Members

Annapurna Holtzapple is a third year studying Global Environmental Politics and Food Systems, she is a co-founder of the UC Berkeley Epsilon Eta Chapter, and the current President. Annapurna has been the Director of the ASUC Office of Sustainable Land Use Policy, conducted research with the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment and the Center for Local Sustainable Development, and currently interns with the UC Gill Tract in partnership with All Power Labs researching soil supplementation and carbon farming with biochar. In her free time, she loves backpacking, reading National Geographic, painting and playing IM soccer.
Brianna ‘Bri’ Boone is the president and co-founder of Epsilon Eta’s lambda chapter. She is a third year majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies, with a concentration in Law, Policy, and the Global Food System, and minoring in Human Rights. Bri has worked at International and Executive Programs since September 2016, where she is responsible for coordinating the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, a three week long summer training for international environmental professionals. Bri also works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Anthropology department, and is conducting research about barriers to organic farming certification in California by interviewing farmers at Bay Area farmer’s markets. In general, her research interests include: farmer’s and farm worker’s rights, agroecology, animal agriculture, international peasant movements, food sovereignty, and international food policy and its implications for the Global South.
Candice Young is majoring in Microbial Biology, Ecology & Environmental Microbiology Concentration. She cares about marine pollution (from plastics, fossil fuels, etc) and ocean acidification, and the 6th mass extinction. She is currently working in a genetics lab (under guidance of graduate student Jenna Haines) on mapping early transcription factor movement across a developing fruit fly embryo! She is also involved in Microbial Sciences Association, SLC Organic Chemistry Tutor cluster, Study Abroad Student Ambassadors Goals for the future: Hopefully travel the world for a year working in some field of community service (environmental service, sanitation, or foreign aid themed), and then go to grad school to maintain a Ph.D in Biological Oceanography or Astrobiology! Would love to be employed by NASA/EPS/NPS, or possibly become a professor depending on where life takes me.
Claire Parkinson is the co-founder and former Vice President of Finances for Epsilon Eta’s UC Berkeley chapter. She is a third year student majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy and hoping to minor in Data Science. Currently, she is very interested in how data analysis using statistical and econometric methods can be used to solve environmental problems, particularly for businesses and policy makers. She has worked as a Green Building Intern for Building Sustainability @ Cal for the past 2 years, working to help make campus projects more sustainable and assisting in LEED credit documentation. She is from the Bay Area, but loves to travel and is currently studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. She misses her Epsilon Eta family, especially her roommate and best friend President Bri, and can’t wait to return in the Fall.

Crystal Wu helped to co-found Epsilon eta and is a 4th-year Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning major in the College of Environmental Design. She is passionate about using design and innovative technology to create more resilient, sustainable, and beautiful cities. She strives to create designs that always tell a compelling story, as well as bring our human experience back into the environment. In her free time, she likes discovering new hole-in-the-walls, people-watching, and exploring beautiful natural and man-made landscapes on our Earth.

Eavy Barbieux is a fourth year finishing up degrees in Molecular Environmental Biology and Environmental Economics and Policy. She is very passionate about understanding the gaps in and ways to improve our food systems, from the local to global scale, and is currently work with SERC’s Food Team on campus along with other projects aimed at improving food security and system resiliency in the Bay Area. Post-graduation she is excited to put these skills to use professionally, complete her EMT training, live sustainably in her van, and visit family, friends, and farms in Europe. When she’s not studying for one of her seven classes (don’t do it, trust me), chances are you’ll find her gardening on her roof, selling almonds at the Farmer’s Market, or playing her accordion or guitar.

Emma Tracy, a second year Sustainable Environmental Design major, is focusing on solutions to environmental problems at the intersection of energy, resources, and geographical information systems. She is excited to be installing a rainwater harvesting system this semester on campus (check it out by Hearst Annex!). Outside of Epsilon Eta, she spends most of her time library hopping and running through the mountains with Cal Tri.

Gabby Doerschlag is a second year student studying Environmental Science with a biological concentration. She is very passionate about waste reduction and has committed herself to going zero waste in 2018. She is also involved in Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastic campaign and is working towards helping Berkeley restaurants become Ocean Friendly Certified. Gabby takes any chance she can to get outdoors and can frequently be found running the trails or planning her next big outdoor adventure.

Hannah Crane is a second year majoring in Political Science and Society and Environment. She is currently the VP of Outreach for Epsilon Eta. Her hobbies include long distance running, listening to music, hiking, traveling, going to the beach, surfing, and eating! Hannah just started working for CNR’s international executive programs Bearhselp program. She is passionate about the policy and legal side of sustainability. Before she goes to grad school, Hannah wants to take a year off and travel the world. Her future goals include ensuring sustainable and equitable development in developing countries and taking back the American Political system from corporate control. If those don’t work out, her plan B is to be the sustainability coordinator for the eco friendly clothing brand, Reformation.

Helen Yip is a fourth-year double major in Society & Environment and Media Studies. She is interested in environmental communication and the role of media in framing environmental issues and inspiring activism. In her spare time, she likes to perform with her dance teams, watch cooking/travel docuseries on Netflix, and drink boba in her reusable cup #reducesingleuse.

Jessie McGinley is a first-year student studying Mathematics and Conservation and Resource Studies. She is from Pittsburgh and can’t wait to explore the West Coast during her time here at Cal. In her spare time, she loves to hike, camp, go to concerts, geocache, and celebrate Halloween year-round.

Kira Barsten is a soon-to-be-graduating senior (*gasp*) with a major in Society and Environment with a concentration in Global Environmental Politics. She also holds two minors, one in Peace and Conflict Studies and one in Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus on climate science and policy. She’s primarily interested in environmental policy, politics, and justice; environmental communications and education; and waste management and circular economies. For her last semester, she is volunteering for the Berkeley Student Food Collective, interning for ReGrained (a company dedicated to creatively reducing food waste), acting as an editor for the Culture team of The Leaflet (UC Berkeley’s only undergraduate environmental publication), and am making the most of the time she has left in Epsilon Eta!

Kaitlyn Lund is a fourth year majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in Public Policy. Her interests are all over the place, but at the moment she is particularly jazzed about intersectional and collaborative approaches to climate change and energy policy, planning for sustainable cities, and sustainability on a personal level and how corporations implement it within their practices. She is a native San Diegan but the Bay has such a place in her heart. She joined Epsilon Eta because she was searching for an environmental community in a fun setting but also for professional development in the environmental field. Plus, she loves caffeine, dogs, running, and binging netflix so please let’s chat.
Laura McFarland is a second-year student majoring in Society and Environment with a potential double minor in Global Studies and Ecosystem Management! In addition to being a devoted member of Ep Eta, she does research in the Geography department analyzing historic climate patterns in California, works on campus as a front desk attendant for Cal Performances, and participates in another Greek organization, Chi Omega. After hopefully attending grad school for environmental policy and management, she hopes to work for the public sector in organizations like the EPA or NPS, presuming those organizations have not yet been rendered obsolete by the lack of environmental concern demonstrated by the current administration. In her spare time she enjoys drinking Naked smoothies, listening to 90s alt-rock, pretending to understand art, and doing other fake-niche activities.
Leticia Bautista is a first-generation Latina from South Central, LA in her fourth year at UC Berkeley. She is double majoring in Legal Studies and Society & Environment, with a minor in Public Policy. Her passions include immigration law and environmental justice. In the coming years climate change will begin to displace individuals who have least contributed to the effects of climate change. Today, climate refugees from El Salvador have begun to leave their homes. My hope is to be able to help and assist climate refugees in the years to come.
Madeleine Wong is a first year from LA who is planning on double majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy and Society and Environment in the College of Natural Resources. She’s also interested in teaching environmental studies in K-8th classrooms in hands on, discussion based ways. She’s a mildly outdoorsy person who loves a beach day with a bonfire and is definitely more of a mom friend.
Marley Pirochta is a second year Conservation & Resource Studies major, which basically means she can take whatever classes she’s interested in and she thinks that’s the best way to learn. Marley is also studying Global Povery and Practice, and she’s passionate about how these two fields of environmentalism and development overlap within the food system. She can often be found passive aggressively tweeting about grappling with how to most effectively manifest environmentalism.
Natalie Coy is from San Diego, California and I am majoring in Environmental Science and Marine Science! She is a shark fanatic and loves backpacking, climbing, and photography. She is currently working in a phytoplankton lab under the amazing Bethanie Edwards researching lipids as biomass markers for nutrient stress conditions. Key to her heart you might ask? A baguette, brie cheese and figs
Nicole Keeney is an Atmospheric Science major from San Diego. She is passionate about climate change adaptation and sustainable development. In her free time, Nicole likes to read, cook, study Spanish, and play Catan.
Nonnie Coelho is a sophomore studying Environmental Earth Science with a minor in Environmental Economics and Policy. She’s an undergrad research assistant in the Soil and Environmental Biogeophysics Lab and works as an intern for Building Sustainability at Cal. She has a broad interest in the nexus of science, policy, and design and plans to pursue graduate school prior to a career in she-doesn’t-know-what-yet!
Olga Rozmarynowska is a transfer student from UC Santa Cruz. She is a third-year doubling in Classical Civilizations and Society and Environment. The brainchild of a three-way between Leonardo da Vinci, Louis Armstrong, and Kendall Jenner, Olga lives by the sun and loves by the moon. If you ever want to talk about jazz-funk, contact her and Michael Quiroz for a good time.
Roxi Shiu is a third year double majoring in Environmental Science and Conservation & Resource Studies. With Environmental Science, Roxi is writing her senior thesis about biofilms and their use in industrial agriculture. With CRS, her Area of Interest revolves around epigenetics, and tracking how the environment affects population dynamics and demographics. Roxi works in a URAP lab in the Geography department where she grows biofilms in a flume to see how they affect nutrient cycling and sedimentation rates in coastal wetlands. In addition to these research topics, Roxi is also deeply passionate about listening to others’ perspectives about the environment and seeing how they shape world views and individual development. She works as a Peer Coach Advisor through the Student Learning Center where she is able to help students find their niche in the university. She doesn’t know what she wants to do in the future, but hopefully she’ll find a way to incorporate all of her passions into one profession!
Sara Fagan is a junior with majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in Public Policy. She is most passionate about food systems and sustainable food issues. She believes food choices have the power to make big changes. Aside from Epsilon Eta, Sara also volunteers at the Berkeley Student Food Collective.
Star Elisabeth Beltman is a second year studying Society and Environment and Global Studies. She hopes to go to law school after graduating Berkeley and work on issues of corporate responsibility in Latin America. Outside of Epsilon Eta, she is also involved in Herbicide Free Cal, plays for Cal’s ultimate team, helps track newt migration, and works with Berkeley City Council.
Tomas Santos is an EECS major that does shower, but only eats plants. He delights in exploring new technologies such as computer vision and AI and is especially interested in using automation to refine and optimize complex procedures. He wants to combine his interest in technology with his passion in sustainability but needs to find the right job. In his free time he loves reading and partying sustainably.
Victoria Marie Glynn is a graduating senior majoring in Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Science and Math Education (CalTeach). She works in the Cate Lab genetically engineering yeast for oil production using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. She is also writing an honors thesis under Dr. Claire Kremen that studies how land use changes in the Central Coast of California are affecting bird health. In September 2019, she will be starting her Ph.D. in biology focusing on coral epigenetics.
Yesenia Perez is a junior transfer majoring in Society and Environment as well as Environmental Economics and Policy. At her junior college, she started an environmental club, so finding an environmental community in Epsilon Eta was really valuable after transferring. She is also excited to be a part of F.E.E.D. consulting club this semester as she is really passionate about food justice and how it intersects with environmental justice. When it’s sunny outside you can probably find her hanging out by the Berkeley Marina wearing earrings she just learned how to make.
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