Alumni highlight: Sharelle Pampo Copple

by Chloe Siao
|October 19, 2021

Sharelle Pampo Copple

Sharelle Pampo Copple is a latest graduate of the Sustainability Science (SUSC) program (’21). She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and attended the College of Washington, the place she earned a BA in arithmetic and enterprise administration. As an avid diver, Sharelle has seen firsthand the results of coral bleaching. This expertise first sparked her ardour for local weather change and sustainability.

As a SUSC scholar, Sharelle was in a position to shift her skilled focus from enterprise to science. She was additionally in a position to work for the Earth Institute and do analysis for the NASA GISS Local weather Change Analysis Initiative. Final yr she particularly labored on “Local weather Change within the Hudson Estuary: Previous, Current and Future”.Venture and examined how anthropogenic growth has affected the swamps. She is at present researching the worldwide carbon funds within the context of the planetary limits of local weather change and has just lately taken on a brand new position as director of analysis for a corporation working to create a blockchain-based framework for carbon accounting.

What attracted you to the SUSC program?

Columbia is a world class faculty and employs among the world’s foremost scientists on the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who examine local weather change. Within the SUSC program, I’d be taught from these esteemed scientists, which was an enormous draw from the beginning. Moreover, the pliability of the Sustainability Science program allowed me to steer my profession from enterprise to science, which is what I needed to realize throughout my faculty days. It additionally allowed me to essentially tailor lessons round my pursuits and profession targets.

What had been among the highlights out of your time in Sustainability Science?

The scholars and lecturers are nice. Whereas everybody has a distinct background and experience, they’re all extremely sensible and enthusiastic about local weather change. I realized a lot by attending to know my cohort by way of dialog.

What are a few of your profession aspirations? And the way has participation within the SUSC program affected these aspirations?

Professionally, I actually needed to be a part of the local weather answer in each doable method as an alternative of being a bystander. The Sustainability Science program made this doable for me by giving me the schooling, expertise, instruments, and connections to take action. I used to be in a position to steer my profession in a extra scientific strategy to higher perceive the carbon funds.

Do you could have any suggestions for present or new college students?

You could sooner or later have imposter syndrome, however keep in mind that you’ve been handpicked to take part on this program.

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