Environmental Studies Ph.D. Candidate Sarah Skikne is one of the recipients of the 2016 Switzer Environmental Fellows. She joins 19 other scholars awarded for their research in environmental sciences.
The fellowships contribute funds towards the graduate student's research and the completion of their degree. The Switzer Fellowship describes Skikne's research as focusing on "strategies to promote species’ natural adaptive capacities in the face of climate change using historic data from a California desert ecosystem." Prior to graduate school, she worked with the California Academy of Sciences, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and with The Climate Group.
“We are proud to be selecting our thirtieth cohort of Switzer Fellows this year. The 2016 Fellows embody passion and commitment to positive change in a variety of environmental fields," said Lissa Widoff, Switzer Foundation Executive Director. “The Fellows hail from a variety of schools and professional fields of study which strengthens the Switzer Network of Fellows across many academic institutions. Fellows are supported in their interdisciplinary and collaborative work, positioning them for leadership in the nonprofit, government, business and academic sectors.”
Seven of the 20 receipients this year are from University of California campuses; Berkeley, Davis (2), Irvine, Santa Barbara (2), and Santa Cruz. Candidates are reviewed based on specific criteria, including experience in their field outside of academe, and are interviewed before a final decision is made. More information about the application process is available on their Become a Fellow site.