Current MES Students

Our students come from a range of backgrounds and each aspire to achieve their own individual goals in this program. For many students, the MES program provides them with tools and opportunities to make the change they want to see.
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Justine Mischka, 2021 Cohort

I grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin but have called Olympia home for over two years now. I entered the MES Program in the Fall of 2021. I was drawn to the MES Program at Evergreen because I fell in love with the ecosystems of the South Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula after my two years of doing stewardship on these important lands. I wanted to gain a deeper connection of the workings of these systems, so I can better serve them for my entire life. I can't think of a better fit than a beautifully forested school in the heart of the city I have grown to call home to gain my Masters in Environmental Studies. Prior to starting MES, I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I studied Community and Nonprofit Leadership, and Environmental Studies. 

Read more about Justine's story here!


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Alex Pavlinovic, 2019 Cohort

With the goal of becoming an environmental science biologist, I have taken part in occupational activities. I moderated and organized two special sessions for the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society. To gain valuable research and monitoring experience, I have taken part in over 20 projects, including working for Trout Unlimited, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Cascadia Research Collective, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Because of my efforts in assisting fisheries research on the Elwha River Restoration Project, I received the Olympic National Park Youth volunteer of the year award.

Read more about Alex's story here!



Zack Hovis

Zack Hovis, 2018 Cohort

Before getting accepted into MES, I graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2015 focusing on ecology, hydrology, and arthropology. Following this, I worked as an arthropology technician for the Pacific Northwest Research Station at Mount St. Helens identifying and sorting out insects and spiders from pitfall trap samples all across the north slope of the volcano. After that, I worked for the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) for two years doing restoration and trail work. In that time, I expanded my professional career by learning a great deal about restoration practice and theory, herbicide application, and trail operations.

My time in the WCC galvanized me into wanting to learn more about restoration and land management. Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies seemed to be an excellent match, considering that I graduated with my Bachelor's from there....

Read more about Zack's story here!



MESA: Student Group

Many of our students get involved through the student group MESA. Find out more about this group and what they bring to the program by looking at their page: MESA