ERG's sixty plus graduate students are geographically and ethnically diverse. About half are in the masters-degree program and half in the PhD program. The students come from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities; the characteristics they have in common are an ability to cross disciplinary boundaries, an interest in the complex problems at the interface of technology and society, and the intellectual credentials to succeed in a rigorous academic program. Graduates of the program are employed across the United States and around the world in governmental and international agencies, legislative staff positions, national laboratories, public and private utilities, other energy and resource companies, consulting firms, public-interest organizations, and universities.
• Read about ERG students and their research in the Student Spotlight Directory
Nate Aden, MS 2011/PhD
Energy efficiency; development; environment; resources; China.
Peter Alstone, PhD
Market failures (and fixing them); energy efficiency and lighting; developing world.
Joshua Apte, MS 2008 / PhD
Energy technologies; methods to quantify the potential of energy efficient devices; transportation; air quality; environmental justice.
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Sam Borgeson, MA 2009/ PhD
Design, construction and operation of high performance buildings; low energy cooling strategies; natural ventilation; building energy retrofit programs; policy design for deep and broad energy efficiency programs; interface between the built environment and the natural one.
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Zachary Burt, MS, 2009/PhD
Common property management; water resource allocation; waste water treatment; uranrural migration.
Douglas Bushey, MA 2005/ PhD
Science advising in International Agreemnets; science-law interaction; science technology studies (STS).
Juan Pablo Carvallo Bodelon, MS
Study the interface of technology policy and politics to help developing ecnomies to trace sustainable energy growth paths to avoid following developed countries as 'ones'.
Zoe Chafe, MS 2010/PhD
Household energy use; climate change and human health
Deborah Cheng, MS 2008/PhD
Water supply and quality in developing countries; urban sustainability; resource consumption and management.
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Daniella Svehla Christianson, MS 2008/ PhD
Interacitons between vegetation and climate; climate change; science communication; new media.
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Michael Cohen, MS 2012/PhD
Physical and economic changes that small-scale distributed resources, including rooftop photovoltaics and better storage, will bring to the electric distribution system.
Andrew Crane-Droesch, MA 2011/PhD
Environmental change and international development; agricultural development; technology adoption; soil carbon (biochar); sub-Saharan Africa; experimental/empircal methods; applied statistics.
Sharada C.S. , MS/PhD
Economics of decentralized water management.
Lara Cushing, MA 2010/PhD
Biofuels; environmental justice; climate change.
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Naim Darghouth, MS 2006/ PhD
Research and analysis on renewable energy policy; including electricity rate design and
it’s impact on the value of residential renewable energy systems; economics of renewable
energy technologies; federal and state energy policies; renewable electricity policies in
Ranjit Deshmukh, MS/PhD
Power systems and energy modeling; renewables integration; demand response and energy markets; micro-grids operation and management in developing countries.
Tanya Dimitrova, MS
Economic analysis of ecosystem services for development and conservation projects; carbon trading, REDD+.
Luke Dodds, MA/PhD
Climate and energy policies; the science of climate change and the relationship between happiness and consumption.
Mark Dyson, MS/PhD
Economic, technological, and policy aspects of integrating renewable energy into existing electricity systems using innovative demand response strategies.
William (Jamil) Farbes, MS 2010/PhD
Renewable energy; fuel cells; biofuels and biorefineries; energy economics; climate change.
Heidi Fuchs, MS
Energy water nexus, especially in American West;
ecological water management; mitigation and
adaptation scenarios for climate change (on local or
regional scales); social dimensions of environmental
change and adaptation.
Julian Fulton, PhD
Water systems; water management; CA delta.
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Dimitry Gershenson, MA/PhD
Rural electrifications; photovoltaics; hydro; biomass; wind; waste of energy; Latin America; effects of culture on development; microenterprise development; sustainable agriculture.
Jessica Goddard, MA/PhD
Appropriate water and renewable energy technologies for sustainable international development; resource extraction impacts on natural and human systems; geographic focus in India and Latin America.
Pierce Gordon, MA/PhD
Renewable and appropriate energy development and implementation in improverished rural communities.
Naina Gupta, MS
Energy and sustainable development.
Sasha Harris-Lovette, MS/PhD
Exploring the connection between environmental
stewardship and social justice through studies of water
sanitation, ecologically sustainable food production,
and equitable water distribution.
Gang He, PhD
Energy economics, energy modeling, energy and climate policy, Chinese coal and power sector, carbon capture and sequestration(CCS), integrating renewables, low carbon economy, US-China collaboration on energy and climate, etc..
Lindsay Holiday, MS
Energy efficient technologies and materials for buildings; small scale renewable power; micro grids; energy policy; social adaptation to technology; using science and technology that can guid political decision-making and improve tribal governance with the goal of achieving environmental justice.
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Stacy Jackson, MS 2008/ PhD
Climate science & policy: mitigation of near-term climate change, climate feedback effects, measurability of emissions.
Christopher Jones, MA 2005/PhD
Industrial ecology, with an emphasis on life cycle assessment of products and services; behavioral psychology and environmental policy.
Anna Kantenbacher, MS 2008/ PhD
Environmental policy making; balancing short-term pressures with long-term needs; climate changes policies; economics; decision analysis; ecology.
Joseph Kantenbacher, MS 2009/PhD
Norms, behavior, energy, and climate change; networks; evolutionary frameworks; energy literacy.
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Alison Koppe, MA
Intersections between U.S. and international water law; aquatic ecology, human rights.
Morgan Levy, MS 2012/PhD
Fresh water resources; agricultural water management; irrigation; water use efficiency and productivity; social-ecological systems; water markets; climate.
Deepa Shinde Lounsbury, MA/PhD
Renewable energy; water-energy nexus.
Hongyou Lu, MPP/MS
Energy efficiency; climate change policies; material intensity and utilization.
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Benjamin Mandel, MPP/MS
Energy efficiency; renewable energy; grid management.
Ana Mileva, MS 2010/PhD
Climate change policy; sustainable resources.
Andrew Mills, MS 2006/ PhD
Renewable energy technologies; distributed generation; rural development; water rights and policy.
Anna Monders, MS/PhD
Ecosystem and social impacts of climate change in the Arctic.
Maryam Mozafari, MS
Alternative energy, application, development and efficiency of various renewable energy resources as well as the governmental and international policies regarding these types of energies.
James Nelson, PhD
Energy policy; photovoltaics; electric power systems; optimization; renewable integration; climate change.
Erica Newman, MS 2011/PhD
Physics and conservation; fire ecology; global warming; carbon output; fire dynamics.
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Carla Peterman, PhD
Energy policy; renewable energy technology; innovation strategy; enviromental history; technology adoption.
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Autumn Petros-Good, MS 2011/PhD
Renewable energy usage; energy distribution & management policy.
Diego Ponce de Leon Barido, MA/PhD
Complete systems; urbanization and informal settlements; water use optimization; hydrological variability and the economy; arid-agricultural economies.
David Puzey, MA
Energy policy; climate change; ecological economics; sustainable economic policies.
Emily Quesada, MS
Biomass gasification; international development; appropriate technology; product development and dissipation.
Jessica Reilly, MA/PhD
Alternative energy resource development; land use intensification; biodiversity; ecology; energy balance assessment tools.
Fermin Reygadas, MS 2006/PhD
Rural energy; water purification systems; cookstoves; energy policy in developing countries; migration; renewable energy; appropriate technologies; Latin America.
Yang Ruan, MPP/MA
Climate policy; logn term decision making processes; alternative energy finance; sustainable business finance; socially responsible investing; energy information technology and markets.
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Jalel Sager, MA 2011/PhD
Global environmental change; urban sustainability; Vietnam.
Daniel Sanchez, MS/PhD
Climate; renewable energy policy; climate dynamics; climate stability; biomass; biomass cofiring; behavior and energy policy.
Chayaporn Sangchote, MS
Laura Schewel, MA 2011/PhD
Global climate and food security; mobility systems.
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Imran Sheikh, MS 2010/PhD
Whole-systems thinking; product design; energy efficiency; implementation barriers; behavior change; business-led solutions; industrial ecology; distributed generation; demand side management; vehicle electrification.
Rebekah Shirley, MS 2011/PhD
Alternative energy systems; the Caribbean region & developing regions.
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Froy Sifuentes, M 2011S/PhD
Sustainable development; water; environment.
Lydia Smith, MS 2012/PhD
Ecology, global change, human society, and the interface between the three
Maria Stamas, MA
Adoption of deep efficiency gains in the building and industrial sectors and cogeneration in the electricity sector; Central and South American energy policy; environmental impacts of global trade and multinational corporations.
Michaelangelo Tabone, MS/PhD
Technology and environmental governance, and the environment.
Niels Tomijima, MS 2008/PhD
Implementing environmental reforms or technologies; energy sources for developing countries and energy policy; climate effects on society & development.
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Nikhil Vijaykar, MA
Environmental justice; land use; movement building and legal interventions; distributed energy in rural and urban settings.
Justin West, MS/PhD
Maggie Witt, MS 2011/PhD
Climate change; energy policy.
Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, MS
Community involvement and tribal sovereignty in ecological restoration projects; cultural relationships to water; geomorphic and ecological effects of dam removal.
Grace Wu, MS/PhD
Ecosystem ecology, conservation, and management; climate change ecology and adaptation; ecological modeling and decision making tools; ecological economics
Svetlana Zenkin, MS
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