ESGP Student Association (ESGP-SA)


The Environmental Science Graduate Program - Student Association (ESGP-SA) organizes events for students, faculty and alumni to network and share ideas. These gatherings provide meaningful opportunities for ESGP peers to come together. The board (listed below)  is interested in hearing from faculty, students and alumni.

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The 2021 – 2022 ESGP-SA Board


Nick Nastasi is a 3rd year PhD student pursuing an environmental public health specialization with the ESGP. Currently, he is working with Dr. Karen Dannemiller and NASA to characterize microbial growth and the effects of relative humidity in dust collected from the International Space Station (ISS). Closer to home, he is also working on characterizing viral persistence in common residential carpet materials.


Vice President: 

Neeraja Balasubrahmaniam



Michelle Pham is a second-year PhD student advised by Dr. Mary Gardiner in the Department of Entomology. She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA in June 2020 and is originally from southern California. Through her research, she aims to understand how sustainable landscaping programs can meet the needs of bees and people in cities. In her free time, she enjoys going on nature walks, visiting museums, traveling, and making art.  



Sam currently serves as the Secretary for the ESGP Student Association. He is a 5th year PhD student specializing in Environmental Public Health. His research focuses on the indoor microbiome as it relates to indoor environmental conditions and how indoor microbial exposures relate to human health outcomes. He is especially interested in associations between fungal exposures and pediatric asthma. 


Social Media Chair:

Abha Bhattarai