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Mellon Environmental Postdoctoral Program

The Mellon Environmental Post-Doctoral Scholars (MEPS) program supports the annual hire of one post-doctoral-scholar (for a 2-year term) to support teaching, research, and advising in the Environmental Science & Policy (ENSP) program. The post-doctoral scholar is co-advised by two faculty members from different departments and works on a research project that bridges traditional disciplinary divides, in addition to offering a total of two courses in their disciplinary area and organizing the Spring ENSP 250 seminar series. The scholar’s home department- and thus field of expertise- rotates annually among the areas (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities). The MEPS program was initiated by a 2007 grant to the College that also provided start-up funding for the Center for Geospatial Analysis, in addition to funding for MEPS.


A table showing the current careers of former Mellon Postdoctoral Scholars in ENSP
Postdoctoral Program Previous Participants and Career Outcomes
Program Years
Current Status


Dr. Yuehan Lu


 2008 - 2010

Tenured associate Professor at University of Alabama; ~20 publications since her time as Mellon post-doc, including 4 with W&M mentors.  Teacher/scholar in environmental geochemistry.


Dr. Christopher Marcoux


 2009 – 2011

Director of Analytics at Virginia Commonwealth University; former Assistant Prof of Political Science at DePauw University


Dr. Jes Therkelsen


 2010 - 2012

Tenured Associate Professor of Media, Communications and Journalism, Fresno State.  Won Cal-State Fresno Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty 2015.


Dr. Matt Saxton


 2011 - 2013

Assistant Professor in Biology at Miami University, FL; formerly at University of Georgia as Managing Director for the ECOGIG project to track the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the biogeochemistry of the Gulf of Mexico


Dr. Marco Millones


 2012 - 2014

Associate Professor of Geography at University of Mary Washington


Dr. Dorothy Ibes


2013 - 2015

Senior Lecturer in the ENSP Department at W&M


Dr. Dana Moseley


 2014 - 2016

Assistant professor of Biology, tenure track position at James Madison University.


Dr. Mark Cooper


 2015 - 2017

Assistant professor, tenure track position in Human Ecology at UC-Davis


Dr. Alan Roe


 2016 - 2018

History teacher at Episcopal High School; formerly Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University Maryland and West Virginia University


Dr. Jack Boyle


2017 - 2019

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at University of Mary in Bismarck, ND; formerly a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University

Dr. Yana Jin


Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics at Peking University; formerly a research fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund

Dr.  Abigail Buffington


Archeologist at PaleoWest; formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor at William & Mary

Dr. Richard Vachula


Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Auburn University

Dr. Jessica Jenkins 2021-2023 Assistant Professor at Flagler College

Dr. Lidia Ponce de la Vega



Dr. Na Yu