Meet the faces of PERL
Dr. Ibes founded PERL in 2009, and has been directing the lab at William & Mary since 2013. An urban human-environment geographer, Ibes's work focuses on fostering reciprocal human-nature relationships, with a focus on mental health promotion through nature engagement, or "ecotherapy". Her use-inspired, interdisciplinary research integrates theory and practice from ecopsychology, human-environment geography, public health, urban park planning and design, and related fields. Ibes is a faculty member in Interdisciplinary Studies, teaching for William & Mary's Environmental Science and Policy program and Center for Geospatial Analysis. For more, click here.
Margot Vanyan '22
Outreach & Communications
Margot is a senior studying Government and Environmental Policy at W&M. Aside from previously serving as a Fundraising Chair and Social Chair in the William & Mary Choir and working as the administrator of the choral scholars at Hickory Neck Church, she also enjoys ecotherapy, conservation, and plant care. She’s beyond excited to reach out to students about ecotherapy activities on campus and promote nature engagement!
Johnny Peters '22
Johnny is double major in Geology and Environmental Science. He is also active in Residence Life and the Club Swim team. Johnny enjoys going on long hikes, confident in the connection between nature and a healthy mind. He hopes to encourage more students to explore the green spaces around them. Check out his favorite spot on campus, the abandoned Matoaka Amphitheater!
Vicky Morales '22
Social Media Intern
Vicky Morales is Government and Public Health double major at W&M. Outside of PERL she is a member of the Latin American Student Union, Class Senator in Student Assembly, and member of Phi Mu. She enjoys kayaking and exploring new trails! She hopes to highlight all the amazing greenspaces students can visit so they enjoy some time outside.
Caroline Taylor '22
Caroline Taylor is an Environmental Policy and Latin American Studies major, and is involved in SOMOS research team, Salsa Club, and Tri Delta on campus. She also is a virtual environmental science teacher at a local high school, which helps her share the importance of the human/nature relation with the wider community. She loves to hike and kayak, and can usually be found somewhere on campus, under a tree with a cup of coffee and a good book.
Catie Jones '22
Catie Jones is a senior neuroscience major from Charlottesville, Virginia. Catie is involved in peer advising, greek life, club rugby, and computational neuroscience research at WM. Additionally, she enjoys tutoring chemistry at the tutor zone and will be completing her honors thesis this year studying inflammatory pathways of neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and spending the day at college creek with her friends.
Lauren Lam '22
Lauren is a senior Biology and Environmental Science double major and unofficial Sociology minor here at the College. She’s from Elkton, VA and is involved in Health Outreach Peer Educators, greek life, Camp Launch, and Student Transition Engagement Programs on campus. She’s passionate about animal conservation, behavior, and rehabilitation. Her favorite animals are sea otters (with stoats coming in a very close second place) and she can be found anywhere on campus with her best friends!
Jordan Kenney '23
Campus Park Rx Program Manager
Jordan is a Geology and Environmental Science & Policy double major from Front Royal, VA. Aside from PERL, she works with Student Unions & Engagement, is Vice President and Co-Founder of the Slacklining Club, Historian of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and is active in AMP’s Science & Sustainability Committee. Jordan loves hiking and hammocking with her friends and is so excited to become an advocate for the use of greenspace both on and off-campus.
Lindsey Smith '23
Lindsey Smith is a biology and environmental science major from Alexandria, VA. Along with being involved in PERL, she is a Sustainability Ambassador, Fitwell yoga instructor, vice president for ASL club, and participates in research at VIMS. She loves studying outdoors and exploring the nature around campus!
Will Florentino '24
Greenspace Map & Tree Tour Manager
Will is a sophomore environmental science and integrative conservation major at William & Mary. He’s also a member of the IIC student leadership council, a board member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, and an intern at the WILLI herbarium. Will loves reading and being in the forest (often simultaneously) and his favorite tree is the coast redwood. He is eager to help bring the magic of forests and natural spaces to the greater William & Mary community and beyond.
PERL Nature Ambassador
Walnut is a PERL Nature Ambassador. She is a shy, two-year-old hedgehog with a passion for the outdoors. She eats a high protein diet consisting of dry food, insects, fruits, and vegetables. Walnut is nocturnal, and loves running up to three miles every night on her exercise wheel. Her favorite greenspace on campus is the Matoaka Amphitheater where she can forage for insects, hide in the forest brush, or sit and appreciate the peaceful lake.
Are you a W&M student interested in joining PERL?
PERL recruits W&M student interns and researchers each Fall and Spring (and some summers). Applications are taken on a rolling basis and are reviewed 2-6 weeks before the start of each term. Apply here!
Sarah Snipes '21, Geology & Environmental Science
Evie Tsow '21, East Asian Studies & Environmental Science
Grace Dho '21, Environmental Science & Biology
Amelia Lowe '21, History and Environmental Science & Policy
V Colley '23, Biology & Environmental Science
Abby Kitila ' 23
Olivia Staub '20
Shannon Redifer '20
Colleen Norton '21, Biology
Suhas Suddala '22, Psychology & Organizational Leadership and Management
Emmi Burke '21, Economics & Environmental Policy
Hali Pregnall '20, Biology & Marine Science
Zach Meredith '19, American Studies & Urban Studies
Carolyn (Carrie) Martin '19
Annabel McSpadden '18, Psychology & English
Tommy Schaefer '19
Darrien Spitz '19, Economics and Environmental Science & Policy
Emily Gardner '18
Madelyn Phillips '18
Alexis Jenkins '18
Abigail Bradford '18
Kathleen Wirshup '18, Kinesiology & Health Sciences
Hannah Cannon ‘18, Public Policy & Environmental Policy
Amanda Gormsen '18, Environmental Policy and Finance
Hannah Kwawu ‘18, Psychology & Marketing
Tyler Treakle ‘18, Biology
Abby Holcombe ‘17, Government & Environmental Policy
Katie McElheny ‘17, Kinesiology & Health Sciences
Catie Liebeck '16, Public Policy & Environmental Policy
Justin Shawler '16, Geology & Government
Robert Boyd '16, Film & Media Studies
Olivia Jebb '16, Neuroscience
Alex Schwartz '16, Economics & Public Policy
Katie Johanson '15, Sociology & Environmental Policy
Lauren Barbera '15, Global Health & Kinesiology.
Luke Hart-Moynihan '15, Neuroscience