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, students 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
  • We are excited to announce that Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant will be the first practitioner fellow for the fall of 2020 (jointly hosted with the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative). Rae is a conservation scientist, large carnivore ecologist, natural storyteller, and advocate. She is currently a Fellow with the National Geographic Society and maintains a Visiting Scientist position at the American Museum of Natural History and adjunct faculty positions at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.

    Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant
    Practitioner Fellow
  • “I’m excited to be an Ambassador because I can share my passion for appreciating the environment and working towards education around environmental issues and disparities. I hope to help students discover their own appreciation of the environment and help others realize a sense of commitment to the lives of those other outside of human beings and this current generation. I’m also excited to help environmental departments move away from the teachings and implementation of the white Western ideologies that dominate in the field.”

    Frannie Adams ’21
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies major, economics minor
  • “Environmental issues, especially climate change, are among the most pressing concerns of our time. I’m excited to work with the Frost Center to create a space at Wellesley that will center these issues and highlight their connections to broader issues of human rights and health.”

    Hope D'Erasmo ’21
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies major, health & society minor
  • “I’m really excited to be a part of the Frost Center because I think it’s long overdue for there to be a space (both physical and spiritual) for the many different environmental/sustainability groups on campus to converge, work on common goals, and reach out to broader audiences across campus.”

    Kelsey Dunn ’21
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies and political science major
  • “I’m so excited about the launch of the Frost Center because it expands Wellesley’s ability to teach and engage with this critical subject, and gives us new opportunities to work with other departments and student groups to show the breath of what “environmental studies” encompasses.”

    Claire Hayhow ’21
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies and political science major
  • “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’m excited to work with the Frost Center because of the opportunities to both learn about a wide range of environmental issues and to engage the Wellesley community with them. I think the Center’s focus on the environment is important, especially right now, with so many people thinking about how we can address the problems caused by climate change in a way that is beneficial to everyone.

    Kristine Meader ’21
    Student Ambassador | environmental studies major, Chinese language & culture minor

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:

  • Sarah Barbrow Science Librarian
  • 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 Assistant 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 and French
  • 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