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Linda M. Abriola


In addition to her role as the Director of TIE, Linda is a University Professor at Tufts University, where she holds appointments in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. From 2003 to 2015, she served as the Dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering.  Prior to joining Tufts, Dr. Abriola was the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.  An expert in the characterization, transport, fate, and recovery/destruction of contaminants in the subsurface, Professor Abriola is the author of more than 150 refereed publications and has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including her recent appointment as a US State Department Science Envoy. Among her numerous professional activities, she has served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board, the NAE Governing Council, the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and the National Research Council Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Dr. Abriola received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University, all in Civil Engineering.

Nitsan Shakked

Associate Director

Nitsan is the Associate Director of Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), an institute dedicated to interdisciplinary environmental research and education. Her research and professional interests lie at the intersection of water, energy, conflict, policy and society. Nitsan is a hydrogeologist by training and specializes in renewable desalination solutions for small island developing states (SIDS) and off-grid locations. She holds an M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University, where she focused on technology and innovation in development. In addition, Nitsan holds a M.S. in Applied Environmental Geoscience from Tübingen University, and a B.S. in Geology and Earth Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She continuously advises organizations such as USAID, the State Department, GIZ, the European Union, the World Bank and various foreign ministries on development projects as well as innovation in peace building and conflict resolution. 

Jill Parlee

Assistant Director for Programs

Jill joined TIE in December 2016 as Assistant Director for Programs. In this role, Jill is responsible for implementing TIE’s programs and events, as well as facilitating relationships between Tufts’ students, faculty, staff and external partners.

Jill is an experienced program manager with over 6 years of experience working in the higher education industry. She enjoys cultivating interdisciplinary exchanges between and among students and faculty. She also has a firm background in a range of natural resource issues, including: climate change, waste management and food security. Jill has over 10 years of experience working on community development and environmental awareness raising activities. She has expertise in responsible business practices, green growth, sustainable financing, and stakeholder engagement garnered through her work and education.

Jill has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Natural Resource Management from the University of the West Indies, Barbados and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) from McGill University, Canada.

Christina Kaltcheva

Administrative Coordinator

Christina joined TIE in May 2018 as the Administrative Coordinator. In conjunction with the Assistant Director for Programs, Christina works to support the expansion of interdisciplinary academic initiatives that make up TIE's programs. She also coordinates meetings, programs, and special events for TIE and assists with the development of materials, in addition to performing general administrative duties for TIE. 

Christina is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and International and Global Studies. During her time at Brandeis, she studied Sustainable Development in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a particular interest in biking infrastructure and sustainable design. 

Rachel Madison

Undergraduate Intern
TIE Administration

Undergraduate Student, School of Arts and Sciences

Rachel is a sophomore undergraduate student at Tufts University pursuing degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish. At TIE, she assists with coordinating the SWM curriculum and drafting the weekly newsletter, along with other outreach and communications tasks. In the environmental field, Rachel is interested in learning about activism, fostering social change, and enhancing communication methods, and is passionate about advancing TIE's mission of interdisciplinary environmental engagement.

Taylor Parrish

Graduate SWM Tutor
TIE Programming

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Taylor has worked as a Program Coordination Intern for SWM and has also worked on website maintenance and development, and news stories for TIE initiatives and events. Currently, Taylor works with TIE as a tutor for students in the Sustainable Water Management program. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in English Literature and Professional/Technical Writing. At Tufts, she is focusing on Transatlantic Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism.