RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Cambria Wilson

Cambria Wilson

Research Assistant

Hello! My name is Cambria Wilson. This is my third year at University of California, Santa Barbara pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Justice and a minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice. I currently serve as Publicity Chair for the Environmental Justice Association, where we aim to amplify awareness regarding intersectional challenges of environmentalism and social equity. My work involves demonstrating progressive action for marginalized demographics, providing a space for constructive discourse, and encouraging collaboration among local organizations. I have worked teaching students from Kindergarten to Seniors in High School, conducted research for conservation in the broadleaf temperate rainforest of Southern Chile, and observed the relationship and adaptations developed between Mapuche people and the environment. I am passionate about helping people help themselves and each other by creating a culture of consciousness and kindness. 

Jackie Rigley

Jackie Rigley

Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Jackie Rigley and I am a third year at UCSB majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology. I grew up in Chicago and coming to school in California piqued my interest in protecting our natural environment. On campus I am a board member on the UCSB Coastal Fund, which allocates funding to various projects involved in protecting the Santa Barbara coast environment. I also studied abroad in Southern Chile and had the opportunity to conduct research related to sustainable tourism. I am passionate about environmental justice and the power of community resilience in the face of climate change. Outside of school I love to spend my time exploring Santa Barbara, cooking, and painting. 
I am really interested in changing how we develop our cities. I want to work in Urban Planning, and help to build more resilient, sustainable, and humane communities. I’m interested in learning more about fighting climate change on a local, city-wide level. Moving forward, our development needs to be more inclusive and actively fight to slow down the progression of climate change. 

Hannah Ornellas

Hannah Ornellas

Research Assistant

I am a fourth-year environmental studies major at UCSB. I am currently the Community Resident Director for Isla Vista Tenant’s Union, a grassroots organization that works on educating the diverse community of Isla Vista to ensure that tenants know their rights. I work on community outreach programs and make sure all groups of the community are included by ensuring that necessary services are provided such as translation services. 
I am really interested in changing how we develop our cities. I want to work in Urban Planning, and help to build more resilient, sustainable, and humane communities. I’m interested in learning more about fighting climate change on a local, city-wide level. Moving forward, our development needs to be more inclusive and actively fight to slow down the progression of climate change. 

Sarah Morairty

Sarah Morairty

Research Assistant

Aniin boozhoo! I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. I am part of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I am a passionate activist for the rights of Mother Earth and marginalized communities. My research interests include sustainable development, climate change and its impacts on communities of color, traditional approaches to land and resource management, economic and political approaches to the transition towards a green society, food sovereignty, cultural preservation and protection, and institutionalized marginalization. I want social and environmental justice for all, as well as a healthy and positive future for our children. In the words of my ancestors, “Maamawi mashkogaabawiyang”; together we stand strong. Let’s build a better world together. 

Jessica Clegg

Jessica Clegg

Research Assistant

My name is Jessica Rose Clegg and I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara. I am working towards an environmental studies Bachelor of Arts degree, with an emphasis in anthropology. After I graduate, I am interested in pursuing a master’s in public health degree. I am interested in environmental justice, climate justice, and food justice. I recently finished my Division I collegiate soccer career after 17 years of playing. I was born and raised in San Diego, California along with my five brothers and sisters, and I recently became an aunt of two beautiful baby girls. Some of my interests include: running, hiking, traveling, swimming in the ocean, beach volleyball, reading, art, and cooking.

Sarah Birnbaum

Sarah Birnbaum

Research Assistant

Hello! My name is Sarah Birnbaum. I am a senior at The University of California, Santa Barbara double majoring in Environmental Studies and The History of Art & Architecture. My curiosity for the environment began at a young age. While growing up I enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, hiking, and playing sports. My passion for the environment truly took off in high school while taking AP Environmental Science, as I learned about the threats of climate change on a local to global level. Wanting to create positive change for people and the environment, I learned that I wanted to pursue a career in Environmental Justice. Within the realm of Environmental Justice, I am especially interested in sustainable community development and public health.  I hope as a society we can further recognize the link between social and environmental issues, striving to create communities where people are granted equal rights and protected from environmental harms.  Outside of school I enjoy hiking with my German Shepherd, doing yoga, and cooking new meals. I am excited to be part of the LIKEN team, having the opportunity to learn from community members, in addition to having the ability to share my knowledge and passion for Environmental Justice with others.  

Elizabeth McDonough

Elizabeth McDonough

Research Assistant

Hi! I am a fourth year at University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. I am currently the Outreach Coordinator for the UCSB Department of Public Worms. I work with this organization to promote closed-loop food systems, responsible waste management, and food security by processing campus compost, growing organic food for the UCSB Food Bank, and sharing knowledge with our surrounding community. I previously interned for Internews on their Asia-Pacific Earth Journalism Network Project in Bangkok, Thailand. Our work aimed to empower, amplify, connect, and financially support indigenous environmental journalists. I am passionate about issues of environmental justice, understanding how economic systems contribute to societal injustices, and sustainable community-driven development. Some of my current fascinations include schooling, institutional socialization, and how the public engages with news and media. 

Kemberly Lopez

Kemberly Lopez

Research Assistant

Hello folks! My name is Kemberly Lopez (she/her) and I am a recent first generation graduate from UCSB. I received a BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Spanish culture, politics, and society. I had the privilege of studying abroad in Madrid and wrote an extensive research paper on the effects of biofuels on Latin America.

I am from the Bay Area which has shaped my love for the outdoors and I want to ensure that everyone has access to clean air, water, food, etc. I have experience with cultural tourism, as well as creating resettlement action plans and conservation plans.

I am very excited to be working with LiKEN because I am a firm believer in community
resilience. Environmental injustices hurt the most vulnerable communities and when it comes to addressing these issues their participation is critical, as well as giving them a platform to share their knowledge and work towards sustainable solutions.