Department of Geography and the Environment

UT Geography Society

The University of Texas Geography Society is an undergraduate student group dedicated to providing a fun social outlet for students interested in geography. It provides support for participation in undergraduate research, professional development through speaker series, K-12 educational outreach, workshops, internship info, volunteer opportunities, and fun camping trips. For more information about UT Geography Society, please visit the UT Geography Society Facebook page.

UT Geography Society Officers 2017-2018

President: Fernando Casal
Vice Presidentc: Yaritza Torres
Service Coordinator: Alyana Fernandez
Social Coordinator: Celine Rendon
Treasurer: Ashley Levulett

 

President: Fernando Casal

Fernando is a junior studying Geography with a focus on earth science and GIS. He is interested in sustainable living practices and atmospheric processes, particularly hurricane development in the North Atlantic basin. He recently volunteered with UTRGV’s Coastal Studies Lab and organized a citizen science project geared towards k-12 students to reduce marine debris and pollution along South Padre Island. Fernando was also a member of the Campus Environmental Center’s Socials Squad, helping organize sustainability outreach as well as fundraising to help with the Flint water crisis. Outside of class, his hobbies include cultivating aquatic plants and carnivorous plants. He plans to apply to graduate school sometime after graduation.

Vice President: Yaritza Torres

Yaritza is a senior majoring in Environmental Science with a focus on Geography, primarily interested in biological interactions with communities and their environment in South America. She’s focused on conservation biology, environmental health, and agriculture techniques within the Andes Mountains. She has recently returned from studying abroad in Ecuador analyzing the reality of sustainability practices in South America. She’s earned her Associates of Science from El Centro community college in Dallas, Texas. Yaritza was also a mentor for River City Youth Foundation preparing Southeast Austin elementary through high school students for university and possible career paths. Her passion lies in advocating environmental stewardship, forthcoming plans concentrate on working in the non-profit sector as an environmental consulate.

Service Coordinator: Alyana Fernandez

Alyana is a senior majoring in Geography with a focus on earth science. She is also pursuing a certificate in Environment and Sustainability and minoring in both Geology and Spanish. Her academic interests include the spatial distribution of resources and how they change, as well as the relationships between humans and their environment. She is currently interning with Banks Environmental as a Researcher and GIS Assistant, and recently presented an independent research project titled Regional Dynamics Contributing to Environmental Attitudes at the BDP Research Poster Session comparing the environmental attitudes of Texas and Ecuador.

Social Coordinator: Celine Rendon

Celine is a junior studying Environmental Science with a focus in Geography. She plans to also pursue a BDP in Public Policy. She has also just returned from attending the Faculty Led Study abroad program in Botswana where she gained hands on field experience and learned about the social and environmental issues of Botswana. Celine is interested in natural hazards mitigation as well as environmental land policy. She hopes to apply to graduate school after gaining work experience.

Treasurer: Ashley Levulett

Ashley is a senior majoring in Geography with a focus on GIS and a minor in Geology. In addition to being Treasurer for the Geography Society, she is also the Membership Director for GirlAdvocates. As Membership Director, she works to promote the education and mentorship of young women in Austin and around the world. Her hobbies include hiking and caving. She pursues the latter through her membership in the UT Grotto, where she participates in surveying and cave digs. Ashley is interested in pursuing a career in natural resource or emergency management after she graduates in the spring.