Conference organizers

Dr. Gillian Bowser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. She has worked on international environmental assessments as a high-level stakeholder representative on the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) produced by the UN Environment. Dr. Bowser incorporated her international negotiation experiences as an AAAS Diplomacy fellow at the U.S. Department of State to train students in science diplomacy. She has led student delegations to international negotiations, such as UNFCCC, Commission on the Status of Women, and International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Dr. Bowser is the Chair of the YEAH Network's Steering Committee. 


Dr. Andrew Ramsey is Head of Environmental Sciences at the University of Derby, UK, and has taught and researched aspects of conservation biology for over 25 years, publishing on species as diverse as brown bears, butterflies, and freshwater mussels. He has been a long-serving member of the Society for Conservation Biology, European and global education committees, and is a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. Andrew developed the UK's first undergraduate program in Conservation Biology in 2000 and has taught curriculum design for Conservation Biology at Society for Conservation Biology conferences in Europe and North America.


Dr. Susie Ho is the Associate Dean (International Education) in the Faculty of Science at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and the Director of the Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES). MES is an interdisciplinary, international and industry-linked program spanning Science, Business, Law, Arts and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. With a background in freshwater ecology, and over 12 years of experience in curriculum design and scholarly research in ecology and sustainability education, as well as multiple top education awards, Dr Ho contributes a broad relevant expertise, as well as educational excellence as an advisor to the project. She has designed educational programs to cohesively cover all 17 SDGs. She works on enhancing sustainability curriculum by integrating disciplines and teaching in areas, such as scientific literacy, environmental security, leadership, governance, and international development. Dr Ho has led three student delegations to international negotiations, including the UNFCCC as Monash University's Head of Delegation. Dr Ho will contribute to curriculum design and teaching, as well as the logistical aspects of implementation at the international conferences.


Student organizers

Sarah Whipple (Lead YEAH Fellow) is a 3rd year PhD Student actively working toward doctoral candidacy at the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. Her research aims to track pollinators (bees and butterflies) in protected areas using citizen science tools and historical datasets to better understand the future of biodiversity within conserved spaces.



Emma Conrad-Rooney (YEAH Fellowis the Lab Manager/Senior Research Technician for the Templer Lab in the Biology Department at Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. She is interested in how forest biogeochemistry is affected by climate change and urbanization.



Shane French is a sustainability educator and enabler who is highly skilled in environmental awareness, education, community engagement and training; including twenty years' experience developing, leading and delivering community and grassroots sustainability programs to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students, professional audiences and the general public. Shane strives to create empathy and compassion for the Earth in a creative and inclusive way, approaching his work with integrity for the planet and community. Shane loves sharing different perspectives on the natural environments we are a part of with a sense of positivity, and helping people feel more connected to their natural surroundings. Shane is currently studying the Master of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University, and loves cricket, Australian Rules football and tinkering in his shed.


Nicole Cowan is a student of the Masters of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has also completed a Bachelor's Degree in Science majoring in zoology and has a strong interest in conservation biology. Nicole also has a background in education and completed a Diploma in Education and taught Science and Maths in secondary schools. Currently, she is working as a Teaching Associate for Monash University in the Education Faculty, with a focus on sustainability in the classroom.


Amna Ijaz (YEAH Fellow) is a PhD candidate and Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan in the Department of Chemistry of Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular nature of complex environmental (organic matter) mixtures from soil, water, and air using sophisticated analytical techniques, particularly high-resolution mass spectrometry.