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DENIN Ambassadors


DENIN SPC members with YouDeeThe DENIN Ambassadors are a small group of specially selected volunteers from across the University of Delaware who assist DENIN in reaching out to students. Its members are charged with being

Promoters — helping to spread the word about DENIN activities and representing DENIN at campus-wide events
Focus Group — providing input about what UD students are interested in and concerned about
Event Planners — carrying out events for students that further the educational objectives of DENIN
Activists — helping to create a sustainable campus by communicating scientific information effectively

The DENIN Ambassadors are now accepting applications for new members! Students at any level and from any major are invited to apply. Download an application form here and email your completed application to Marisa at or Jennifer at by 5:00 p.m., May 6 (this has been extended from the original deadline of May 2). They will also be happy to answer any questions you have.

Follow the DENIN Ambassadors' blog about their activities at

The DENIN Ambassadors group was launched during the 2011-2012 academic year. It is composed of 10-15 members who work with DENIN staff to plan and carry out educational events for their fellow students on campus. The group has included representatives from the Colleges of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Business and Economics, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural and Natural Resources.

Photo of I Scream for the Earth eventAmong their many activities, the group has conducted a Bottled Water Awareness Campaign on campus, collecting over 1,000 signatures on their petitions and proposing a successful StUDent Government Association resolution supporting their initiative to reduce one-time plastic bottle use. They have a general commitment to raising awareness about and working to reduce all types of waste on campus.

The ambassadors have also hosted a number of film screenings, special speakers, art projects and performers, including the 2014 appearance by spoken word artists Climbing PoeTree. They sponsor an annual student environmental video competition. In addition, members receive special invitations to meet and interact with the internationally known environmental speakers hosted by DENIN through its DENIN Dialogue Series and Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series.

Photo of DENIN Ambassadors at Coast DayThroughout the year, ambassadors represent DENIN at festivals and events such as Coast Day, Earth Week, and Ag Day. In the spring, they treat their fellow students to UDairy Creamery ice cream at their "Ice Cream/I Scream for the Earth" event on The Green. 




2015–16 Ambassadors:

Photo of Jennifer SchoensteinJennifer Schoenstein, Co-Chair
Jennifer is a senior pursuing a double degree in environmental science (concentration in hydrology) and geology. Over the summer, she completed her month-long geology field course and also interned at an engineering and environmental consulting company, Golder Associates, where she learned about the environmental remediation process. Jennifer has previously conducted research at the Stroud Water Research Center, focusing on hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, and has also participated in undergraduate research through the EPSCoR Summer Scholar program, studying plant-insect interactions and the biological control of weeds. She is actively involved with Enviro-Mentors (an ambassador program in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment), HENS (Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service), and is continuing to intern part-time for Golder throughout the school year.

Photo of Marissa AndreazzaMarisa Andreazza, Co-Chair
Marisa is a senior majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in society and sustainability, and minoring in English and environmental humanities. In addition to DENIN Ambassadors, she is involved as a community fellow with the Blue Hen Leadership Program and participates in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s Enviro-Mentors program, among other activities. She enjoys learning about different communities and their surrounding environments and has had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico for an environmental service trip as well as to London, England, on an environmental study abroad program. This summer she spent her time interning with the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club in Wilmington, in addition to preparing for and taking the GRE in hopes of pursuing a master’s degree next fall.

Photo of Tim D'AgostinoTim D’Agostino
Tim is a senior studying environmental engineering, with a concentration in water resources and water quality. He is a member of the Environmental Engineering Student Association and is the chair of the Central Complex Green Team. Tim currently serves as the academic affairs senator representing the College of Engineering in the StUDent Government Association. As a UD WATER intern last year, Tim presented his research (Stormwater Solutions for the University of Delaware’s North Campus: Hydrologic Modeling in the Piedmont Watershed) with the goal of reducing runoff and its associated environmental harm on the UD campus and adjacent waterways.

Alex Wright
Alex is a senior pursuing a degree in marine science with a concentration in marine biology and minoring in biochemistry. In addition to being a DENIN Ambassador, he is also the project chair for the Residence Life and Housing Sustainability committee, advisor to the Dickinson complex Green team, a member of Students for the Environment, and an Enviro-Mentor for the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. He has conducted two summers of research, one as a UDRF intern at the UD marine science campus and the other as a NSF REU participant at Duke University Marine Lab, looking at the response of crab larvae to various chemical cues. Currently, Alex is pursuing an internship associated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His career goals include earning a Ph.D. in marine biology and conducting research on the physiology and morphology of high performance fish, potentially influencing fishery regulations on these apex predators.

Photo of Sandra DembergerSandra Demberger
Sandra is a senior with a major in environmental science and a concentration in hydrology. She is an active member in Gamma Sigma Sigma community service sorority, completing around 45 hours of service per semester. She spent a month in Costa Rica studying exotic birds. She is also a member of the Down-to-Earth Food Cooperative and the University of Delaware’s Enviro-Mentors (an ambassador program for incoming and first-year students). Sandra participated in undergraduate research in 2014 through the EPSCoR Summer Scholar program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research included an investigation of the region's degrading streams. She continued her research over the academic year as an intern for the Delaware Water Resource Center. 

Katy Super
Katy is a junior geography major with minors in environmental humanities, sociology, and public policy. She enjoys studying both people and their environments, and the relationship between the two. Other than enjoying her classes, she works in the UD Alternative Breaks group on campus throughout the year and has attended two trips that focused on the issues of poverty, access, and community building in urban areas. This fall she is working on an impact study for Habitat for Humanity in New Castle County. In the spring semester of 2016 she will be studying sustainability in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. In past summers and winters, Katy enjoyed working in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, at a fine craft gallery, selling pottery, wood turned items, and glass works. More recently, she co-wrote a successful grant to help her local 4H camp move away from styrofoam use. After college, she hopes to pursue a career in the non-profit sector, helping map and analyze data in order to find improvements to reach constituencies more efficiently and effectively.

Alison Treglia
Alison is a junior pursuing a double degree in music and environmental engineering with a concentration in water resources and water quality. She is an Environmental Engineering Ambassador for the engineering program at UD and has also been a DENIN Environmental Scholar studying the purpose of carotenoid pigments in bacteria isolated from concrete. This summer she worked in Champaign, Illinois, for the Army Corps of Engineers researching the effectiveness of sporicidal enzymes for wide-area decontamination. Aside from scientific pursuits, Alison is heavily involved in campus ensembles such as the UD Symphony Orchestra, the UD Chamber Orchestra, and chamber music ensembles. Her goals are to earn a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and research how bacteria can be used as bio-indicators for different environments.

Meaghan Krenn
Meaghan is a junior pursuing a major in business marketing with a minor in environmental humanities. Apart from being involved in DENIN, Meaghan joined the Christiana Towers green team as the advertisement coordinator and is a sister of Sigma Kappa Sorority. After graduation, she hopes to find a career that connects the business world and the environment.


Photo of Chloe NgChloe Ng
Chloe is a senior pursuing a degree in environmental science with a concentration in hydrology, as well as minors in biology and marine studies. Chloe has interned with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, an engineering consulting firm, and participated in a UD WATER internship through the Delaware Water Resources Center. Chloe is actively involved with the Enviro-mentor ambassador program with the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at UD, serves on the executive board for the Delaware Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association (DE AWRA), assists a graduate student with ecohydrology research and field work and performs volunteer water quality monitoring for the Delaware Nature Society. Other organizations with which she has been involved include Residence Complex Green Teams, the UD Yoga Club, HENS (Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service) and the UD Symphonic Band.

Photo of Julie MilliskyJulie Millisky
Julie is a UD-loving junior pursuing a degree in public policy and a minor in environmental humanities.  She was president of her freshmen year living complex Green Team, and has been especially passionate about sustainability since a winter alternative break trip to Puerto Rico. In addition to being a DENIN ambassador, Julie is a proud participant of the Blue Hen Leadership Program, the public relations director of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and a peer mentor for the Freshmen Year Seminar program. She hopes to one day work for a non-profit organization that educates and inspires citizens to live more sustainably. 

Photo of Merope MoonstoneMerope Moonstone
Merope is a senior pursuing a degree in marine science with a minor in wildlife conservation. This past summer, Merope interned at Clearwater Marine Aquarium working on sea turtle nesting, and has previously interned with MERR Institute responding to strandings of sea turtles and marine mammals, as well as the Volusia Marine Science Center in the sea turtle rehabilitation hospital. Merope particpated in UD's Semester-in-Residence program at the Lewes campus the fall of her junior year. One of her favorite college experiences was studying abroad in New Zealand for marine science. She is currently on the executive board of Students for the Environment as the chair for the Green the Green campaign, and acts as an Environmentor for the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment.

Photo of Nathan HarlanNathan Harlan
Nathan is a junior pursuing a major in plant and soil sciences. In addition to being a DENIN Ambassador, Nathan serves on the board of the Down to Earth food cooperative and is currently finishing up his second year working for Delaware Nature Society at Coverdale Farm Preserve learning techniques in small scale sustainable agriculture. This past winter Nathan went on a study abroad trip to Costa Rica studying bird populations and the effects of large scale monoculture on bird population distributions. He hopes to pursue a career that combines plant genetics with reform of large scale agriculture.

Photo of Emily BehnkeEmily Behnke
Emily is a junior pursuing a major in environmental engineering with a concentration in water resources and water quality and a minor in English. Outside of DENIN, she is the student co-chair of the Green Liaisons Working Group within the University's Sustainability Taskforce. She has also been an active member of on-campus environmental student initiatives, such as Blue Hens for Clean Air and Green the Green, as well as off-campus initiatives, such as the People's Climate March. After college, she is very interested in exploring a career that combines her passions for both the environment and the written word.

Photo of Emily TucciEmily Tucci
Emily is a junior pursuing a degree in both fine art and art history. Her artwork centers mainly around the study of animals, animal behavior, and wildlife protection. She is a teacher's assistant for art foundations classes in the Art Department, and is an Art Ambassador for incoming interested students. She has participated in University of Delaware's Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit, and is an executive board member of the University of Delaware's Alternative Spring Break program. She has interned at Paintiques Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, DE, and has shown her art in multiple locations in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. Emily hopes to pursue an MFA and a career in artistic character development or consumer merchandise design.