Alumnae Careers

Alumnae have found a broad array of careers relating to the environment. With different backgrounds, interests and goals the thing they all have in common is an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr.

“You don’t have to be a degreed scientist to have a good career saving the planet, but you do need solid generalist credentials and depth of knowledge about some aspect of conservation and the environment”- Debbi Edelstein ’74


Daniela Miteva Class of 2007: Economics and Biology

Duke University: Doctoral Student

Daniela’s research as a doctoral student focuses on the spatial-temporal interactions between economic activities and the natural environment in the context of biodiversity conservation. She is especially interested in investigating the mechanisms behind landscape change in developing countries by trying to understand how conservation policies modify peoples behavior and by attempting to quantify the impacts of these policies.


Jeanne Braha Troy Class of 2002: Anthropology with Environmental Studies Concentration

National Academy of Sciences: Koshland Science Museum

Jeanne is an environmental educator and currently leads development of programs at the Koshland Science Museum, a part of the National Academy of Sciences. A large component of this job is education about climate change for urban audiences, though most of her career has related to watershed education.


Marlee Leveille Class of 1998, Sociology 

The Student Conservation Association: Member Services Advisor

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of building the next generation of conservation leaders. Each year, the SCA places over 4000 interns in positions with nonprofit, state and federal conservation organizations across the country. In the four years of Marlee’s work with the SCA she managed an environmental education program, leading 30 interns in the development and facilitation of environmental education programming for over 1000 public school students. More recently, in her new role as a Member Services Advisor, she acts as a resource for SCA interns across the country.


Julia Smith Wellner Class of 1992: Geology

University of Houston: Research Assistant Professor

Julia is a member of the faculty in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Houston. She and her graduate students work primarily in Antarctica studying the history of ice sheet retreat since the last glacial maximum. They work with both sediments from cores and with geophysical data and their research on glacial history is used in models of future ice sheet behavior.


Zoe Williams Class of 1992, Physics.Zoe Williams

Hawai’i Gas: EHS Manager

Zoe Williams is responsible for the environmental, health, and safety, as well as emergency preparedness, for Hawai’i Gas, the natural gas utility for the state of Hawai’i. Environmentally, the company handles airpermitting, storm water/SPCC/NPDES, waste water/UIC, universal and hazardous waste.



Barbara Cellarius Class of 1985, Anthropology

U.S. National Park Service: Cultural Anthropologies and Subsistence Specialist

Barbara works at America’s largest national park, Wrangell-St Elias in Alaska. Several Alaskan national parks allow local residents to hunt, trap, fish for, and gather wild renewable resources within their boundaries. Much of my Barbara’s work relates to these consumptive uses in the largest national park in the United States, both collecting information about them and participating in the regulatory process. In so doing, she works with local residents on a citizen advisory committee as well as several federally recognized Indian tribes.


Isna Marifa Soedjatmoko Class of 1985, Geology

Qipra Galang Kualita, PT: Director and Senior Environmental Specialist

Isna’s current work focuses on developing capacity and understanding of various environmental topics, covering government, private and non-government sectors in Indonesia. This involves development and delivery of training courses, preparation of semi-technical guidebooks and advocacy materials, as well as development of other tools to allow environmental personnel to do their jobs better. She has also been involved in many studies on environment, natural resource and climate change policies and programs in Indonesia.


Lee Bienkowski Class of 1982, GeologyLee Bienkowski

Shaw Environmental, Inc: Project Manager

Lee works in the assessment and remediation of groundwater and soil contaminated with petroleum, solvents, pesticides, and metals. In her work she serves as liason between private companies and regulators concerning environmental regulations and permits and also conducts energy audits to recommendations for more sustainable practices.


Jill Dill Pasteris Class of 1974, GeologyJill Pasteris

Washington University in St. Louis: Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis hosts a second major in environmental earth sciences. Among the courses Jill teaches are Resources of the Earth and Environmental Mineralogy.


Debbi Edelstein Class of 1974, English

New England Wild Flower Society: Executive Director

Debbi is the Executive Director of the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization, with conservation and education programs in all six New England states. Her work includes strategic planning, board relations, fundraising, and lots of budgeting and accounting. After a career in writing and publishing she returned to graduate school at age 40 and earned a Master in City Planning degree from MIT. That has led to great jobs in river protection, land conservation, birds, air quality, and now plants.


Caroline Roosevelt Runge Class of 1965, Economics

Menard County Underground Water District, Hickory Underground Water Conservation District No. 1: Consulting Manager

Caroline is the consulting manager for two Texas Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs). GCDs are the sole entities authorized by state law to regulate groundwater pumping. They participate in a joint planning process within a Groundwater Management Area (GMA) to determine Desired Future Conditions (DFCs) for aquifers within the GMA, then develop management plans and rules at the local level for permitting production to implement the DFCs. Carolines is the co-ordinator for a GMA which encompasses 42,000 square miles, 9 aquifers and 21 GCDs. She also works on legislative and legal issues pertaining to the relationships between groundwater production and surface water flows.


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