Meet Our Alumni
Aly Tharp is the Program Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, organizing faith-based community action for climate and environmental justice. After graduating from AC, Aly joined a non-violent direct action campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline in East Texas and has been involved in numerous national mobilizations and Gulf South climate justice… [Read More]
Ann Huston is a park ranger in one of the “Mighty Five” national parks in Utah. She first worked with the National Park Service (NPS) as a Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern after college. As a ranger, she provides educational programs on natural and cultural resources the park protects.
Barron H. Henderson is a Physical Scientist at the U.S. EPA, where he uses atmospheric science to inform national policy and regulations. He holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was previously an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida. While at… [Read More]
Cara (Marusak) Rouvaldt received her BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science at Austin College. Since graduation in 2010, Cara has worked her way up to Environmental Project Manager at Halff Associates, Inc. She manages and prepares environmental impact studies (e.g., Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Statements) in accordance with the National Environmental… [Read More]
Chris Harper is a Supervisory Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he helps private landowners protect endangered species and restore ecosystems. He holds an MS in grassland Ecology from Kansas State and was previously Texas Fire Management Planner for The Nature Conservancy. Chris held a Nature Conservancy internship as an undergrad.
Jacob Lowe is a Project Manager for Stericycle Environmental Solutions. Jacob solves environmental compliance problems for industrial, medical, and other commercial facilities as well as municipal governments. He has wild stories. After an undergrad internship with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Fisheries Lab and a stint teaching tropical ecology in Peru, he signed on with… [Read More]
Jade Rutledge is currently an Aquatic Scientist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She conducts environmental and conservation reviews of water rights applications. She also facilitates environmental flows stakeholder groups throughout the state. Prior to this position, Jade worked on education programming at a variety of national and state parks in Oregon, Alaska, and… [Read More]
Kathryn Turner, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, where she works on reducing diseases in perennial grains. Unlike corn, wheat, and rice, perennial grains do not need to be planted every year. Thus, fields do not need to be plowed annually, which reduces erosion, and their deeper roots impart… [Read More]
Katie Masucci is a Senior Environmental Education Coordinator for the City of Plano, Texas. Her interest in environmental education is a result of wonderful experiences as a Sneed Prairie field guide and an undergraduate internship with Plano. Katie teaches residents about water quality, efficiency and conservation using curricula that she and her teammates design. From… [Read More]
Lindsey (St. Clair) Griffin is an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the Region 6 location in Dallas, Texas. She is the State Coordinator for the state of Oklahoma where she works with the agencies in charge of water quality standards, water quality monitoring, developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), assessment of… [Read More]
Maegan Fitzgerald is a doctoral student in primatology and wildlife sciences at the Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University, Japan. She holds an M.S. in Ecosystem Science and Management from Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on using emerging technologies to identify strategies for balancing conservation and socioeconomic development in the Nimba region of Guinea,… [Read More]
Mari Elise Ewing is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Austin College. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mari Elise worked as a stewardship assistant for The Nature Conservancy of Colorado as a graduate student and interned at Bamberger Ranch Preserve in Texas as an undergraduate student.
Shannon (Torrence) Houlette, Ph.D. is a Public Services Staff Officer with the U.S. Forest Service in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Here previous postings have included wildlife biologist positions in Alaska and Arizona. Shannon holds a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree from North Dakota State University. Shannon’s work has focused on species as diverse… [Read More]
Stuart Borrett, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he and his students study ecosystem organization and dynamics. He is also currently serving as the Interim Associate Provost for Research. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, and earned a Ph.D. in ecology at the… [Read More]