Maria Prebble is a 2015 MEM with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy. Her love for the environment began as a child playing outside and catching frogs in her yard in the woods of Wisconsin. Maria graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in international relations and environmental studies in 2012. During college, Maria interned at the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC, where she worked on the agency’s sustainability projects. She also studied the impacts of acid rain on forest ecosystems in the Czech Republic, and worked with child Agent Orange victims in Vietnam.
Before starting graduate school, Maria had a fellowship with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Seoul, South Korea, and interned with the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. At Duke, Maria’s master’s project is focused on women’s participation in environmental decision-making in least developed countries (LDCs). Maria attended the 2013 UN Climate Change Negotiations in Warsaw Poland, and is co-leading the Duke Delegation to the 2014 Negotiations in Lima, Peru in December. She is also a team member of the Bass Connections Project, “Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film.”