The Team

Daniella Hirschfeld, PhD

Daniella’s expertise is in spatial planning for long-term climate change impacts. Her research focuses on projecting the costs of adaptation options, unpacking the implications of science-practice interactions, and understanding the adaptive capacity of governance systems. She is particularly interested in weaving together the connected disciplines of urban ecology and environmental planning to build bridge between theory and planning practice.


Daniella received her PhD in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from University of California, Berkeley. Her PhD was funded by McQuown Fellowship at UC Berkeley and by the State of California’s Ocean Protection Council. Daniella received her bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy at Dartmouth College and her master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Daniella also has professional experience in coastal zone management, sustainability planning and urban planning.

Graduate Students (current):

Julie Coleman - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2019 - Present)

Amanda Hamilton - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2019 - Present)

Saul Karamesines - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2019 - Present)

Landis Wenger - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2019 - Present)

Julie Coleman - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2019 - Present)

Julie’s research interests lay at the intersection of ecology and design; she is particularly interested in urban design/planning climate adaptation, food security and urban agriculture. Her current thesis research surrounds the significance of visual quality in graphic representations and their level of influence on developer decision making. Her undergraduate research centered on architectural historiography and the underrepresentation of women in the field. Through non-profit work with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, she contributed research to a community food security assessment and urban agriculture campus.

Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and minors in Sustainability and Urban Studies. She was a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board and Tau Sigma Delta. She is pursuing her Master of Landscape Architecture at Utah State University and will graduate in Fall 2021. Through her time in the program, she has worked as a teaching assistant for landscape architecture, urban design and urban theory.

Amanda Hamilton - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2020 - Present)


Saul Karamesines - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2019 - Present)



Landis Wenger - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. (2019 - Present)

My passions that drive my research are education, design, and environmentalism. A lot of the work I have done is at the intersection of at least two of these areas. When I came to USU I switched my program from the Landscape Architecture Masters to the Bioregional Planning Masters because I saw that it could open more doors to supplement my design skills with more robust understandings of environmentalist and education. My thesis research is on how environmental awareness within the institution of a summer camp translates to their management of their property. I have almost a decade of experience working within the camping industry in various capacities such as management, and master planning. This industry is one where all my passions can be perfectly overlapped, so getting to continue my involvement in it through my research has been exciting.

I came to USU with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University where I worked through their extension program to develop camp master plans. While completing my undergraduate studies I also graduated from the university’s honors program and worked as a teaching assistant for a natural systems design course. I intend to graduate with my masters in spring 2021.