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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.

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

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

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.   2019 Update: now an Assistant Professor in Biology at Miami University, FL


Dr. Marco Millones


 2012 - 2014

Associate Professor of Geography at University of Mary Washington.


Dr. Dorothy Ibes


2013 - 2015

Now a Senior Lecturer in the ENSP Department and at the Center for Geospatial Analysis 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

Visiting Assistant Professor at West Virginia University


Dr. Jack Boyle


2017 - 2019

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biology at Georgetown University

Dr. Yana Jin


Economist Fellow at the office of chief economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, in New York

Dr.  Abigail Buffington


Visiting Assistant Professor at W&M