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 Cape Cod, 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. He also served as an analyst for an environmental economist on a project that sought to optimize Costa Rica’s reforestation strategy, identifying priority areas to sequester the most carbon for the least cost. After more than three years in climate science, he transitioned into a communications role for the same think tank. Most recently, he helped to prepare his executive director for a testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during a hearing on climate change. This June, he will be traveling to the Peruvian Amazon for a climate and forest-monitoring workshop. Nassikas grew up in McLean, Virginia. At Yale, he is focusing 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.