Meet Our Students and Graduates

Current Students

Patrick Clay
Patrick Clay UNC Class of 2014

Patrick Clay is an environmental science major with a concentration in ecology and a minor in biology. During his time at UNC, he has been employed as a research assistant in stream ecology. This experience led him to Italy, Germany, Hungary, Serbia and the mountains of NC to study food web subsidies from river to riparian ecosystems. Since then he earned a SURF grant, which will allow him to return to Italy to conduct his own research on the effects of tributary junctions on stream biodiversity. He is a member and outreach chair of Epsilon ETA, an environmental honors fraternity. He is also involved with UNITAS at UNC, a living-learning community.

Stephanie Tolar
Stephanie Tolar UNC Class of 2014

"The UNC Institute for the Environment has been instrumental in shaping my college experience, my major, and my career. It is a large part of why I am proud to call myself a UNC student."

"The Institute for the Environment's strong and comprehensive environmental program was one of the main reasons I decided to attend UNC."

Stephanie Tolar is a Johnston Scholar, a Winston Scholar and a member of the honors program. She has studied field ecology at Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana and has already enjoyed several interdisciplinary and engaging courses within her environmental science major. With her IE faculty mentor, Tolar has developed a research project to examine the patterns of succession and response to disturbance in a deciduous forest. She has also studied at the IE's Galapagos Field Program in Ecuador this summer.


Bill Bobbitt
Bill Bobbitt Class of 2011

"I can without a doubt say that I would not be prepared for this next step without the education I have received, both in and out of the classroom, as an Environmental Science major at UNC."

In Bill Bobbit's first year as an environmental science major, he interned with Focus the Nation, where he organized the school's first climate change teach-in. Later that year he worked with a doctoral student to facilitate LEED certification for a restaurant in Durham. In his time as a student he worked as a sustainability consultant for an eco-resort in Costa Rica, studied energy policy at the IE field site in Cambridge, England, and co-chaired the Environmental Affairs Committee of student government. After being awarded with a CGI International Internship, Bobbitt studied in Shanghai, China with the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy. After returning to campus, he continued to work with campus energy issues including working with the sustainability office, researching with Thomas Meyer in his solar fuels chemistry lab and organizing a sustainable food movement, Farm to Fork.

Morgan Edwards
Morgan Edwards Class of 2010

"I firmly believe that my achievements, both at UNC and beyond, are due to the strong support system that is the Institute for the Environment and its faculty and staff."

"The ability of the Environmental Studies program to prepare non-engineering students to compete in top engineering programs is very unique, and one of its many strengths."

"My interdisciplinary background and strong research record, both supported by the Institute for the Environment, set me apart from other students with similar disciplinary qualifications and GRE scores."

Morgan Edwards was an environmental science major with an energy concentration and graduated in 2010 with the highest honors and highest distinction. She also earned a second bachelor of science in economics with a minor in physics. While studying at UNC she conducted extensive research related to improving energy efficiency at home and across the world. As a paid research team member with Improving Energy Efficiency in the US and Russia, Edwards worked toward developing a sustained cooperative program on energy efficiency for the Higher School of Economics in Russia and UNC. In Thailand, Edwards researched shared profit building-integrated photovoltaic systems. Her project provided a technical, environmental and economic assessment of building-integrated photovoltaic installations on residential housing in Bangkok, Thailand. Furthermore, through her honors thesis, she explored local variables in energy efficiency policy assessments. Her work included developing recommendations for future policies and metrics and identifying state energy efficiency trends. She now attends MIT after receiving a Presidential Fellowship.

Tyler Evans
Tyler Evans Class of 2011

Tyler Evans was an environmental science major with a concentration in earth system sciences and a minor in marine science. He was involved in the Sierra Club and held part-time jobs outside the university. In the summer of 2010, Evans worked at the Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana, where he learned about field methods, data collection and ecology. He has enrolled at the University of South Carolina to pursue a graduate degree with research focusing on coastal hydrogeology or coastal fluvial geomorphology and fluid dynamics.

Noah Kittner
Noah Kittner Class of 2011

Noah Kittner majored in environmental science with a double minor in mathematics and urban planning. After his freshman year he studied ecology at Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana. This work led him to UNC's plant ecology lab, where he was a research assistant for the rest of his time at UNC. At the IE's field site in Thailand, he conducted research on the feasibility of solar electricity in Thailand. This work became his honors thesis. In spring of 2010 he began a research project led by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the Eepartment of Forestry at NC State University, and UNC. This project evaluated the UN-REDD program to mitigate climate change and deforestation. His work continued under the direction of Dr. Pam Jagger and took him to Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He served as a research intern for the International Forest Resources and Institutions group, where he reconciled deforestation in the context of poverty and rural livelihoods. Kittner has also served as a Developing Energy Leaders through Action intern with UNC Energy Management. Since graduation, he has been studying solar energy in Thailand on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Andrew Roe
Andrew Roe Class of 2006

Andrew Roe was an environmental science major who enjoyed the opportunities to study at the Highlands Field Site and the Summer Burch Program in the Sierras. Since then, he has worked in tropical Peru, in Washington at the Olympic National Park, and in Asheville with The Nature Conservancy. He received a Master's degree from Cornell University where he studied the decision-making processes of private forest owners in New York. He plans to do wildlife research in western Uganda next year while starting a doctorate in the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Matt Scruggs
Matt Scruggs Class of 2011

"Carolina's environmental advisors promote experiential education as acritical component of undergraduate transformation. It has been invaluable for developing my skills and career interests."

Matt Scruggs was an environmental science major whose time at UNC was filled with valuable experiences. With a Developing Energy Leaders Through Action internship sponsored by the State Energy Office, Scruggs authored software that allows local businesses to compare emissions from business operations against those from traditionally fueled transportation businesses. The Sustainable Triangle Field Site, part of the IE, was home for invaluable work experience for Scruggs. He worked with the Town of Carrboro's GIS Specialist, producing a high-quality topographic base map for the town. In other work in the Triangle, as a member of a Capstone team, Scruggs helped produce a baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the town. This project was presented by his team to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and became a useful tool for the town's sustainability initiative and a foundation for future inventory work.

Lauren Tuttle
Lauren Tuttle Class of 2009

Since graduation, Lauren Tuttle has worked with the EPA in Research Triangle Park. At the EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment, Tuttle has strengthened her research skills and professional work experiences. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in community and regional planning. She will focus on environmental planning and watershed management.