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Nadeem D

- Research Program Mentor

MS at Yale University


Renewable Energy, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice


I was born in Amman, Jordan, but I was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I received my BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University where I did my senior thesis on invasive species interactions in rural Kenya. After a short stint with a land conservation organization in New Jersey, I completed a joint-degree master's program at Yale University, earning degrees in Environmental Management and International & Development Economics. I am now based in Chicago, IL working for a renewable energy project developer. I love spending time outdoors and am an avid ultimate frisbee and disc golf player. I also love to keep journals -- I think everyone can benefit from writing down their thoughts and seeing where their creativity takes them.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Coastal climate adaptation:

In this project you will choose a coastal urban center that is expected to face significant flooding in the next few decades. You will study the relevant climate models and earth sciences mechanisms that will result in increased flooding. You will also look into the human aspects of these impending changes. Some of the questions you may explore include: Which communities do you expect to be most affected? What are the historically ingrained policies and practices that have led to these communities being most vulnerable? You will write a report that addresses the intersection of climate science and social science and propose your recommendations for how these cities should most sustainable solve the problems at hand.

Agricultural development adaptation:

In this project you will learn about how agricultural processes are conducted in developing countries. As we look at things through the context of climate change, you will understand how certain agricultural strategies might become less viable in the future. You will be forced to think creatively and propose solutions to these problems. You will situate these possible solutions in the framework of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.

Financial Modeling for a Renewable Energy Project

In this project, you will learn some of the basic concepts and tools behind the finance of solar and wind energy projects (in a United States context). Students can exercise creativity in dreaming up a project and working through the details of financing.

Coding skills

R (Statistics), Excel, Stata

Languages I know

heritage Arabic speaker, proficient in French

Teaching experience

I have mentored several students through Polygence on a range of environmental topics.


Work experience

D&R Greenway Land Trust (2019 - 2020)
Community Conservation Fellow
Nova Clean Energy (2022 - Current)
Renewable Energy Strategy Analysy


Princeton University
BA Bachelor of Arts (2019)
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Certificate in Environmental Studies
Yale University
MA Master of Arts (2022)
International & Development Economics
Yale University
MS Master of Science (2023)
Environmental Management


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