Master of Environmental Studies Staff

Faculty portrait, Kevin Francis


Kevin Francis, Director

Member of the core faculty and serves as the program’s director. Kevin worked as a wildlife biologist prior to graduate studies in history of science. He teaches history of ecology, Pacific Northwest history, and environmental communication. 

Phone: (360) 867-5831

Email: Kevin Francis




Averi Azar, Assistant Director

An MES alumna (2018), Averi provides assistance and direction for prospective and current MES students. 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) 867-6225

Email: Averi Azar


Trudy Gritsch headshot


Student Employees


Program Assistant

Trudy Gritsch is a current MES student of the 2018 cohort and supports the program as another point of contact. She is here as a resource for current and prospective MES students for information regarding jobs, internships, events and overall program inquiries.

Phone: (360) 867-5940

Email: Trudy Gritsch

Student Ambassadors

These current students are available to talk to you about their experiences in MES or to show you around campus. They attend info sessions, represent MES at local events, and meet with prospective students individually. To contact an Ambassador email them at

Carly Rose is a part time student in her second of three years in the MES program. Her interests in MES include Environmental Sociology and Environmental Justice.

Emilia Omerberg is a full time student in her second and final year of the MES program. Her interests in MES include wildlife conservation, specifically fisheries management and marine mammal research and rehabilitation.​ 

Heidi Zarghami is a full time student in her second and final year of the MES program. Her interests in MES include eco-art, sustainable city design, and green infrastructure.

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

Kevin Maxwell Lester Second Year Coordinator

Sarah Croston 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.

Angela Dillon GIS Teaching Assistant

Alex Markley and Hannah Stanfield Graduate Writing Assistants
You can reach Alex and Hannah at: