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


Michelle Pham is a 3rd 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 urban greening 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.

Vice President: 

Ellen Danford is a 2nd year MS student in the Gardiner Lab. She graduated with a B.S. in Geography, a B.A. in Spanish and a Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) from Western Kentucky University in May of 2021. She is currently studying if pollinator gardens positively impact urban pollinators and natural enemies and if other factors influence their success. In her free time she can often be found riding horses, hiking and reading.


Joey Smith is pursuing a PhD under Dr. Ryan Winston. He earned a B.A in Mandarin Chinese, and a B.S. in Food Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He is currently researching how to restore social-ecological resilience through stormwater management. Some of Joey's favorite hobbies are jumping off diving boards and on trampolines!


Emma Lancaster

Social Chair:

Matthew Meyer is pursuing a PhD under Dr. Jason Slot. He graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Whitman College. Matthew is currently researching the chemical ecology of fungal psilocybin production from a non-anthropocentric perspective. A fun fact about Matthew: his desk chair is an exercise ball and he bounces all day long.