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.

Arielle Simmons, 2015 Cohort

My home base is New Jersey, just outside of New York City.

Every facet of MES impressed me—its incorporation of interdisciplinary environmental fields, the creative, friendly, and intuitive nature of Evergreen students, faculty, and alumni, and the beauty of the environment in/of which we are learning.

The Evergreen State College is a school of leaders. It is my hope to extrapolate critical knowledge from every curricular and extracurricular activity in and around my graduate career to best learn how to make a substantive positive impact for our common environment—as a leader, as a woman, and as a global citizen. Read more or Ari's story here.

Esmael Lopez, 2016 Cohort

I’m Esmael Xiutecpatl Lopez, Capitan of the Aztec dance group CeAtl Tonalli and I’m beginning Evergreen State College’s MES program to learn different techniques and perspectives to find a way to bring sustainability to people everywhere. I have decided to return to school at Evergreen State College to continue researching projects around culture, ecology, sustainability and community empowerment. It has been through my Aztec spiritual practices that I have come to understand the need for a change in our relationship with Tonantzin, mother earth.  I have come to the realization that there is a large movement of people working on eco-technology and sustainable living. Read the rest of Esmael’s story.





Kenzi Smith, 2016 CohortKenzi Smith

Hello my name is Kenzi Smith and I am a continuing MES student from Redmond, WA. I spent 1 year on a Washington Conservation Corps restoration crew, and I have received a bachelor's in geology from SJSU.  I enjoy drawing (pokemon!), reading fantasy, and playing video games. I am interested in pursuing Ecological conservation and restoration in the MES program. The MES course, Conserving and Restoring Biodiversity was excellent! I already love evolution and taxonomy so learning about these topics in the context of invasive species, extinction, and conservation was a new twist on a fascinating, if depressing, subject. I have taken advantage of internship opportunities with WSDOT wetlands monitoring internship, WSDOT stormwater inventorying internship and the Washington Invasive Species Council internship. I currently work off-campus as a part-time intern at the Washington Invasive Species Council. For my thesis I'm probably going to do something related to my current internship, like comparing invasive species first detector networks in different states, or something else about invasive species education and outreach. Since beginning the MES program I've become a lot more humble, less assured that my way is the right way, and more appreciative of the need for humans' needs to be addressed in environmental problem-solving. I'd love to work for the government or maybe a non-profit, doing something with conservation or restoration. Lately I've become interested in environmental policy, as well. In the MES program it is important to take advantage of all the internship opportunities available, and make sure to frequently check in with your professors about your bigger research projects to make sure you're on the right track. If you see me out and about, ask me about my pet cockatiel!

Max Calloway, 2016 Cohortcalloway

Hello, my name is Max Calloway and I am a continuing MES student from New England. As an undergraduate I studied literature, journalism and politics. While working as a salmon fisherman and dog handler in interior Alaska, I realized I wanted to work in the environmental field. I have since taught ecological field methods to teens and worked for the forest and parks service for the past four years. Outside of work I enjoy surfing, snorkeling and diving. Anything that gets me in the water makes me happy. I also like to make food that incorporates shellfish and seaweed. Read the rest of Max's story. or Read about Max's summer working with the Olympic National Park.

Ned Pittman, 2016 CohortNP

My name is Ned Pittman and I am a continuing MES student from Olympia Washington, where in 2000 I received my BS from The Evergreen State College. I was drawn to the MES program for the locality and the good experiences I had as an undergraduate student at Evergreen. In MES I am most interested in research design and analysis but I can’t quite pick a favorite course just yet. So far MES has been very much an extension of my undergrad experience at Evergreen. I currently work for the Habitat Science Team at the Department of Fish and Wildlife as a salmonid ecologist. Outside of work I enjoy lots of outdoorsy things. For my thesis I am interested in looking at the physical and biological effects of floodplain restoration and LWD placement at Big Beef Creek, Washington. My advice to MES students would be to make connections with local agencies. I would offer an interesting fact about myself for prospective and current MES students but some already know too much.

Nicole Manteufel, 2017 Cohort NM

Hi my name is Nicole Manteufel and I am and first year MES student, originally from Sebring Florida. Prior to the MES program I was in the U.S. Army for 8 years. Outside of school and work I enjoy spending time with my husband and son. I was drawn to the MES program because of its flexibility. I am really interested in studying marine mammals and marine biology. My dream occupation after the MES program would be to work as a scientist to study cetaceans.





Jeremy Richtmyre, 2017 Cohort Jeremy Richtmyre

My name is Jeremy Richtmyre, I am a first year MES student originally from Vancouver, WA. I have a BA in Political Science & Social Studies from Western Washington University. I was a Legislative Intern for the Washington State Senate and a Legislative Aide for the King County Council. I have also been a Sr. LAN Manager in the U.S. Army Reserves. I enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, soccer and traveling. I was drawn to the MES program for the location and the layout of the program. The location is great due to its proximity to a plethora of government and environmental agencies and my family resides in Tumwater. The layout of the program allows students to be flexible with class schedules and to be able to still work a regular job. Plus the ability to choose from a wide range of electives so that one has the ability to specialize in a given field... Also internship opportunities are everywhere down here. I am interested in conservation and restorative ecology, public land management, and GIS. In the MES program I hope to gain the tools necessary to begin my career along with additional insight into the complexity of the natural environment. I'd really like to be a Park Ranger. When I finish this program that will be the route I embark on initially... But a lot can change in two years, I'm just looking to roll along with things for now and leave those decisions for later.