Be part of the team

We are adopting an open advisory board model where all interested members of the Wellesley community can play an active role in designing the activities of the Frost Center: anyone is welcome to participate. Please join us for our weekly meetingsThe operation of the Frost Center will also be facilitated by faculty, staff, student ambassadors, and practitioner fellows. Email for information on how to get involved!


  • “Environmental issues concern almost every aspect of our lives, intersecting with topics from inequality to agriculture to the arts. I’m thrilled to be in a position to support all the exciting environmental work already underway at Wellesley, and to help provide new opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to work together toward making a positive impact on our environment.”

    Erich Matthes
    Faculty Director
  • “I’m excited to be a part of the Frost Center because it’s a hands on application of my major and a way to work with the College in moving forward issues of environmental justice and engaging the broader school community in critical discussions about the environment.”

    Laila Pearson ’22
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies major
  • “I am very excited to be an Ambassador because l believe nature is not something separate, something a few opt into, it is us and we are it. We are nature and our fate is tied to the fates of every other creature so we should do our very best to live in harmony with it.”

    Miracle Taanarwo ’23
    Student Ambassador | economics major and computer science minor
  • "I love being outside, exploring and experiencing the world around us. Bringing discussions and tangible environmental action to all parts of our campus community is something I cannot wait to spend the year doing. The more I learn, the more I understand the integral need for intersectional, collaborative, environmental work. I am so grateful for what the Frost Center provides and look forward to helping share its mission and breadth of opportunities with the entirety of campus."

    Rachel Moberg '22
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies major, economics major
  • "With the Frost Center set to open its physical doors in Spring 2022, I am so honored to be one of five student ambassadors to welcome everyone to our collaborative community and innovative space! I'm enthusiastic about the prospect of working with different departments, student organizations, and campus programs to spread awareness on our environmental impact as a Wellesley community and innovate sustainable alternatives."

    Nerissa Yiu '24
    Student Ambassador | international relations (political science) major, environmental studies minor
  • "I’m a Junior at Wellesley College majoring in Environmental Studies. My primary areas of interest include the social and political dynamics of climate change, environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, and conservation. At Wellesley, I’ve been an Eco-Representative, a horticultural assistant at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and recently collaborated with a student from Babson college to found the BOW Sustainability Summit."

    Wilson Haims '23
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies major
  • It is incredibly important to Marissa that her research addresses real-world problems and is applied to help create solutions to those problems. Much of her research focuses on strengthening and diversifying fisheries opportunities in the Gulf of Maine, in an effort to preserve fishing cultures and traditions, while also promoting a healthy and resilient marine ecosystem. Her project at Wellesley is titled ”Markets for Invasives: the use of markets as a mitigation strategy for invasive species.” She plans to engage with Wellesley students with a Brown bag lunch to discuss career paths in environmental non-profits, a presentation/discussion with BISC 210 Marine Biology Class, and a cooking class for green crabs that accompanies a "Science Cafe" lecture about "eating invasives" and "eating local” for the broader Wellesley community.

    Marissa McMahan, Ph.D
    Paulson-Frost Practitioner Fellow | Fisheries Director of Manomet
  • Zoe Sandwith
    Paulson-Frost Practitioner Fellow | Scientist at Hakai Research Institute in British Columbia
  • Emily Withnall is a writer and editor from the high mountain desert of northern New Mexico. Her essays appear in Gay Magazine, Tin House Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Orion, Indiana Review, River Teeth Journal, Fourth River, Lunch Ticket, Ms. Magazine, and High Country News, among others. In her words, “Place informs my thinking; in my writing I often reflect on the people, cultures, and historical narratives that converge in complex ways to reveal deeper understandings of where we've been and where we might go.” Currently, Emily is at work on a book that examines the parallels between domestic violence and hydraulic fracturing. She will engage with Wellesley students as a guest lecturer/practitioner in Xan Chacko’s course WGST 327: Naturecultures: Feminist Futures of Environmental Justice.

    Emily Withnall
    Paulson-Frost Practitioner Fellow | Writer, Editor, and Writing Instructor
Past Practitioner-Fellows

  • DRW
    Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant ('20-'21)

    Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant was the innagural Paulson-Frost Practitioner-Fellow. Rae is a conservation scientist, large carnivore ecologist, natural storyteller, and advocate. You can learn more about her work at her website.


Faculty and Staff Affiliates

Affiliates are members of the Frost community who engage with the environment through their research, teaching or service.

  • Xan Chacko Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Becky Belisle Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Pinar Keskin Associate Professor of Economics
  • Dan Brabander Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Geosciences
  • Becky Bedell Professor of Art
  • Alison Hickey Associate Professor of English
  • Chipo Dendere Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
  • Tom Burke Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science
  • Susan Ellison Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Alden Griffith Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Kristina Jones Director, Wellesley College Botanic Gardens; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Suzanne Langridge Director Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative
  • Jackie Matthes Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Catia Confortini Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies
  • Codruţa Morari Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies
  • Martha McNamara Director of the New England Arts and Architecture Program; Senior Lecturer in Art
  • Wes Watters Associate Professor of Astronomy
  • Andrea Sequeira Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ‘26 Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Vanja Klepec-Cera Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Olivia Shehan Sustainability Coordinator
  • Katherine Grandjean Associate Professor of History
  • Emily Harrison Visiting Lecturer in Women's & Gender Studies
  • Rachel Stanley Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Anne Brubaker Lecturer in the Writing Program
  • Liza Oliver Associate Professor of Art
  • Jay Turner Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Justin Armstrong Lecturer in Writing and Anthropology
  • Jenn Yang Associate director, Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
  • Andy Mowbray Lecturer in Art; Director of 3D Arts
  • Katherine Ruffin Director of the Book Studies Program; Lecturer in Art
  • Beth DeSombre Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Becca Selden Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Ashanti Shih Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies
  • Elizabeth Davis Lecturer in Geosciences & Environmental Studies
  • Anne Beckley Senior Gardens Horticulturist, Botanic Gardens
  • Julie Razryadov Botanical Collections Manager
  • Adrian Castro Assistant Professor of Geosciences