2021-2022 Featured Mentee Bios

Alexandra Grayson
I am a graduating Senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Economics and Biology Minors. I am also a Fellow for the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, where I conduct behavioral and atmospheric science research. I was recently a Policy Intern with the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. I am interested in attending graduate school for further interdisciplinary climate resilience research training. 

Yazan Hasan
I am a Junior at the University of Maryland pursuing a bachelors in Environmental Science and Technology with minors in Sustainability Studies and Geographical Information Systems. I am especially interested in the changing landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay, climate change, and environmental education. I am also a Palestinian-American photographer and storyteller. I thrive at the intersection of conservation and storytelling, specializing in environmental justice and education. From the rolling hills of Palestine to the golden shores of the Chesapeake Bay, I use storytelling to foster genuine relationships between people and their environments. 

Janina Jones
I am in the second year of my Professional Science Master’s study in Water Resources Management at the University of the District of Columbia. In my undergraduate studies, I obtained a B.S. in Marine Science and aided in the management of a regional volunteer water quality monitoring program which motivated me to pursue further studies. In my free time, I enjoy sewing and hope to one day have my entire wardrobe made up of upcycled clothing.

Natalie Landaverde
I am a senior at American University majoring in Environmental Science. I am currently conducting research on microplastics in the Anacostia as well as researching microplastics in biofilms. I hope to gain a sense of camaraderie with my fellow students participating in EcologyPlus, as well as gaining real-world connections in careers regarding field-based research!  


Rahat Sharif
I am a PhD student at the University of Maryland-College Park researching the co-benefits of stormwater green infrastructure. I am interested in studying Social-Ecological systems in the context of urban watersheds. I also work as a Certified Les Mills Bodycombat Instructor, where I help University students release stress by leading them through a 55 minute mixed martial arts workout.  

Rheya Sward
I am a senior at The George Washington University studying Environmental Studies and English with a minor in Biology. After a research experience in a maritime forest, I have taken interest in contributing research to coastal and marine ecosystems. I currently work in a biology lab at my university which has also inspired me to start teaching myself programming and coding. I enjoy finding ways to upcycle and make clothes for myself and I love rollerblading. 

Tuesdae Watson
I am a junior studying Environmental Science and Business at Howard University! I am interested in learning and applying sustainable operations to growing businesses. I am looking forward to an upcoming opportunity with Oshkosh Manufacturing Company in their Environmental Ethics internship program. In my free time, I love attending live concerts and exploring new artists in the Washington area.  

Gabriela Youngken
I am a junior at the University of Maryland studying environmental science with a concentration in wildlife ecology and management as well as GIS. I know that being around animals and trying to conserve them is what I want to do. In my free time I enjoy watching rom coms and painting my nails. I also like to go hiking and one day I hope to go to all the National Parks in the United States. 

2021-2022 Mentees

Akil Cole, Georgetown University

Alexandra Grayson, Howard University

Angel Hernandez Macias, University of Maryland

Gabriela Youngken, University of Maryland

Janina Jones, University of the District of Columbia

Jasia Smith, Georgetown University

Jhoana Duran Miranda, Trinity Washington University

Mya Sharpe, Morgan State University

Natalie Landaverde, American University

Praise-God Igwe, University of Maryland

Rahat Sharif, University of Maryland

Rheya Sward, George Washington University

TreVaughn Ellis, American University

Tuesday Watson, Howard University

Yazan Hasan, University of Maryland