Graduate Teaching Assistant



Tessa is a first-year M.A. student in the Political Science program. She is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, but moved to Colorado in 2013. She received her B.A. in 2017 from the University of Northern Colorado with a major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and a minor in Anthropology. She has professional experience working in natural resource management for about two years in both Colorado and Hawaii.

Tessa’s broader interest is in understanding the constantly evolving relationship humans have with their environment and how to use environmental policy as a tool to shape this into a mutually beneficial exchange. Her current research focuses on collaborative governance and management. More specifically, watershed management through the Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships (HAWP). Combining her interests in human behavior and environmental policy, this research concentrates on stakeholder perceptions of the collaborative institutions managing water resources in the State of Hawaii.

In her free time, Tessa enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, playing piano and writing poetry.