Rachel Novick

Dr. Rachel Novick, Director

Professor Novick leads the development of new curriculum and academic programming for the Sustainability Minor. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University and a Master's in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Dr. Novick is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she teaches marine biology. In the local community, she has served on the Ecological Advisory Council for South Bend Parks and is a member of the St. Joseph County Advisory Council for the Shirley Heinze Land Trust. She is a LEED AP in Building Design & Construction and offers consulting services on green building and sustainability education.


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Alex Hajek, Program Coordinator

Alex is responsible for coordinating and helping to execute the academic and social programming for the Sustainability Minor, as well communicating with the extensive Sustainability Alumni Network. Alex graduated from the College of Wooster in 2017 and previously worked as a researcher and consultant.






Natalie Ambrosio

Natalie Ambrosio, Communications Specialist

Natalie is responsible for conducting spotlight interviews with sustainability students and alumni and reporting on news and events for the Sustainability Minor. Natalie graduated from Notre Dame in January 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and also completed the Gallivan program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. In addition to providing content for the sustainability studies website, Natalie is the Editor at Four Twenty Seven, a market intelligence firm based in Berkeley, CA that specializes in the economic risks of climate change. The firms brings climate data to corporations, investors and governments, helping them build resilience to the impacts of climate change.