Alumni

Our Climate Change & Society alumni have moved on to a variety of careers. Their paths have led them to work in communications, education, government, scientific and policy tracks, among others. Some examples include NOAA RISA, Mecklenburg County, Forest Service, Sierra Club, University of Connecticut. Others have chosen to remain in their current careers with enhanced knowledge about climate change and society.

A number of our students have also chosen to continue post-graduate studies at NC State as well as other institutions such as University of Connecticut.


Testimonials

Leah Kos, Climate Change & Society Alumni
NC State’s PSM in Climate Change & Society is a highly rewarding program, providing students with the tools and experiences needed to succeed in the field of climate science. The effective blend of technical and applied courses, along with the invaluable capstone project, are unique characteristics that set this program aside from others. With a meteorology background grounded in technical science, the CCS program was critical in developing and expanding my climate science communication and outreach skills. I am especially grateful for my capstone opportunity where I worked with the City of Nags Head to help reduce overwash vulnerability to their transportation sector, as the knowledge and firsthand experience working with stakeholders was critical in preparing me for my former position as the Climate Assessment Specialist for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP). SCIPP is a NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) team, and works to increase resiliency and preparedness to weather and climate extremes across the South Central United States. My work focuses on the assessment of stakeholder risk and vulnerability to these events, and how the use of climate hazard data can better meet the needs of users in decision making and adaptation efforts. The CCS program provided me with the right skills and experiences to excel in my career and I often apply the knowledge and lessons learned in my work.


2020 Graduates

Jane Allen
Since beginning my undergraduate degree, I have been both fascinated and alarmed by the way humans have interacted with their environment. I received my bachelor’s degree in Environmental & Sustainability Studies from University of Northern Colorado and now continue my education in the CCS program in an effort to better understand the climate crisis and what can be done about it. I am particularly interested in learning how to improve resiliency and adaptation for both the most vulnerable ecosystems and human populations in the face of extreme weather events and climatic changes.

Jane currently works as an Economic Resilience Project Coordinator at the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) in Oregon, USA.

Jared Belvin
Having lived in a small town on the southeast coast of Virginia my entire life, I spent most of my time on or near the water. From a young age I quickly realized that most activities I enjoyed doing (fishing, kayaking, boating, etc.) relied almost entirely on the weather being reasonable. This realization lead me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Meteorology at Virginia Tech. With my background being on more of the science side, I now look continue my education in the CCS program at NC State to gain more knowledge on the policy side of assessing environmental phenomena.

David Glas
While earning my bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, my proximity to the ocean opened my eyes to the nuances of our environment, and the importance of learning how our choices and inputs affect it. After driving through the flooded Lumber River on my way back to the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, as well as other events in 2016, I resolved to make progress toward workable solutions to the climate and environmental crises. I hope to become a much-needed bridge between scientists and laypeople during this pivotal next decade and beyond.

 

 


Madison Teeter
Growing up in the military community, I had the opportunity to move to multiple places that allowed me to live in various diverse environments. From the beaches in Hawaii to the mountains in Kentucky I lived nearby, I was able to develop an appreciation for the environment while simultaneously fostering the need to help protect it. By having a political science degree with a concentration in environmental science, along with the knowledge I will gain in the Climate Change and Society program, I hope to be a fierce advocate for the environment by working for organizations that highlight the intrinsic value that nature has to offer all of us.

Madison currently works for Wetlands Watch in Norfolk, VA.


2019 Graduates

Albana Berisha

My eco-journey started during my undergraduate Environmental and Agricultural Management studies in my home country Kosovo, followed up by my Master studies in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture in Italy. So now, what is left for me is to attempt to save the Earth, or maybe just learn how to do so as a start. That is why the Climate Change and Society Progam is stimulating; its multidisciplinary nature will enable each of us to diversely contribute to such matters. Because, to be or not to be environmentally conscious, that is definitely the question.

Albana currently works as an educator in Kosovo.


Robert Bennett

I have always been passionate about the environment and later in life learned that I wanted to protect it. This program gives me a way to do just that by advocating for environmental policies that address the global issue of climate change.  I received my undergraduate degree in political science and a minor in environmental science here at NC State.

Robert currently works as an Environmental Specialist at NC DEQ.


Aaron Burkhart 

I grew up in a small rural town in North Carolina. During that time he developed a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect nature for following generations. He received his undergraduate degree in 2014 in Environmental Technologies and Management. After college I worked in the solar industry and I am currently working as the Director of Business and Projects Development for a solar engineering firm.  My love of education brought me back to NCSU for a dual masters in Environmental Assessment and Climate Change & Society.  I am expecting to graduate Dec. 2019 to further my career in policy based work, preparing our society to better protect the environment, but also effectively adapt to climate change.

Aaron currently works for Dorman Energy Services as the Director of Business and Project Development.


Lydia Campbell

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropological Sciences from The Ohio State University. I have worked with food in various ways over the last 13 years—from growing it to serving it to teaching children’s cooking classes. Since enrolling at NC State, I have been especially interested in how climate change may affect agricultural land and communities near the North Carolina coast.

 


Jonathan Chan

Having grown up in California, Hong Kong, and North Carolina, I became conscious of the distinctive land use patterns in each setting and its alarming implications for habitat destruction and carbon emissions production. Receiving my B.A. in Chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill in 2017, I joined Climate Corps, a CA-based sustainability nonprofit fellowship program, where I managed a green workforce development program in the Palm Springs area, one of the US’s rapidly growing desert metropolitan areas. I came to NC State to join the Climate Change & Society Program to better understand technical elements of improving climate resilience, as well as how to negotiate with the sociopolitical challenges of institutionalizing decarbonization for organizations and institutions in an equitable manner.

Jonathan currently works for Quest Diagnostics.


Fatu Morgan

Growing up as a child, I’ve constantly been fascinated by the world around me. Enjoying the diversity of the environment and the impact and contributions it has made to mankind. But as time flies by, the beauty of our environment seems to deteriorate rapidly. Natural disasters have increase with even more intensity, environments have shifted from one form to the worst, even some lives have evolved and other extinct, yet the questions of what is responsible and why is it happening now at this alarming rate, remain the biggest debate in our world today. Since then, I’ve been so connected and deeply interested in understanding our climate as a way of preparing myself to adequately make the best judgement on activities that would affect our environment. I pursued my undergraduate degree in Geology, which encompasses the application of knowledge in the natural sciences. My undergraduate coursework has prepared me mostly to realize that our environment is constantly vulnerable to everyday human activities, a view that many other pundits opposes. Pursuing my master’s in Climate Change at the North Carolina State University was so exciting that I couldn’t afford to miss the opportunity.

Fatu is currently on an internship with NC Institute for Climate Studies


Ashlyn Shore

My passion for environmental studies was sparked as an undergraduate while studying at NC State, so I was thrilled to be back as part of the Wolfpack to pursue the Climate Change and Society master’s degree. My background is in Psychology and Environmental Science and I plan to one day merge those two fields in research and earn a PhD in Environmental Psychology. I hope that dedicating my studies to environmental conservation allows me the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the long-term preservation of this beautiful Earth that we all share.

Ashlyn currently works for the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.


Daniel Spruill

Being raised on the coast of North Carolina, I have always been fascinated by climate and weather phenomena. I received a BS degree in STS which taught me that no problem facing the environment can be solved through individual research. The Climate Change and Society Master program here at NC State really excited me, and through the program I learned how to be part of the solution.

Daniel is on an internship with the NC Sustainability Office.


2018 Graduates

Veronica Fall

I earned my B.S. in Meteorology from Valparaiso University in 2013 and my M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2017 before joining CCS at NCSU.

ACE: State Climate Office of North Carolina

Veronica currently works for the NC Sea Grant in Illinois.


Kyla Bloyer

My passion from a young age always gravitated towards weather phenomenon, upon completing my Bachelor’s at North Carolina State University in Communications I began a career leading a team focused on press release editorial. Once I became aware of the Climate Change and Society program offered at NCSU I quickly enrolled and hope to utilize my communications background and strong enthusiasm for our environment to make an impact in our communities, overall education, and practices related to our climate.

 


 

George Murdisson

George currently works for Google Fiber.

 


2017 Graduates

Cara Geiger

My name is Cara and I am a weather and outdoor enthusiast! I got my Bachelor’s in Science in both Meteorology and Ocean Sciences & Coastal Studies from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. My undergraduate research involved studying sea surface temperature using remote sensing. I came to NC State to master in Climate Change & Society and I absolutely loved the program!

ACE: State Climate Office of North Carolina

Cara currently works for he US Coast Guard.


Kara Piarulli

I received my B.S. in meteorology from Millersville University and was excited to combine that knowledge with climate through this program.

ACE: NOAA NCEI,  Asheville NC

 

Kara currently works for the NJ Department of Education.


Christian Erickson

I grew up in Vienna Virginia and earned a BA in Geosciences from Denison University in 2014. I’m interested in educating the public about science and climate change, and actively does so at his part time job at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

ACE: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences,  Raleigh NC

Christian currently works for FEMA as an Emergency Management Specialist in the Preparedness Division.


Eric Wright

I began my undergraduate career studying civil and environmental engineering. My passions for math, science, and our environment were what led me in that direction. I changed majors my Junior year, to shift my focus more strictly to the realm of earth science, and earned my Bachelor of Science in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences with an emphasis in Atmospheric Science. The Climate Change and Society Program at NCSU has been a unique experience and has given me a completely new perspective on the importance of climate information and how it can be used.

ACE: State Climate Office of North Carolina

Eric is currently an Energy Policy Analyst for the Missouri Division of Energy.