Student Profile
Student Profile: Linda Ciesielski


Buffalo NY

Undergraduate Work

BS in Landscape Architecture, Cornell University, 2005

Degree Candidate

Master of City Planning, 2010

Interest Area

Environmental Policy and Planning: Freshwater Resources, Watershed Planning, Public Art, Storytelling, Regional Dialogue, Landscape Ecology

Thesis Topic

Artists’ effect on regional collaboration and environmental policy of freshwater resources.

Career Ambition

To prompt environmental stewardship and political engagement through creative work.

Why MIT?

The faculty and students are all creative and collaborative, trusting and enthusiastic; the opportunity to pursue research with the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative (MUSIC), looking at regional landscape planning in Southern Florida in the face of climate change.


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