Career Profiles and Advice

Checking in with environmental studies alumni

In an effort to give our current students a look at the opportunities that await them after graduation, we reached out to a few graduates to check in on the many ways the Nelson Institute helped shape them into the employees, alumni and leaders they are today.

All interviews conducted by Johanna Wirth, a life sciences communication and environmental studies double major graduating in May 2015.

May 15, 2015
Career profile: George Reistad ('11), Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

I currently work as the assistant policy director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Madison, Wis. We focus on sustainable agriculture through three program areas: education, public policy and research. My position focuses on everything from local foods policy issues like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program to federal conservation programs like the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program.

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May 15, 2015
Career profile: Kevin Thatcher Gerike ('12), Xavier High School

I am currently a teacher at Xavier High School on the island of Weno in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. I teach a range of science courses – environmental science, marine science, earth science, food and gardening, and I have also taught chemistry. I also started and continue working with Earth Council, a youth environmental organization on campus.

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May 15, 2015
Career profile: Missy Setz ('12), Geosyntec Consultants

I am a senior staff engineer at a geoenvironmental/geotechnical engineering consulting firm. I work on site remediation projects for various Air Force bases and am currently completing a geotechnical investigation on a dam as a response to the Fukushima disaster.

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May 15, 2015
Career profile: Courtney Wright ('11), Northwoods Wildlife Center

I am currently the assistant director of education at Northwoods Wildlife Center located in Minocqua, Wis., a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education center that cares for 400-500 animals a year, as well as educating 30,000-plus people on topics related to the natural world. I help in all areas of the Center, from bringing educational programming to area schools, to creating and carrying out fundraising events, to assisting in wildlife rehabilitation practices.

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May 15, 2015
Career profile: Clint Fandrich ('14), Wisconsin State Energy Office

I am working at the Wisconsin State Energy Office as a bioenergy analyst. Currently, my primary efforts involve an evaluation of Wisconsin's biogas/anaerobic digester industry to make policy recommendations for system operation, siting and economics.

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