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Dr. Karen Bailey

Principal Investigator / Lab Leader
Email: Karen.bailey@colorado.edu
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Dr. Karen Bailey is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a systems researcher interested in understanding how human-environment interactions impact human health and well-being and natural resources.


She completed her Ph.D. in 2018 in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Florida (McCleery Lab) and a postdoctoral appointment at the

The University of Colorado Boulder in the Environmental Studies Department (Hartter Lab) in 2020. She is interested in sustainable livelihoods, wildlife conservation, global change, and coupled human-natural systems.


She also has a strong commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in environmental work and STEM more broadly. Learn more about me via the links below! 

  • Research & Teaching Philosophy

  • JEDI Outreach and Engagement 

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Tess Jason

Honors Undergraduate Student

Tess is an undergraduate student at CU Boulder

majoring in Political Science.


Currently, she is collaborating with Professor Bailey on a project investigating diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, with an emphasis on the effect of stereotype threat and self-efficacy on racial minority groups. In addition to her interests in racial diversity and inclusion, she is passionate about animal rights and the exploitation of the environment.


In her free time, Tess enjoys painting and drawing as well

as playing with her two dogs. Her future aspirations include pursuing a career in civil rights law as well as becoming an animal rights activist.

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Emma Galofré García (She/Her/Ella)

Doctoral Student
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Emma studies human-environment interactions at the intersection of wildlife conservation and social justice,

focusing on developing justice-informed conservation

action to achieve positive social and ecological outcomes.


In addition to her Bachelor's in Wildlife Ecology and Master's

in Public Policy, Emma has over 10 years of experience in

the conservation realm, including working on projects

domestically and internationally with an array of species, habitats, and various human communities. Emma's interests include wildlife and habitat conservation, Indigenous studies, policy, ecology, and social justice.


Emma is also committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) both within and outside of her focus areas, including in the conservation and academic communities. Outside of her studies, Emma enjoys reconnecting to the

land with herself, her family, and her community through hiking, climbing, birding, SUPing, or walking her dog.

Jordan Lee

Honors Undergraduate Student

Jordan Lee is an undergraduate student in the Linguistics and Geography programs at the University of Colorado Boulder. In addition to diversity and inclusion in the green

sciences, she is passionate about language's role in

identity construction and how we can better communicate about science at all scales.


Learn more about Jordan's work by checking out Unmask

the Racism a social media campaign that is working to

raise awareness about anti-Asian American racism during

COVID-19, and how Asian-owned businesses and restaurants are being impacted. In her free time, you can

find her trying a new recipe, listening to the latest Broadway musical, or making a linocut print. Jordan is also a campaigns coordinator for GlobeMed at CU Boulder, which works to forward global public health equity through education and collective action. ​


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Marlee Akerson (She/Hers)

Marlee graduated from Colorado College in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Policy and Global Health. Her studies at CC culminated in a senior capstone project looking into the climate vulnerabilities of Colorado Springs. She researched and wrote about how warming temperatures due to climate change will impact Colorado Springs, specifically marginalized and underrepresented groups. At CU Marlee worked on issues of public health and completed her master's in 2022.


Jensen Miller (They/Them)

​Jensen Miller graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2021 with two degrees in Ecology and Sociology. Their honors thesis investigated Indigenous perceptions of the natural world, (and how these relationships are affected by context), and their academic interests at CU centered on how environmental change affects marginalized groups and cultural constructions of nature. Outside of academia they have worked with various grassroots environmental groups to fight for clean air and water in Colorado, and would like to work in conservation on an international scale.

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Liane Minkler (She/Her)

Liane graduated from CU Boulder in 2022 with her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in English. Liane's Honors Thesis explored the relationship between outdoor spaces and mental health. Liane is now involved in environmental law and public policy here in Colorado.

Nicole Schroeter (She/Her)

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Nicole graduated from CU Boulder in 2022, with dual degrees in Ecology and Anthropology and a minor in Leadership Studies, and a certificate in Animals and Society.  Nicole's Honor's Thesis examined the behavior, demography, and landscape impacts of Bison in Colorado. She now works as an Education Specialist at the Denver Zoo. 

Postdoctoral Scholar

Sarah’s research uses an environmental justice lens to investigate the role well-being can play in helping us better understand people’s relationships with their environments.

Specifically, she studies human well-being in the context of climate resilience and adaptation in vulnerable communities around the world.


Sarah received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University and in addition to her work as a postdoctoral researcher at CU, she works as a part-time faculty member at Colorado State University. Sarah’s dissertation used community-based participatory methodologies to investigate the well-being

and adaptive capacity of pastoral women in Northern Kenya. 


She’s an avid hiker and cyclist and loves being in the classroom with students.

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Dr. Sarah Walker

Doctoral Student
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Tyler is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Environmental Studies Department (ENVS). They received a BS in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M and an MS in Environmental Leadership from Colorado State University (Salerno Lab).


Outside of academia, Tyler has nearly a decade of experience as a practitioner, communicator, and community organizer in the environmental space, including time in Cambodia working on captive and wild elephant conservation and indigenous rights and livelihoods. In Colorado, Tyler has worked as a communicator and organizer focusing on climate change and environmental justice issues with Conservation Colorado and The Wilderness Society.


At CU, Tyler is researching social-ecological approaches to mitigate negative human-elephant interactions that simultaneously improve local community livelihoods and achieve Asian elephant conservation aims. Tyler is the Department Lead TA for ENVS and serves on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, JEDI Inclusive Curriculum, and Communications/Collaboration Working Groups. 

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Tyler Nuckols

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Shadia Nagati (She/Her)

Undergraduate Student

After several years of following an unusual path, Shadia recently transferred to the Environmental Studies

Department at the University of Colorado Boulder.

She aims to work in wild space conservation with a

focus on environmental justice.


Shadia is the Managing Editor for CU's Program for

Writing and Rhetoric's creative nonfiction journals.

You can find her writing in this fall's edition of

Changing Skies, PWR's climate change print

collaboration with nonprofit climate solution startup

Mission Zero.