Our NextGen Blog

Visit our “Voices of the Future” webpage to find a complete list of our NextGen Blog posts since 2015.

Our NWNL NextGen Blog has been a publication venue for college students and recent graduates focused on the same watershed values, threats and solutions NWNL documents. When the Covid pandemic caused many colleges and universities to close, NWNL saw a way to fill that sudden void. We offered upper-level students a blog and a peer network on a “Slack” channel, run by Sarah Ross, a NWNL Project Manager. They discussed topics to research together and received editing advice from our NWNL Director. NWNL also offered them our connections to watershed stewards working on their chosen topics and introductions to NWNL watershed partners and advisors for further support.

NWNL is very proud of the resource their posts provide. We wish our NextGen bloggers great success in their chosen careers.

Paige Aldenberg, University of Vermont

Paige Aldenberg is a student at the University of Vermont studying environmental science with a minor in German. Her interest in  No Water- No Life started after writing for an environmental publication through her university. She is currently interested in water quality research and environmental justice.

Jacqueline Jobin, University of Minnesota

Jacqueline Jobin is an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota studying Environmental Science with a minor in Corporate Environmental Management. Her career goals include helping businesses reach important sustainability goals. She is excited to learn more about water conservation issues and to use her voice to spread awareness about important environmental topics through NWNL.

Becca Jordan, University of Nottingham

Becca Jordan is a Graduate student at the University of Nottingham studying Environmental Leadership and Management. Her ultimate goal is to work within an Environmental NGO, she is enjoying getting started on that pathway by advocating for freshwater conservation through No Water No Life.

June Noyes, De Paul University

June Noyes is an undergraduate student at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She is majoring in Journalism with minors in Anthropology and Public Affair Communication. Her writing interests include sustainability, global women’s health and environmental justice. June was inspired by No Water No Life’s commitment to educating readers on environmental inequity throughout the world and the importance of global access to clean water.

Justin Shen, Jericho High School

Justin Shen is a rising senior at Jericho Senior High School. He is actively involved in environmental conservation groups within his community and wanted to expand his efforts to impact a larger audience. After learning about No Water No Life, he loved their mission and now contributes as a social media intern.

Marianne Swan, State University of New York College at Oneonta, 2020

Marianne Swan is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sustainability and English. She’s eager to explore pressing water and social issues with No Water No Life, hoping to inform and impact readers. Marianne is interested in learning about potential ways to affect public policy; she also wants to learn more about local agriculture!

Rachel Rebello, Boston University Law School

Rachel Rebello graduated from Rutgers University in 2019 with a bachelors in Biological Sciences. She enjoys learning about environmental issues, and is currently pursuing a career in environmental law. Rachel has done valuable research on PFAS contamination in 4 of NWNL case study watersheds. NWNL congratulates Rachel as she embarks on her first semester at Boston University Law School.

Lauren Rose, University of Exeter

Lauren has a degree in Zoology from the University of Exeter (UK) and University of Queensland (Australia) and has now graduated with a Masters in Island Conservation and Biodiversity with the Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies. She believes nature-based solutions can best help our expanding human population live in harmony with the natural world.  

Johanna Mitra, Stony Brook University

Johanna Mitra lives in New York City and is currently an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University. She is majoring in ecosystems and human impact with a focus on wildlife conservation, and minoring in geospatial science.

Julia Campbell, UCLA

Julia Campbell is a 4th-year Environmental Science major at UCLA, minoring in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Her current research focuses on phytoplankton and paleoceanography. Julia hopes to improve her writing skills and knowledge on freshwater issues through blogging with NWNL.

Anna Canny, Cornell University

A rising senior at Cornell University, Anna Canny is earning a degree in Environment and Sustainability with a concentration in land, air and water resources and minors in Climate Change, English and Law and Society. She is passionate about environmental health and justice and sharing stories of conflicts, communities, and the immeasurable values which are attributable to our world’s watersheds.

Ruby O’Connor, University College Dublin

Ruby O’Connor hails from San Francisco, California. Now a student at University College of Dublin in Ireland, she studies Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her academic interests lie in the current state of the environment, history, politics and philosophy. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, reading, music and art.

Samantha Singh, Ryerson University

Samantha Singh hails from Trinidad and Tobago, but currently lives in Toronto. Majoring in Environmental and Urban Sustainability at Ryerson University, Samantha displays her passion for sustainability through her writing with NWNL.

Michelle O’Brien, University of North Carolina

Michelle O’Brien graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Conservation Biology. Michelle shares her knowledge about natural resources and her passion for conservation efforts through her writing with NWNL.

Gabrielle Wilson, Ryerson University

Gabrielle Wilson is a recent Environment and Urban Sustainability graduate from Ryerson University. Her passion for sharing freshwater vulnerability and environmental policy is displayed throughout her writing.

Samantha Houck, Radford University

A recent graduate of Radford University, Samantha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a focus in Environmental Studies, a minor in Communications and a certificate in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Samantha has always loved the outdoors and is passionate about preserving it for future generations to enjoy.

Meghan Dareus, Northwest Missouri State University

Meghan Dareus is a graduate from the University of the Bahamas. Already holding a degree in biology, she is a current GIS graduate student at Northwest Missouri State University. Access to freshwater is an especially important issue to her.

John Olson, Michigan State University

John Olson is pursuing a degree in environmental economics and management at Michigan State University. John’s passions for socioeconomic impacts associated with the degradation of freshwater systems is evidenced throughout his blogs.

Brynn O’Donnell, Virginia Polytechic Institute

Brynn O’Donnell is a graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Now a freshwater ecosystem scientist with a focus on urban biogeochemistry, she believes in the importance of science accessibility.

Michael McGuire, University of Vermont

Michael McGuire is a wildlife and nature photographer from Kenosha, Wisconsin. At the University of Vermont, he studied Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Geography. He is now planning a career in conservation photography.

Joannah Otis, Georgetown University

Joannah Otis wrote extensively for NWNL throughout her education at Georgetown University. Her passion for freshwater resources and issues is clearly displayed in her work.

Jillian Madocs, Georgetown University

Jillian Madocs, a former research intern for NWNL, studies Environmental Studies & Community Development at Siena College.

Bianca T. Esposito, Syracuse University

A former NWNL research intern, Bianca T. Esposito graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Economics. Her research for NWNL showcases her interest in the relationships of biodiversity and our water resources. 

Lucy Briody, Colgate University

A former NWNL Summer Intern, Lucy Briody graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Environmental Geography and a minor in English and Women’s Studies.

Marielena Alcaraz, Columbia University

Marielena Alcaraz, born and raised in Puerto Rico, is obtaining a Master of Science degree at Columbia University in Sustainability Management. Her future plans are to work in environmental protection and social equality.

Isabelle Bienen, Northwestern University

Isabelle Bienen is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Social and Environmental Policy and Legal Studies. As a NWNL summer intern, she wrote 5 blogs on the 1972 US Clean Water Act [CWA] and its role in NWNL’s 3 US watersheds.

Josephine Purdy, McGill University

Josephine Purdy is a graduate of McGill University. She has worked with the Woodbury CT watershed coalition as a summer intern with their Dr. Marc J. Taylor internship program. She is passionate about scientific research, public outreach and coalition building.