Our 2018-19 Planet Forward Correspondents

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 team of Planet Forward Correspondents! Read below to learn more about the exceptional team of students selected, and be sure to click through to see their full profiles:

  • Emily Arnold, Georgetown University, is a junior at studying English, environmental studies, and entrepreneurship.
  • Evan Barnard, University of Georgia, is a junior studying ecology and sustainability.
  • Deepti Bansal Gage, The George Washington University Law School, is entering her second year and planning to focus on courses related to environmental and property law.
  • Marina Battle Rullo, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, is a senior majoring in environmental studies and minoring in native people & the environment.
  • Colin Boyle, Northwestern University, is a junior studying journalism and Spanish language.
  • Vicki Deng, Reed College (Portland), is a junior studying biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • Ashley Gallagher, The George Washington University, is a senior majoring in journalism and mass communications and minoring in sustainability.
  • Molly Glick, Northwestern University, is a junior studying journalism and environmental policy.
  • Emily Hammermeister, Loyola University Chicago, is a senior majoring in environmental science and minoring in studio art.
  • Michala L. Hendrick, SUNY-Plattsburgh, is studying environmental science, economics and sustainability.
  • Cassandra Hobar, Eckerd College, is a senior psychology and environmental studies double major, with a management minor.
  • Reed Hutton, Middlebury College, is a senior studying environmental policy.
  • Peter Jurich, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a second-year Master's student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication.
  • Nate Mach, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a senior studying applied economics and life sciences communication.
  • Vanessa Moss, Sewanee: The University of the South, is a junior pursuing a B.S. in ecology and biodiversity, with a minor in French and a creative writing certificate in nonfiction.
  • Justin Rex, Texas Tech University, is a graduate student seeking an M.A. in mass communication, and holds a B.A. in electronic media and communication.
  • Colton Stevens, Northeastern University, is a junior studying finance, environmental studies, and photojournalism.
  • Emily Vidovich, George Washington University, is a senior studying art history, journalism, and sustainability. 
  • James Wooldridge, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a senior studying photojournalism.

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 Willamette River in Portland, Oregon

View of the Willamette River overlooking downtown Portland. (Vicki Deng/Reed College)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Reed College
While Portland is known for its progressive politics, the nearby Williamette River revealed environmental neglect, spurring a grassroots energy for reform.

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is one of the most-visited national parks. (Photos by Colton Stevens/Northeastern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northeastern University
As our national parks suffer in the wake of the government shutdown, I reflect on why national parks matter to me, and why they should matter to you, too.
Puffins in Maine

Two Atlantic Puffins on Maine's Eastern Egg Rock. (Photos by Evan Barnard/University of Georgia)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | University of Georgia
The beloved Atlantic Puffin is a symbol of conservation success. After the birds disappeared from islands along the coast of Maine, victims of feather hunters, biologist Stephen Kress restarted colonies using innovative techniques.

Petcoke piles are stored at a Koch Bros. storage site on the Calumet River in Chicago, Illinois, in 2014. (Terry Evans)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Loyola University Chicago
Communities outside of Chicago stifled by BP's largest oil refinery are taking defiant steps to end its expansion of production—and dangerous emissions.
Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
As the main transportation corridor for thousands in Syracuse, N.Y., the community has rallied around the bike lanes that run along Euclid Avenue.
Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
You wouldn't think the stars would be a big part of an urban kid's life. But the opposite is true for Planet Forward Correspondent Colin Boyle thanks to an upbringing by a family of environmentalists.

(Pixabay)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
A global advisor to the UN Global Compact Cities Programme gives her take on the future of urban sustainability on local, national and global levels.
Overflowing dumpsters

Here's an unpopular, but environmentally friendly habit that can prevent food waste and reduce the amount of waste that heads to the landfill: Dumpster diving. And, surprise! You might also make some money doing it. (Photos by Peter Jurich/University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
My partner and I have been dumpster diving for a little over a year now. It sounds gross — and it certainly can be — but we've found mostly benefits to this uncommon practice.
Mark Lichtenstein on a boat in Brazil

Mark Lichtenstein, Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is shown here while exploring the Amazon river outside Manaus, Brazil, with Planet Forward in June 2017 for our Storyfest storytelling expedition. (Hannah Dale/Planet Forward)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry sustainability expert Mark Lichtenstein discusses the social equity aspect of sustainability, which is often overlooked when discussing environmentalism.
Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY Plattsburgh
Marine group works with ports to provide cleaner air and waterways through voluntary environmental certification program, offering economic and community benefits.

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