Yana Slabakov
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Location: Castle Rock, CO, USA
University: University of California Berkeley
Major: Environmental Economics and Policy

Yana Slabakov


The College of Natural Resources - The University of California at Berkeley
Environmental Economics and Policy BS
Conservation and Resources Studies Minor, English Minor

Research Experience:

Undergraduate Research Assistant - Mills Lab
September 2017 – May 2018
• Developed experiments to test induced plant defense capabilities against invasive species
• Maintained and inspected groups of Light Brown Apple moth at various life stages
• Classified insect specimens according to corresponding data for eventual museum display

Summer Fellow - Research Apprentice Stipend Award
Summer 2017
• Initiated independent research to investigate policy dynamics of various lethal and non-lethal predator control methods and valuated economic costs and benefits of alternative approaches

Wetland Ecology Research - UC Davis Summer Abroad
Summer 2017
• Enhanced understanding of links between ecological and social issues at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala by developing relationships with stakeholders through cultural/language barriers
• Explored lake biogeochemistry and wetland ecosystem dynamics through lab and field work

Undergraduate Research Apprentice - Brashares Lab
January 2016 – May 2017
• Analyzed camera trap data to determine species presence and predator-prey dynamics
• Conducted hands-on fieldwork, including transect sampling and wildlife camera trap monitoring

Work Experience
Administrative Assistant - Cal Catering, Events, and Conferences
September 2016 – May 2018
• Built relationships with clients by assessing client needs and coordinating event planning
• Maintained financial records for office, managed incoming invoices, point of contact for inquiries

Campaigns Intern - The Climate Reality Project
Summer 2016
• Testified to the Bureau of Land Management at public hearing regarding federal coal reform
• Recruited community leaders and initiated a Denver Day of Action to fortify public support
• Gained hands-on experience in event and campaign organizing, leadership, and teambuilding

Community Involvement:

Project Leader and Team Member - Design for America
January 2016 – December 2017
• Implemented the human-centered design process to critically assess relevant community issues such as lack of tech literacy among senior citizens and excess water use in campus labs
• Facilitated and planned team meetings, contacted community partners, ideated design outcomes

Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
January 2015 – December 2016
• Organized and led several community service projects – over 100 total hours of service
• Initiated new service events, corresponded with event coordinators, oversaw chapter calendar


Research Apprentice Stipend Award 2017
Nominated by faculty mentor to conduct independent research on human-wildlife conflict

Leadership Award - Cal Alumni Student Association
Merit-based scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year

research, administrative assistant, customer service, professional, data entry, leadership