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Seeing the forest for the trees

A Penn student researches how Philadelphia’s trees respond to climate change

Master of Environmental Studies students, alumni and faculty are working together to better understand urban bird migration. And thanks to a successful Green Fund proposal, a Motus monitoring station will be in operation on Penn’s campus, helping to deliver data that will lead to faster conservation decisions.

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“As things get warmer and more humid, we want to figure out if migrating southern trees can combat some of the effects of climate change,” notes Master of Environmental Studies (MES) student and Southern Species experiment research assistant Amanda Wood (MES ‘18—expected).

“I take their phone calls, e-mail them, organize birthday card drives, look into their cases, help them find legal aid and advocate for them in any way I can. I want them to feel human,” shares K. Celeste Trusty (Master of Liberal Arts ’17), a criminal justice activist for Philadelphia’s wrongfully incarcerated. Throughout her studies and her professional life, Celeste has investigated the social, political, racial and environmental factors in how crime happens, and who gets punished for it.

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Growing up in Puerto Rico, I experienced the metaphysical and psychological impact of living by the water. Going to the beach is so transcendental, and that feeling never escaped me. Having the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program support me and my work for my island proved that I could have an impact on its future,” reflects Tiffany Ledesma (MES ’01), an environmental consultant with CDM Smith for the Philadelphia Water Department and global clean water advocate.


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