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2022-23 Graduate Student Mentors (GSMs)

Lloyd Anderson (
Graduate Student Mentor, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
Facilitator, CUSP Columbia Journey Seminar

Lloyd Anderson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, with particular interest in paleoclimate (the study of ancient climates) and paleoceanography (the study of ancient oceans). Before he arrived at Columbia, Lloyd completed a BA in Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College, and also spent a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research. Lloyd is broadly interested in reconstructing conditions in the ocean and atmosphere from earlier in Earth history, to better understand how Earth's climate system has operated well before humans existed and far before modern climate change. For his dissertation, Lloyd is studying the chemistry of ancient ocean microfossils buried deep below the seafloor to assess how atmospheric carbon dioxide has changed in the Cenozoic Era (the last 66 million years). Furthermore, he is interested in identifying processes within Earth's climate system that have contributed to these carbon dioxide fluctuations through time. At Columbia, Lloyd has been a teaching assistant for Earth’s Climate System, one of the core classes in the Earth and Environmental Science department.

Apart from academics, Lloyd enjoys swimming, running, hiking, and any activities involving self-propelled watercraft (kayaking, canoeing). Lloyd also volunteers to write short articles on a science communication website (Geobites), where he aims to summarize new earth science research in a way that is easily accessible to the public. From time to time Lloyd likes to sit down at a piano and play classical or contemporary music. He also enjoys to read when he sets aside the time, and has been involved with construction projects in the past (mostly woodworking).

Graduate Student Mentor, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
Facilitator, CUSP Columbia Journey Seminar

Elizabeth Albes is a PhD candidate in French and Comparative Literature at Columbia, specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, history, and visual culture. Before embarking on her PhD program, she completed a BA in French and History of Art at Johns Hopkins and an interdisciplinary MA in History and Literature at Columbia, which was taught at the school’s Paris campus. Her research interests include Enlightenment-era materialist philosophy, the French Revolution and its cultural legacies, and the history of rhetoric in early modern France. She has taught eight courses in the French Department, including courses on literature, history, and language. Her dissertation focuses on the political and philosophical dimensions of portraiture and self-portraiture in Rousseau’s Rêveries and Madame de Staël’s Corinne.

Outside of academic life, Elizabeth enjoys running, cycling, and taking long meandering walks. She also likes working with her hands to make and fix things, and has recently (finally!) relearned how to read for the sheer pleasure of it.

Graduate Student Mentor, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
Facilitator, CUSP Columbia Journey Seminar

Krishna Anujan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia and is advised by Professor Shahid Naeem. Her dissertation work focuses on tree biodiversity and forest productivity in tropical forest ecosystems which have the largest biodiversity and carbon stocks among all terrestrial ecosystems. For her dissertation, she combines field experiments on seedlings, theoretical modelling and remotely sensed data to understand processes that affect forest dynamics in the Andaman Islands, an archipelago off the eastern coast of India. While at Columbia, she has been a teaching assistant for introductory undergraduate courses in environmental biology and biostatistics and also on the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U), Jordan programme at the Earth Institute. Before starting at Columbia, Krishna graduated from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune from their Integrated BS/MS programme.

Krishna has a core interest in creating impact with her science and engages regularly in outreach and communication on science, the natural world and science and academic policy. Her articles on field-based observations of the ecological world have been published in online and print platforms, both in English and translated into Malayalam, her mother tongue. While on field, she also likes to collaborate with local institutions including the Department of Environment and Forest to conduct outreach and capacity building programmes for diverse audiences. She hopes to ultimately contribute towards making the process of science-based conservation more rigorous, transparent, and inclusive.

Krishna feels that in field-based sciences, the lines between the system and the scientist are faint and blurry. On field, she spends much of her spare time growing, smelling or tasting different plants. She can also be found in the grip of a good book or longing to dance.

Chloé Samala Faux (
Graduate Student Mentor, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
Facilitator, CUSP Columbia Journey Seminar

Chloé Samala Faux is a 7th year doctoral candidate in sociocultural anthropology. She holds a BA in Comparative literature and Society from Columbia University an MA from Freie Universitat Berlin in Media and Visual Anthropology, an MA and MPhil in sociocultural anthropology from Columbia university . Her research interests include race, reproduction, political economy, and psychoanalysis. She is currently writing her dissertation which interrogates he historical and emergent dilemmas of black reproductivity in post-apartheid South Africa. Oriented by the convergences of race and gender, violence and desire, the dissertation is rooted in and responds to the idioms of classical anthropology: myth, sacrifice, kinship, the gift, ritual and fetish. Her work has been funded by theWenner Gren Foundation, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation as well as by Columbia’s Institute for the Study for Sexuality and Gender (ISSG) and Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL). 

She is currently an editorial assistant at Prickly Paradigm Press. Outside the academe, Chloé is a filmmaker and a musician. She loves nothing more than a long walk

Lauren Horst (
Graduate Student Mentor, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
Facilitator, CUSP Columbia Journey Seminar

Lauren Horst is a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, specializing in twentieth- and twenty-first century postcolonial literature. Before starting her PhD program, Lauren graduated summa cum laude from New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, the history and theory of the novel, political economy, and political ecology. She is finishing her dissertation, which looks at how four authors use the form of the novel to reimagine the discourse of development (and later, of sustainable development) from the perspective of the formerly colonized and economically marginalized. At Columbia, she has taught a total of five sections of University Writing, one discussion section of “Literary Texts, Critical Methods,” and has been a TA for two courses in the Department of Slavic Languages. She has also been a fellow with the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Outside of academic life, Lauren enjoys yoga, playing soccer, and taking long, meandering walks through the North Woods at Central Park. She is an avid morning person, and feels strange on any day that she wakes up past six or seven in the morning.

Pallavi Kache (she/her) (
Graduate Student Mentor, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
Facilitator, CUSP Columbia Journey Seminar

Pallavi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. With her research, she hopes to further understand how global changes like land use and climate change are affecting the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. For her dissertation, she focuses on how people and communities interact with the urban environment to produce risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases like dengue, Zika, and chikungunya. In 2019, she received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct her PhD research in Colombia, South America, conducting household surveys and mosquito sampling.

Pallavi has been working in public health since her undergraduate days at the University of Texas, where she focused on social and behavioral drivers of human health.  After undergrad, Pallavi worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she conducted case investigations and created health communications materials for diseases transmitted from animals to people, like anthrax, leptospirosis, and rat-bite fever. She has always had a strong interest in the environmental sciences, and it was at the CDC that Pallavi first began to explore the intersection between ecology and infectious diseases.

In her time at Columbia, Pallavi has cultivated a strong interest in engaging in local environmental justice issues. In 2020, she co-founded the “Urban Ecology in the Heights” Program at Columbia University. The summer program works with high school students and Columbia University undergraduates to conduct community-based ecological research in Washington Heights. During the program, teams of youth researchers conduct fieldwork in Highbridge Park to answer questions about environmental justice, biodiversity, and water quality. Evidence from this research is then used to inform environmental justice advocacy and activism. She hopes to explore the intersection of social justice and emerging infectious disease research in the future. 

When she is not working, Pallavi can be found on hiking trails with her dog Harper, reading food blogs and exploring new restaurants and cafes, and wandering the halls of New York’s many museums

Anna Waller (
Graduate Student Mentor, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
Facilitator, CUSP Columbia Journey Seminar

Anna Waller is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance hailing from Sacramento, CA. She specializes in twentieth-century dance history. Before deciding to pursue graduate school, she graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon with a double major in Comparative Literature and Dance. After graduating, Anna spent several years in Seattle, where she performed and taught dance, wrote dance reviews, and edited the online dance journal SeattleDances

At Columbia, Anna is writing a dissertation on Mass Performance and the Dancing Chorus Between the Wars, 1918-1939, which addresses a shared fascination with mass aesthetics and aesthetic formations of community across disparate political ideologies in the United States, Germany, and the Soviet Union. She is interested in how people create utopian and/or dystopian unity through shared movement experiences on and off stage. She loves sifting through archival materials and has gotten to do dissertation research at archives in New York City and Washington, DC, as well as in Germany. Beyond theatre and performance, her interests extend to medical humanities and social histories of the moving body. She has taught four semesters of University Writing and TA’ed for theatre courses at Columbia and Barnard. Always looking to make academia a more supportive place for students at all levels, Anna has been a GSAS Fellow at the Center for Student Advising and currently works as a consultant at the GSAS Dissertation Writing Studio. 

To balance out her academic pursuits, Anna enjoys cooking, garment sewing, and walking through the city. You’ll also catch her at all kinds of theatre, dance, and music shows.


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