CEC Welcomes Claire Gottsegen as Environmental Policy Intern

Born and raised in Houston, Claire is senior at Yale University majoring in Environmental Studies. She focuses on issues of biodiversity conservation.

During her time at Yale, she has studied and performed molecular analyses in evolutionary biology research labs. Past projects include the Galapagos Tortoise Conservation Genetics project in The Caccone Lab, in which selective breeding aims to rescue two lineages from extinction, and phylogenetics work on the evolutionary history of the Stripetail Darter fish in The Near Lab.

Her current project with Professor Thomas Near addresses the evolutionary history of the Snail Darter made famous by the landmark conservation case TVA vs. Hill in the 1970’s. Along with executing genetic analysis in the lab, Claire is investigating policy and advocacy of endangered species. In particular: how do environmental advocacy groups incorporate scientific discovery and descriptions of biodiversity into their campaigns?

Outside of academics, Claire sings in the Yale Women’s Slavic Choir, volunteers at New Haven Reads, and experiments with bread baking.

Claire is excited to work with CEC over the summer and looks forward to meeting with local environmental advocacy groups.

CEC Welcomes Kelly Clifford


The CEC is delighted to welcome Kelly Clifford as our Government Relations intern for the summer. Kelly will be reporting on the environmental policies of the Houston City Council, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and the 85th Texas Legislature.

Kelly is a rising senior at New York University majoring in Political Science and minoring in History and Sociology. She interns part-time with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s Houston District Office and hopes to attend law school after graduating. In the future, she would like to aid in the development of progressive legislation – environmental and otherwise.

At NYU, Kelly is a member of the NYU Politics Society and NYU College Democrats. She spent much of the Spring 2016 semester canvassing for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and interned for the Texas Democratic Party last summer. She looks forward to graduating a semester early this fall.

Kelly welcomes introductions from anyone interested in environmental law and legislation.

CEC Welcomes Cesar Muro

The CEC is delighted to welcome Cesar Muro as our summer programs intern. For the next several weeks, Cesar will be helping to plan and organize the Greater Houston Environmental Summit on August 4, 2017; the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 24 & 25, 2018; and Earth Day Houston, among other things. You may have already met Cesar, as he has attended several CEC events in the past.

Cesar is a rising senior at the University of Houston majoring in Biology and minoring in Architecture. He works part-time as a veterinary technician and hopes to go to veterinary school after graduating. In the future, he would like to divide his time assisting in conservation research projects, helping wildlife, and working as a veterinarian at an animal shelter. His diverse background–he spent several years in Lima, Peru– instilled an interest in traveling, the arts, human rights, and environmental issues like protecting endangered species. Continue reading