We are pleased to welcome some new faces into The DEL program. These graduate students assist with coordinating DEL-MEM programs, Executive Education courses, and collaborations throughout the Duke community to engage professionals in environmental leadership.


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Brenna Thompson- Brenna is a first-year residential MEM student in the Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration. She completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado College in 2011, and then spent four years working for the African Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C. doing foundation and corporate relations. Brenna is interested in landscape ecology, adaptive management, and conservation planning.



Executive Education

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Laura Marie Davis- Laura Marie is a first-year MEM student in the Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration. Before coming to Duke she spent the past year serving with AmeriCorps, working in environmental education and outreach in rural Ohio. Laura Marie is happy to be assisting with the new Executive Education course, Intermediate Environmental Social Marketing Strategy.



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Emily Hall- Emily is a first year MEM Candidate, concentrating in Coastal Environmental Management. This past May she graduated with a Conservation Biology degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. With prior experience in marine policy and biology, she is excited to be focusing on the continued development of the, “Marine Planning Advancement Training” suite of courses.





Tricia Hooper- Tricia is a second year MEM Candidate, concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy. This is her second year as a graduate assistant for the DEL Program, where she assists with the Executive Education course “Marine Planning Advancement Training – Online”. Originally from Boston, she holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, and has worked with both federal agencies and NGOs on a variety of marine governance and policy issues.


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Amanda Hoster- Amanda is a first year MEM student, concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy. A 2012 Kenyon College graduate, she has spent most of her time since graduation as an environment volunteer in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, with some experience in renewable fuels and environmental restoration. Amanda is interested in working in corporate sustainability.