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TIE supports the Tufts community by administering environmental education programs and by contributing core funding to a variety of interdisciplinary projects, initiatives, and enterprises which allow students and faculty to engage with environmental issues and conversations that are occurring around the globe.

In particular, TIE supports student endeavors through a variety of programs and partnerships which allow Tufts students to conduct original research projects and pursue their own unique interests and goals. Chief among these student-focused enterprises are the TIE Environmental Research Fellowship, TIE Travel Grants, and the newly formed TIE-SEI Internship.

Below are examples of students who have received TIE funding in the last two years. We encourage you to explore their exciting and innovative research projects!


Anthony D'Angelo

Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical Engineering
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Better Batteries for Renewable Energy
Anthony's project examines the potential of lithium metal batteries as an energy storage alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Investigating the stability of the lithium metal battery, he hopes to contribute to the further advancement of this energy source in the interest of a replacement for the dominant energy container. 

Rebecca Boehm

Ph.D. In Agriculture, Food & Environment
TIE Fellow 2015-2016
Household Dietary Emissions
Rebecca's project focused on the carbon footprint of U.S. households and their food emissions. Assessing the nutritional quality of U.S. household diets, her project contributes to growing work around the links between nutrition and carbon emissions.

Jory Hecht

Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Travel Grant Recipient 2016-2017
Hydropower and Ecosystem Tradeoff
With the assistance of the TIE Travel Grant, Jory was able to present his project "Incorporating the Uncertainty of Excessive Flow Alteration into Hydropower-Ecosystem Tradeoffs" and its findings to the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute) conference in May 2017. Jory's larger research goals include international development and water resources engineering, and the hydrologic and ecologic effects of reservoirs.


Tatyana Kalani

Master of Science in Conservation Medicine Candidate
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Lead Contamination
Tatyana's project focuses on lead toxicity and the impacts it has on animals and humans through soil and water sources. Her project aims to identify the areas that pose the most risk for lead exposure and contamination in the Somerville area through geospatial assessment.

John VanderHeide

Master of Science in Nutrition Science and Policy; Agriculture, Food & Environment; Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
El Niño and Food
John's project explores food and water systems in Guatemala in light of the recent effects of El Niño and the discrepancies between small and large landholders. Through the development of food system and water use models, John’s project will assist with advocacy for more sustainable and just agriculture systems.

Tessa Salzman

Master of Science in Agriculture, Food & Environment; Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Candidate
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Labor and Policy
Tessa's project investigates the intersections between human labor and environmental resources within the U.S. food system. Investigating the intersections of labor and environmental policy, Tessa hopes to illustrate the relevance of labor in environmental research and policy making, especially as it relates to issues regarding sustainable agriculture.


Abby Clayton

Master of Public Health; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Candidate
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Harbor Seals
Abby's project examines the ramifications of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the study of Pacific Harbor seals. With this study, she plans to compare the trends observed between Pacific and Atlantic Harbor seals to establish current AMR prevalence and determine associated risks in the extended marine environment. 

Rachael Bonoan

Ph.D. Candidate in Biology
Travel Grant Recipient 2016-2017
Honey Bee Fever
With the assistance of the TIE Travel Grant, Rachael was able to present her project "Honey bee fever and thermal imagining" and its findings to the Social Insects in the Northeast Region (SINNERS) conference in December 2016. Rachael's larger research goals include  exploration of honey bee nutrition and diet and how these vital factors contribute to on-going research on honey bee diseases and bee immune response. 

Anne Christian

Master of Science in Conservation Medicine; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Candidate
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Hudson River Sturgeon
Anne's project focuses on the endangered Atlantic Sturgeon and identifying the parasite load that currently impacts the sturgeon population in the Hudson River. By identifying the variations of parasite loading, her project will illustrate the stress levels experienced during the fish's spawning season and contribute to greater success in population management efforts in future.


Stefan Koester

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy; Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Candidate
TIE-SEI Fellow 2017-2018
Clean Stoves
Stefan's project explores and initiates feasible improvements that can be made in clean stove design to combat the impacts of biomass cookstoves in India. Through this project, he hopes to contribute to the adoption of cleaner energy sources in the region to combat contributions to global climate change. 

Caitlin Matthews

Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; Master of Science in Agriculture, Food & Environment Candidate
TIE Fellow 2016-2017
Regional Sustainability
Caitlin's project focused on the multifaceted challenges associated with increasing agriculture production and food security while improving sustainability, climate resilience, and food sovereignty in Bolivia. Examining the rural Department of La Paz, Caitlin hopes to study the emerging potential for regional self-reliance in Bolivia by using this region as a model for improved food security and climate resilience. 

Rishikesh Bhandary

Ph.D. Candidate in Law and Diplomacy
Travel Grant Recipient 2017-2018
Climate Change Trusts
With the assistance of the TIE Travel Grant, Rishi was able to conduct research in Indonesia in July 2017 to further the scope of his dissertation. Rishi's project focuses on Climate Change Trust Funds that nations are establishing as a result of commitment to the Paris agreement and how the design of these trusts will impact their ability to meet their pledges.


Jessica Rozek

Ph.D. Candidate in Biology
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Wetland Migration
Jessica's project examines the interactions between humans and birds in crucial migration sites in the Caribbean. Examining Trinidad and Tabago, Jessica works to establish the vulnerability of wetlands in the region and identify points of mutual benefit for gains in human-wetland-bird networks. 

Ilin Sadeghi

Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Pollution Filtration
Ilin's project focuses on heavy metal contaminants in industrial wastewater. By fabricating novel membranes, she aims to expand the current membrane filtration system to better combat environmental pollution and its resulting impact on living organisms and their health. 

Isabel Beavers

Master of Fine Arts Candidate
TIE Fellow 2017-2018
Communicative Art
Isabel's project examines how contemporary art can foster interdisciplinary relationships and conversations surrounding environmental issues. Focusing on community knowledge of water conservation, Isabel fuses scientific and artistic research practices to better cultivate community awareness in Bozeman and Southwestern Montana.