Colin Peterson grew up in Cary, North Carolina. He graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a B.S. in environmental science. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad researching human-wildlife conflicts in northern Tanzania, worked with remote sensing at the UNC Global Hydrology Lab mapping our planet’s river systems, and volunteered with Carolina Helping Paws to fight animal cruelty and suffering. After graduating, he spent a season as an AmeriCorps member in Montana working to protect National Wilderness Areas and serve underprivileged communities. In 2016, he signed up for the U.S. Peace Corps mission in Madagascar where as an international development agent, he lived alongside and worked with rural Malagasy communities to improve their livelihoods and exchange cultures. For his first two years of service, Colin’s projects focused on sustainable climate-smart agriculture promotion for farmers and maternal and child health education on topics including malaria prevention, nutrition, and vaccination. During the third year of his Peace Corps assignment, he moved to the capital Antananarivo and partnered with a Malagasy environmental nonprofit to conserve the island’s unique biodiversity while also securing the rights of Malagasy people dependent on natural resources. At the Jackson Institute at Yale, Colin is focusing his studies on climate change, the region of Africa, and the future of the United States’ approach to international development.