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Emily Grubert

Emily Grubert, PhD Student

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Emily studies electricity fuel cycles, focusing on integrating knowledge about various environmental and social impacts of fuel extraction, use, and disposal to aid decisionmakers at a local level using life cycle assessment, textual analysis, and multicriteria decision analysis. She particularly works on fuel extraction and water resources.


Michael Harris

Michael Harris, PhD Student

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources


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Robert Heilmayr, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Robert combines approaches
from geography, economics and ecology to identify the proximate causes and
underlying drivers of forest expansion in Chile over the past 30 years.


Hajin Kim, JD/PhD Student

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Hajin is a third year law school student and second year PhD. Her research focuses on international trade and the environment. 


Dane Klinger, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Dane investigates ecological, economic, and policy components of the global seafood market, with a focus on how aquaculture can increase seafood production while improving or maintaining marine ecosystem services and functions.


Adam Leising

Adam Leising, PhD

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My work at Stanford has been directed toward the achievement of a more
sustainable energy sector. I began by studying economics and engineering
and the pervasive engineering-economic models of energy production and
consumption. I found the human behavior assumptions upon which these
models rely to be troubling. As a result, I decided to focus on human
behavior and to incorporate sociology into my studies. I ultimately
became interested in why some persons do something for the greater good
while similar others do not.

As a feasible dissertation project, I chose to address what motivates
homeowners to install solar panels on their homes, and in particular how
significant it is if a homeowner knows another homeowners who’s already
done it. This culminated in my dissertation project “Peer Effects
within Homeowner Adoption of Solar-PV Panels: A Case-Control Study of
Three Northern California Cities," in which I collected economic,
environmental, and social information from nearly 200 homeowners, both
PV adopters and non-adopters, from San Francisco, San Jose, and Fresno.
Outside of PV adoption, I found PV adopters to behave no more
environmentally than do PV non-adopters. With regards to economic
considerations, PV adoption is best predicted by whether the homeowner’s
expected PV electricity rate is less than their current PG&E
electricity average rate. Concerning social influences, a homeowner who
knows one more PV adopter than does the average homeowner has a
probability of PV adoption that is two- to three-times that of the
average homeowner. Driving this peer effect is the desire to realize the
environmental benefits of PV panels, not the acquisition of new or
improved information.

 

I successfully defended my dissertation 11 March 2014. My PhD will be conferred 15 June 2014.

 

For my resume, please go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamleising.


Staci Lewis

Staci Lewis, PhD Student

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Staci is interested in the ecological and economic impacts of climate change on coral reef ecosystem services.  She plans to examine the physiological mechanisms behind thermal resilience of coral colonies and to develop economic valuations of climate change resilience.


Heather Lukacs, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources


Justin Mankin, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Justin examines how climate change, variability, and uncertainty impacts people.


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Fran Moore, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Fran is interested in understanding and characterizing the uncertainty in climate change impacts driven by uncertainty over the adaptive responses of individuals and communities. She is focusing particularly on impacts in agriculture and hopes to use complex systems techniques to model the autonomous adaptations of farmers.