The PRL Team

Meet the faces of PRL

PRL Director

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

Assistant Director

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

GIS Manager

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?

PRL recruits W&M student interns and researchers each Fall and Spring. Applications are taken on a rolling basis and are reviewed 4-6 weeks before the start of each semester. Apply at this link.

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