Our Alumni

Sydney O'Shaughnessy '17

Sydney O

During my time at Ithaca College, I was always passionate about the intersection of science and storytelling and science communication. This passion led me to pursue two degrees at the college and co-found the digital environmental journal, Alluvian with faculty member Fae Dremock.

After graduating, I moved to New York City and worked as an Earth Science and Physics teacher in Harlem, where I honed my communication skills and reinforced my passion for ensuring that all people have access and opportunity to environmental information. After two years in New York, I relocated to Washington, D.C. for a new position at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. I worked in the editorial department of AAAS's open-access research journal, Science Advances and spent my time there working with scientists to ensure that their research was seamlessly communicated on the web. After about 7 months, I accepted my current position at a smaller non-profit called the Environmental and Energy Study Institute as a Communications Associate. In this position, I work to make sure environmental information is communicated accurately and effectively amongst researchers, policy-makers, and the public so that informed decisions can be made at the local, state and federal levels. On a typical day, I manage the website, write environmental articles, create infographics, edit content, and guide the general content and social media strategy.

As my career develops, I am continually determined to translate complex scientific information and fight targeted misinformation so that all people can have access to reliable science. I am thinking about graduate school and leaning towards programs in environmental science, policy, and strategic communication of the sciences. Huge thanks to the ENVS department for grounding me in science and showing me how transformative access to engaging hands-on science really is.

Marissa Zuckerman '16

Marissa Zuckerman '16

Communications at American University in Washington D.C. and is now a Communications Specialist at Blue Water Baltimore

Marissa stayed in Ithaca after graduation to work at the Paleontological Research Institute then the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University. She then completed the M.A. in Strategic

Brian Duphily '13

Brian Duphily

Brian Duphily graduated in 2013 (B.S. Environmental Science.  He says that “after graduating, I went on to get a M.S. in Environmental Science at UMASS Boston. There I studied pollution from municipal wastewater sources and came up with a way to use mussels as to measure pollutant concentrations over time. After graduating, I was hired as a Research Associate for the consulting arm of Lux Research, a science and technology advisory firm based in Boston. At Lux I worked on market research projects for a variety of companies on topics such as bio-based materials and chemicals, advanced water treatment and carbon capture and utilization. After a year and a half at Lux Research, I moved on to Veolia North America, a global environmental services firm, as a Market and Business Intelligence Analyst. I have since been promoted to Manager. At Veolia I get to work with all divisions of the company exploring new opportunities treating water, managing waste and providing energy efficiency services. Example projects include treatment technologies for PFAS, tire recycling and the transition to renewable energy generation. What I enjoy most is the ability to influence decision making at our company, who has a broad scope and deep resources to help solve environmental problems.”

Gabriella Ciabattoni '13

Gabriella Ciabattoni '13

Course Instructor, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Gardner, Brooklyn Bridge Corporation

After graduating, Bella spent several years with the National Park Service controlling invasive plant populations in national parks across the Northeast. She now works as a professional gardener and instructor at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Jess Wunsch '13

Jess Wunsch '13

After leaving IC, I served with AmeriCorps VISTA in Vermont and then worked as a recycling educator for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina. I was accepted into the University of Michigan and I spent the next three years studying various aspects of urban planning and working for several cities, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Detroit. After graduating with a Master of Public Policy and Master of Urban and Regional Planning, I completed a fellowship at the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services, where I worked with policymakers to identify how housing programs could better serve communities of color across the state. I am now a Research Assistant at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Cambridge, Massachusetts) where I conduct research in partnership with cities that are balancing competing priorities of equitably revitalizing their economies, delivering high-quality services to residents, and becoming environmentally and fiscally resilient in the face of climate change.

Curt McConnell '15

Curt McConnell

Doctoral Candidate at Penn. State University 

After graduating from IC with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Curt taught English in France while applying to graduate schools. He is now working on a dual ecology-biogeochemistry doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focus is on carbon and nutrient cycling in agricultural ecosystems. 

Paige Samson '10

Paige Samspon

Director of Innovative Programs and Publications at the Food and Drug Law Institute

After graduating from Ithaca College, Paige attended Vermont Law School where she received a J.D. and M.A. in Environmental Law and Policy.

Dan Carrion '08

Dan Carrion -08

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dan’s passion for equity, the environment, and health led him to pursue work in the field of public health.   He completed his doctorate at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His research focuses on fine-scale exposure modeling in the U.S. via satellite remote sensing and downstream epidemiological analyses.


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