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Graduate Students

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Briana Abrahms

Graduate Student

Email: briana.abrahms@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Conservation Connections   

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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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Evolutionary Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Pheromones, Spider Biology

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Manisha Anantharaman

PhD Candidate

Email: m.anantharaman@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Hilgard Hall

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Sustainability transitions; Sustainable consumption and production; Environmental politics; Urban governance

Research Description

Re-Cycling Class: The cultural and environmental politics of the new middle classes of Bangalore, India

Broadly, my research interests lie in the pathways to, potential for and politics of sustainability transitions. My dissertation Re-Cycling Class: The…[read more]

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Jeremy C. Andersen

Graduate Student

Email: jandersen@berkeley.edu

Office: 310 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-643-6481

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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   

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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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Hossein Ayazi

Graduate Student

Email: hossein.ayazi@berkeley.edu

Office: 44A Giannini

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My research aims to examine how different protected area governance strategies influence conflict arising at the interface of extractive industry and biodiversity conservation.  I am especially interested in how the benefits and burdens of these…[read more]

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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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Stephen K. Bayes

PHD Student

Email: sbayes@berkeley.edu

Office: 5057 VLSB

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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   

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Research Description

Climate Change Adaptation and Inequality

I have been studying or working on issues related to climate change and justice since 2001. My current research focuses on how climate change adaptation policy turns into realities on the…[read more]

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Jeffrey Blazar

Graduate Student

Email: jblazar@berkeley.edu

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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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John Budrick

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Kate Cahill

Graduate Student

Email: kategardcahill@gmail.com

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Benjamin Caldwell

PhD Candidate

Email: btcaldwell@berkeley.edu

Office: 223 Mulford Hall

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Research Interests

Forest ecology and management, carbon allocation and sequestration, clonal regeneration

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Adam Calo

Graduate Student

Email: adamcalo@berkeley.edu

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Colin Carlson

Graduate Student

Email: cjcarlson@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Personal Homepage   

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Spatial ecology; community-based conservation; climate change adaptation; traditional ecological knowledge; extinction biology and historical ecology

Research Description

Outside of academia, environmental protection is often viewed as at odds with society’s needs, an outdated belief which often stands in the way of implementation. Working to protect biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes requires an understanding…[read more]

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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   

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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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Yanlei Chen

Graduate Student

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Research Description

Currently, my research interests include global scale geographic data analysis, focus on spherical spatial analysis, and application of remote sensing data in ecosystem models. During my graduate study in UC Berkeley, I developed a spatial…[read more]

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Esther Choi

Graduate Student

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Natalia Chousou-Polydouri

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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

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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   

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Research Interests

Household water treatment, water quality, WASH, poverty metrics, Global Environmental Health, Asia/China

Research Description

My past and present work and research focus on water quality and drinking water treatment, and their intersection with rural poverty, poverty metrics and development. Geographically, I work mostly in Asia.

My doctoral research is focused on point-of-use…[read more]

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Esther Conrad

PhD Candidate

Email: estherconrad@berkeley.edu

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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@berkeley.edu

Office: 351 Hilgard

Website(s): Personal 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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Laura Dane

PhD Candidate

Email: lauradane@berkeley.edu

Office: 17 Hilgard Hall

Lab Phone: 510-642-6847

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Research Description

Influence of Microbial Bodies on Soil Humification Processes

I am interested in the ways in which microbial bodies are broken down and metabolized by other microbes and transformed into soil organic matter. My research uses 13C…[read more]

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Celia Del Cid

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Aakash Desai

Graduate Student

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Laura Dev

Graduate Student

Email: dev.laura@gmail.com

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Sarah Di Vittorio

Graduate Student

Email: sdivi@berkeley.edu

Website(s): My Website   

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Research Interests

American Environmental Policy, Politics, and Governance

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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

Email: jenniedurant@berkeley.edu

Office: 44a Giannini

Website(s): The Tasty Buzz   

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Research Interests

Rice farming in Southeast Asia, GM rice, Golden Rice, cultural and ecological impacts of the Green Revolution

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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   

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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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Virginia Emery

Biology Researcher and Educator, PhD Candidate

Email: vj.emery@berkeley.edu

Website(s): My Linked In Profile   

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Research Description

Evolution of social behaviours and colony function

I am interested in the evolution of complex social behaviours in ants, particularly in ant-ant associations. My research focuses on chemical, genetic and behavioural aspects of ant nesting interactions,…[read more]

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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

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Research Interests

Soil processes and development, environmental microbiology, isotope biogeochemistry, astrobiology

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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

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Science and Technology Studies (STS), Science Policy, Political Ecology

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Alison Forrestel

Graduate Student

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Elizabeth A. Forsburg

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Scott Fortmann-Roe

Graduate Student

Email: scottfr@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Scott Fortmann-Roe   

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Research Description

My research is focused on developing tools and techniques to better understand complex systems and models and to obtain more accurate conclusions about them. I develop software both for custom models and to empower others…[read more]

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Kauaoa M. Fraiola

Graduate Student

Email: kfraiola@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Website   

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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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Sharon Y. Fuller

PhD Candidate

Email: syfuller@berkeley.edu

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Research Interests

Gender and Participatory Development, Indigenous Knowledge, Race and Environmental Policy

Research Description

I investigate the conflation of gendered perspectives into homogenous frameworks in which women’s engagement in natural resource management is obscured. My research focuses on Gullah Geechee fisherwomen in South Carolina’s Sea Islands. I critique fisheries…[read more]

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Brett Furnas

Graduate Student

Email: bfurnas@dfg.ca.gov

Phone: 530-227-3998

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Research Interests

quantitative ecology, wildlife ecology, biodiversity, bird song

Research Description

I manage a long-term, large-scale, biodiversity monitoring project for the California Department of Fish and Game (birds, mammals, plants) .

My current research includes:

  1. Species- and community-level modeling of biodiversity monitoring data in order to provide trend information…[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: 5030 VLSB

Website(s): Personal Website   

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Sydney Glassman

PhD candidate

Email: sglassman@berkeley.edu

Office: 321 Koshland Hall

Website(s): Bruns lab   

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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

Graduate Student

Email: morgan.gray@berkeley.edu

Office: 333 Mulford Hall

Website(s): Merenlender Lab   Morgan Gray

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Research Interests

Conservation biology, mammalian carnivore ecology, ecological genetics, mathematical modeling, human-wildlife interface, animal behavior, citizen science.

Research Description

Landscape-scale ecology with an emphasis on how anthropogenic-based habitat disturbance influences mammalian carnivores.

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Pam Mei Wai Graybeal

Graduate Student

Email: pam.mei@berkeley.edu

Office: 343 Giannini Hall

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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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Christopher Gurney

Graduate Student

Email: cgurney@berkeley.edu

Office: 4 Mulford Hall

Website(s): Brashares Group   

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Research Interests

Conservation, restoration, community ecology, and environmental management.

Research Description

My research is focused on understanding how an endangered keystone species, the Giant Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ingens), interacts with the plant community in California’s largest remnant grassland at Carrizo Plain National Monument. Specifically, I’m interested…[read more]

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Laurie A. Hall

Graduate Student

Email: lahall@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Website   

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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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Steven J. Hall

Graduate Student

Email: stevenhall@berkeley.edu

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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   

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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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Andrea Hardlund

Graduate Student

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Joshua A. Harmsen

PhD Student

Email: jharmsen@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Website   

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Maya Hayden

PhD Candidate

Email: mkh@berkeley.edu

Phone: 510-643-2450

Website(s): Research Website   

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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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Margot Natalie Higgins

Ph.D Candidate

Email: margothiggins@gmail.com

Phone: 203.505.4638

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Research Description

At a broad scale, my research focuses on several topics:  parks and people, climate change, nature-society interactions, local knowledge, indigenous studies, and the history of science. During my research in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias Park over…[read more]

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Kirsten Hill

PhD Student

Email: kirhill@berkeley.edu

Office: 43 Mulford

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Research Interests

Spider and Grassland Ecology

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David H. Hines

Graduate Student

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

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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Joanna Hsu

Graduate Student

Email: jhsu118@gmail.com

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Research Interests

Community diversity, plant population dynamics, alpine tundra

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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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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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Jennifer Imamura

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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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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Carbon sequestration dynamics in forested ecosystems

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Emily Kearney

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

Research Group(s):   

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Kendra Klein

PhD Candidate

Email: kleinkec@yahoo.com

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Food systems, farm to hospital, commodity networks, alternative agrifood movements, ecological nutrition, corporeality

Research Description

My interests lie at the nexus of public health and alternative agrifood movements.  I’m conducting participatory action research within the farm to hospital movement, exploring how an ecological nutrition approach to food and health is…[read more]

Mario Klip

Mario Klip

Graduate Student

Email: mk_klip@yahoo.com

Office: 4 Mulford Hall

Phone: 650 996 2230

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

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

Research Group(s):   

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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

Research Group(s):   

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Graduate Student

Website(s): Website   

Research Group(s):   

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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   

Research Group(s):     

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

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

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

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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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Loralee Larios

Graduate Student

Email: llarios@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 512-642-1334

Website(s): Suding Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

I am interested in understanding the interactions between native and exotic species and how these dynamics may affect ecosystem functioning and inform successful restoration practices. My dissertation research in California grasslands has explored several processes…[read more]

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Daniel Lavelle

PhD Candidate

Email: dlavelle@berkeley.edu

Office: 336 Giannini

Research Group(s):   

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Shufei Lei

PhD Candidate

Email: shufeilei@berkeley.edu

Office: 125 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-410-8143

Website(s): Shufei Lei's Personal Website   

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Information and Environmental Governance in Collaborative Management of Public Resources

Research Description

China: Environment and Information

China is the fastest growing country, the most rapidly changing country, and has the most far-reaching ripples in the world. How can China sustain its economic growth as well as its environment?…[read more]

Rachel Lem

Rachel Lem

Graduate Student

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 Rose Levine

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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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

Lu Liang

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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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): https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matthew_Luskin/   http://www.pottsgroup.org/people/matthew-luskin/

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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Tropical deforestation for oil palm plantations

Southeast Asia’s tropical rain forests are a biodiversity hotspot but continue to be rapidly cleared for oil palm…[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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Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer

PhD Student

Email: taramadsteig@berkeley.edu

Office: 5057 VLSB

Phone: 510-684-9904

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

Plant-insect and multi-trophic interactions, smoke ecology, sunflower moth population genetics

Insect community ecology: Predator-herbivore-plant interactions, and potential effects of smoke from wildfire on these interactions.

Insect population genetics and genomics: Population genetics of sunflower moth Homoeosoma electellum…[read more]

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Philippe Marchand

Graduate Student

Email: pmarchand@berkeley.edu

Office: 208 Hilgard Hall

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]

Ryan Marsh

Ryan Marsh

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Abigail Martin

PhD Student

Email: abigailmartin@berkeley.edu

Office: 343 Giannini Hall

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

At the broadest level, I am interested in how state-society relations influence the development of more “sustainable” industries. I examine the overlapping efforts of public institutions, the private sector and civil society to shape new…[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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Leslie McGinnis

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Kathryn McGown

Graduate 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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Albie Miles

Ph.D. Candidate

Email: albiemiles@berkeley.edu

Phone: 831-359-2093

Website(s): Vineyard Agroecology   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Agroecology; Diversified Farming Systems; Multi-functional Agriculture; Political Economy of Agricultural Development

Research Description

My research explores the tradeoffs and synergies between biodiversity and agricultural production. I am interested in multi-disciplinary and applied approaches for studying the influence of biodiversity in and around farming systems on the provisioning of…[read more]

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Maywa Montenegro

Graduate Student

Email: maywamontenegro@gmail.com

Research Group(s):   

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Jason Morris-Jung

Graduate Student

Email: morrisjung@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Social movements, civil society, hegemony, articulation, justice, nature, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

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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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Melody S. Nocon

Graduate Student

Email: mnocon@berkeley.edu

Office: 235 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-9951

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Groundwater Geochemistry of Arsenic

Research Description

I am interested in the abiotic groundwater geochemistry of arsenic in altered local aquifer environments. Aquifers are comprised of saturated geologic units whose chemical mineralogy represents complex assemblages of dominant and trace solid phases. In…[read more]

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Tristan Nuñez

Graduate Student

Email: tnunez@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Interests   

Research Group(s):   

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Joshua O’Neill

Master of Forestry Student

Office: 225 Mulford

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

GIS, Forest Health

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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):   

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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

History and sociology of the adoption of agrobiotechnologies & the marketization of crop production

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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

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Carol A. Pranka

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

Cecilia Prator

Cecilia Prator

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

Julie Pyatt

Julie Pyatt

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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Sarah Elizabeth Reed

PhD Student

Email: s_reed@berkeley.edu

Office: 510-643-6910

Website(s): Research Website   Personal Website

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Mima mound-vernal pool ecosystems; bioturbation; geomorphology; GIS

Research Description

Broadly, my research explores the interactions and feedbacks between life and landscape. I am using a combination of remote sensing (LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)), spatial pattern analysis, geomorphic modeling, and biologic monitoring to explore…[read more]

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Sara Reid

Graduate Student

Email: sreid@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):     

Research Interests

Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Ethnobotany; Range Management; California grassland restoration

Research Description

Today most California grasslands are dominated by non-native annual grasses, but just a few hundred years ago they consisted of native perennial bunchgrasses and annual forbs, and were a vital part of a cultural landscape…[read more]

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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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Paul Rogé

PhD Student

Email: proge@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Resilience of Rainfed Agroecosystems to Climatic Variability (Mexico)

Research Description

Diversified farming systems and indigenous land management in Latin America. Current research focuses on farmer-led adaptation strategies to climatic variability in the semi-arid, tropical highlands of Southern Mexico. Collaborative research with a the Centro de…[read more]

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Amy L. Romanek

Graduate Student

Email: aromanek@berkeley.edu

Office: 304 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-1367

Research Description

Applications of Technology to Ecological Study

Broadly, I am interested in the fusion of our ever-evolving technological capabilities with conservation and resource planning objectives. Remote sensing technology provides new types and scales of data collection while…[read more]

Andrew Rominger

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: Tuesday 12:45-1:45, 118 Giannini Hall. I also hold "electronic office hours" by appointment. Skype name: nikolas7berkeley Gmail chat: nsakell@gmail.com

Research Interests

Engineering Studies, Environmental Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sustainability Engineering, Green Engineering, Solar and Wind Energy Systems, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Social Life Cycle Analysis (SLCA), Engineering-specific metrics of sustainability, Philosophy of Engineering, Engineering Education for Sustainable Development.

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 (Nader, 1980; UNIDO, 2010). In recent years, technological expertise,…[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

Graduate Student

Email: danielsarna@gmail.com

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

I am interested in the ways in which science is used to inform the management of water resources.  My work has focused on the Klamath Basin of Northern California and Southern Oregon, and has examined…[read more]

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Katy 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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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. One response to these obstacles is a heavy-handed 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, global environmental governance, institutions, conservation, biodiversity, ecosystem services

Research Description

Currently, my research explores what it means to assign monetary values to nature, and the implications for environmental policy, environmental sciences, and environmentalism. I use mixed ethnographic methods to pursue the spread of this idea…[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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Jimmy H. Tran

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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Miriam Tsalyuk

PhD Student

Email: miriamts@berkeley.edu

Office: 5048 Valley Life science Building

Website(s): Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Research Description

I am broadly interested in applying interdisciplinary landscape-level approach for biodiversity conservation. More specifically, I use geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing for monitoring and conservation of rangelands in California and Southern Africa. For my…[read more]

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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, Citizen Science

Research Description

I am an entomologist that specializes in invasion ecology. Invasive species pose a major threat to ecosystems and humanity by damaging crops, vectoring diseases, and threatening biodiversity, among other effects. I seek to understand the…[read more]

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Natalie van Doorn

PhD Candidate

Email: natalies@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Natalie @ Battles Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Dendroecology, competition, forest biomass, tree demography, forest community ecology, tree neighborhood dynamics

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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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Eric Waller

PhD Student

Email: ewaller@berkeley.edu

Phone: 510-643-1377

Research Group(s):   

Research Interests

Plant Biogeography, Fire Ecology

Research Description

Improving plant species distribution modeling.

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Jeanny Wang

PhD Student

Email: jeanny@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Ashton Wesner

Graduate Student

Research Group(s):   

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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]

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Claire Willing

Graduate Student

Email: cwilling@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

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Houston Wilson

PhD Candidate

Email: houston@berkeley.edu

Office: 25 Hilgard

Website(s): Agroecology Research Website   

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Office Hours: By appointment.

Research Interests

Agroecology, biological control, landscape ecology, political economy of agricultural development

Research Description

My research broadly explores the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service provisioning in agriculture. More specifically, my dissertation project will evaluate how changes in biodiversity at multiple spatial scales (landscape- and field-scale) influences biological control…[read more]

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Lauren Withey

Graduate Student

Email: lwithey@berkeley.edu

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Research Interests

Forest Management, Natural Resource Institutions, Migration and Natural Resources, Ghana, Kenya

Research Description

Lauren’s research centers on local forest use in Kenya and Ghana. She is particularly interested in how state decentralization policies affect livelihoods of those living around forests at the same time that competition for forest resources…[read more]

Kevin M. Woods

Kevin M. Woods

Graduate Student

Email: woodsy@berkeley.edu

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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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Simona Andreea Yi-Balan

PhD candidate

Email: sbalan@berkeley.edu

Office: 45 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-6910

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Research Interests

Environmental Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry (of soils, oceans and the atmosphere), Stable Isotopes, Nutrient Cycles, Sulfur, Astrobiology, Environmental Education

Research Description

My PhD research explores the terrestrial sulfur cycle along natural gradients. I am investigating the impact of several factors (climate, topography, landscape age and parent material) on soil sulfur. I use stable sulfur isotopes as…[read more]

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Yu (Jade) Zhang

Graduate Student

Email: yzh828@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Hilgard Hall

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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]