Alexander (Zander) Nassikas graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in neuroscience and immediately went to work for the Woods Hole Research Center, a climate change think tank in Massachusetts. As a research assistant to Dr. Richard Houghton, he investigated the impact of deforestation and agriculture on the global carbon cycle and co- authored several peer-reviewed publications quantifying the role forests can play in stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide and global climate change. In his most recent role as communications coordinator for the same think tank, he helped to prepare his executive director for a testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for a hearing on climate change. In the summer of 2018, he traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to support a climate and forest-monitoring workshop designed to deliver the latest science into the hands of Amazonian land managers. At Yale, he is focused on the study and design of effective climate policy through a joint-degree with the Jackson Institute and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.