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. In the local 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.
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 a Climate Adaptation Analyst at Four Twenty Seven, a research and advisory firm based in Berkeley, CA that specializes in helping clients build resilience to climate change.
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.