Heather Luedke graduated from Carleton College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a focus in Conservation and Development. While there, she researched the planning and implementation of climate action plans at liberal arts colleges. She also spent a semester in Panama studying the impacts of tourism on the marine environment and local economy. After graduation, she worked as a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). At ELI, she surveyed state wetland definitions to identify gaps in wetland protections under changing federal law, and recommended solutions for preserving unprotected wetlands. She also developed a report on how artificial intelligence can help reduce noncompliance with environmental impact statements at federally regulated facilities.
Heather’s interests in environmental planning and marine ecosystems brought her to Bren, where she is specializing in Coastal Marine Resources Management. Her goal is to work with local governments and communities on adaptation and resilience initiatives in response to sea level rise and natural disasters.