Alumni highlight: Sharelle Pampo Copple

by Chloe Siao
|October 19, 2021

Sharelle Pampo Copple

Sharelle Pampo Copple is a current 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 consequences of coral bleaching. This expertise first sparked her ardour for local weather change and sustainability.

As a SUSC pupil, 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 12 months she particularly labored on “Local weather Change within the Hudson Estuary: Previous, Current and Future”.Challenge and examined how anthropogenic improvement has affected the swamps. She is at the moment researching the worldwide carbon funds within the context of the planetary limits of local weather change and has not too long ago taken on a brand new position as director of analysis for an organization working to create a blockchain-based framework for carbon accounting.

What attracted you to the SUSC program?

Columbia is a world class college and employs a few of the world’s foremost scientists on the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who research 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 wished to attain throughout my college days. It additionally allowed me to essentially tailor lessons round my pursuits and profession objectives.

What have been a few of 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 obsessed with local weather change. I realized a lot by attending to know my cohort by means 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 wished to be a part of the local weather answer in each doable manner as an alternative of being a bystander. The Sustainability Science program made this doable for me by giving me the training, abilities, instruments, and connections to take action. I used to be in a position to steer my profession in a extra scientific approach to higher perceive the carbon funds.

Do you’ve gotten any suggestions for present or new college students?

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


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