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, brought together students from diverse majors and backgrounds and provided 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 offered UF undergraduates from a variety of majors the opportunity to gain experience in environmental research, education & outreach, and civic engagement. Our 2021-22 cohort attended seminars featuring environmental experts, received mentoring from professionals in environmental fields, networked with peers, and took 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 left program with the following:

Program components

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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


melanie giangrecoMelanie Giangreco

Graduate Assistant, University of Florida
Email: mgiangreco@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



Fellowship Mentors

Funding Sources


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Other partners included: UF Water Institute and the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.