2014 — 2015 TIE Fellows

Doctoral Student Winners

Jamie Fierstein
Friedman School of Nutrition, Department of Food Policy and Applied Nutrition
Environmental Factors Associated with Child Stunting in Uganda
Vivek Freitas
English Department
Laterally: Environmental Justice and Postcolonial Literature
Jory Hecht
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Tufts Water Diplomacy Program
Thesis Title
Jamie Picardy
Thesis Title
Charles Van Rees
Biology Department
Tufts Water Diplomacy Program
Laura Kuhl
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts Water Diplomacy Program
Innovation and Technology Transfer for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture: A Case Study in Ethiopia

Laura Kuhl is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she studies international environmental policy and development economics. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation, technology transfer and innovation in agriculture. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation IGERT fellowship in water and diplomacy. She received a Masters from the Fletcher School in 2011, and a Bachelors of Arts in environmental studies and anthropology from Middlebury College in 2007. She has conducted field research in Ecuador, Honduras, Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru, Maine and Boston.
Nicole Tichenor
Agriculture, Food and Environment Program, Department of Food and Nutrition Policy
Lifecycle environmental impacts of conventional and alternative lean beef production
Andrew Tirrell
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts Water Diplomacy Program
The Role of Institutions in Community-Based Fisheries Management

Initially trained as a human rights attorney, Andrew Tirrell focuses his research on rights-based approaches to natural resource management, sustainable development, and climate change adaptation. Before returning to academia, his legal practice was predominantly in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and New York City on issues of development, environmental protection, education, and human rights. As a scholar, he continues to study those regions and issues, but recently he began a TIE-funded dissertation project examining the effectiveness of fisheries management regimes in several communities in Arctic Norway, New Zealand, and New England. A large part of this research relates to the durability, change, and interplay of cultural, social, and political institutions, and how these impact governance across various scales. Over the years, in addition to legal practice with human rights organizations and commercial law firms, Andy has consulted for and advised various NGOs and non-profit organizations in the areas of sustainable development, child rights, and educational development. In 2008, he helped to found an educational advocacy organization and was featured as a guest columnist in The New York Times on the subject of educational rights. He has taught environmental studies courses at Tufts, Boston College, and Harvard University, and enjoys supervising undergraduate research and theses.

Masters Student Winners


Laura Corlin
Thesis Title
JungWoo Chun
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP)
Conflict Assessment of Oil Exploration in Southern Belize
Jessica Sparks
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Associations of Chinese national identity and social norms with wildlife consumption: a cross-sectional survey-based study –Jessica is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) program