By combining two of her majors, Geology & Geophysics and Spanish, a recent Yale graduate is working to address the barriers that underrepresented groups face in the environmental field. Ivette López (TC ’16), the Urban Wildlife Refuge Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, is creating resources and programming that provide greater opportunities for Latino communities at Yale and in New Haven to connect with nature.
The summer after graduating from Yale, López began working for the USFWS New Haven Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Through community-based wildlife conservation, the partnership creates a network of wildlife-friendly habitats, throughout the New Haven Harbor Watershed. The partnership incorporates various local organizations including the Yale Urban Resources Initiative and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. USFWS staff from the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, assist and advise López in her work.