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Anna Michalak, Associate Professor (by Courtesy), EESS; Carnegie Institution, Global Ecology

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

Our research interests focus on characterizing complexity and quantifying uncertainty in environmental systems with the goal of improving our understanding of these systems and our ability to forecast their variability. Our current research interests focus on atmospheric greenhouse gas emission and sequestration estimation, water quality monitoring and contaminant source identification, and use of remote sensing data for earth system characterization.


Fiorenza Micheli, Professor, Biology

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My research interests include species interactions and species-habitat relationships in a variety of marine ecosystems, including intertidal and subtidal rocky reefs, estuaries, salt marshes, sea grasses, mangroves, coral reefs, coastal pelagic ecosystems, and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. I study the direct and indirect effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances in the coastal marine environment, and the applications of community ecology to the conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems.


Grant Miller, Assistant Professor, Medicine (Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research)

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My current research looks at behavioral obstacles to health improvement in developing countries. One line of study investigates household decision-making underlying puzzlingly low adoption rates of highly efficacious health technologies (like point-of-use drinking water disinfectants and improved cookstoves) in many poor countries. Another vein of research investigates misaligned macro- and micro-level incentives governing the supply of health technologies and services.


Stephen Monismith, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My research in environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics involves the application of fluid mechanics principles to the analysis of flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the oceans. Connecting my interests in estuarine processes and in California water policy issues, I have been involved with efforts at developing management strategies for improving the health of the San Francisco Bay through regulation of freshwater flow into the Bay.


Harold Mooney, Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology, Biology; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Through my global ecology research, I have shown how plant species and groups of species respond to their environments, thereby contributing to the theoretical framework of plant physiological ecology. My other work involves biodiversity and global warming.


Clayton Nall, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My research explains how policies that manipulate geographic space change American elections, issue politics, and public policy.  My other research projects encompass public policy, causal inference, political geography, and American political development. 


Rosamond Naylor, Professor; William Wrigley Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Woods Institute for the Environment

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

I am the Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment and a Professor in EESS. I am an economist by training and work on a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects. 


Leonard Ortolano, UPS Foundation Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I specialize in environmental and water resources planning, with a focus on the design and implementation of environmental policies and programs in the United States and developing countries.


Stephen Palumbi, Harold A. Miller Professor and Director, Hopkins Marine Station; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I study the genetics, evolution, conservation, population biology, and systematics of a diverse array of marine organisms, including sea urchins, whales, cone snails, corals, sharks, spiders, shrimps, bryozoans, and butterfly fishes. My primary focus is the use of molecular genetic techniques in conservation, including the identification of whale and dolphin products available in commercial markets.


Erica Plambeck, Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor in the Graduate School of Business; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I study manufacturing operations and supply chain management. My current research focuses on strategies to improve the environmental sustainability in industry.