Master of Environmental Studies Staff


Kevin Francis, Director

Kevin is a historian and philosopher of science, with particular interest in the development of the environmental sciences. Kevin studied biology and philosophy at Reed College. After graduating, he spent several years working as a wildlife biologist for Mt. Hood National Forest. His graduate studies at the University of Minnesota focused on history of science and medicine. His historical research concerns scientific efforts to understand the mass extinction of North American megafauna (e.g. mammoth, mastodon, giant ground sloth) around 12,000 years ago, especially the way that various disciplines approach this problem. Kevin currently serves as the MES Director and Faculty member.

Phone: (360) 867-5831


Averi Azar

Averi Azar, Assistant Director

An MES alumna (2018), Averi provides administrative support and direction for prospective and current MES students to help them navigate the admissions process and the graduate student experience in MES. Averi is a former Evergreen undergraduate student with her Bachelor of Arts in Gothic and Classical Architecture and Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Pacific Northwest Environmental Science. Averi received her MES degree with a focus on intertidal communities, specifically examining the keystone species, Pisaster ochraceus and new methods for researching Sea star Wasting Disease. Professionally, Averi has focused on a career in higher education, working in student services as a Program Assistant and then a Financial Aid Advisor before joining the MES team. Contact her with your questions about program curriculum, job and internship opportunities, and for help with the admissions process, registration, and much more.

Phone: (360) 742-8746


Student Employees

James Duffy, Program Assistant

James Duffy is a current MES student who supports the program as another point of contact. He is here as a resource for current and prospective MES students for information regarding jobs, internships, events and overall program inquiries. Reach out to James regarding opportunities to share environmental jobs, internships, events and trainings you think our environmental community may want to know about through the MES Weekly Jobs Blog!


Kris Hill

Kris Hill (They/Them/Theirs), Outreach & Communications Assistant

Kris Hill is a current MES student of the 2019 cohort and supports the program through Outreach events and coordinates communications from MES through social media. Kris is a current MES student and a resource for prospective students to correspond with to best understand the MES program from a student's perspective and learn about the many wonderful community and outreach events at Evergreen and the greater Olympia area.


MESA Coordinators

Current students and members of the student group MESA, they are at the helm of MES's only student organization. As coordinators, they organize regular social hiking events and litter clean up efforts, as well as the Rachel Carson Forum in the spring. They can be contacted at

Kris Hill: Second Year Coordinator, Keira Jensen: First Year Coordinator

Teaching Assistants

These students serve as additional academic support in their respective areas. These positions are part time student employment, like many other jobs available on campus.

Greyson Kingen, Geographic Information Systems Assistant

Greyson Kingen is a 2nd year MES student who serves as the Teaching Assistant for the GIS class sequence taught by Mike Ruth. 

Erin Dixon, Research Design and Quantitative Methods Assistant

Erin Dixon is a 2nd year MES student who serves as the Teaching Assistant for the Research Design and Quantitative Methods course, the third quarter core course in the first year core sequence focused on applied statistical analysis through the use of Excel, JMP, and R statistical software.