2010-2011 Luce Scholar

Lynsey Gaudioso received her B.A. in Mathematics, Environmental Science and Policy, from Vanderbilt University in 2010. Lynsey attempted to save a neighborhood forest at the age of nine and has been interested in environmental issues since. A recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship at Vanderbilt University, she designed her own interdisciplinary major in Environmental Science and Policy, in addition to a second major in Mathematics, allowing her to study a broad range of subjects. Although her early Montessori education and Native American heritage provided the spark for her passion, it was her semester abroad in Australia that inspired her to envision her future in environmental research, policy, and education. The global differences in environmental management and policies she observed prompted her to accept an internship with South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, where she drafted policy proposals and conducted research related to the environmental impact of marine invasive species, and later at The Climate Project, a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the harmful effects of climate change.