Who We Are

DSC_0324-001 Emily Pechar, Teaching Assistant

Emily is a second year PhD student in the Environmental Policy program at Duke.  Her research focuses on international and domestic climate change policy and the political psychology of climate change. Emily was part of the Duke delegation to COP-19 in Warsaw in 2013 and looks forward to keeping Duke connected to the UNFCCC climate negotiations this year.


Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 6.23.59 PMMaria Prebble, Teaching Assistant 

Maria is a second year master’s student concentrating in environmental economics and policy at Duke. Her master’s project research focuses on women’s political participation in environmental decision-making. Maria was part of the Duke delegation to COP-19 in Warsaw in 2013 as a member of the Palau Delegation.


David PicDavid Cheang

David is a second year Master of Environmental Management student with an interest in how global climate action could be framed to be better aligned with individual countries’ domestic political priorities. Prior to joining the Duke program, David was a civil servant with stints in economic development, water resource management, macro-economic research and organizational development.



 Yoichi croppedYoichi Fukui

Yoichi is a one-year Master of Laws (LL.M.) student concentrating in environmental law and policy at Duke. Before coming to Duke, Yoichi worked on Japanese environmental policy at the Ministry of the Environment. He has served in the field of pollution control policy, economic environmental policy, and nuclear regulatory organization reform for more than six years.



rebekahRebekah Givens

Rebekah is a first-year Master of Environmental Management Candidate concentrating in environmental economics and policy. She is also pursuing an International Development Policy Certificate. Prior to Duke, Rebekah received her BS in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University and she worked at RTI International on climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. Rebekah’s research interests include low carbon development strategies, climate and energy policy, market mechanisms to incentivize energy innovation, policy analysis, and nonmarket valuation.


Yuejiao HaYolanda Ha

Yolanda is a second-year master’s student majoring in Environmental Management at Duke. Before joining Duke, she had a two-year research experience in climate change. Her interests lie in solving environmental issues like climate change and energy use at a corporate level.




Siqi HanSiqi Han

Siqi is a first-year Master of Environmental Management student at the Nicholas School of the Environment concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy. Prior to joining Duke, Siqi worked as a research intern at China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center and a freelance infographic designer specifically on environment issues. She is interested in international development, environmental policy, and corporate social responsibility in developing countries.


Hoagland croppedChris Hoagland

Chris is a third-year dual Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry candidate. He is interested in mechanisms that mitigate climate change through improvements in land management. His Master’s Project evaluated opportunities to integrate payments for co-benefits into REDD+ projects. Before joining Duke, Chris worked for  the US Federal government, where he coordinated government-wide programs on sustainable procurement, electronic waste management, and greenhouse gas accounting.

h_large_cOz9_68a600000b2e111aYazhou Li

Yazhou  is a second-year Master of Environmental Management student concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy. In the summer of 2014, Yazhou interned with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in New York City, focusing on intergovernmental negotiation and international environmental policy. As a Chinese national, he is particularly interested in the politics       and economics of carbon mitigation, and negotiation techniques for developing countries.

Shannon300x400Shannon Switzer

Shannon is a Coastal Environmental Management 2nd-year masters student interested in how small island and developing coastal nations can incorporate climate adaptation into their national strategies. She’s looking forward to learning more about the negotiation process of the UNFCCC at COP20 in Lima and better understanding the political nuances and relationships that shape it. She’s also eager to spend time in South America, a continent to which she’s never been, and absorb the culture and ecology.


younis Mike Younis

Mike is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy. Prior to joining the Nic School, Mike worked for over three years at the Product Stewardship Institute in solid waste management policy. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in finance and environmental policy from Boston University.


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