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Staff Alumni

Alumni Staff


Kristin Marcell

Climate Change and Special Projects (CV)
Telephone: 845-256-3017
Email: kristin.marcell@dec.ny.gov

Kristin led the Climate Resilience team. The team works with Hudson Valley partners to help riverfront communities increase their resilience to flooding, heat and drought, and with the DEC Office of Climate Change and other state partners to create policies that foster resilient nature-based solutions.  She’s deeply interested in approaches that rebuild human equity, reduce long-term costs, enhance living systems and connect communities with what they love most.  She was lead author of the NYS Sea Level Rise Task Force report and co-developed the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. Kristin has a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in Biology from Clark University.


Osamu Tsuda

Outreach Assistant
Email: ojt3@cornell.edu

Osamu Tsuda worked in collaboration with WRI and Cornell Cooperative Extension helping municipalities throughout New York’s southern-tier become certified Climate Smart Communities.


Jessica Kuonen

Research & Outreach Assistant 
Email: jak546@cornell.edu

Jessica helped administer WRI’s programs, grants, and outreach while fostering statewide partnerships with New York Sea Grant and the Hudson River Estuary Program.  Her research and interests include community engagement, resilience and adaption planning, and natural resource decision-making in a changing world.  She hails from Syracuse, NY, the traditional land of the Onondaga Nation.


Tahneen Jahan Neelam

Research Assistant
Email: tjn47@cornell.edu

Tahneen Jahan Neelam's work with WRI involved watershed scale hydrologic modeling. Her current research focuses on the hydrologic responses of solar farms. She received her MS in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at El Paso in 2018 and BSc from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2014.