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PhD Students

Photo Name Current Research Contact
Profile Image for Garrett Adler Garrett Adler

Garrett is interested in better understanding connections between environmental variability (and change) and human security. In particular, he works to explore relationships between climate variability and violent conflict, and hopes to better identify some of the mechanisms that may link these phenomena.
Profile Image for Christa Anderson Christa Anderson

Christa's research interests are in forest management and conservation in sub saharan Africa and the Peruvian Amazon.
Profile Image for Ronan Arthur Ronan Arthur
Profile Image for Elinor Benami Elinor Benami Examining how public and private governance influence agricultural production
Profile Image for Laura Bloomfield Laura Bloomfield

Laura studies how land-use changes facilitate interactions between people and wildlife affecting infectious disease emergence. She currently focuses on the spatial dispersion and transmission of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases along and between human and non-human primate networks.
Profile Image for Nina Brooks Nina Brooks

Nina’s research interests focus on environmental health problems in developing countries. She is interested in understanding adoption of environmental health interventions and designing and implementing rigorous impact evaluations of those interventions.
Profile Image for Jeremy Carl Jeremy Carl

Jeremy is studying the environmental, geopolitical, and economic aspects of energy development and policy, with a particular focus on China and India.
Profile Image for Marissa Childs Marissa Childs

Marissa’s research interests are in the ecology of infectious diseases. She studies the environmental and social conditions that promote vector-borne disease transmission. Her current research focuses on spillover of yellow fever virus in Brazil and the effects of temperature on dengue transmission.
Profile Image for Joann de Zegher Joann de Zegher Y2E2 Suite 226
Profile Image for Rachel Engstrand Rachel Engstrand

Rachel studies ecosystem resilience to gold mining and agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon.
Profile Image for Caroline Ferguson Caroline Ferguson
Profile Image for Jenna Forsyth Jenna Forsyth
Profile Image for David J.X. Gonzalez David J.X. Gonzalez

David studies environmental epidemiology, with a focus on ambient air pollution and population health. His work involves both observational studies and community engaged research.
Profile Image for Kristen Marie Green Kristen Marie Green

Kristen's research interests are sustainable marine resource planning for Alaskan communities. She seeks to understand how communities that are highly dependent on coastal resources will adapt and maintain resiliency in the face of climate change.
Profile Image for Emily Grubert Emily Grubert

Emily studies energy fuel cycles, focusing on integrating knowledge about various environmental and social impacts of fuel extraction, use, and disposal to aid decision makers at a local level using life cycle assessment, textual analysis, surveys, and multicriteria decision analysis.

Y2E2 226
Profile Image for Michael Harris Michael Harris

Michael hopes to identify how ecosystem services and environmental health indicators are affected by sanitation infrastructure in development scenarios as a way to push the focus beyond that of household-level sanitation.
Profile Image for Miyuki Hino Miyuki Hino

Miyuki studies climate change risks and adaptation decisions, with a particular focus on the socioeconomic drivers of transformational adaptation.
Profile Image for Randall Holmes Randall Holmes
Andrew Hume
Profile Image for Hajin Kim Hajin Kim

Hajin's research focuses on international trade and the environment.
Profile Image for Anna Lee Anna Lee

Anna's research interests are how people learn about and make decisions related to food and waste.
Profile image for Staci Lewis Staci Lewis

Staci is interested in the impacts of land-use change on coral reef ecosystem services, and the transformation of governance regimes towards adaptive management of marine and coastal resources. Her work is based in the Republic of Palau, an island nation in Micronesia, where she is studying the emergence of watershed management and the sedimentation impacts on coral reefs in two watershed systems that have experienced modern increase in land development.

Y2E2, room 226
Profile Image for Andrea Lund Andrea Lund

Andrea's research interests are in the ecology and epidemiology of infectious disease. Her work focuses particularly on the social and environmental determinants of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that infects humans through direct contact with freshwater.
Profile Image for Casey Maue Casey Maue

My research concerns how environmental issues and efforts to promote economic development intersect in agricultural systems. Active projects include: (i) analyzing the patterns in and dynamics of agricultural TFP in 6 countries in SSA, (ii) investigating how access to informal financial services affects investment and productivity in the Ghanaian palm oil industry, and (iii) quantifying how changes weather risk induced by climate change have impacted economic outcomes in the agricultural sector.
Kelley McKanna
Profile Image for Rebecca Miller Rebecca Miller

Rebecca studies how different levels of government interact and influence the development of local climate change adaptation plans. Her work focuses particularly on wildfire management in California.
Profile Image for Josheena Naggea Josheena Naggea

Josheena’s research interests are marine resource management in small island states. Her focal area is the Western Indian Ocean, where she intends to evaluate the networks developed between islands. Her work investigates ways of assessing and enhancing the value of marine and cultural heritage and their potential contribution to the Blue Economy.
Profile Image for Rebecca Niemiec Rebecca Niemiec

Becky is interested in the human dimensions of biodiversity conservation and invasive species management. Her dissertation research focuses on how to motivate diverse private landowners to engage in invasive species control efforts to achieve landscape-scale conservation benefits.
Profile Image for Chikara Onda Chikara Onda

Chikara studies the distributional impacts of climate and clean energy policies. In particular, he is interested in using insights from labor economics to to study the impact of such policies on low-income households, both using econometric techniques as well as simulation using energy–economy models.
Profile Image for Nathan Ratledge Nathan Ratledge

Nathan studies clean energy and energy access issues in developing economies. Specifically, his research covers the intersection of the economics, business and system design elements, as well as the environmental impacts of energy development.
Profile Image for Sudatta Ray Sudatta Ray

Sudatta studies the impacts that different energy systems have on resources and food security. Her work aims to inform developing country policymakers in their decisions on providing access to energy.
Profile Image for Francisca Santana Francisca Santana

Francisca studies social ecological systems of coastal regions, with a focus on current and historical trends in conservation, governance and resource use in the Gulf of Mexico.
Profile Image for Samy Sekar Samy Sekar

Samy researches how to estimate public opinion at state and local levels, so that public opinion data is more relevant for policymakers. She also studies how people form their attitudes toward climate change and how those attitudes shape behavior.
Profile Image for Allison Sherris Allison Sherris

Allison's research interests include the geochemistry of heavy metal fate and transport, as well as the public health impacts of exposure to inorganic contaminants in soil, surface water, and groundwater.
Override profile image for Lin Shi Lin Shi

Lin studies approaches to evaluating, communicating, and mitigating the life cycle environmental impacts of Information and Communication Technology products, focusing on supply chains.

Y2E2 226
(815) 508-4904
Profile image for A.R. Siders A.R. Siders Washington DC
Profile Image for Briana Swette Briana Swette

Briana studies rural land use change and governance, using methods from geography, ecology, and the social sciences. She is currently investigating how public lands livestock grazing is changing in Idaho's High Divide landscape, and the consequences for communities and ecosystems.
Profile Image for Shannon Swanson Shannon Swanson

Shannon studies artisanal fishing communities in small island nations in South East Asia and Oceania and how they are affected by tourism, marine protected areas, conflict, social learning networks, and governance structures. She is also interested in developing new qualitative methods of research using film and photography.
Profile Image for Tannis Thorlakson Tannis Thorlakson

Tannis examines food retailers and manufacturers' role in improving social and environmental outcomes in their agricultural supply chains.
Profile Image for Jose Urteaga Jose Urteaga

Jose Urteaga research centers on the governance and sustainable management of marine natural resources in developing countries. Particularly he is interested in understanding how social and institutional arrangements interact to manage diverse habitats and species and how these arrangements are affected by contextual and historical factors. Currently, he is focusing on sea turtle conservation in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Profile Image for Jen Wang Jen Wang

Jennifer's research interests address human behaviour change in the context of climate change, with the ultimate aim of shifting normative practices and paradigms within public policy, business, and individual behaviour to effectively account for the impacts and risks of climate change and environmental sustainability.
Profile Image for Philip Womble Philip Womble

Philip studies legal and water supply planning strategies that use water markets to help communities and ecosystems adapt to drought and climate change.