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
  • “The Frost Center is a fantastic opportunity to create space—physical and intellectual—for students of all majors, and faculty/staff from across the College to come together and envision ways to make positive environmental change. I’m excited to help build connections between people and organizations that might not otherwise be included in these sorts of conversations, and support new and existing work that leads us to a common goal of a more sustainable future (however we choose to define it).”

    Jessica Hunter
    Program Manager
  • “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
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.


Our planning partners

The most recent phase of planning for the Frost Center took place over the past academic year, involving a diverse cross-section of students, faculty, and staff at the college, and building on years of prior planning led by the Environmental Studies Department and the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Participants included:

  • SB
    Sarah Barbrow
  • Becky Belisle Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Pinar Keskin Associate Professor of Economics
  • Daniel J. Brabander Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Geosciences
  • KB
    Katherine Brainard Botanic Gardens Post-Bacc
  • LC
    Louisa Crane ’19 Post-Bacc Paulson Fellow
  • HD
    Hope D’Erasmo ’21 ES Major
  • Susan Ellison Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Alden Griffith Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Kristina Niovi 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
  • Ayana McCoy Assistant Director, Science Center
  • Codruţa Morari Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies
  • BN
    Bindu Nicholson ’16 Post-Bacc Paulson Fellow
  • PQ
    Paloma Quiroga ’21 ES major, Econ minor
  • Lawrence A. Rosenwald Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature; Professor of English
  • KR
    Katie Ryan Career Education Community Advisor
  • OS
    Olivia Shehan Sustainability Coordinator
  • Marilyn Sides Senior Lecturer in English
  • NA
    Nisreen Abo-Sido ES Alum, BISC Research Assistant
  • Rachel Stanley Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • CS
    Cathy Summa Director of Science Center
  • Yui Suzuki Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • James Turner Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Ann Velenchik Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Economics
  • JY
    Jenn Yang Botanic Gardens Post-Doc
  • YX
    Yuxi Xia ’20 ES major