kelsey hartfelder

Kelsey Hartfelder

B.S. '19

Environmental Science


Bio

Kelsey is a third year in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) at UCLA, majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Geography/Environmental Studies. She found her passion for sustainability while working as a high school intern for an aquarium and coastal education center on Long Island Sound in Connecticut. Since then, she has been pursuing sustainability by traveling to the University of Cape Town to take courses in atmospheric science and urban sustainability and doing food waste research through IoES’s Sustainability Action Research (SAR). During her spare time, you can find her on campus giving tours of UCLA, helping to coordinate Coastalong, UCLA’s bike-powered music festival and sustainability fair, and dancing with NSU Modern hip hop team.

Projects

known and emerging risks to islands

Known and emerging risks to small island developing states

Islands are particularly vulnerable to environmental risks from climate change and natural disasters.  These risks can be especially hazardous to a small-scale island economy and have cascading effects; for example, climate change vulnerability can negatively impact an island’s credit rating, further impairing its capacity for increasing resilience. In order to bolster islands’ resilience and adaptive...