When it comes to helping care for our planet, it’s all hands on deck.

Leaders from all disciplines are needed to tackle the immense challenge of protecting the Earth for current and future generations.

Our pilot program, the TESI Environmental Leaders Fellowship, aims to bring together students from diverse majors and backgrounds and provide them with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and network to advocate for the planet as they take on leadership roles in their respective careers.

Funded by a faculty grant from the Henry David Thoreau Foundation, this Fellowship offers UF undergraduates from a variety of majors the opportunity to gain experience in environmental research, education & outreach, and civic engagement. Our 2021-22 cohort will attend seminars featuring environmental experts, receive mentoring from professionals in environmental fields, network with peers, and take part in a fellow-designed, multi-day field experience focused on environmental challenges across Florida.

2021-22 Fellows

Click on the photos below to learn more about each Fellow and how they hope to connect their work to the environment.

Benefits of the Program

Fellows leave the program with the following:

Program components

Fellowship Team

adamsthumbAlison Adams, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, UF School of Natural Resources and Environment
Email: alison.adams@ufl.edu


rebecca burtonRebecca Burton

Communications Manager, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute
Email: rlburton@floridamuseum.ufl.edu


megan ennesMegan Ennes, Ph.D.

Assistant Curator of Museum Education, Florida Museum of Natural History & UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute
Email: mennes@floridamuseum.ufl.edu


Michelle LeFebvre, Ph.D.michelle lefebvre

Assistant Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History
Email: mjl0201@ufl.edu


Amonte MartinAmonté Martin, Ph.D.

Graduate Assistant, University of Florida
Email: AmonteMartin@ufl.edu


Sadie millsSadie Mills

Program Coordinator and Educator, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute
Email: smills@floridamuseum.ufl.edu


mariela pajueloMariela Pajuelo, Ph.D. 

Assistant Scientist, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute
Email: mpajuelo@floridamuseum.ufl.edu


Funding Sources


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