MS Students

Emily Guske is a third-year M.S. student in the IL lab. This is her fifth year in the in(Secure) Landscapes Lab, and she graduated with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2020. As an undergraduate student, Emily researched the legal and regulatory processes for the permitting of crude oil pipelines (and the Dakota Access Pipeline specifically) both federally and in the state of Illinois. She also analyzed the avenues for participation that were available in the pipeline permitting process for public actors who sought to stop the construction of DAPL in Illinois. As a dual-degree M.S. student in NRES and Urban Planning, Emily’s research focuses on the politics of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa. She will additionally complete the graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) in order to apply an intersectional feminist approach to her work on extractive policy and law.

Shannon Anderson is a second-year M.S. student in the IL lab. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Environmental Sciences from Emory University. Her research interests include renewable energy policy and subsidy, comparative environmental politics, and the role of policy in an equitable transition away from fossil fuels in Illinois. Shannon previously served in AmeriCorps for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and worked in water pollution policy enforcement for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Outside the lab, Shannon serves as a member of the Illinois Climate Action Plan Energy Team on campus energy initiatives.

Jane Gross is a second-year M.S./first-year Ph.D. student in the in(Secure) Landscapes Lab. She has a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University. Jane is interested in research around aging infrastructure, environmental health, and equitable land use and redevelopment in the Calumet Region. She is currently researching the evolving standards for ethylene oxide, and the regulatory process for hazardous air pollutants in Illinois.

Manuela Quijano Hoyos is a first-year M.S. student in the lab, she has a graduate specialization in Environmental and Ecological Economics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico and graduated with a B.S. in Ecology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Her research interests are the intersection of conflict, peacebuilding and the environment, common pool resources management, and people’s motivation in Payments of Ecosystem Services. She has experience in research in Colombia and Mexico. She will additionally complete a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID) to understand how gender approaches can influence environmental problems.