Participating Fellows

2015 Cohort

Trey Crouch

Advisor: Dr. David Kaplan
ESSIE/Environmental Engineering Sciences

Trey received his Bachelor´s and Master´s degrees in Civil Engineering, with emphasis in water resources and hydrology, from the University of Wyoming. His research interest is in ecohydrological modeling, sustainable hydraulic design and adaptive environmental assessment and watershed management.

Roberta De Carvalho

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Fik and Dr. David Kaplan

Roberta De Carvalho has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s in Management of Natural Resources and Local Development in the Amazon, from the Federal University of Pará, Brazil, in Belém, her hometown. Her research interest focuses in environmental issues in urban areas in the Brazilian Amazon. In 2012, she was a visiting scholar at Michigan State University and used remote sensing to provide data for her Master’s theses on green coverage in Belem.

Jacy Hyde

Advisors: Dr. Denis Valle and Dr. Stephanie Bohlman
School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Jacy Hyde earned her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has four years of experience conducting field ecology research across a wide variety of taxa and ecosystems. Most notably, Jacy spent a year in Kenya managing disease and landscape ecology projects for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She joins the Water Institute as a PhD student in the labs of Dr. Valle and Dr. Bohlman in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Her research addresses the effects of dam infrastructure development on forest structure in the Brazilian Amazon.

May Lehmensiek

Advisor: Dr. Kai Lorenzen
School of Natural Resources and the Environment

May is from Bremen, Germany, where she received a degree in Environmental Engineering. She graduated from the University of Florida with an MS in Environmental Engineering Science. For her thesis, she conducted an environmental economics analysis of tourism in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Since graduating, May has worked on various aquatic and ecological monitoring projects in Florida. As a WIGF student, May will be working with Dr. Kai Lorenzen and hopes to explore human dimensions of fisheries impacts of large dams and possible strategies for minimizing negative effects of displacement for people and fish.

Alexandra Sabo

Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Simmons

Alexandra earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the College of Charleston and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. Her thesis focused on the socio-environmental impacts of two hydroelectric dams on rural settlement communities in Porto Velho, Brazil. Working with Dr. Cynthia Simmons, her research at the University of Florida will follow a similar trajectory with a focus on land conflict and social contention in the wake of large dam projects in the Amazon basin. Her research interests also include GIS, climate change governance, and forced displacement.

Christine Swanson

Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Bohlman
School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Christine is currently earning her master’s in Biology at the University of Central Florida. She previously received a Master’s of Art in Teaching and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in Computational Sciences, Life Sciences, and Environmental Studies from the same institution. Her research focuses on remote sensing of terrestrial forested environments. In particular, she is interested in researching how dams on the Amazon will impact seasonally flooded forests.