EFCampus Research Assistants

Meet the EFCampus Research Assistants. EFCampus is the campus-based component of the Environmental Frontiers initiative, enabling students to use campus data as a case study for understanding a path to a more sustainable future. Undergraduate Research Assistants will work remotely in partnership with UChicago’s Offices of Facilities Services and Campus Sustainability, the Program on the Global Environment, and the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) on projects analyzing energy system data to consider opportunities to create energy-savings and reduce excess consumption on campus and beyond.

Chelsea Pauga

Chelsea Pauga

Graduate Student Mentor

Chelsea Pauga is an incoming second-year MPP candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy. She graduated in 2016 with an environmental studies degree from the University of California: Santa Barbara with a focus on political science. Chelsea spent the four years before coming to UChicago conducting environmental assessments to facilitate real estate transactions nationwide. Chelsea believes the world can be a more equitable place by focusing on social justice through the lens of environmental policy.  Chelsea lives in Chicago and loves cooking, biking, and going for walks with her dog Jazz.

Yunyan Mo

Yunyan Mo

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Yunyan Mo is a second-year Geophysical Sciences major. She is interested in environmental and ecological conservation and is excited to see how data analysis can be used to improve the sustainability of the UChicago community. She hopes that her work this summer can contribute positively towards more efficient energy use on campus. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and going for walks.

Silvana Montagu

Silvana Montagu

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Silvana is a rising third-year majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies and minoring in Statistics. She is interested in data analysis and policy research focused on environmental degradation and improving biodiversity in urban areas. She is very excited to apply her experience in non-profit work and statistics towards campus sustainability this summer. In the future, Silvana hopes to focus on international environmental policy and the intersection of agriculture and sustainability. Originally from Berkeley, CA, Silvana enjoys ceramics, open style dancing, and reading in her free time.

Briana Morales

Briana Morales

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Briana is a recent graduate from The College where she, double-majored in Geography and Environmental and Urban Studies, and minored in Computer Science. In the past, she has interned with the City of Madison Traffic Engineering where she worked on numerous projects using ArcGIS and other software to improve the city’s traffic flow and safety. Her main academic interests include urban data analytics, urban equity, and resilience and sustainability.

Emily Nigro

Emily Nigro

Trees Ecosystem Services

Emily Nigro is a rising third-year, majoring in environmental science and minoring in astronomy and astrophysics. She is involved in geophysical science research on campus and has previously worked on urban farming and food system resilience initiatives with a sustainability nonprofit in her hometown of Berea, KY. Emily is interested in climate dynamics, environmental justice, and community engagement, and is excited to help realize more efficient practices on campus while learning about urban sustainability and various approaches to data analysis. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing soccer, completing New York Times mini crosswords, and performing on the Rockefeller Chapel carillon.

Hannah Richter

Hannah Richter

Trees Ecosystem Services

Hannah Richter is a rising third-year undergraduate studying Environmental Science. She hopes to apply her love for writing to a career in science communications/journalism that increases awareness of climate change and recent developments in the sciences. Hannah currently researches bivalve evolution and responses to ocean acidification with Professor Jablonski in the Geophysical Sciences and is the leader of a Phoenix Sustainability Initiative project group that works with Hyde Park businesses to increase sustainable practices. In her free time, Hannah dances with University Ballet of Chicago, tutors in English, and loves to thrift shop and craft!

Peyton Sanborn

Peyton Sanborn

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Peyton is a rising third-year student from New Hampshire studying environmental science and economics. She has a passion for the built environment, sustainable urban development and resource management and is excited to pursue these areas of interest on campus. She is a research assistant with the Program on the Global Environment, assisting the craft of a textbook on urban sustainability. Additionally, she worked with the American Energy Society to promote innovation in the energy sector and the University of New Hampshire’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department on ecological assessments using drones. On campus, she is a member of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team, the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative, and the Environmental Research Group.

Josephine Schall

Josephine Schall

Trees Ecosystem Services

Josephine is a rising second year in the College majoring in environmental science. She is currently the vice president for UChicago Women in Science and actively involved in the Environmental Research Group and the Audubon chapter on campus. She is passionate about conservation and sustainability, and hopes to learn more about the data analysis techniques applied to these issues on campus and beyond. In her free time, she enjoys reading nature and travel writing, going for hikes, and spending time with any of her eight cats.

Alex Torres

Alex Torres

Trees Ecosystem Services

Alex Torres is a rising third-year majoring in Environmental Science and is from Chicago, IL. He is interested in wildlife conservation and ecosystem restoration, especially in marine habitats. Alex has previously worked in campaigns focused on combatting environmental racism in the Southeast side of Chicago while advocating for companies to comply with environmental regulations regarding soil contamination and air quality. In the future, Alex hopes to learn new strategies in developing innovative sustainable practices that help minimize resource consumption and mitigate the negative impacts of pollution that harm communities. In his free time, Alex enjoys running, bowling, and solving jigsaw puzzles.