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From community meetings in Tanzanian villages to hearing rooms in Washington, and from the California Public Utilities Commission to national governments offices in Nepal, ERGies are working towards creative and enduring transformations.

About ERG

ERG is a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity of grad­u­ate stu­dents, core fac­ulty, over 100 affil­i­ated fac­ulty and researchers across the cam­pus, and nearly 500 alumni across the globe. We award MA, MS, and PhD degrees to stu­dents work­ing across dis­ci­plines and depart­ments to cre­ate poten­tially trans­for­ma­tive knowl­edge for the planet. ERG is a world-renowned pro­gram with a […]

Affiliated Faculty

ERG has a small core faculty but a much larger group (100+) of affiliated faculty. Affiliated faculty are based in other departments on campus or at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and share ERG’s commitment to shared learning and interdisciplinary work.  They are advisors, mentors, or employers to ERG students, and serve on master’s project, […]

Contact

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ERG Admissions FAQ

ERG Admissions FAQ Deadlines Letters of Recommendation Standardized Tests Which Degree Asmissions Assessment and Decisions Essays ERG Program Contacts with Faculty Advisors and ERG Students Fees and Funding International Applicants       Deadlines What is the application deadline? Friday, December 1, 2017 May I submit updates to my application after the deadline? Because the […]

ERG Affirmation

The mission of the Energy and Resources Group is education and research for a sustainable environment and a just society. ERG actively promotes intellectual, racial, ethnic, and gender inclusion; researches the impacts of equality and inequality; and celebrates diversity in our community. UC statement on presidential election results: “The University of California is proud of […]

ERG Degree Requirements

Master’s Degree in Energy and Resources The purpose of the ERG Master’s program is to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders. Specifically, students are taught the range of methods and subjects they should be able to understand, advance, and critique to address critical issues stemming from the interaction of humans and the environment. To […]

Faculty by Primary Interest

Areas of Interest Climate Change Ecology Energy Governance Water International Climate Change ERG CORE David Anthoff David Anthoff is an environmental economist who studies climate change and environmental policy. He co-develops the integrated assessment model FUND that is used widely in academic research and in policy analysis John Harte John Harte’s research interests span ecological […]

Financing Your Education

Cost of Attendance For graduate student fees, please see the UC Berkeley Registrar’ fee schedule for graduate academic students here. ERG does not charge any professional fees.   California Residency for Purposes of Tuition Non-California residents must pay a Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) in addition to regular tuition and fees. With proper documentation, most non-California domestic […]

Harte Lab: Ecology & Global Change

Ecology and global change are the primary topics of research in the Harte Lab. Among the goals are: to characterize ecological feedbacks to climate change, to predict effects of global change on biodiversity, and to develop fundamental theory that predicts the structure of ecosystems across spatial scales.

Program

PROGRAMS OFFERED AT ERG Master’s Degree in Energy and Resources (MA or MS) Master’s/Ph.D. Track ERG Concurrent Degree Programs (MPP/MA or MPP/MS) Matriculation from the Master’s or Track to the Ph.D. Ph.D. in Energy and Resources Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Resources     Master’s Degree in Energy and Resources The pur­pose of the ERG Master’s pro­gram […]

Publications

“Biodiversity Scales from Plots to Biomes With a Universal Species-Area Curve” John Harte, Adam B. Smith, and David Storch “Carbon Cycle Uncertainty Increases Climate Change Risks and Mitigation Challenges” Paul A. T. Higgins and John Harte “Insight from Integration” John Harte and Lara Kueppers “Deep Carbon Reductions in California require Electrification and Integration Across Economic […]

Who We Are

A Brief History of ERG For thirty years, the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley has provided its outstanding graduate students and exceptional faculty the scholarly conditions in which to:  study the environmental sciences, analyze the social causes of our energy and environmental problems, undertake field research in a variety […]

Faculty

David Anthoff

Assistant Professor

David Anthoff is an environmental economist who studies climate change and environmental policy. He co-develops the integrated assessment model FUND that is used widely in academic research and in policy analysis.

John Harte

Professor

John Harte is a physicist turned ecologist. His research interests span ecological field research, the theory of complex systems, and policy analysis. Current interests include applying insights from information theory to the analysis of complex ecosystems and empirical investigation of climate-ecosystem feedback dynamics.

Catherine Koshland

Professor, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Dr. Koshland’s research is at the intersection of energy, air pollution and environmental (human) health emphasizing mechanistic approaches as well as a systems perspective. It is conducted at multiple scales, from mechanistic analyses of combustion products in flow reactors to control strategies in urban airsheds to studies of human health.

Students

Anne-Perrine Avrin

MS, PhD

Anne-Perrine is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group and a research fellow within the energy company Areva. In the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, her research focuses on long-term capacity expansion planning for the power sector in China, and quantitative methods to adjust least-cost energy transition pathways by taking forecast uncertainty into […]

Dennis Best

MS, PhD

Dennis has focused his career on technology and sustainability policy in emerging and developing economies. His research interests include technology and innovation policy and impacts to resource and rural development, technology transfer and the political economy of land use management. He has led programs with the Paris based International Energy Agency, as an official of the […]

Jack Chang

MA

Jack Chang is interested in researching new strategies for communicating sustainability policy and science, as well as for improving renewable energy development and environmental governance in developing countries. He has worked as a journalist for two decades in California, Washington, D.C., Latin America and China, for companies such as The Associated Press, McClatchy and The […]

Nicholas Depsky

MS

Nick earned his BS in Hydrology along with a minor in Environmental Policy from UC Davis in 2013. Since graduating, he spent over three years working for the Stockholm Environment Institute based in their Davis, CA office participating in watershed modeling and management projects for river basins in California, Perú, and Ecuador. He then worked […]

Alex Dolginow

MA, MS

Alex Dolginow is a Master’s degree candidate interested in understanding appropriate design and conditions for ‘environmental markets,’ such as trading of carbon, water, and conserved land. He hopes to combine economic, policy, and technical approaches to analyze such markets in places like Brazil and Indonesia. Prior to Cal, Alex worked as a strategy consultant with […]

Jessica Joan Goddard

MS, PhD

Jess’s research is motivated by fundamental questions about the way we value environments and urgent questions regarding the equitable distribution of clean water in complex environments. In this vein, she is currently researching (1) ecosystem and biodiversity valuation in the European context, drawing on science & technology studies, ecological economics, and geography and (2) affordability […]

Sasha Harris-Lovett

MS, PhD

Sasha Harris-Lovett is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group and a NSF Graduate Research Program Fellow. Her research focuses on urban water and wastewater management, decision analysis for socio-environmental problems, and collaborative environmental planning. She is dedicated to making science accessible to students, policy-makers, and community members. Outside of school, she works […]

Seigi Karasaki

MS, PhD

Seigi’s primary research interests include the political economy of drinking water access and distributive justice vis-a-vis natural resources. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from UCLA (2011) and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Tokyo (2013). In the past, Seigi was: a TEDx organizer in Japan; a graduate intern in […]

José Daniel Lara

MS, PhD

José Daniel Lara was born in San José, Costa Rica. He received a B.Sc. and Licentiate in Electrical Engineering in 2009 and 2012 from the University of Costa Rica; both with an emphasis in power systems and electrical machines and MASc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada. Research […]

Michelle Levinson

MA, MPP

Michelle is a concurrent degree student at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Energy Resources Group. Prior to graduate school, she worked in political, legal, and regulatory advocacy at the Natural Resources Defense Council and NextGen Climate America. Michelle is currently interested in the financial impacts of climate change, but also likes to […]

Laura Moreno

MS, PhD

Laura earned her B.S. degree from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education. While an undergraduate, she initiated and led several campus programs relating to green building and recycling, including the Building Sustainability at Cal Program. They aimed to educate and engage students while reducing the campus’ environmental impact. […]

Adam Orford

MA, MPP

Adam returned to graduate school after a career as an attorney specializing in environmental, energy, and natural resources litigation. He came to Berkeley to focus on what the law can be, and should be. His research interests – ranging across the environmental, energy, and natural resources sectors – include public policy analysis and development, public […]

Alana Siegner

MA, PhD

Alana Siegner graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a double major in Environmental Studies and International Relations. She was the Local Outreach Chair of the Tufts-Engineers Without Borders chapter, and spent 3 summers traveling to Uganda to work on an EWB clean water storage project. Before coming to ERG, Alana served for 2 years […]

Froy Sifuentes

MS, PhD

The world is witnessing a rapid advance in renewable energy with China as one in the forefront. However, adding enough renewable energy to satisfy China's growing power needs is quite complex. ERG Ph.D. candidate, Froy Sifuentes, focuses on the challenges of integrating wind power to help make China's grid cleaner. Read on and learn more about Froy and his work (and fun) at ERG.

Grace Wu

MS, PhD

Inspired by the possibility of ecologically-bounded growth, Grace is interested in water and land use impacts of energy technologies; water management that sustains agriculture, energy production, and biodiversity; and the role of policy analysis in decision-making. She is currently merging life cycle assessment, GIS, and optimization methods to anticipate non-GHG environmental impacts of electricity generation. […]

Alumni

Taj-Eddine Ait-Laoussine

MS

The Strategic Value of Load Management in Competitive Electricity Markets: The Case of California (’99 MS)

Devra Bachrach

MA

Comparing The Risk Profiles of Renewable and Natural Gas Electricity Contracts: A Summary of the California Department of Water Resources Contracts (’02 MA)

Carolina Balazs

MS, PhD

The Role of Small Reservoirs in Rural Livelihoods: A Study in Brazil’s Preto River Basin (MS ’06) Just Water? Social Disparities and Drinking Water Quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley (PhD ’11)  

Barbara Barkovich

PhD

Changing Strategies in Utility Regulation: The Case of Energy Conservation in California (87 PhD)

Louise Bedsworth

PhD

Expertise and Uncertainty in Environmental Regulation: An Analysis of California’s Smog Check Program (02 PhD)

Sam Borgeson

MA, PhD

Targeted Efficiency: Using Customer Meter Data to Improve Efficiency Program Outcomes (PhD ’14) Sam’s works focuses on tools to scale up and improve the performance of energy efficiency programs in support of renewable energy integration and climate mitigation goals. His work combines insights from building science, behavioral sciences, and engineering to interpret patterns in building […]

Kristin Brainerd

MS

Understanding California Water Markets: A Look at Transfers from 2000 to 2009 (’11 MS)

Cristina Castanha

PhD

Soil Organic Matter Storage and Turnover Along Granite and Basalt Climate Transects in California Uplands (04 PhD)

Felipe Castro

PhD

On Rate Regulation in Modern Electricity Sectors (PhD ’17) Felipe was a Ph.D. Candidate with ERG. His research seeks to improve the understanding and organization of energy systems, leveraging methods, and concepts developed in fields including operations research, microeconomics, and industrial organization. Felipe’s work puts a particular emphasis on the development and application of data […]

Christopher Cataldo

MS

The Sagebrush Rebellion in California and the West: An Analysis of a Red Herring (’84, MS)

Danielle Svehla Christianson

MS, PhD

At times the problem of understanding phenomena is one of seeing. That is why Danielle explores new ways of demystifying complexity through visual representation. She seeks new techniques to illustrate often-forgotten, yet fundamental dependencies between human society and the natural world. One such technique is terrestrial laser scanning (also known as LIDAR), which she used to create a 3-D model of her ecological study site in the Sierra Nevada. This along with her seedling research seeks to inform the uncertain future of resource management.

Andrew Cohen

MS, PhD

New Justifications for Traditional Types of Water Projects (With an Analysis of the New San Clemente Project Proposal for the Carmel River, Monterey County, California (89 MS) Biological Invasion in the San Francisco Estuary. A Comprehensive Regional Analysis (plus Appendix A Introduced Species in the Estuary) (96 PhD)

Michael Cohen

MS, PhD

Michael Cohen puts the power and complexity of the grid into students' hands via a video game. We asked Michael about his innovative project and his unique experience at ERG. "In addition to developing the game itself, I am working with teachers at local high schools to develop curriculum around it and try it out with their students this year. I hope to not only create a solid educational product but also gain some insights into how technology can be used to support learning about complex systems in general."

Lara Cushing

MA, MPH, PhD

Lara is interested in the relationship between social inequalities and the environment, including how environmental and social stressors interact to impact health. Her work seeks to better understand the disproportionate burden of pollutants and climate change risk faced by low income communities of color in the U.S., and to develop tools to help policy-makers address […]

Eric Cutter

MS

Getting Serious About Water Wheeling in California: Learning from the Experience of the Natural Gas and Electric Industries (01 MS) Research Interests: Removing impediments to water markets and transfers in the Western U.S. Focused on how experience in restructuring of the natural gas and electric industries can encourage more active water markets. In particular studying […]

Lynn Danielson

MA

California Building Energy Standards: A Local Perspective (81 MA)

Kostas Despotakis

PhD

A Computable General Equilibrium Model of Energy in the California Economy (’84 Ph.D.)

Michael Ferry

MS

A Renewable Energy in Vehicles (REV) Mandate: Establishing a Zero Carbon Energy Standard for California Automobiles (MS ’08)

James Fine

MS, PhD

Evaluating the Use of Tradable Particulate Emissions Permits to Improve Air Quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley (98, MS) The Ends of Uncertainty: Air Quality Science and Planning in Central California (03, PhD)

Jolanka Fisher

MS

Trends in Electricity Consumption, Peak Demand, and Generating Capacity in California and the Western Grid 1977-2000 (’02 MS)

Matthias Fripp

MS, PhD

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The metastable defect in boron-doped czochralski silicon (’03 MS) Optimal Investment in Wind and Solar Power in California (’08 PhD)

Julian Fulton

PhD

Julian’s interests lie in the relationships between water use and economic development, focusing on modeling and governance. Mr. Fulton’s previous research includes water use in the transportation sector, conservation strategies among California utilities, and European flood management policy. He recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands and holds an M.S. in Civil and Environmental […]

Rebecca Ghanadan

MA, PhD

Questioning Inevitability of Energy Pathways: Alternate Energy Scenarios for California (’02 MA) Public Service or Commodity Goods? Electricity Reforms, Access, and the Politics of Development in Tanzania (’08 PhD)

Rachel Golden

MPP, MS

Achieving Long-term Climate Goals in the US: Unlocking the Potential of High-Efficiency Electric Technology in Our Homes and Buildings (MS/MPP ’16) Rachel is interested in advancing policies that can help integrate large amounts of renewable energy and electric vehicles onto the grid. As such, she studies mechanisms that increase flexibility on the load and resource […]

William Golove

MA, PhD

Measuring Energy Efficiency: A Critique of the Energy-GNP Ratio (95 MA) Avant Le Deluge: An Investigation on Some Neglected Dimensions of Electricity Restructuring in California (’06 PhD)

Phillip Greenberg

MA

California Radioactive Wastes Inventory (79 MA)

Andrew Gunther

MS, PhD

An Introduction to the SAI Airshed Grid Model and Its Application to California’s South Coast Air Basin (’82 M.S.) Nitrogen Cycling in a Subarctic Alaskan Watershed: The Role of Lichens and the Potential Effects of Acid Deposition (’87 Ph.D.)

Brent Haddad

PhD

Evaluating the Market Niche: Why Long-Term Rural-to-Urban Inter-Regional Markets for Water Have Not Formed in California (’96 Ph.D.)

Evan Hansen

MS

Cultivating Partnerships: Pest Control and The Use of Integrated Pest Management on Small Farms in San Joaquin County, California (’97 M.S.)

Dianne Hawk

MA, PhD

Electric Transmission Service Provision: A Case Study of Southern California Edison Company (’91 M.A.) Disconnect: A Transaction Cost Analysis of California Electric Power Industry Restructuring (’99 Ph.D.)

Garvin Heath

MS, PhD

(Re)Distributing Pollution: Exposure Implications for Distributed Electricity Generation in California (’02 MS) Redistributing Pollution: Exposure Implications of a Shift Toward Distributed Electricity Generation in California (’06 PhD)

Lindsay Holiday

MS

Renewable Energy Landscape of Indigenous Nations in the United States, Canada, and Australia (MS ’12) Lindsay is from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona located on the Navajo Nation. She’s interested in developing renewable energy projects for economic development that adheres to core philosophies by a Nation. Lindsay’s research work includes effective regional electricity planning in the […]

Stacey-Leigh Ita

MS

The Incorporation of Water Marketing into California’s Water System (’94 M.S.)

Ling Jin

MS, PhD

Trade and the Choice of Environmental Law (’03 MS) A Seasonal Perspective on Regional Air Quality in Central California (’08 PhD)

Christopher Jones

MS, PhD

Chris Jones is lead developer at the CoolClimate Network, an applied research consortium at UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory that supports the development of comprehensive, socially integrated carbon footprint management tools and programs for individuals, schools, businesses and communities. His primary research interests intersect the fields of industrial ecology, environmental psychology, and climate […]

Sara Kamins

MS

A Comparative Analysis of Global Warming Policies for California’s Electricity Sector (06, MS)

Forest Kaser

MS

Point-of-Use Ultraviolet Water Disinfection: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Safe Water for Rural Households of Baja California Sur, Mexico (’07 MS)

Michael Kiparsky

MS, PhD

Science-Policy Interface in the Case of Climate Change and California Water Management (MS ’04) A Risk Analysis for Water Resources Under Climate Change, Population Growth and Land Use Change (PhD, ’10)

Jessie Knapstein

MPP, MS

Energy policy wonk trying to craft and institute economically efficient policy to promote the use of renewable energy technologies and reduce our emissions.

Alison Koppe

JD, MS

Reduce, Reuse, Regulate: Repurposing the Clean Air Act to Limit Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions (MS ’14) Alison will graduate in Spring 2014 with an ERG M.S. and a J.D. from Berkeley Law. She’s interested in using legal tools to instigate the clean energy revolution, including novel applications of existing law (especially the Clean Air Act […]

Laurie Koteen

PhD

A Comparison of Carbon Cycling in Native Perennial and Exotic Annual Grass Communities in Northern Coastal California (’09 PhD)

Peter Kuhn

MS

Preliminary Report on an Inventory of Energy Conservation Potential in California: The Cement Industry (MS ’79)

Ronald Kukulka

MS

Industrial Cogeneration in the California Food Processing Industry: An Analysis of the Potential and Barriers (’77 M.S.)

Micah Lang

MA

Point-of-Use Ultraviolet Water Disinfections: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Safe Water for Rural Households of Baja California Sur, Mexico (’07 MA)

Lily Lee

MS

Air Pollution and Social Justice in California (’91 M.S.)

Morgan Levy

MS

Historical Trends in Agricultural Water Use: A California Case Study (MS ’12) Morgan’s fields of study include earth systems science, hydrology, and statistics. Morgan’s research interests are the ‘water-agriculture-climate’ nexus, and research subject areas include eco-hydrology and hydroclimatology, agricultural water management, irrigation, water use efficiency and productivity, and climate change impacts and adaptation. Morgan is […]

Penn Loh

MS

(De)Constructing the California Water Plan: Science, Politics and Sustainability (’94 M.S.)

Amardip Mann

MA

The Economic Costs and Potential of Increased Water-Use Efficiency in California’s Residential Sector (’02 M.A.)

David Marcus

MA

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT This ERG alumni spotlight features one of the first ERG graduate students, David Marcus (MA’77), and is written by ERG alumna, Sarita Sarvate (MS’78). The piece is the first of a series of stories on the achievements and journeys of alumni, showcasing their life after ERG. Small is Beautiful by Sarita Sarvate (MS’78) One summer […]

Adrienne Marshall

MS

Adrienne works on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the public and private forests and wild lands of California. She is interested in understanding how the natural resources in these areas, particularly water, are affected by climate change. How can we manage our forests and wild lands in order to reduce both the magnitude of […]

Harvey Michaels

MS, PhD

The Determination of Hydrogen Ion in Precipitation and Dilute Surface Waters by Means of H+-Selective Glass Electrodes (’83 MS) The Role of Sediments in Generating Alkalinity in Three Subalpine, Low-Alkalinity Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California (’90 PhD)

Anita Milman

MA, PhD

Environmental Justice? An Analysis of Air Pollution and Power Plants in California (’04 MA) Bordering on Water Management: Ground and Wastewater in the United States-Mexico Transboundary Santa Cruz Basin (’09 PhD)

James Nelson

PhD

Scenarios for Deep Carbon Emission Reductions from Electricity by 2050 in Western North America Using the SWITCH Electric Power Sector Planning Model (PhD ’14) Jimmy Nelson is a graduating Ph.D. student in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley and a Link Energy Fellow. His graduate work was performed in […]

Gregory Nemet

MA, PhD

Can Policy Stimulate Innovation in Low–Carbon Energy Technologies? The Case of Wind Power in California, 1975 through 2001 (04 MA) Policy and Innovation in Low-Carbon Energy Technologies (07 PhD)

Hazel Onsrud

MS

Reducing GHG Emissions through Municipal Action: Designing a Decision Support Tool for Californian Communities (’11 MS)

Monkgogi Otlhogile

MA

Monkgogi (who goes by MK) was born and raised in Botswana and recently graduated cum laude with her BA from Scripps College in Environment, Economics, and Politics. Personally, MK has worked extensively with and for underrepresent students in higher education through numerous leadership roles, mentorships, and volunteering opportunities. Access to and visibility of underrepresented students […]

William Pease

MS

Environmental Pollution and Cancer in California: Evaluating the Significance of Risks under Proposition 65 (’88 M.S.)

Richard Plevin

MS, PhD

California Policy Should Distinguish Biofuels by Differential Global Warming Effects (’06 MS) Life Cycle Regulation of Transportation Fuels: Uncertainty and its Policy Implications (’10 PhD)

David Puzey

MA

The Implications of Time-of-Use (TOU) Electricity Rates Upon California’s Grid Load, GHG Emissions, Costs, and Potential for the Electric Space Heating and PEV Market (MA ’14)

Joseph Rand

MS

Environmental, Economic, and Social Trade-Offs of Hydropower Relicensing (MS ’16) Joseph is interested in the social, environmental, and economic trade-offs in energy development, and in particular the social conflicts arising around utility-scale wind farm siting and hydropower relicensing. His master’s research focuses on the relicensing of the Yuba River Development Project, a large hydropower project […]

Fermin Reygadas

MS, PhD

Point-of-Use Ultraviolet Water Disinfection: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Safe Water for Rural Households of Baja California Sur, Mexico (MS ’07) From Efficacy to Sustained Use. A Comprehensive Evaluation of an Ultraviolet Water Disinfection System for Rural Households in Mexico (PhD ’14)   Fermin Reygadas is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Fundacion Cantaro Azul, a non-profit organization […]

John Ross

MS

Creating a Smooth Pathway From Innovation to Commercialization within the California Public Interest Energy Research Program (’01 M.S.) Research Interests: Performance of policy and technical analyses to increase awareness of global warming in a solutions oriented campaign to reduce energy use in California. We are pressuring public entities to increase the use of energy efficiency, […]

Daniel Sanchez

MS, PhD

Daniel L. Sanchez holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Energy and Resources. He is interested in quantitative analysis to inform public policy, focusing on bioenergy and climate policy. His past research focused on design, deployment, and commercialization of bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS) technologies. Daniel has previously held positions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Green for All, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Britt Shaw

MS

At ERG, I am exploring the barriers to renewable projects that are stalled or abandoned in emerging markets and potential solutions. By striving to answer that question, I hope to help move electricity sector development forward — especially in East Africa.

Imran Sheikh

MS, PhD

Decarbonizing Residential Space and Water Heating in California (PhD ’17) Imran Sheikh is interested in creating business-led solutions to environmental problems, with a particular focus on energy efficiency. His current research interests are around using smart meter and internet-connected thermostat data to better target energy efficiency investments. Prior to graduate school he was a consultant for […]

Michael Shepard

MS

Straw into Gold: The Promise of Anaerobic Digesters on California Dairy Farms (’85 MS)

Suzie Shin

MS

An Empirical Assessment of the California Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Programs (’09 MS)

Rebekah Shirley

MS, PhD

Rebekah Shirley believes that there is more than one path to a bright, energy secure future. Developing nations strive to connect more and more of their communities to energy. Many have emulated the fossil fuel intensive model of developed nations, but Rebekah believes that this is not necessarily the only way.

Anne Short

MS, PhD

Understanding Urban Food Access (’05 MS) Governing Change: An Institutional Geography of Rural Land Use, Environmental Management, and Change in the North Coastal Basin of California (’10 PhD)

Thomas Starrs

MA, PhD

Legislative Incentives and Energy Technologies: Government’s Role in the Development of the California Wind Energy Industry (’87 M.A.) Regulating Innovation and Competition in Emerging Technology Markets: The Effects of Utility Participation in the Market for Remote Photovoltaic Systems (’96 Ph.D.)

Zachary Subin

MS, PhD

Greenhouse Gas Abatement Supply Curves for California’s Transportation Sector (MS ’08) Interactions of Water and Energy Mediate Responses of High Latitude Terrestrial Ecosystems to Climate Change (PhD ’12)

Monica Testa

MA

Monica obtained her Masters in 2015 from the Energy and Resources Group. She is interested in electric vehicle adoption, alternative energy policy, and sustainable energy development. Her research involves modeling the dollar value of grid services provided by electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging equipment infrastructure markets. Monica works part-time at the California Public Utilities […]

Michael Ting

MS

The Silver Bullet with Brown Baggage? Scenarios of the Emissions Impacts of Demand Response in California (05 MS)

Kathy Tonnessen

MA, PhD

Integrated Assessment of Environmental Impacts: A Regulatory Approach to the Problem (’79 MA) The Potential Effects of Acid Deposition on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada, California (’83 PhD)

Margaret Torn

MS, PhD

The Threats to Biological Diversity in California (’90 MS) Environmental Controls Over Methane Flux from Ecosystems and the Potential for Feedbacks with Climatic Change (’94 PhD) See Faculty Profile

Brian Turner

MS

E85, Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and AB 1493: Integrating biofuels into California’s vehicular greenhouse gas regulations (06 MS)

Alyce Ujihara

MA

Transfer of State-Owned Energy Resources in California (’87 M.A.)

Susan Valentine

MS

Kern County, California–A Potential Contributor to Acid Deposition (’83 MS)

Dina Washburn

MA

Competing in the California Power Market: Bonneville’s Struggle to Overcome the Barriers (’86 M.A.)

Robert Weisenmiller

MS

Electricity Consumption in California for Residential Heating and Cooling (’77 M.S.)

Maggie Witt

MS

Maggie’s research focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of transportation by decreasing both the amount that people drive and the per-mile emissions of personal vehicles. Her work focuses on California’s ground-breaking laws to cut the greenhouse gas impacts of driving. Maggie holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. […]

Nicole Woodling

MS

The Role of Socioeconomic Analysis in California Marine Protected Area Planning (03 MS)

Janice Wright

MS

Supply Curves of Conserved Energy for California’s Residential Sector (’80 M.S.)

David Yardas

MS

Regional Hydrologic Interdependence and Electric  Power System Planning: The Pacific Northwest, California, and the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie (’84 M.S.)

Svetlana Zenkin

MS

Challenges and Opportunities for Corporate Fleet Transitions to Lower-Carbon Fuels (MS ’14) Svetlana is interested in the intersection of public policy and corporate social responsibility, as well as in the psychology of sustainable behavior. During the summer of 2013, she consulted for a large company’s sustainability department as a member of the Environmental Defense Fund […]

Neil Ziemba

MS

Management of a Contaminated Groundwater Basin in California’s San Gabriel Valley (’88 M.S.)

News

Paper Authored by PhD Candidate Noah Kittner and Professor Dan Kammen Published in Nature Energy

Noah Kittner and Dan Kammen's new paper, "Energy stor­age deploy­ment and inno­va­tion for the clean energy tran­si­tion," was published in Nature Energy on July 31, 2017

New ERG Chair Daniel M. Kammen

We are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Energy and Resources Group Chair, Professor Daniel M. Kammen. His appointment began July 1, 2017. Daniel Kam­men is a Pro­fes­sor of Energy with appoint­ments in the Energy and Resources Group, The Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy, and the Depart­ment of Nuclear Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. […]

Kammen and Hausfather of ERG Respond to Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

ERG Professor Dan Kammen and graduate student Zeke Hausfather respond to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement

Friend of ERG and Pioneer of Energy Efficiency Art Rosenfeld

Arthur Hinton Rosenfeld, a close friend to many in the ERG community, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. He was 90 years old. “Art Rosenfeld helped make California the world leader in energy efficiency,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in a statement. “His path-breaking ideas transformed our energy sector from one of massive waste to increasingly […]

Kammen highlighted in Scientific American

Daniel Kammen comments for Scientific American on the opportunities scientists think they can seize with the appointment of Trump's climate skeptics.

ERG Alumni Gleick and Cooley: Water Experts to Watch on Climate and Energy

ERG alumni Peter Gleick (M.S. '80, Ph.D. '86) and Heather Cooley (M.S. '04) are featured on NewsDeeply's roundup of CA leaders at the nexus of water, energy and climate.

ERG Student Avila Receives Rosenfeld Fellowship

Congratulations to ERG postdoctoral fellow Nikky Avila, who was recently awarded the 2016 Rosenfeld Fellowship.

ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick on California’s Drought

ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick comments for News Deeply on what makes California's current drought different.

RAEL and GRID Alternatives Partner for Off-Grid Solar

  Solar Industry Magazine has announced a partnership between the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives. RAEL is a unique new research, development, project implementation, and community outreach facility founded by ERG’s Daniel Kammen and is based at the University of California, Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group and Department […]

ERG Alum Listed as a Top Expert Against California’s Drought

"Meet nine top experts who are driving the conversation on California’s water policy." - News Deeply

ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick Pushes for New Water Conservation Policy

“I think the state board is going to have to reconsider this strategy in light of what apparently is a complete abandonment of urban conservation efforts.” - Peter Gleick

ERG Alum Receives Microsoft Grant for Ugandan Micro-grid Systems

New Sun Road is a California technology company directed by ERGie Jalel Sager (MS’11 , PhD’15). They are committed to implementing solutions to climate change and global energy poverty, provide electricity to communities, health clinics, and education centers in remote and challenging environments. New Sun Road designs, builds and installs SolPower™ micro-grid systems with broadband […]

Alum Epstein Explores Resilient Farming Systems in Post-disaster Nepal

"On the 25th and 26th of April and 12th of May Nepal was struck by massive earthquakes. One year later we wanted to explore which farming systems fared better or worse after this natural disaster. "

ERG’s Energy Research Featured in Multiple News Outlets

“Research at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory [ERG Professor Daniel Kammen’s lab] at the University of California Berkeley highlights that while cities currently contribute to global climate change by emitting the majority of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, they could become the building blocks of sustainability. In this week’s inaugural special issue of Science Magazine on […]

ERG Alum Calls For Effective Groundwater Management

ERG alum Michael Kiparsky (MS '04, PhD '10) co-authored an opinion column in The Fresno Bee on the pressing need for fair and effective groundwater management agencies in California.

Two ERG Projects Included in White House Plans for Sustainable Water Future

Commitments by two groups within ERG were included in the White House Summit on Water last week

ERG Summer Courses Available

ERG is offering four of its most popular courses this summer! Enroll Today!

Norgaard: On the Front Lines of California Water Issues

ERG professor emeritus Richard Norgaard, discusses the three greatest threats to California's water.

Jones & Kammen compare neighborhood footprints

The first-of-its-kind interactive map was produced by the University of California, Berkeley’s CoolClimate Network and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and covers census block groups –neighborhoods of several hundred to a few thousand households – in the nine-county area. Neighborhoods with relatively high emissions for any component of their carbon footprints show up […]

ERG at the Paris Climate Talks

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris has begun and will continue until December 11th. Energy and Resources Group faculty, students and alumni will be playing an active role at the conference and the many peripheral activities.

An Environmental Leader California

Professor Daniel Kammen will be joining Gov. Jerry Brown at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris to discuss California's climate initiatives as a model for the world to follow.

Kripa Akila Jagannathan selected for UC-Sponsored Food Fellowships 2015-2016

ERG graduate student Kripa Akila Jagannathan was selected for a fellowship sponsored by the UC Global Food Initiative Program!

Proposed state fee would end solar savings

ERG professor Dan Kammen looks at impacts of proposed new CPUC rules.

Solar Power Expansion Could Pose Ecological Risks

Post­doc­toral scholar, Rebecca Her­nan­dez, discusses her study on the ecological footprint of solar power development with Scientific American.

Only 15% of California’s Big Solar Projects are on the Right Kind of Land

Postdoctoral scholar, Rebecca Hernandez, comments on California's utility-scale solar projects.

California Leads a Quiet Revolution

Professor Daniel Kammen shares his thoughts on California's energy revolution with the New York Times.

Go Small and Go Home: UC Berkeley Team Working to Create an Affordable Housing Fix

ERG grad student Ian Bolliger talks about Cal team's tiny house project in Richmond.

but scientists say the work’s just begun. Obama’s Clean Power Plan is finally out

ERG Professor Daniel Kammen was featured in two magazine publications regarding Obama's Clean Power Plan and the impacts it might have on the U.S. population.

Energy and Resource Group research finds that well-placed PV is yielding big savings on PG&E’s distribution grid

ERG Professor Duncan Callaway and and ERG student Michael Cohen's (MS '12) release report on Economic Effects of Distributed PV Generation on California's Distribution System.

California daring others to follow ScienceMag: In boosting climate goals

Dr. Dan Kammen on how CA's new GHG reduction targets are not only good for the state but also international talks

meet with President Napolitano UC students tour peach farm

ERG grad student, Kripa Jagannathan, discusses her research on aligning climate models for farmer needs with the UC president

The Road from CalCAP: Can the University of California Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025?

How Zimmerman (MS'08), ERGies and colleagues started to "save the planet" by getting Cal capped

Holdren: What Works at ERG Works

John Holdren's "tricks of the trade" presentation plus photos during the ERG Big Event.

Cooley (MS’04) on CA Drought in NYT

“Folks realize we have now reached the limits of supply, so the focus is on demand.”

BOOK: Applying Anthropology and Physics to Sustainability

New book by Dove and Kammen released this week.

California’s Cleaner Fuel Comes at Cost to Water: Report

Heather Cooley (MS'04) and PhD candidate Julian Fulton release California water footprint report from Pacific Institute.

California could power itself three to five times over with solar

ERG postdoctoral fellow Hernandez with Hoffacker and Field from Stanford publish in Nature Climate Change.

Zoë Chafe leads new WHO Report

"We wanted to help policymakers and members of the general public understand that household heating with biomass is a complicated issue," says ERG PhD candidate Zoë Chafe.

Study IDs key birds that host Lyme disease bacteria in California

“The role of birds in the maintenance of Lyme disease bacteria in California is poorly understood,” lead author Erica Newman, ERG PhD candidate.

Data: Big disparities in energy use across desert

ERG PhD candidate Chris Jones explains household electricity consumption.

ERG Grad Student Selected To Represent UC Berkeley in Sacramento

Rachel Golden will share her views in the state capital in April.

Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

ERG Master's-PhD To ssess the accuracy of different climate models at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

At LBNL, the ERG Master's-PhD student will assess the accuracy of different climate models in predicting specific metrics that are relevant for farmer’s decision making needs.

Profs. Leach & Ray Launch UN Gender Equality Report

Dr. Isha Ray at UN Headquarters discussing report on gender equality.

What if it’s not that “green”?

NBC interview of Dr. Kammen on new technology not meeting green expectations.

Water Quality: Woelfle-Erskine’s Search for Salmon

“As the dry season becomes more intense and rainfall more erratic, we’d expect to see this pattern propagating northward.”

Kammen: UC Divestment is a “no-brainer”

UC faculty, alumni and student activists say it's time to take divestment seriously. Professor Kammen gives insight into why in the East Bay Express.

Brown Schwarzenegger

Kammen speaks at Schwarzenegger's climate pep rally where both parties agree that it's time to fight the dark side.

ERG’s Woelfle-Erskine on Why Dams are Still an Issue

"The fight is far from over as far as dams are concerned."

Upcoming Certificate Course on Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy

3-day cer­tifi­cate course Oct 3-5, offer­ing a prac­ti­cal per­spec­tive on the eco­nomic effects of cli­mate and energy policy.

Grist Features ERG Climate Change Solutions

Professor John Harte and three ERG students are "Hacking the Climate" with featured articles in the popular online publication.

Kammen on UC Climate Advisory Group

UC President forms Global Climate Leadership Council including UC professors and climate experts.

Are Obama’s Carbon Rules Enough?

The New York Times calls the EPA's emission proposals "modest." Professor Dan Kammen points out the challenge.

50% of U.S. household carbon footprint Suburban sprawl

Chris Jones (ERG PhD) and Prof. Dan Kammen point out that U.S. households are responsible for about 20% of annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, which are driving climate change.

Clean energy future: Kammen and Wolfram talk it out on NPR

ERG's Kammen and Haas' Wolfram don't exactly see eye-to-eye on energy in NPR interview.

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Julian Fulton

Julian’s interests lie in the relationships between water use and economic development, focusing on modeling and governance. Mr. Fulton’s previous research includes water use in the transportation sector, conservation strategies among California utilities, and European flood management policy. He recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands and holds an M.S. in Civil and Environmental […]