Zelaya, Yanira

MS Student, Forest Resources & Conservation

Concentration: Ecological Restoration

Advisor: Damian Adams

I am a Miami, Florida native but currently reside in Asheville, NC, while pursuing a Master’s degree in Forest Resources and Conservation with a concentration in Ecological Restoration.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics and my graduate certificate in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Florida. In between my studies, I worked for a leading sustainable and luxury environmental modern architectural firm. I held a position in accounting and also led the sustainable committee, where I organized and participated in events such as the Global Climate Strike and Miami Mountain Film.

My research interest also includes environmental evaluation models, carbon neutrality, and the impacts of single-use plastics. My most recent accomplishment is launching my first start up, with a mobile refillery concept. My career goal is to work for a governmental agency as an environmental policy maker or consultant.

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