About Us

Wendy with students birding

The Paulson Initiative is cultivating a community of students, faculty, and staff who are engaging with the landscape in innovative, interdisciplinary, intellectual and inspiring ways.

We are inspiring and preparing Wellesley College students across disciplines to value sense of place and connection to nature in order to enrich their academic experience, well-being, and community, and become change agents who cultivate sustainable landscapes and communities around the globe.

Students can take part in interdisciplinary science research programs using the campus as a living laboratory, can engage with the Wellesley College Archives to understand how history informs the present landscape, can take literary walks on campus, listen to “plein air” music performed by fellow students, staff, and faculty while enjoying a campfire, and take part in a writing workshop by renowned authors such as Terry Tempest Williams. 


  • Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Borecki

    Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Borecki

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Grace Callahan

    Grace Callahan

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Louisa Crane

    Louisa Crane

    Paulson Initiative Post-baccalaureate Fellow
    Simpson B12
  • Dayna De La Cruz

    Dayna De La Cruz

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Lily Herold

    Lily Herold

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Hesper Khong

    Hesper Khong

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Suzanne Langridge

    Suzanne Langridge

    Director Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative
    Science Center L144
  • Roxie Miles

    Roxie Miles

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Katherine Muniz

    Katherine Muniz

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Bindu Nicholson

    Bindu Nicholson

    Paulson Post-baccalaureate Fellow
    Simpson B12
  • Erin Olson

    Erin Olson

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Jada Onwuta

    Jada Onwuta

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Phoebe Shea Pérez

    Phoebe Shea Pérez

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Mika  Taga-Anderson

    Mika Taga-Anderson

    Paulson Initiative Intern
  • Jennifer  Yang

    Jennifer Yang

    Botanic Gardens and Paulson Initiative Post-doctoral Scholar
    Botanic Gardens Visitors Center
  • Nicole  Zhao

    Nicole Zhao

    Paulson Initiative Intern
Paulson Initiative Students 2018-2019

Paulson Water Challenge Student Researchers:

Mateo Gariepy '22

Adhel Geng '22

Mia Kennerly '22

Julie Kim '22

Skylar Kolisko '22

Francelis Morillo Suarez ’21

Katherine Muniz '22

Amy Quintanilla '22

Chantaly Villalona '22

Chansie Yang '22


Paulson Initiative Interns:

Zixia (Linda) Liu ‘19

Junita Sirait '22

Kristine Meader '21

Anya Sheldon '20

Annabel Brazaitis '22

Nicole Zhao '20


Paulson Initiative - Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant Research Interns 

Kelsey Dunn '21

Emily Magness '21

Grace Olson '21

Sarah Elizabeth Stockman '21


Paulson Initiative Student Communication Assistants

Estrella Garcia '20

Sophie Hurwitz

Paulson Initiative Students 2017-2018

Paulson Water Challenge Student Researchers:

Rebecca Arango ‘20

Louisa Crane ‘19

Nallely Esparza ‘21

Kimberly Hernandez ‘21

Thea Louis ‘19

Faisa Warsame ‘21

Akilah Chatman ‘20

Maria Gonzalez ‘19

Nicole Zhao ‘20


Paulson Initiative Interns:

Rahwa Michael

Maggie O'Conner

Jessica Ostfeld

Han Qiao


Campus Advisory Committee

Dr. Kristina Jones, Director Botanic Gardens and Biological Sciences Faculty

Dr. Jay Turner, Director Environmental Studies Program

Dr. Jennifer Yang, ‘12, Paulson and Botanic Gardens Postdoctoral Scholar