SAGE Staff

Mark DeSantis, Editor in Chief

Mark is a second-year MEM candidate at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he focuses on public land policy and climate change mitigation. Prior to joining Sage, Mark worked with the National Park Service to engage non-profits in partnering with the agency on place-based programming and education. A graduate of American University’s School of Communications, Mark brings with him more than six years of experience in the environmental writing and storytelling.


Caleb Northrop, Managing Editor

Caleb is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate focusing on issues of water quality and environmental justice, particularly in the Midwestern United States. He received his B.A. in International Studies from Vassar College with focuses on social geography and political science. Prior to Yale, Caleb oversaw programming, fundraising, and outreach at Union College’s Kelly Adirondack Center in Schenectady, NY and also serves as Executive Editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies.


 Noah Sokol, Senior Editor

Noah is a PhD Student in soil ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He researches the ecology of soils, forests, and invasive species. At Sage, he serves as an editor for the magazine as well as host and producer of the Habitations podcast.





Rachel Weston, Digital Manager

Rachel is a Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focused on land conservation and land management, with a particular interest in public lands. Prior to Yale, Rachel worked in Washington, D.C. for an environmental consulting group on energy issues. She received her Bachelor’s degree in French from Smith College, and has lived and studied in Belgium and France. 



Suzanna Zax, Arts Editor

Suzanna Zak is a Russian born, suburban raised artist concerned with the intersection of environmentalism and art. A frequent traveler, her work depicts the malleability of place and space by using a mixture of photography, sculpture, and writing. Her site specific installations employ sculpture in conjunction with photographs. Often working with found objects including print ephemera, her collections depict a variety of representations focusing around a central locale. She is also an avid mushroom hunter and rock climber. Zak is currently pursuing her MFA in sculpture at Yale.




Nathalie Woolworth, Editor

Nathalie is a Master of Environmental Management candidate focused on building strong organizations and a strong, well financed sector to carry out land conservation work. Prior to Yale Nathalie worked as a writer and non-profit generalist for land conservation organizations in Maine, and as a consultant for non-profits and foundations across the country. As a Sage staff member Nathalie indulges her side-interests in journalism, creative nonfiction, and editing.



Meredith Brown, Editor

Meredith is in her second year of her Master of Environmental Management program at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. This semester, she is taking advantage of the opportunity to pursue two editorial internships in the Bay Area at Sierra Magazine and Earthjustice to learn more about working at a national publication. She earned her undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University and after graduating spent several years in Santiago, Chile working in the environmental field. Meredith plans to use her time in California this semester to also learn more about the nexus of water and environmental justice – her academic focus. Her personal joys derive from having picnics and biking with friends, seeing live music, and cooking over a campfire.

Rachel Gulbraa, Editor

Rachel Gulbraa is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has a background in archaeology and science education. She has lived and worked in the US, Central and South America, Europe, and the Pacific.

During her time at F&ES, she has focused her studies on conservation and science communication, and is interested in using film as tool to approach these interests. She is in the process of editing several short films on environmental topics relevant to her coursework. She was also the Director of Programming for the 2016 Environmental Film Festival at Yale, bringing together filmmakers, artists, activists, and community members to participate in panels and related festival events.

Laura Ostrowsky, Editor

Laura is a Master of Forest Science student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on plant ecophysiology and forest ecology research. She received a BA in English and environmental studies from Bowdoin College, and has been working as a writing tutor and environmental researcher. Her interests include forest conservation, sustainable agriculture, science communication, and creative writing.



Nick Lo, Editor

Nick is a Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies whose work is focused on the socioenvironmental impacts of foreign direct investment from China in South and Southeast Asia. Nick has worked in community forestry and indigenous rights NGOs in Thailand and Burma, and his interests include intersection of sustainable development and environmental justice in Asia.      



Laura Brush, Editor

Laura Brush is a first year master of environmental management student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is interested in climate-resilient cities, environmental justice, and science communications. Laura has experience supporting government initiatives that aim to increase the public’s awareness of flood risk mitigation and emergency preparedness.



Fred Strebeigh, Faculty Advisor

Fred Strebeigh has written for publications including American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, E: The Environmental Magazine, Legal Affairs, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, Russian Life, Sierra, Smithsonian, and the New York Times Magazine. Topics on which he has published include: the history and origins of nature writing; the influence of nature on artistic form; the role of the bicycle in China; educational exchange between China and the United States; pressures on the Antarctic treaty system; natural and social conditions in the Falkland Islands; traces of early man in southern Africa; saving whales from fishing nets off the coast of Newfoundland; the impact of environmental issues on the presidential election in 2004, and defending the world’s largest system of scientific nature reserves in Russia. His teaching in 2004 received Yale’s DeVane medal, presented each year by Phi Beta Kappa to one member of the university’s active faculty, and in 2009 at Yale commencement received the Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Previous Staff


Editor in Chief
Max Webster, Evergreen Forests Program Manager at Washington Environmental Council

Creative Director
Alex Co, Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Coordinator at International Living Future Institute

Senior Arts Editor
Allyza Lustig, Senior Associate, Program Coordinator at United States Global Change Research Program


Editor in Chief
Will Murtha, Emissions Markets and Policy Reporter at Argus Media

Senior Arts Editor
Katie Christiansen Holsinger, Editor at The Artists Field Guide to Greater Yellowstone

Features Editors
Shelley Clark, Legal Assistant at The Chanler Group
Elias Kohn, Lewis and Clark Environmental Law Fellow
Breanna Lujan, Global Climate Program Assistant at Environmental Defense Fund


Editor in Chief
Timothy Brown, Writer, Editor and Multimedia Storyteller at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Managing Editor
Joseph Calamia, Senior Editor at Yale University Press

Features Editor
Sarah Austin Casson, Yale Law School Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellow in Global Justice at The WILD Foundation

Contributing Editors
Paul Burow, PhD Student at Yale University
Kristin Dreiling, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources at Chemonics International
Christopher Halfnight, Policy Manager at Urban Green Council
Gina LaCerva
Amy Weinfurter, Research Analyst at Yale Data-Driven Environmental Solutions Group


Editors in Chief
Ben Goldfarb, Correspondent at High Country News
Jason Schwartz


Editors in Chief

Aaron Reuben, Science Writer, Conservationist, Neuropsychologist-In-Training

Michael Parks, Executive Director, San Francisco Business Council on Climate Change


Thomas Chase, Project Manager, New Ecology, Inc.

Dylan Walsh, Freelance Writer