studying International Relations at Boston University. She has a passion for the environment and enjoys learning about world issues. She hopes to see the world adapt to more sustainable methods and wants to take an active role in making that goal a reality.
  • Liam F. Fitzpatrick (he/him)

    Staff Writer

    Liam is a freshman from Pearl River, NY studying Economics with a minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies on the pre-law track. He is a Staff Writer at the Emerald Review, Vice Chair of the Harry Potter: The Lost Generation Committee at BosMUN, and a member of the Irish Association and the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). In his spare time, you can find him playing chess, working out, reading, or listening to Bob Dylan.
  • Elizabeth Sweitzer

    Staff Writer

    Elizabeth is currently a second-semester freshman at Boston University studying political science and international relations. Some points of focus are environmental justice, city development, and feminism.
  • Emma Roth (they/she)

    Staff Writer

    Emma is an organizer and artist, working towards fossil fuel and military divestment & abolition. They are invested in imagining and creating equitable // sustainable // beautiful futures through storytelling and writing. She is a Senior studying Theatre Arts & Political Science, with a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy.
  • Iffany Zou

    Staff Writer

    Iffany is a freshman from Los Angeles, California studying Biology and Environmental Analysis and Policy on the pre-law track. She loves hiking, running, sewing, and all things related to sustainable fashion. In her free time, you can find her on the esplanade, at the Boston Public Library, or somewhere in New Hampshire...
  • Hannah Connell

    Staff Writer

    Hannah is a freshman from South Bend, Indiana pursuing a BA in Marine Science. She is passionate about science communication and marine conservation. On campus, she works with the Department of Earth & Environment and is involved in BU’s Sustainable Ocean Alliance chapter and the BU Outing Club. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, listening to jazz, and exploring all Boston has to offer.

Emily Hunter

Editor-in-Chief

Emily is a senior from Western Massachusetts who will be graduating this spring with a BA in Earth and Environmental Science and an MS in Energy and Environment. She is passionate about conservation and climate issues. Emily is also involved in Epsilon Eta and is a finance assistant in BU's Department of Earth and Environment. She enjoys hiking, reading, and going to Red Sox games in her free time.

Amelia Murray-Cooper

Managing Editor

Amelia is a senior pursuing a BA in Environmental Analysis and Policy and MS in Energy and Environment. She is passionate about environmental justice and sustainability. Outside of The Emerald Review, she can be found volunteering with Epsilon Eta and Omega Phi Alpha, working with BU CleanTech Club, or knitting.

Megan Crimmins

Copy Editor

Megan is a senior from Prescott, Arizona majoring in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy. Outside of the Review, she is involved with Epsilon Eta and the Sweaty Penguin podcast. She is passionate about environmental justice and hopes to work with climate refugees and refugee policy in the future.

Juliette Van Vleck

Copy Editor

Juliette is a junior from DC studying at Boston University. Her passion for service and sustainability brought her to the Department of Earth & Environment to study Environmental Policy/Analysis and Hospitality in the context of travel, tourism, and other consumer-facing industries.

Olivia Bible

Website Editor

Olivia is a senior from Belmont, Massachusetts studying Marine Science and Biology. She is also a member of Epsilon Eta, a DJ at WTBU, and a volunteer in the Rotjan Lab on campus. She is passionate about the effect of climate change on the ocean and phenology. In her free time, she enjoys running and listening to music.

Abby Van Selous

Creative Editor

Abby is a sophomore from Pennington, New Jersey. She is studying Journalism and Environmental Analysis and Policy with the goal of becoming an environmental journalist. Abby's hope is that she will be able to raise awareness of environmental issues through her writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and going on runs.

Ian Galinson

Senior Staff Editor

Ian Galinson is a senior studying English and Environmental Analysis and Policy. He grew up in San Francisco, California, where he discovered his budding passion for nature and the world that surrounds him. In the future, he hopes to promote environmental activism and the just transition to a clean economy. Ian also enjoys playing guitar, reading, and taking walks through Boston.

Tala Altabsh

Staff Editor

Tala is a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy and Sustainable Energy. She grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is hoping to be a driving force in reducing Saudi's fossil fuel consumption and helping facilitate the shift towards renewable energy. Her hobbies include volleyball, photography, and reading; her interests include feminism, sustainability, and traveling.

Erica Judd

Staff Editor

Erica is a junior from Massachusetts studying Environmental Analysis and Policy. They are passionate about conservation, environmental justice, and sustainable development. Erica is the treasurer of BU’s Sustainable Ocean Alliance chapter and spent their summer monitoring listed species of shorebirds on Cape Cod. They love reading, hiking, and all things marine-related.

Tian Liao

Tian is a senior studying international relations. Born in Beijing, he lived in many places in the United States. Piano playing, salsa dancing, and searching for tasty and healthy snacks are some of his hobbies. It is his aspiration to support the development of sustainable communities.

Anna Facciola

Staff Editor

Anna Facciola is a junior from Northern Virginia majoring in Environmental Analysis & Policy with a minor in Spanish. She is also involved in the WTBU radio station, Students for Reproductive Freedom, the Community Service Center, and BU On Tap. Anna is passionate about environmental justice and law. She enjoys riding her bike, hiking, and camping.

Akshata Shukla

Staff Editor

Akshata is a junior from New Jersey majoring in Biology with a concentration in Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (CMG). She works at a research lab that studies the environmental affects of microbial behavior, and enjoys going on hikes or getting food with friends in her free time.

Jenny Motzer

Senior Staff Writer

Jenny is a junior from New Jersey studying Neuroscience on the Pre-Medical track. Her interests include wildlife conservation, sustainable energy, and environmental policy. She is also on the executive board for Women in Neuroscience and works as a research assistant in the Denison Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and running on the esplanade.

Elin Chan

Senior Staff Writer

Alexis Rindner

Senior Staff Writer

Alexis is a senior from Northern California, studying Economics. She has a great interest in environmental justice and advocacy, with a focus on environmental economics and creating a more green economy. She is also a writer for the BU Pre-Law Review and extremely active in politics. In her spare time, you can find her ranting about politics or binge-watching Peaky Blinders.

Ian Fitzsimons

Senior Staff Writer

Ian is a senior studying environmental analysis and policy and is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his free time you can find him on a walking excursion around Boston or watching Law and Order.

Abigail Grassick

Senior Staff Writer

Abigail is a junior studying Biology with a concentration in ecology and conversation, and with minors in marine science and environmental analysis and policy. She is passionate about science education and improving equality of access. On campus she is a member of Beta Psi Omega and the Rotjan lab, and in her free time she loves hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and reading.

Lexi Svarczkopf

Senior Staff Writer

My name's Alexa Svarczkopf but everyone calls me Lexi! I'm incredibly passionate about loving and caring for the environment, and promoting sustainability. I plan on attending law school after finishing my undergraduate degree here at BU, and then go on to practice international/environmental law!

Meghan Walsh

Staff Writer

Meghan is a sophomore from Connecticut studying Accounting and Business Analytics. She is interested in sustainability and environmental, social, and governance reporting. In her free time, you can find her playing rugby for the BU women's team, baking, and going for walks around Boston.

Anjali Kini

Staff Writer

I am a graduate student from India pursuing my MA in Global Development Economics. I am passionate about Energy, Infrastructure and Climate Finance and hope to advance sustainability, particularly in global policy reform. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, reading philosophy and going on walks with my dog.

Kelly Schisa

Staff Writer

Kelly is a sophomore from Williamsburg, Virginia studying Earth and Environmental Science. She is also involved in the Environmental Student Organization at Boston University and is passionate about wildlife conservation, sustainable development, and environmental justice. Aside from writing, Kelly enjoys hiking, baking, and knitting in her free time.

Cora Funke

Staff Writer

Cora is a junior from Vermont majoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy and Political Science. She is also involved with Divest BU, Strong Women Strong Girls, and BU Women's Club Basketball. She enjoys reading, roller skating, and calling her family's cats on FaceTime.

Shayna Smith

Staff Writer

Shanya is a sophomore at Boston University studying Film and Television as well as Environmental Science. She is passionate about writing, caring for our environment, and building connections between media and science. Outside of academics, she is a competitive member of the BU Figure Skating Team and a videography intern at Hillel!

Andrea Nasev

Staff Writer

Andrea is a senior transfer at BU studying International Relations with a concentration in Environment and Development. She hopes to go where others won’t go, because those are the communities that need the most attention. Her ambitions are propelled by her love of animals and fascination with the anthropocene. Her favorite animal is the orca whale and her favorite feature of the anthropocene is live music and pre sliced bread.

Natalie Clott

Staff Writer

Natalie is a freshman from Boston, Massachusetts studying Environmental Analysis and Policy. She is part of the Environmental Student Organization and is passionate about environmental justice, sustainable innovation, and wildlife conservation. She enjoys baking, hiking, and listening to music!

Valerie Friar

Staff Writer

Valerie is a freshman studying Journalism at COM. She is from Maryland and is very passionate about environmental justice and raising awareness towards global sustainability!

Indrani Malhotra

Staff Writer

Indrani is a freshman from Westchester, New York, double majoring in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy. Indrani is passionate about global policy related to climate change and sustainability. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors, eat ice cream, and listen to music.

Jelena Garcevic

Staff Writer

Jelena is a sophomore from Montenegro and is studying International Relations at Boston University. She has a passion for the environment and enjoys learning about world issues. She hopes to see the world adapt to more sustainable methods and wants to take an active role in making that goal a reality.

Liam F. Fitzpatrick (he/him)

Staff Writer

Liam is a freshman from Pearl River, NY studying Economics with a minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies on the pre-law track. He is a Staff Writer at the Emerald Review, Vice Chair of the Harry Potter: The Lost Generation Committee at BosMUN, and a member of the Irish Association and the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). In his spare time, you can find him playing chess, working out, reading, or listening to Bob Dylan.

Elizabeth Sweitzer

Staff Writer

Emma Roth (they/she)

Staff Writer

Iffany Zou

Staff Writer

Hannah Connell

Staff Writer

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