Johanna Hamburger is a tireless advocate for the protection of our environment. She also is an outstanding example of how liberal arts students and faculty are actively engaged in interdisciplinary efforts to find solutions to global challenges.
Hamburger will graduate in 2009 with a double major in political science and economics with certificates in biological diversity and environmental studies.
While maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average in her array of studies, Hamburger conducted research in Colorado State’s Restoration Ecology Laboratory to find a shrub species that can tolerate high zinc concentrations for use in the restoration of mining sites.
Hamburger worked as an intern with the Forest Guardians to list the black-tailed prairie dog under the Endangered Species Act, as an intern at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and as a research assistant at Colorado State investigating global carbon cap-and-trade schemes.
Her extraordinary environmental achievements were recognized by receipt of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, which is awarded nationally to future environmental leaders. She is one of two Udall Scholars in the history of Colorado State and the first from the College of Liberal Arts.
Hamburger also is an active member of the campus and Fort Collins communities. She is founder and team captain of the Colorado State Mock Trial Team, co-editor of the University Honors Program literary magazine, an intern for the Larimer County Public Defender’s Office, a tutor for HomeRun, and a volunteer for the Sierra Club. After graduation, she plans to pursue dual master’s and law degrees in environmental studies, followed by a career in environmental law.
Originally published in the College of Liberal Arts Newsletter, Fall 2008.