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College of Environment and Design

MLA STUDENT DIRECTORY


Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

 

Class of 2018

devyn quickDevyn Quick
Grand Valley State University, BBA Business Economics, 2012
Hometown: Harbor Springs, MI
Research Interest: Global sustainability and health, historic vernacular landscape, historical ecology
dmq79572@uga.edu | LinkedIn

 

 

carter ricksCarter Ricks
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, BA, Psychology, 2012
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Research Interests: urban design, ecological restoration, greenways, sustainable design, historic preservation
hcr43032@uga.edu

 

 

danielle valdesDanielle Valdes
University of Hartford, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, 2015
Hometown: Setauket, New York
Research Interests: sustainable design/living, National Park conservation, historical preservation, public space design, urban design
drv5323@uga.edu

 

 

arianne wolfeArianne Wolfe
Tulane University, BA Environmental Studies, 2011
Hometown: Charleston, SC and New Orleans, LA
Research Interests: sustainability, sustainable agriculture, permaculture, edible gardens
aew85339@uga.edu

 

 

landon woodwardLandon Woodward
University of Georgia, B.S. in Physics & B.A. in English, 2012
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
Research Interests: urban ecology, sustainability, historic preservation
landonw@uga.edu

 

 

yuwen yangYuwen Yang
University of Maine, Bachelor of Horticulture, concentration in Landscape Design, 2014
Hometown: Changsha, China
Research Interests: green roofs and green walls, recreational and open space design, garden design and plant management

 

 

alexandra yuanAlexandra Yaun
College of Charleston, BS, Elementary Education, 2008
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Research Interests: social justice and urbanization + resiliency, sustainable residential design focusing on xeriscaping, pollinator protection, natural filtration, native materials
alexandra.yaun@uga.edu

 

ran zhangRan Zhang
Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Environmental Arts, 201
Hometown: Shijiazhuang, China
Research Interests: plant management, ecological landscapes, public areas, open space
rz29948@uga.edu

 

 

chen quChen Qu
Education: Beijing Forestry University/ Bachelor of Landscape Architecture/ 2015
Hometown: Tangshan, China
Research Interests: Planning and design of natural and built environments, the amelioration of land use impacts on receiving waters, regional place and place making, public gardens.
cq14257@uga.edu

 

ming guanMing Guan
Education: NanJing Forestry University, Bachelor Degree, 2016
Hometown: SuZhou  JiangSu China
Research interests:
Ming.guan25@uga.edu
LinkedIn

 

 

jiaxin diJiaxin Di
Education: Nanjing Forestry University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2016
Hometown: Changzhou, China
Research interests: Urban ecology, stormwater management, public space design

 

 

li fuLi Fu
Education: Nanjing Forestry University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2012
Hometown: Anhui, China
Research interests: Ecology
li.fu25@uga.edu

 

 

 

Class of 2019

 

wade c. alexanderWade C. Alexander
Education: Clemson University, Horticulture, 2015
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Research interests: Historic landscape restoration and revitalization
wadea@g.clemson.edu, wca60322@uga.edu
LinkedIn

 

 

kelsey brooksKelsey Brooks
Education: University of Georgia, International Affairs, 2009
Hometown: Athens, GA
Research interests: Native plants of Georgia, landscaping for wildlife, and designing equitable, generous, and sustainable public spaces
kelseyabrooks@gmail.com

 

 

matthew deanMatthew Dean
Education: University of Georgia, BS Cellular Biology, 2013
Hometown: Commerce, GA
Research interests: Regenerative agriculture, ecological restoration and biodiversity, residential design
mattdean@uga.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-dean

 

laura espositoLaura Esposito
Education: University of Pittsburgh, BA Environmental Studies, 2015
Hometown: New Castle, PA
Research interests: public space, urban sustainability, urban agriculture, landscape design for healthcare facilities.
lee16330@uga.edu
LinkedIn

 

 

stelios kalopedisStelios Kalopedis
Education: University of Georgia, Athens GA, BA Public and international affairs.
Hometown: Limassol, Cyprus
Research Interests: Sustainable design practices, permaculture, ecological restoration.
Kalopedi@uga.edu
LinkedIn

 

chenlu liChenlu Li
Education: Beijing University of Technology, Bachelor in Environmental Art Design, 2017
Hometown: Taiyuan, Shanxi
Research Interest: garden and community design, city design
cl04935@uga.edu

 

 

 

evelyn j. meraEvelyn J. Mera
Education: University of Georgia, Master of Environmental Planning & Design, 2017; Nova Southeastern University, BS Environmental Studies, 2015
Hometown: Coconut Creek, FL
Research Interest: transit-oriented development, public space and recreation design, and breweries as a catalyst for communities.
evelynmera@uga.edu

 

mary mathisMary Mathis
Education: Auburn University, BS Horticulture, 2016
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Research Interest: Residential design, plant management, edible landscapes, native materials
maryemathis12@gmail.com

 

 

e. keely mcdonaldE. Keely McDonald
Education: Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture, 2012
Hometown: Durango, CO
Research interests: Sustainability, Green Roofs, Urban Agriculture, Permaculture, Historic Preservation, and Landscape Preservation
ekm39614@uga.edu
LinkedIn

 

jacqueline menkeJacqueline Menke
Education:
• Southern Illinois University Carbondale: BA in Psychology (2008)
• MPH with an emphasis in community health (2010)
• Northern Illinois University: MAT for Health Education (2012)
Hometown: Rock Island, IL
Research Interests: Ecological restoration, food forests/forest
gardening, sustainable design, implementing off-grid living
systems and structures in urban areas.
Jmenke86@gmail.com

 

carly nielsenCarly Nielsen
Education: Georgia College and State University, BS Environmental Science, 2015
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL, and Lawrenceville, GA
Research Interests: Ecological conservation and restoration, habitat design, constructed wetlands, permaculture, edible gardens, rooftop gardens, living walls, native materials
carly.nielsen@uga.edu

 

zongying pengZongying Peng
Education: Chengdu University of Technology, Bachelor in Landscape Gardening, 2017
Hometown: Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
zongying.peng@uga.edu

 

 

 

jon piersonJon Pierson
Education: Northern Arizona University 2009
Hometown: Rossville, GA
Research Interests: Conservation, landscape ecology and recreation design
jonpierson1@gmail.com
LinkedIn

 

 

lucy robertsonLucy Robertson
Education: Wofford College, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, 2014
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Research Interests: theme park and resort landscape design, sustainability, conservation
lrobertson325@gmail.com
LinkedIn

 

rachel shieldsRachael Shields
Education: University of Cincinnati, BS in Architecture, 2016
Hometown: Fennville, MI
Research Interests: relationship between architecture, agriculture, and landscape architecture
rachael.shields@uga.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachael-shields-02747165

 

 

Class of 2020

kelsey broichKelsey Broich
Education: University of Georgia, Art, 2015
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Research Interests: planting design, stormwater, landscaping for wildlife, public parks and gardens
kbroich@uga.edu

 

 

jackson gannawayJackson Gannaway
Education: The University of the South, BA German Language and Culture, 2011
Hometown: Collierville, TN
Research Interests: urban ecology and farming, urban design, sustainable design, historic preservation, prehistoric landscapes and architecture, foreign languages and cultures
Jackson.gannaway@gmail.com

 

sarah hutchinsonSarah Hutchinson
Education: Cornell University, BS Biology & Society, 2014
Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NY
Research Interests: ecological planting design, native plants, public parks, ecosystem restoration, designing for habitat/biodiversity
sarah.hutchinson@uga.edu

 

 

deborah kimDeborah Kim
Education: University of Georgia, Bachelor in Biology, 2017
Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Research Interests: the relationship between the level of human interaction with the natural environment and one’s physical and mental health
dbkbora5@uga.edu; deborah.k.br12@gmail.com

 

 

oliver pennyOliver Penny
Education: University of North Texas, BA Political Science, 2010
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Research Interests: urban design, environmental psychology, sustainable design, stormwater management, place-making
okp17239@uga.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-penny-b30881130/

 

brandon plattBrandon Platt
Education: Indiana State University, MA History;
University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, BA History
Hometown: McCormick, SC
Research Interests: therapeutic gardens, historical gardens, human interaction/reaction to landscapes
brandon.platt@uga.edu

 

benjamin proulxBenjamin Proulx
Education: Brigham Young University, BS Landscape Management, 2017
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Research Interests: sustainability, edible plants and landscapes, agri-hoods, urban agriculture, Latin American landscapes, low-income communities
Ben.proulx@uga.eduwww.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-proulx-84236b4a/

 

 

matthew quireyMatthew Quirey
Education: Oklahoma State University, BS Horticulture, 2007
University of Delaware (Longwood Fellow), MS Public Horticulture, 2014
Hometown: Blackwell, OK
Research Interests: cultural landscape management, preservation, planning, education, urban forestry, urban ecology, urban agriculture, design history, vernacular landscapes

 

 

saadia raisSaadia Rais
Education: Virginia Tech, MS Sociology, 2016; BA Philosophy, 2013
Hometown: Blacksburg, VA
Research Interests: videography, social topics in design
ssr83583@uga.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/saadia-rais-51a007122

 

 

erika vob schroederErika von Schroeder
Education: University of Nevada, Reno, BA Anthropology; minor Historic Preservation, 2015
Hometown: Reno, NV
Research Interests: theory, cultural landscapes, land and material use, conservation, land management
eschroeder@uga.edu

 

 

elizabeth solomonElizabeth Solomon
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA Historic Preservation, 2010
Hometown: Denver, CO
Research Interests: cycling/pedestrian infrastructure, community development for social justice, medicinal/edible herbs/mushrooms, agroforestry
liz.solomon17@gmail.comems77407@uga.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-solomon-694a1063/

 

Class of 2020, Two-year track

Felipe Barrantes-ReynoldsFelipe Barrantes-Reynolds
Education: University of Costa Rica, Architecture, 2012
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Research interests: regenerative design, participatory design, urban ecology, biomimicry, biophilia
Email address: felipebarrantes@gmail.com
LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/felipe-barrantes-reynolds-543b884a/

 

Jingxin Ren

Jingxin Ren
Education: Northeast Forestry University, BLA, 2017
Hometown: Shanxi, China
Research interests: public space, sustainable design, ecological restoration, residential design
Email address: jxren0412@163.com, jingxin.ren@uga.edu

 

 

Minhe Tang

Minhe Tang
Education: Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, BLA, 2018
Hometown: Beijing, China
Research interests: Ecological restoration, historical landscape preservation, public space design
Email address: mt00734@uga.edu

 

Jiayao Yang

Jiayao Yang
Education: Donghua University, BA Environmental Design, 2018
Hometown: Tongxiang, Zhejiang, China
Research interests: art in the landscape, philosophy, IT, conservation, public spaces
Email address: jy27340@uga.edu

 

 

Class of 2021

Lakeisha Austin

Lakeisha Austin
Education: Georgia State University, BS Mathematics, 2003
Hometown: Greenwood, MS
Research interests: conservation and sustainable development, garden management and planting design, residential design, historic preservation
Email address: la72196@uga.edu

 

 

Whitney BarrWhitney Barr

Education: Spelman College, English Language & Literature, 2013; Yonsei University, Korean Language Concentration, 2011
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Research Interests: revamping broken food systems through sustainable, culturally-conscious, garden design & implementation, intersecting the art of agriculture and landscape architecture for (re)building & healing Black & Brown communities
Email address: wb50592@uga.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitneybarr/ 

 

Andie Culbertson

Andie Culbertson
Education: The University of Georgia, BFA Graphic Design, 2017
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Research interests: Therapy gardens, land restoration and reclamation, urban agriculture, medicinal plants/herbs
Email address: anc94@uga.edu

 

 

David Evans

David Evans
Education: University of the South, BA Environmental Policy, 2015
Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN
Research interests: Public and educational spaces, native plantings, climate resilience, stakeholder engagement
Email address: dhe83309@uga.edu
LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/in/david-evans-b585a168

 

Ruolin Gu

Ruolin Gu
Education: Shaanxi Normal University, Bachelor of Economics, Finance, 2016
Hometown: Xian, China
Research interests: Residential design, recreation space design
Email address: ruolin0311@outlook.com

 

 

 

Jennifer McKenney

Jennifer McKenney
Education: San Francisco State University, BA Anthropology, 2014
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Research interests: green building, sustainable design, cultural anthropology, native plants
Email address: mckenney_jennifer@outlook.com, Jennifer.Mckenney@uga.edu
LinkedIn page: https://linkedin.com/in/jennifer-a-mckenney-a6749450/

 

 


Brian Melchionni

Brian Melchionni
Education: University of Virginia, BA Environmental Sciences, 2014
Hometown: Ocean City, NJ
Research interests: ecological restoration, land art, informal communities, sustainable infrastructure, biotecture, perception/paradigm
Email address: brian.melchionni@uga.edu

 

 

 

Nick Moss

Nick Moss
Education: University of Georgia, BA Spanish & Political Science, 2004
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
Research interests: urban ecology, landscape theory, adaptive reuse, regenerative design
Email: nmoss@uga.edu

 

 

kristin ramey

Kristin Ramey

Education: Texas State University, MS Criminal Justice, 2006
Hometown: Grapevine, TX
Research Interests: biophilia, public policy, sustainable urban design, urban agriculture, parks & greenways, environmental psychology, community engagement, education.
Email: kristin.ramey@uga.edu

 

 

 

Anna Marie Scoccimaro

Anna Marie Scoccimaro
Education: Davidson College, BS Biology 2016
Hometown: Albany, GA
Research interests: sustainable urban design, ecological restoration, parks and greenways

 

 

 

Emily Whisenant

Emily Whisenant
Education: College of Charleston, BA Urban Studies, Historic Preservation and Community Planning, 2017
Hometown: Palmetto, FL
Research interests: civic design and its role in urban/rural revitalization, conservation and preservation of vernacular landscapes
Email address: ecw39289@uga.edu

 

 

Lorelle Wrice

Lorelle Wrice
Education: University of Central Florida, BS Tourism & Event Management, 2015
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Research interests: urban design, environmental psychology, public and pedestrian transportation, solar and renewable energy
Email address: Lorelle.Wrice@uga.edu

 

Dingning YuDingning Yu
Education: Renmin University of China, BS Management, 2014
Hometown: Beijing, China
Research interests: musical landscapes and historical landscapes
Email address: dingning.yu@uga.edu, 2538340428@qq.com