2018 EcoWomen Founder’s Scholarship Awardees
Anne Christianson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Natural Resources Science and Management program at the University of Minnesota, researching nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation, and how these interventions can address gender inequity in climate resilience. This summer she will be conducting field research in Uganda, working with local communities to examine the impacts of ecosystem-based adaptation programs in mountain regions. Previously, Anne worked as an environmental policy adviser in the U.S. House of Representatives and lobbied for science-based marine policy for Ocean Conservancy. Anne has been a member of DC EcoWomen since 2011 and credits this supportive network of women for helping her learn the skills needed to succeed as a young professional in the DC area.
Andrea Calderon believes that science is a form of art in which scientists are driven by curiosity to explore the way the world works. It’s a wonderful field to be a part of, but unfortunately, women are not equally represented in proportion to our countries population. She is very excited to be pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and Policy because it makes me part of the solution to the problem that is not having equal representation between both genders within the field. One of her aspirations is to become a leader in this field and serve as a role model to young girls. She hopes to teach them that despite social and cultural influences, there is a place, moreover a desperate need, for them in this field. Ecowomen is an organization that helps uplift and support women in this field, and she is grateful to be receiving this scholarship as they help empower her to pursue her goals.