Graham Slater ’09 PhD

Graham Slater ’09 PhD (Van Valkenburgh) and a team of researchers have published an article in Current Biology, reporting their use of historic DNA samples to demonstrate that the Falkland wolf, whose evolutionary relationships were previously unresolved, arrived on the Falkland Islands before the last ice age and is the sole representative of a distinct South American canid lineage that survived the end-Pleistocene extinctions on an island refuge. In addition to Dr. Slater and Dr. Robert Wayne, the research team included Jennifer A. Leonard ’02 PhD (Wayne), Rena M. Schweizer (a current graduate student in the Wayne lab), Klaus-Peter Koepfli ’02 PhD (Wayne), and John P. Pollinger, director of the UCLA Conservation Genetics Resource Center.

Jana Johnson ’08 PhD

Jana Johnson ’08 PhD is one of 29 animal conservationists nominated to receive the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Johnson, a native of Austin, Texas, has been nominated for her dedication to endangered butterfly propagation and research. Johnson is the founder of The Butterfly Project, a cooperative effort between Moorpark College and The Urban Wildlands Group, which serves as an I.C.U. for endangered butterflies. Over the past three years, Johnson and her students have helped the Palos Verdes blue butterfly population, once presumed extinct, grow from 200 to 10,000. Johnson and her students have released thousands of Palos Verdes blue butterflies and hundreds of Lange’s Metalmark butterflies back into the wild.

Leif Linden ’04

Leif Linden 2009Leif Linden ’04 is a third-year student at the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, in a joint MBA/MEM (Master of Environmental Management) degree program. His work focuses on innovative environmental applications
across for-profit, not-for-profit, and public organizations. He has experience conducting research in Brazil on emerging ecosystem markets, and in 2009 worked as a Summer Associate for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where he created and quantified a greenhouse gas reduction scenario and led development of a carbon offset strategy for global media associated with the Games. Leif plans to use his experience at Yale to strengthen his management, marketing and communication skills, and is taking the fall semester to study at the London School of Economics.

Sean Anderson ’03 PhD

Sean Anderson ’03 PhD (Vance) is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University, Channel Islands. He writes, “I was a post doc and then research fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Conservation Biology until 2005. I now have several restoration ecology research projects now: Ormond Beach Salt Marsh Restoration in Ventura County, bottom land hardwood swamp restoration in New Orleans, LA, and the project where I am right now: restoring wetlands and riparian communities across Turkey’s eastern borderlands from the Black Sea to the Iranian Border. I was the CSUCI Faculty Member of Year in 2007 and runner up in 2009.”