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Graduate Students

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Briana Abrahms

Graduate Student

Email: briana.abrahms@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Personal Website   Conservation Connections Blog

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Research Interests

connectivity planning, landscape ecology, large carnivore conservation

Research Description

Broadly, my research interests lie in landscape ecology, conservation planning, and questions relating to species persistence in the context of climate and land-use change. Of particular interest is corridor ecology and examining the roles climate and…[read more]

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Seira Ashley Adams

Graduate Student

Email: seira.adams@berkeley.edu

Office: 209 Wellman Hall (The Rotunda)

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Research Interests

Evolutionary Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Pheromones, Spider Biology

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Manisha Anantharaman

PhD Candidate

Email: m.anantharaman@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Hilgard Hall

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Environmental politics, Sustainable consumption and behavior change, Urban governance, Emerging economies

Research Description

Broadly, my academic, intellectual and advocacy interests lie in the domain of sustainability transitions.  I define these as the policy transformations and changed behaviors required to achieve the political, social, economic, and value systems that…[read more]

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Jeremy C. Andersen

Graduate Student

Email: jandersen@berkeley.edu

Office: 310 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-643-6481

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Population Genetics, Biological Control, Hybridization, Plant Insect Interactions

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Karen Andrade

Ph.D. Candidate

Email: kandradec@berkeley.edu

Office: 113 Hilgard

Lab Phone: 510-643-2225

Website(s): Banfield Lab Website   

Research Group(s):     

Office Hours: Hilgard 113  

Research Interests

microbial ecology, microbial ecosystem services, green chemistry, science and society, access to research

Research Description

As a graduate student my goal is to obtain the training of a researcher as well as the knowledge and skills to engage different scientific disciplines and build bridges between our local community and the…[read more]

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Joshua Arnold

Graduate Student

Email: j.earl.arnold@berkeley.edu

Office: 25 Hilgard

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Hossein Ayazi

Graduate Student

Email: hossein.ayazi@berkeley.edu

Office: 44A Giannini

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Joan Elizabeth Ball-Damerow

Graduate Student

Email: jball@berkeley.edu

Office: 302 Wellman Hall

Lab Phone: 2-5913

Website(s): personal website and blog   

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Research Interests

Freshwater ecology, biological indicators, aquatic entomology, land use and climate change, dragonfly distribution, historical ecolgy

Research Description

The intensification of human land use and changing climate are fundamentally altering freshwater ecosystems. Urbanization in particular impairs water quality, increases water temperatures, and in many cases has resulted in complete elimination of natural water…[read more]

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Patrick Baur

PhD Student

Email: pbaur@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Personal Website   

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Research Interests

Science and Technology Studies (STS), Political Ecology, Public Policy || Agriculture and food systems, Diversified farming systems, Food justice, Politics of technological change and development, Collective knowledge production, Science and democracy, Sustainability, efficiency, and other normative frameworks for socio-environmental governance

Research Description

My research examines the intersection of sustainable agriculture and food safety, specifically taking a hard look at legislation, regulation, and industry response to concerns over infectious pathogens in fresh produce and how that articulates with…[read more]

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Robin Bellows

Graduate Student

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Erin Bergren

PhD Candidate

Email: erinamelia@berkeley.edu

Office: 345 Giannini Hall

Website(s): Personal Website   

Research Group(s):       

Research Description

The political ecology of disaster

Scholars of hazards and disasters frequently note that society tends to prepare for the last disaster, rather than the next one. This reflects a cognitive bias to make assumptions about risk…[read more]

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Hekia Bodwitch

Ph.D Candidate

Email: hekiabodwitch@berkeley.edu

Office: 345 Giannini Hall

Phone: +1 315-567-9743

Research Group(s):       

Research Interests

Sustainable fishing, social movements & capitalism; Indigeneity, race & neoliberalism; State natural resource management

Research Description

Governing fisheries:
Customary fishing, market-based conservation and labeling fish as sustainable

My work focuses on the relationship between customary/community fishing efforts and the global sustainable fishing movement.  Sustainable fish labelling, developed by the Marine Stewardship Council in…[read more]

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Erin Brandt

Graduate Student

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Allison Byrne

Graduate Student

Email: allison.q.byrne@gmail.com

Office: 146 Hilgard Hall

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Adam Calo

Graduate Student

Email: adamcalo@berkeley.edu

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Colin Carlson

Graduate Student

Email: cjcarlson@berkeley.edu

Office: VLSB 5048

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Research Interests

Spatial ecology; ecological modeling; climate change; extinction risk; host-parasite interactions

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Kristina Cervantes-Yoshida

PhD Student

Email: kcervantes@berkeley.edu

Office: 326 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-9688

Website(s): Carlson Lab website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Freshwater ecology, stream fish communities, watershed land use, urban streams, drought disturbances

Research Description

I am broadly interested in exploring how multi-scale anthropogenic and natural environmental factors influence freshwater fish communities. One element of my graduate research explores the influence of watershed-scale factors, such as land cover and hydraulic…[read more]

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Dylan Chapple

Graduate Student

Email: dylanchapple@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Hilgard Hall

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Office Hours: For Restoration Ecology (ESPM 187) Spring 2014: Wednesdays 9-10 or by appointment

Research Interests

Restoration Ecology, Plant Community Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Science Education

Research Description

I am broadly interested in the science and practice of restoration ecology.  My main field research project focuses on plant community dynamics in reference and restored wetland sites in the South Bay Salt Pond…[read more]

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Esther Choi

Graduate Student

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Siew Chin Chua

Graduate Student

Email: scchua@berkeley.edu

Office: 113 Mulford Hall

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Research Description

Trees are fundamental to tropical rain forests and very often ecological related questions require knowledge of plant species identity. And since many forest trees flower infrequently, identifying plants from only leaf specimens is quite common….[read more]

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Sasha Clark

Graduate Student

Email: sasha.clark@berkeley.edu

Office: 360 Mulford Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Prescribed fire as a management technique for threshold reversal in medusahead

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Alasdair Cohen

PhD Candidate

Email: alasdaircohen@berkeley.edu

Website(s): The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool   

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Asia/China, global environmental health, household water treatment, M&E, rural development, WASH

Research Description

My past and present work and research focus on M&E and poverty metrics, water management, and drinking water treatment, in the context of rural poverty and development. Geographically, I work mostly in Asia.

My studies and research at…[read more]

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Esther Conrad

PhD Candidate

Email: estherconrad@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

  • Collaborative approaches to water governance and environmental management
  • Collaborative networks and learning
  • Policy frameworks for climate change adaptation
  • Using scientific knowledge in planning and decision-making
  • Regional water planning in California
  • Flood management in California’s Central Valley
  • Managing climate risks for sustainable…[read more]
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Chryl Natasha Elaine Corbin

Graduate Student

Email: uc.corbin@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

The intersection of Race, Media and the Urban Environment

Research Description

My research focuses on the relationship between the natural and the built environment. Specifically I look at the intersection of race, media, and green space creation in urban areas at the rise of the Green…[read more]

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Stella Cousins

PhD Student

Email: stella.c_at_ berkeley.edu

Office: 351 Hilgard

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Interests

plant stress, forest community ecology, silviculture, urban-rural interfaces, cultural landscapes, and environmental history

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Jessica Craft

Graduate Student

Email: jcraft86@berkeley.edu

Office: 143 Hilgard

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Research Interests

Phylogenetics, Population genetics, Drosophila

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Meghan Shane Culpepper

Graduate Student

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Description

My research interests broadly encompass the systematics, behavior and biogeography of carabid beetles. I am particularly interested in the snail-eating beetles belonging to the genus Scaphinotus. Using contemporary methods in morphological and molecular systematics I…[read more]

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Celia Del Cid

Graduate Student

Email: celiadelcid@berkeley.edu

Office: 106 Wellman Hall

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Laura Dev

Graduate Student

Email: dev.laura@gmail.com

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Joshua S. Dimon

Graduate Student

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Sibyl Diver

Graduate Student

Email: sdiver@berkeley.edu

Office: 326 Mulford Hall

Phone: 206-849-5577

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Natural resource governance with indigenous peoples in Pacific Northwest salmon watersheds

Research Description

I am studying co-management (collaborative or cooperative management) of natural resources with indigenous peoples.  This course of study builds off of eight years of previous NGO work on issues of community participation in natural resource…[read more]

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Eric Dougherty

Graduate Student

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Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes

Graduate Student

Email: gjaimes@berkeley.edu

Office: 345 Giannini Hall

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Research Interests

Environmental Justice, GIS, Public Health, Urban Health Equity, Race & Identity

Research Description

My research focus can be broadly characterized as urban health equity. I use geospatial analysis tools, such as GIS,  to examine the mismatch between macro and micro scale environmental and health assessments that can mask…[read more]

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Christopher Dow

Graduate Student

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Laura Driscoll

Graduate Student

Email: laurardriscoll@gmail.com

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Joan Dudney

Graduate Student

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Jennie Durant

Graduate Student and Lecturer

Email: jenniedurant@berkeley.edu

Office: 339 Giannini

Website(s): The Tasty Buzz   Travel Website

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Research Description

My research primarily focuses on agro-food systems and sustainable agriculture at national and global scales, primarily through the lenses of Political Ecology and Science and Technology Studies (STS). My current project examines the nexus…[read more]

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Kelly Easterday

Graduate Student

Email: kjeasterday@berkeley.edu

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Melissa Eitzel

PhD Student

Email: mveitzel@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Professional Website   

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Sara E. Emery

Graduate Student

Email: semery@berkeley.edu

Office: 5057 VLSB

Phone: (510) 642-3989

Website(s): Welter Lab   

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Indirect Interactions, Parasitoid Food Webs and Dispersal in Disturbed Landscapes, Host Selection

Research Description

Parasitoid wasps can significantly affect the population growth and dynamics of host species. Researches have focused on numerous “just-so” ecology-based systems involving specialized parasitoids and their hosts.  However, parasitoids can also be relative generalists, and…[read more]

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Ignacio Escalante

Graduate Student

Email: iescalante@berkeley.edu

Office: 5030 VLSB

Website(s): Personal Research Website   

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Office Hours: Monday 2-4p, Wednesday 1-2p VLSB 5030

Research Interests

Behavioral Ecology, Phenotipic Plasticity, Tropical Biology, Animal Communication and Cognition, Spiders, Harvestmen

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Lisa Fernandez

Graduate Student

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Kari Finstad

PhD Candidate

Email: karifinstad@berkeley.edu

Office: 45 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-6910

Website(s): Personal Website   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours:

By appointment

Research Interests

Earth surface processes, geochemistry, geomicrobiology, stable and radioisotopes, astrobiology

Research Description

Broadly, I am interested in the interface between life and the landscape. I love the outdoors and am motivated by the complex biological and geochemical feedbacks which occur at the earth’s surface. My…[read more]

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Kathryn Fiorella

PhD Candidate

Email: kfiorella@berkeley.edu

Office: 45 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-3918

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Description

Broadly, I am interested in the intersection of natural resource use and human health. My research explores interactions between ecosystem change, livelihoods and human health across multiple scales and health outcomes in Western Kenya, around…[read more]

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Jane Flegal

Graduate Student

Email: jflegal@berkeley.edu

Office: 44A Giannini Hall

Website(s): Personal website   

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Research Interests

Science and Technology Studies (STS), Energy Policy, Climate Policy

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Elizabeth A. Forsburg

Graduate Student

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Kauaoa M. Fraiola

Graduate Student

Email: kfraiola@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Description

I am interested in three main academic areas: interaction between organisms and ecosystem processes; connectivity among ecosystems; and impacts of land use. More specifically I am interested in how these topics play out in the…[read more]

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Maria Friedman

Graduate Student

Email: kiyay@berkeley.edu

Office: 301 Mulford

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Research Interests

Forest pathology, forest mycology, microbial ecology, how it all works

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Sharon Y. Fuller

PhD Candidate

Email: syfuller@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Indigenous Knowledge, Livelihoods, Gender, Water Resources

Research Description

Gullah Geechee are descendants of enslaved West Africans who have preserved cultural traditions of their ancestors on the Sea Islands. The ecological similarities of Sierra Leone’s coastal region facilitated the juxtaposition of African traditions upon…[read more]

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Kaitlyn Gaynor

Graduate Student

Email: kgaynor@berkeley.edu

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Research Description

My research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral ecology and conservation biology. I am broadly interested in how habitat reduction, fragmentation, and degradation, through land-use change and human-wildlife conflict, affect wildlife social behavior, movement, and…[read more]

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Madeline Brown Girard

PhD Student

Email: maddiegirard34@berkeley.edu

Office: 146 Hilgard

Website(s): Personal Website   

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Sydney Glassman

PhD candidate

Email: sglassman@berkeley.edu

Office: 321 Koshland Hall

Website(s): Bruns lab   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Fungal ecology

Research Description

I am interested in the interactions between aboveground and belowground terrestrial communities, in particular the effects of mycorrhizal symbioses on plant community composition and function. I am also interested in understanding broad patterns of fungal…[read more]

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Morgan Gray

PhD Candidate

Email: morgan.gray@berkeley.edu

Office: 333 Mulford Hall

Website(s): Merenlender Lab   Morgan Gray

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Research Interests

Wildlife ecology, ecological modeling, animal behavior, human-wildlife conflict, population genetics.

Research Description

My research focus is on landscape-scale ecological conservation, with an emphasis on how human land use influences carnivore critters in California.

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Ellyn Gray

Graduate Student

Email: ellyngray@berkeley.edu

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Theodore Grudin

Graduate Student

Email: tgrudin@berkeley.edu

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Traci L. Grzymala

Graduate Student

Email: mala@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Will Lab   Personal Website

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Research Interests

Systematics; Coleoptera; Behavior; Microscopy

Research Description

I am generally interested in Coleopteran systematics, behavior, biogeography, and ecology.  I am especially intersted in unique behaviors or morphological characters and their effects on the diversification of beetle groups.  I also enjoy scientific illustration…[read more]

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Abhinav Guha

Graduate Student

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Omar Gutiérrez del Arroyo

Graduate Student

Email: omar.gutierrezdela@gmail.com

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Ecosystem ecology, Biogeochemistry, Tropical forests

Research Description

I am constantly amazed by the functioning of ecosystems (ecosystem ecology), including processes ranging from soil microbial metabolism to phloem transport of photosynthates. My research interests revolve around the intersection between plant ecophysiology, soil biogeochemistry,…[read more]

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Laurie A. Hall

Graduate Student

Email: lahall@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Description

My research interests are focused on the effects of population connectivity, via the dispersal of individuals, on population dynamics of threatened and endangered wildlife. I use a combination of direct and indirect techniques to measure…[read more]

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Lauren M. Hallett

Graduate Student

Email: lauren.hallett@berkeley.edu

Office: 142 Hilgard Hall

Lab Phone: (512) 642-1334

Website(s): Suding Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

plant community ecology, restoration ecology

Research Description

I am an ecologist interested in how temporal variability shapes plant communities. I care about this in relation to species conservation, and am studying whether precipitation variability drives transient invasion patterns in serpentine prairies….[read more]

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Maya Hayden

PhD Candidate

Email: mkh@berkeley.edu

Phone: 510-643-2450

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Interests

Riparian forest ecology, physical-biological interactions in river systems (e.g., effects of altered disturbance regimes on vegetation dynamics), persistence strategies of pioneer trees, floodplain restoration and water resources management.

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Rachelle Hedges

Graduate Student

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Margot Natalie Higgins

Ph.D Candidate

Email: margothiggins@berkeley.edu

Office: 314 Giannini

Phone: 203.505.4638

Research Group(s):       

Office Hours: by appointment

Research Interests

environmental history of national parks and wilderness, race, representation and identity, nature-society interactions, local ecological knowledge (LEK)

Research Description

I am an environmental social scientist and historian who relies on interdisciplinary theories and methods from environmental history, political ecology and critical human geography. In addition to my history of applied and engaged activism within…[read more]

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Julie V. Hopper

Graduate Student

Email: juliehopper@berkeley.edu

Office: Natural Resource Laboratory, #12, 1801 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Phone: 510-643-5903

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Interests

My research interests include Parasitology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Invasive Species, Biological Control and Aquaculture.

Research Description

My dissertation focuses on the Australian Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana, and its natural enemies in California. Since its discovery and initial spread in California in 2007, this invasive moth has been in decline,…[read more]

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Tracy Hruska

Graduate Student

Email: t.hruska@berkeley.edu

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Research Interests

nomadic pastoralism; land conservation; international development

Research Description

I am primarily interested in the relationship between economic development and the land-use practices of nomadic pastoralists, particularly as related to the sustainability of those practices. Ultimately, I am concerned about the continuation of nomadic…[read more]

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Yu-Ting Huang

Graduate Student

Email: yth.cal@gmail.com

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Research Interests

Remote Sensing, GIS, Hydrological Modeling

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Eric Huber

PhD Student

Email: ehuber@berkeley.edu

Office: 304 Mulford Hall

Phone: 508-446-5433

Lab Phone: 510-643-9688

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Personal Website   

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Research Interests

Fish Ecology, Conservation, Inland Waters, Water Quality, Aquatic Invertebrates, Biochronology, Hatcheries

Research Description

I am broadly interested in the ecology and conservation of inland waters. My master’s research focused on investigating the relationship between environmental temperatures and juvenile steelhead trout growth patterns, estimated by otolith microanalysis, at the…[read more]

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Matthew Hughes

Graduate Student

Email: matthughes@berkeley.edu

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Research Description

Matthew does work primarily with the phylogeography of forest trees of California, particularly red fir and tanoak.

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Roxanne Hulme

Graduate Student

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Lisa Hunt

Graduate Student

Email: lisahunt@berkeley.edu

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Research Interests

Aquatic ecology, pesticide ecotoxicology, sustainable agriculture

Research Description

Pyrethroid insecticides are rapidly replacing organophosphate pesticides in many countries, due to their lower toxicity to humans and other organisms. However, recent studies indicate that pyrethroids tend to persist longer in sediments, and that concentrations…[read more]

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Jason Hwan

PhD candidate

Email: jhwan@berkeley.edu

Office: 326 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-9688

Website(s): Personal Website   2007 Expedition to Guyana

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Research Interests

Freshwater Ecology, Fish Ecology, Conservation Biology, Intermittent Streams

Research Description

Mediterranean climate regions are characterized by wet winters and dry summers and, as a result, Mediterranean streams contract greatly during the summer low flow period. Under these conditions, small streams can become fragmented as shallow…[read more]

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Kelly Iknayan

Graduate Student

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PhD Student

Email: jimamura@berkeley.edu

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Gabriel Isaacman

Graduate Student

Email: gabriel.isaacman@berkeley.edu

Office: 150 Hilgard Hall

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Research Interests

Atmospheric Chemistry, Aerosol, Instrumentation

Research Description

I work to develop and improve in-situ instrumentation to better study the sources and formation pathways of atmospheric particulate matter. By collecting and analyzing the specific organic compounds in particulate matter, we are able to…[read more]

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Meredith Jabis

Graduate Student

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Dryw A. Jones

Graduate Student

Email: dryw.jones@gmail.com

Office: 223 Mulford Hall

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Research Interests

Carbon sequestration dynamics in forested ecosystems

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Anne Kakouridis

Graduate Student

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Lisa C. Kelley

Graduate Student

Email: lisa.c.kelley@berkeley.edu

Office: 204 Mulford Hall

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Research Interests

land use & land use change, environmental policy, biodiversity & agriculture, interdisciplinary research design & methods

Research Description

I am interested in conservation strategies and transitioning land uses in Southeast Asia’s agricultural landscapes.  What effects do different conservation strategies have at the field, farm and landscape levels?  What are the mechanisms of transition…[read more]

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Suzanne Kelson

Graduate Student

Email: skelson@berkeley.edu

Office: 326 Mulford

Lab Phone: (510) 643-9688

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Research Interests

freshwater ecology, conservation management, eco-evolutionary dynamics

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Susan Kennedy

Graduate Student

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Ellen Kersten

Graduate Student

Email: ekersten@berkeley.edu

Office: 345 Giannini Hall

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Research Interests

GIS, spatial analysis, environmental justice, public health, health disparities

Research Description

I use geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to evaluate the availability and accessibility of resources that influence health behaviors and outcomes, such as food, recreational resources, and public transportation. I’m also interested in…[read more]

Allison G. Kidder

PhD Candidate

Email: kidder@berkeley.edu

Office: 4007 VLSB or 43 Mulford Hall

Website(s): Research Website   

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Research Interests

Plant ecology, plant ecophysiology, plant water relations

Research Description

My overarching area of interest is plant water relations.  Specifically, I’m investigating how coastal fog might facilitate the establishment of Baccharis pilularis (commonly called coyote brush) in rare coastal prairie habitat in central coastal California. To…[read more]

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Esther G. Kim

Graduate Student

Email: egkim@berkeley.edu

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Brian Ikaika Klein

Graduate Student

Email: brianklein@berkeley.edu

Office: 44A Giannini

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Research Interests

political economy of natural resources and international development; energy and extractive industries; community and consumer-driven regulation; global value chains; local impacts of development projects

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Mario Klip

Graduate Student

Email: mk_klip@yahoo.com

Office: 4 Mulford Hall

Phone: 650 996 2230

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Urban Wildlife

Research Description

Urban/wild black bears in Lake Tahoe region, focusing urban/wild characteristics, Aversive Conditioning and ecological parameters.

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Karina Klonoski

Graduate Student

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Freyja L. Knapp

PhD Candidate

Email: freyja@berkeley.edu

Office: 145 Hilgard Hall

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):       

Research Interests

Global Metropolitan Studies, Political Ecology, Science and Technology Studies

Research Description

My research focuses on international environmental governance of electronic waste recycling. My work crosses both environmental and social sciences through a political ecology and science studies approach. I am interested in questions around…[read more]

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Sara Knox

Graduate Student

Email: saraknox@berkeley.edu

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Akos Kokai

Graduate Student

Website(s): Website   

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Melina V. Kozanitas

Graduate Student

Email: melinak@berkeley.edu

Office: 301 Mulford hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Population Genetics of Phytophthora ramorum (causal agent of Sudden Oak Death)

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Anu Kramer

PhD Student

Email: anu.kramer@berkeley.edu

Office: 360 Mulford Hall

Lab Phone: (510) 642-4934

Website(s): Anu Kramer's website   

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Research Interests

Fire, GIS, and LiDAR

Research Description

Investigating the uses of LiDAR for wildfire models.  Specifically, utilizing LiDAR to derive fuel characteristics for the physics-based fire model, FIRETEC

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Alex Krohn

Graduate Student

Email: alex.krohn@berkeley.edu

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Research Interests

Evolutionary biology and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Convergent evolution.

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David Kurz

PhD Student

Email: david.kurz@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology, population biology, and wildlife management in altered ecosystems

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Noriko Kusumi

Graduate Student

Email: norikokusumi@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):     

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Athena Wai Lam

Graduate Student

Email: AthenaLam@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Historical population genetics and invasions

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Daniel Lavelle

PhD Candidate

Email: dlavelle@berkeley.edu

Office: 336 Giannini

Research Group(s):   

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Rachel Lem

Graduate Student

Email: rlem@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Misha Leong

PhD Student

Email: mishaleong@berkeley.edu

Office: 209 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-5114

Research Group(s):   

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Carrie Levine

Graduate Student

Email: crlevine@berkeley.edu

Office: 351 Hilgard Hall

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Michael Levy

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Chloë P. H. Lewis

Graduate Student

Email: chlewis@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Hilgard Hall

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Fall 2011: Wednesday 4-5 PM, 111 Mulford.

Research Description

Self-perpetuating systems

I am in John Harte‘s lab. I am investigating a hypothesized feedback system in which biology and geomorphology reinforce each other in the mound-pool microtopography of many California grasslands. In previous work I…[read more]

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Sarah M. Lewis

PhD Candidate

Email: sarahlewis@berkeley.edu

Office: 127 Mulford Hall

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Land Use Change, Biofuels

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Lu Liang

Graduate Student

Email: luliang@berkeley.edu

Office: 222 Mulford Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Remote Sensing, GIS, LULC, biodiversity, infectious disease

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Matthew Libassi

Graduate Student

Email: mlibassi@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Adrian Lu

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Juliet Lu

Graduate Student

Email: Lu.Juliet@gmail.com

Research Group(s):   

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Matthew S. Luskin

PhD Candidate

Email: luskin@berkeley.edu

Office: 204 Mulford Hall

Website(s): Research Gate   Potts Lab

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: by appt., email to schedule

Research Interests

Tropical Rainforests, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Research Description

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I am completing my last year of dissertation fieldwork studying Indonesia’s jungle wildlife as National Geographic Society Explorer and Fulbright scholar. I split my time…[read more]

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Luke T. Macaulay

PhD Candidate

Email: luke.macaulay@gmail.com

Office: 3 Mulford Hall

Phone: 703-798-8459

Research Group(s):       

Research Interests

Economic and Environmental Impacts of Wildlife Management in Rangelands

Research Description

I study how policy that regulates hunting and management for hunting impacts  environmental and economic factors on privately owned rangelands.  I’m evaluating these impacts in oak savannas in Spain, Texas, and California, three places with unique policy…[read more]

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Kevi Mace-Hill

Graduate Student

Email: kmace@berkeley.edu

Office: 310 Welman Hall

Phone: (510) 643-5903

Lab Phone: (510) 643-5903

Research Group(s):   

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Sarah MacLean

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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William Maier

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Elizabeth C. Marrack

Graduate Student

Email: lmarrack@berkeley.edu

Office: 143 Mulford Hall

Phone: 415-450-7150

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

Hawaiian aquatic ecosystem resilience

I am interested in nearshore coastal ecosystem resilience in the face of multiple anthropogenic stressors including climate change, sea level rise, nutrient loading, and invasive species. Specifically, I am working in two…[read more]

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Ryan Marsh

Graduate Student

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Abigail Martin

PhD Candidate

Email: abigailmartin@berkeley.edu

Office: 145 Hilgard Hall

Research Group(s):     

Research Description

My research interests are focused on understanding how state-society relations shape “green growth.” I study economic activity that aims to address climate change policy goals and societal demands for more ethical production and consumption. My dissertation project explored the…[read more]

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Kaitlyn A. Mathis

Graduate Student

Email: kamathis@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Behavior and chemical ecology of social insects; cue use in multitrophic interactions; phorid flies; ant associated beetles

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Sarick Matzen

Graduate Student

Email: smatzen@berkeley.edu

Office: 151 Hilgard

Phone: 510-642-7273

Website(s): Pallud Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Soil bioremediation; Urban agriculture

Research Description

My research focuses on arsenic remediation using the arsenic hyperaccumulating fern Pteris vittata.  Bioremediation holds great promise as a tool to help urban agriculturalists turn underutilized land into food production zones; at my field site…[read more]

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Allegra Mayer

Graduate Student

Email: allegramayer@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Biogeochemistry, carbon cycle, soil, land-use/management

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Leslie McGinnis

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Kathryn McGown

PhD Student

Email: mcgownk@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Alex McInturff

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Gavin McNicol

Graduate Student

Email: gavinmcnicol@berkeley.edu

Office: 140A Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-3963

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

My main interests relate to the biogeochemical controls on greenhouse gas fluxes from soil and the methods used to extrapolate in situ flux measurements across larger scales.

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Maywa Montenegro

Graduate Student

Email: maywamontenegro@gmail.com

Office: 345 Giannini Hall

Website(s): Berkeley Food Institute   Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Agroecology and diversified farming systems || Conservation of agrobiodiversity || Food sovereignty Political ecology || STS || Participatory research and learning

Research Description

Trained in molecular biology, science writing, and now, a range of critical social and ecological theory, I do my best to incorporate these perspectives into research on seeds.

I am particularly interested in the relationship between…[read more]

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Andrés Muñoz-Sáez

PhD Student

Email: amunozsaez@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Conservation biology, Agroecology, Wildlife ecology, Landscape ecology, Climate change.

Research Description

Biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems, specifically in vineyards.

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Anne F. Murray

Graduate Student

Email: afmurray@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Chemical Ecology

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Lakshmi Narayan

PhD Candidate

Email: lakshmi.narayan@berkeley.edu

Office: 223 Mulford Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Forestry, Forest Genetics

Research Description

My research is on the spatial clonal patterns of coast redwood.  By incorporating genetic data into forest structure indices, I hope to provide a framework that incorporates genotype data in a way that is meaningful…[read more]

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Rachel Neurath

Graduate Student

Email: rneurath@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

microbial ecology, carbon cycling and stabilization in soils, and the impacts of climate change

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Clay Noss

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Tristan Nuñez

Graduate Student

Email: tnunez@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Interests   

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Erik J. Oerter

PhD Student

Email: erik.oerter@berkeley.edu

Office: 47 Hilgard Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Geochemical processes occurring at Earth's surface, Application of isotopic techniques to geochemical problems

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Liz Olhsson

Graduate Student

Email: lolhsson@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Melina Packer

Graduate Student

Email: mmp@berkeley.edu

Office: 44A Giannini Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

environmental justice, feminist science and technology studies, fat studies, food sovereignty

Research Description

I am interested in how (hetero)sexism both exacerbates food system inequities and stymies food movement progress. Or, put another way, my research asks the question: what would a feminist foodie do?

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Jenny Palomino

Graduate Student

Email: jpalomino@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):     

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Robert Parks

Graduate Student

Email: rparks@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Political Ecology of Agriculture and Food Systems - STS - Rural Sociology - Agricultural Biotechnologies - Seed Systems

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Michael G. Peterson

Graduate Student

Email: petersmg@gmail.com

Phone: 510.642.5913

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

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Annah Peterson

Graduate Student

Email: annah@berkeley.edu

Office: 44A Giannini

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

deforestation in the tropics, development theory, critical ecology

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Marco Pfeiffer

Graduate Student

Email: mpfeiffer@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Catherine H. Pham

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Lauren C. Ponisio

Graduate Student

Email: lponisio@berkeley.edu

Office: 219 Wellman

Website(s): Personal website   

Research Group(s):   

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Francisco B. Pontual

PhD Student

Email: pontual@berkeley.edu

Office: 44 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-384-1750

Research Group(s):   

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Tom Poorten

Graduate Student

Email: poorten@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Carolina Prado

Graduate Student

Email: c.prado@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):       

Research Interests

Women's Transborder Activism on Environmental Justice in the San Diego-Tijuana region

Research Description

The U.S.-México border region has experienced the acceleration of manufacturing plants due to the NAFTA and simultaneous development of social and environmental organizing for change. In this context, cross-border collaboration between government agencies and between…[read more]

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Cecilia Prator

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Jonathan Proctor

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):     

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Julie Pyatt

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Maggie Raboin

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Aghaghia Rahimzadeh

PhD Candidate

Email: aghaghia@berkeley.edu

Office: 341 Giannini Hall

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Community-based natural resource management, sustainable mountain livelihoods, international development, tribal/indigenous studies, gender, political ecology, India

Research Description

My PhD research investigates the consequences of rapid socio-economic change on agro-pastoralist tribal people in the Kinnaur District of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Indian Himalayas.  My research project, “Changing Livelihoods in Kinnaur:…[read more]

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Felix Ratcliff

Graduate Student

Email: felixratcliff@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Chandra Richards

Graduate Student

Email: cmr5064@berkeley.edu

Office: 151 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-7273

Website(s): Pallud Lab Website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Soil biogeochemistry

Research Description

I study the environmental and biogeochemical controls that drive the kinetics of iron and sulfate reduction in littoral aquatic wetland sediments. This research will elucidate the fate, transport, and transformative processes that factor into Fe…[read more]

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Avi Ringer

Graduate Student

Email: aringer@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Technological Change, Industrial History, Chemicals, Energy, Food, Environmental Health, Policy Studies

Research Description

Two projects currently underway:

   Innovation and Industrial Change

This work looks at the opportunities and challenges in moving from today’s systems of industrial production towards systems with less negative impact on the environment and society. My…[read more]

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Christine Rivera

Graduate Student

Email: crivera@berkeley.edu

Office: 5030 VLSB

Website(s): The Elias Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Behavioral Ecology, Evolution, Sexual Selection, Jumping Spiders

Research Description

I’m broadly interested in how selective pressures influence diversification, particularly in the evolution of sexually selected traits and behaviors. My primary research focuses on acoustic, visual, and multi-modal communication channels in jumping spider courtship behavior.

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Frances Roberts-Gregory

Graduate Student

Email: frobertsgregory@berkeley.edu

Website(s): MS PHD   SOARS

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Environmental Justice; American Studies; Ethnobotany and Herbal Medicine; Participatory Mixed Method Research; Race, Class & Gender Studies; Political Ecology; Place-Based Translocal Social Movements; Diet, Advocacy and Identity Politics; Traditional Ecological and Local Knowledge; Community Geography; Food Justice; Climate Justice

Research Description

I am an environmental sociologist/Black feminist anthropologist with a keen interest in geography i.e. I am an interdisciplinary social scientist. My work interrogates the dynamic and fluid intersection of class, race and gender categories, as…[read more]

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Andrew Rominger

Graduate Student

Email: rominger@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Hilgard Hall

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Macroecology, ecological theory, evolution on islands

Research Description

My research focuses on understanding the limits and successes of statistical theories of biodiversity, such as the maximum entropy theory of ecology or the unified neutral theory of biodiversity. My ultimate goal is to use…[read more]

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Nicholas Sakellariou

Doctoral Candidate

Email: nik0las@berkeley.edu

Office: 118 Giannini Hall

Research Group(s):     

Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4pm, 118 Giannini Hall. I also hold "electronic office hours" by appointment. Skype name: nikolas7berkeley Gmail chat: nsakell@gmail.com

Research Interests

Ethics and politics of sustainability, History and philosophy of sustainability engineering, Politics of Life Cycle Assessment, Social Life Cycle Assessment, Social acceptance of renewable energy, Engineering education for sustainability, Sustainability and justice

Research Description

Dissertation Project Summary:

Much of the world’s socio-cultural, environmental, health and industrial prosperity depends on the design and governance of engineering projects, in particular energy infrastructure. In recent years, technological expertise, industrial investment, organizational rhetoric,…[read more]

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Hannah Salim

PhD Candidate

Email: hannahsalim@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

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Rebecca Sandidge

PhD Student

Research Group(s):   

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Hillary Sardiñas

PhD Candidate

Email: hsardinas@berkeley.edu

Office: 219 Wellman

Phone: 760-271-2111

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Restoration Ecology, Pollination Ecology, Native Bee Conservation, Agrobiodiversity

Research Description

Native bees provide the essential ecosystem service of pollination in both agricultural and natural areas. However, native bee populations are increasingly threatened due to agricultural intensification, habitat fragmentation and habitat loss. Ecological restoration has been…[read more]

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Daniel Sarna-Wojcicki

PhD Candidate

Email: danielsarna@gmail.com

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

Daniel Sarna-Wojcicki is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, division of Society and Environment.  His research is on epistemic justice and community-based knowledge generation in democratic environmental governance.  He…[read more]

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Rick Satomi

Graduate Student

Email: ricksatomi@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Kelsey Scheckel

Graduate Student

Email: kelsey.scheckel@colorado.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Linden Schneider

Graduate Student

Email: linden.schneider@gmail.com

Research Group(s):   

Dana Seidel

Graduate Student

Email: dpseidel@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Katherine Seto

PhD Candidate

Email: katyseto@berkeley.edu

Office: 45 Mulford Hall

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Marine Fisheries, Food Security, Development, Conflict Studies, Africa

Research Description

Since the 1980’s, marine fisheries have experienced a dramatic decline in global catches, despite overwhelming increases in technology and capitalization. Furthermore, by 2025, the number of people living within 60 miles of coastlines is projected…[read more]

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Matthew Shapero

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):     

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Kristen Shive

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Rainbow Snavely

Graduate Student

Email: rainbow222@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Soorim Song

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Sheri Spiegal

Ph.D. Candidate

Email: spiegal@berkeley.edu

Office: 304 Hilgard Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Science-based management of California grasslands

Research Description

California’s grasslands are spatially heterogeneous, temporally variable, and dominated by nonnative species. These characteristics can be daunting obstacles to the conservation and enhancement of native communities. Through my dissertation research, I am investigating an approach in…[read more]

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Richard Starfield

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Natalie Stauffer

Graduate Student

Email: natjst@berkeley.edu

Phone: (510) 642-5913

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Barcoding for applications in biomonitoring

Research Description

Freshwater ecosystems are rapidly being altered due to shifting patterns of land use, urbanization, water diversions, water storage, water transportation, runoff, waste, fishing, invasive species, and climate change. As we continue to put more pressure…[read more]

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Daniel Suarez

Graduate Student

Email: dsuarez@berkeley.edu

Office: 126 Giannini Hall

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Political ecology, science studies, environmental policy & governance, institutions, conservation, biodiversity, ecosystem services

Research Description

My research examines the institutionalization of “ecosystem services” approaches in global environmental governance. Why has nature’s dollar sign gained such widespread currency among conservation practitioners? What does it mean to put a dollar value on…[read more]

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Ali Tonak

Graduate Student

Email: alitonak@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Maria Tonione

Graduate Student

Email: riatoni@berkeley.edu

Office: 5061 VLSB

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

I am interested in the evolutionary forces that shape diversification and the genomics of adaptation. The ant (Prenolepis imparis) I plan to work on is a cold temperature specialist. I will study the geographic patterns…[read more]

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Carmen Tubbesing

Graduate Student

Email: ctubbesing@berkeley.edu

Office: 351 Hilgard

Research Group(s):   

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Rakim Turnipseed

Graduate Student

Email: rturnipseed@berkeley.edu

Office: 209 Wellman Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Invasion Ecology; Ecological Risk Assessment

Research Description

I am interested in mechanisms by which invasive insect pests achieve invasion success, as well as the consequences of biological invasions. Specifically, I am investigating how the population ecology of invasive and native mosquitoes is…[read more]

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Nathan Van Schmidt

Graduate Student

Email: vanschmidt@berkeley.edu

Office: 21 Mulford Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

I am a PhD student in the Beissinger Lab. My research lies at the intersection of landscape, population, and community ecology. I am interested in developing integrated models for understanding and predicting how wildlife populations…[read more]

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Jeanny Wang

PhD Student

Email: jeannywm@gmail.com

Website(s): Professional Website   

Research Group(s):   

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Laura Ward

PhD Student

Email: lauraward@berkeley.edu

Office: 317 Wellman Hall

Lab Phone: (510) 643-2212

Website(s): Urban Bee Lab Website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Native Bee Conservation & Ecology

Research Description

Laura Ward studies the conservation and ecology of native bees in California. As a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley, Laura works with the Urban Bee…[read more]

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Ashton Wesner

Graduate Student

Email: ashton.wesner@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Political Ecology, Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Queer Studies, Settler-Colonial Studies, Critical Natural History, Museum Studies, Pacific Northwest

Research Description

I am studying as a political ecologist with concentrations in feminist science and technology studies and cultural and ethnic studies. I aim to think critically about the complex relationships between natural resource industry and sciences, race…[read more]

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Kate Wilkin

PhD candidate

Email: Kate.Wilkin@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Fire ecology

Research Description

I am interested in fire policies and their effects to ecosystems in California’s Sierra Nevada forests. My proposed research examines both historic and altered fire regime effects on biodiversity, functional diversity, and the forest’s water…[read more]

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Jesse D. Williamson

PhD Candidate

Email: jwilliamson@berkeley.edu

Office: 125B Giannini

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Critical Race Theory, Industrial Ecology, Political Ecology, Agroecology

Research Description

I am interested in the sustainability of metropolitan systems in general, and more specifically the ways in which urban agriculture (UA) fits into the metropolitan metabolism, and issues that arise in the upscaling of UA…[read more]

Claire Willing

Graduate Student

Email: cwilling@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):     

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Lauren Wilson

Graduate Student

Email: laurenbwilson@berkeley.edu

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Lauren Withey

Graduate Student

Email: lwithey@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Land tenure, Payment for Ecosystem Services, Colombia

Research Description

Lauren studies the effects on local people of changing land tenure and land use in Colombia. These changes are occurring in the context of large-scale land conversion and the conservation efforts to minimize and offset the impacts of this conversion. Prior to joining UC Berkeley’s Environmental…[read more]

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Kevin M. Woods

Graduate Student

Email: woodsy@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

political ecology of war; ceasefire capitalism; Burma-China borderlands, production and regulation of narco-political territories

Research Description

My research is situated on the Burma-China border where I initially investigated cross-border timber trade in the mid-2000s. My current dissertation project follows emerging post-war land governance changes in northern Burma’s uplands with the arrival…[read more]

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Yu (Jade) Zhang

Graduate Student

Email: yzh828@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Hilgard Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Macro-ecology, conservation, phylogenetics

Research Description

I am a second year Ph.D student in ESPM mainly working on modeling with Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology (METE) for conservation decisions and fundamental development of macro-ecology. Topics interesting to me include conservation, spatial…[read more]

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