Student Biographies - ALPINE Summer Institute 2017


To view student’s individual reflections, click on their names below.


Matt Brewer is a student at the University of Maine. He spent the summer interning with the Frenchman Bay Conservancy in Hancock, Maine.  



Amanda Bunce is a research assistant and lab technician at the University of Connecticut. Her undergraduate degree is in studio art, and she holds a Connecticut State Master Gardener certification and a certification in Environmental Management and Planning.  Amanda is interested in forest ecology and conservation and is currently focused on the challenges of those fields in the densely populated northeastern U.S.


Caroline Colan studies Geography at Middlebury College and will graduate in February of next year.  She spent the summer working as a Conservation Associate with The Nature Conservancy in Keene Valley, New York



Desiree Demski-Hamelin is pursuing a dual-master’s degree in regional planning and public policy and administration, as well as a graduate certificate in cultural landscape management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



Emily Erdos grew up in Harvard, MA. Currently, she is a rising junior studying sociology at Princeton University. This summer, Emily interned for the Quebec-Labrador Foundation in Montreal and New Brunswick, Canada.


Shea Flanagan is the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, where she supports the conservation team in terrestrial, marine, and freshwater conservation planning and implementation. She previously worked for the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy on the stewardship and conservation teams. She is a 2014 graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Ecology and Environmental Studies and is now considering pursuit of a Master’s Degree.


Catherine Fraser, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an Environmental Policy major at Colby College. She interned for the Frenchman Bay Conservancy and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.


Lance Gloss came to New England from Colorado in 2014 to pursue an urban studies degree at Brown University. He spent the summer interning for the International Land Conservation Network in Cambridge, MA.



Owen Krol is originally from Massachusetts and recently completed his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Colby-Sawyer College. His academic interests include aquatic ecology, forest ecology, and conservation.  Owen interned with a New Hampshire land trust to help them identify climate change resilient lands in their region to be made priorities for protection.


Katie Michels works for the High Meadows Fund, a Vermont-based foundation that supports work in the areas of resilient land use, farm and forest enterprises, and energy. She graduated from Middlebury College in February, 2015, with degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies. In August 2017, Katie will start a new job with the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program at the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.


Alicyn Murphy is a Masters of Environmental Science and Management student at the University of Rhode Island and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from New Hampshire Institute of Art.  Alicyn spent the summer interning with the Napatree Point Conservation Area.



Eliot Volin attended Florida State University, where in 2011 he graduated with a BS in Environmental Studies and a BA in History.  Currently, he is a graduate research assistant at the University of Connecticut, pursuing a Master’s degree in Natural Resources, with a focus on urban forestry.  Elliot spent the summer working as a Graduate Mentor for the Natural Resources Conservation Academy.