Class of 2022

Corey Lesk

Geography & Biology; Mentors- Justin Mankin, Jonathan Winters, and Matt Ayres


Corey Lesk









Corey is an environmental scientist interested in climate change and its impacts on people and nature. During his PhD, he studied how weather has affected food crops historically, drawing lessons to help adapt agriculture to a more extreme climate. He also assessed the greenhouse gas emissions likely to result from the climate transition. As a Neukom Fellow, Corey is investigating how rising atmospheric carbon dioxide may change how crops and plants in general interact with climate extremes. In his research, he integrates diverse observational data with biophysical and statistical models. Corey is also an enthusiastic environmental and climate educator.

Tess McNulty

Film and Media Studies & English; Mentors – Jacqueline Wernimont and Jed Dobson


Tes McNulty








Tess's research, most narrowly, focuses on the ways in which contemporary literature and culture respond to the emergence of viral "content": short, digital ephemera designed for rapid circulation on social media, like listicles or hot takes. More broadly, it aims to bring humanistic and art-critical tools—both analog and digital—to bear on our understanding of new digital pop-cultural forms. How do these forms differ from their precursors? And what are their cultural effects? As a Neukom Fellow, Tess uses a mixture of art-critical, computational, and social scientific tools to address those questions.

Luisa Rivera

Anthropology & Geisel Medical School; Mentors Zane Thayer and Brock Christensen


Luisa Rivera

Luisa studies the transgenerational transmission of trauma and adversity in communities experiencing chronic and acute stressors. Her research focuses on the ways in which historical trauma and structural violence are lived out through caregiving, examining the cultural and biological pathways that may buffer stress and augment resilience in communities of color. As a Neukom scholar, she will work with Dr. Zaneta Thayer and Dr. Brock Christensen to develop novel epigenomic menstruation-based biomarkers with associated computational and analytic techniques as a new methodology for articulating the links between reproductive health and stress.