Rachel Novick, Director
Dr. 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 Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she teaches marine biology and horticulture in addition to her sustainability courses. In the community, she serves 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.
Caitlin Hodges, Alumni Program Coordinator
Caitlin is responsible for program development and communications for Notre Dame's Stewardship and Sustainability Alumni Network. She graduated from Notre Dame in 2017 with honors in American Studies and a Sustainability minor. During her undergraduate career, she served as the Director of Community Relations for Student Government and the Urban Design Project Manager and Community Engagement Specialist for the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem Project. Caitlin also worked as a community-based research assistant for Dr. Danielle Wood at the Center for Social Concerns, where she specialized in asset-based community development. Her research focuses on the intersection of culture, sustainability, and urban planning.
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 2016 with an Environmental Science major and a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. She also works as a Research Assistant at the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index, where she examines how resilient cities are to the impacts of climate change and how ready they are to adapt.
Tai Verbrugge, Student Intern
Tai is responsible for promoting the Sustainability Minor and campus sustainability events, keeping the Sustainability Studies website up to date, and managing the Minor's social media accounts. He'll graduate from the Mendoza College of Business in 2019, with a degree in Accountancy and a minor in Sustainability. He previously served as the first Vice President of Dunne Hall and as a Sustainability Specialist for Campus Dining.