The PRL Team
Meet the faces of PRL
Dr. Ibes founded PRL in 2009, and has been directing the lab at William & Mary since 2013. An urban human-environment geographer, Ibes's work focuses on fostering the reciprocal human-nature relationship, with a focus on mental health promotion through nature engagement, or ecotherapy. Her use-inspired, interdisciplinary research integrates theory and practice from ecotherapy, ecopsychology, public health, human-environment geography, and urban park planning and design. 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.
Sarah Snipes '21
Sarah is a Geology and Environmental Science major who has a passion for the environment. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her response was, “A pine cone picker.” Now, she is an EcoRepresentative Club Captain who also aspires to motivate others to explore a positive relationship with the outdoors. She can’t wait to showcase the importance of green-spaces with Park Rx.
Amelia Lowe '21
Amelia is a senior double majoring in History and Environmental Science & Policy. Besides pursuing her passion in promoting environmental wellbeing, she sings in the William & Mary Choir and is the Eco-Ambassador for the Cohen Career Center. She loves being outdoors and hopes to share this love with fellow students through the encouragement of spending time in nature.
Evie Tsow '21
Greenspace Map Manager
Evie Tsow is a senior majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Environmental Studies. She enjoys training in the Shotokan Karate Club and participating in the Japanese Culture Association at school. She thinks that spending a little while outside every day does wonders for one's mood and health, and she hopes to make it easier for other students and community members to find their outdoor happy place!
Margot Vanyan '22
Outreach & Communications
Margot is a Government and Environmental Policy double major at W&M. Aside from being a social chair in the William & Mary Choir and the choral scholar administrator at Hickory Neck Church, she also enjoys ecotherapy, conservation, and plant care. She’s beyond excited to reach out to students on campus and promote healthy living through park education!
Johnny Peters '22
Johnny is a junior double majoring 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 greenspaces 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 PRL 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.
Grace Dho '23
Campus Park Rx Program Manager
Grace is a sophomore working towards a double major in Environmental Science and Biology. She’s a member of the William and Mary Bird Club, a William and Mary Greenhouse Volunteer, on the Mammoths Ultimate Frisbee Team, and a member of the Shotokan Karate Club. Her favorite outdoor destination is Shenandoah River State Park, and her favorite outdoor activities are hiking and bird watching. Grace looks forward to helping more William and Mary students get outdoors, both on campus and in the Greater Williamsburg Area, with Park Rx!
Abby Kitila '23
Diversity and Inclusion Intern
Hello! I’m Abby Kitila and I’m a new PRL member this semester. I am a co-coordinator of DEI at the PRL and my main job is to foster an inclusive community through our William and Mary outreach.
V Colley '23
Public Space Intervention Manager
V is a sophomore studying Biology and Environmental Science. Outside of the Parks Research Lab they are a member of the metal club and the neurodiversity club. They love hanging out in the woods. A fun fact is that they have never fallen on a hike, but have fallen multiple times walking to places to hike.
PRL Nature Ambassador
Walnut is PRL's new Nature Ambassador who you can meet at occasional tabling events in Spring 2020. 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 PRL?
Former PRL Student Researchers & Interns
Olivia Staub '20
Shannon Redifer '20
Colleen Norton '21
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
Sara Clark '14, Government & Environmental Policy