The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Over the last two decades Penn MES faculty, students and alumni have pushed the boundaries of the environmental field and addressed the complex issues facing our ever-changing planet. Learn about our incredible history, look towards the future with MES and discover what you can do to stay on the cutting-edge of environmental studies and practice.
Current MES student ’16-expected
“Climate change is a big environmental issue right now. Penn is preparing us with a wide scope to look at it—we look at pollution, over-population and politics. Ten to 20 years in the future, I would imagine the biggest environmental shift will be what we did to change our climate.”
The heart of the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania is the passion of our students and faculty to create change in the world. The MES curriculum provides an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. Built with flexibility in mind, you can choose from a variety of concentrations or create your own path to suit your interests, experience and goals, all with the guidance of our world-class faculty. Built upon the foundation of Ivy League science courses, we provide a breadth of knowledge necessary to address complex issues in the environment, while also developing the depth of expertise required to become a successful environmental professional. Learn more about the MES:
Director, Professional Masters Programs in Earth & Environmental Science
Yvette received her BS in Biology-Geology from the University of Rochester and her MS and PhD in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania. She was the Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs in Earth & Environmental Science at Penn from 1998-2008 and has been Director of the Professional Masters Programs since 2007. When she’s not guiding her students through their capstones and winning the Provost’s Award for exceptional teaching, Yvette studies marine organisms that live on the shells of other organisms known as epibionts.
Administrative Director, Professional Masters Programs in Earth & Environmental Science
Sally joined the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) in October 2006. She joined the Earth & Environmental Science team in January of 2015 as the Administrative Director of the Master of Environmental Studies and the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences. Sally has a master’s degree in project management and is a working mother of one son and two stepdaughters. She likes to visit her family back in England and continues to try to convince her American counterparts to put the “u” back in color.
Administrative Assistant, Professional Masters Programs in Earth & Environmental Science
Heather is a native Philadelphian who graduated from Juniata College in 2012 with a BS in Wildlife Conservation. Heather is currently a student of the MES program and is pursuing an individualized concentration. Her research interests include avian ecology and conservation, agro-ecology and resource management. She volunteers as an assistant bird bander in her spare time at the Willistown Conservation Trust and became a certified Bander through the North American Banding Council in November, 2015.