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Lauren Oakes, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Lauren’s work stands at the interface of ecology, land change science, and resource management.  Her dissertation - Forest communities in a changing climate: social and ecological responses to yellow-cedar decline - focuses on adaptation to global change from a social-ecological systems approach.  She studies the process of forest development in forests affected by yellow-cedar decline associated with climate change.  She then examines how forest users and managers’ connection to these forests shape attitudes towards ecological change and adaptive capacity.  Integrating quantitative ecological science and qualitative social research, Lauren's research contributes to the theories and practices of adaptation in a rapidly changing world. Her field work is based out of Sitka and Gustavus, Alaska in the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness (Tongass National Forest) and Glacier Bay National Park.  She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.


Katrina ole-MoiYoi, PhD Student

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Katrina's research interests lie at the intersection of food security and fisheries. Her current work revolves around freshwater aquaculture and marine capture fisheries policy analysis in East Africa.


Michael Ovadia, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Michael is interested in the psychological processes that motivate more environmentally and socially responsible behaviors -- particularly in the context of company's customers and employees.


Dan Reineman, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My current areas of inquiry focus on the human dimensions of the California coast--how we affect the coast and how the coast affects us. My central project, Californians and the Coast, is comprised of several interdisciplinary components centered around public access to the coastline: its status and role, and its future in a changing California. I am also more widely interested in how human-dimensions are and aren't incorporated into ocean and coastal management. I am grateful to be funded by a Goldman Graduate Fellowship through the Woods Institute for the Environment.


Nik Sawe, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Nik Sawe investigates how information in environmental decision-making and risk perception routes through the brain using neuroeconomics techniques. He is interested in risk perception and its impact on philanthropy, and upstream of that, how framing effects, education, and semantics impact our environmental risk perception.


Anne Siders, PhD Student

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Siders' research focuses on climate change adaptation and risk mitigation in coastal areas. She is particularly interested in the planning process, information sources and exchange, and evaluation mechanisms that assess the success of adaptation measures and efforts to build resiliency. 


Charlotte Stanton, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Charlotte is researching cost-effective policies for conservation and development using a case study of conditional cash transfers for environmental services.


Andy Stock, PhD Student

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Andy is interested in sustainable living at the coast, and in particular how human activities from land use to fishing and offshore oil extraction affect coastal and marine ecosystems and the services that they provide to society.


Aiga Stokenberga, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Aiga's research interests include urban and environmental economics, sustainable and livable cities, and the effects of alternative urban spatial development and design patterns on the social, economic, and environmental behaviors of developing-city residents.


Aaron Strong, PhD Candidate

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

Aaron is a PhD Candidate in the E-IPER program who studies feedbacks in the carbon cycle to anthropogenic global change and how such feedbacks are managed.