Yellow Page Banner

Alumni Spotlight - Emmett Saulnier

Emmett Saulnier, Class of 2013

I am in my 3rd year of an Economics Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where I am researching key environmental challenges facing society today and hope to focus my career on climate justice and finding ways to rebalance anthropogenic impacts on the environment. Some of my current projects involve measuring the effect of herbicides on human health, quantifying how climate change has differentially impacted disadvantaged communities, and how state taxes impact migration. This year I will be teaching an undergraduate class on econometrics, where I will show students how to apply data analysis techniques to real world situations. 
The summer before I moved to Eugene, I hiked 2,650 miles from the Mexican border to the Canadian border on the Pacific Crest Trail. Since then, I have done a lot of trail running, exploring some the many miles of trails in the Pacific Northwest. My other passions include meditating, vegan activism, urban foraging, surfing, and whitewater kayaking. Two incredible books I've read recently are Braiding Sweetgrass and The Overstory.  

It's hard to summarize the effect of my time at Mariemont, but I am thankful for the many kind and encouraging teachers, coaches, and friends who taught me not only to be curious, but also gave me the confidence to challenge myself with big, scary goals.