ERG Alumni

A Field Guide to the ERGies: The geographic range of ERGies is worldwide, and they occupy a remarkably high number of niches. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica, across a large elevational range, and in habitats ranging from dense urban areas to the countryside. Their vocalizations are correspondingly diverse, ranging from the rather formalized, sometimes repetitive, lecture style when they display in university classrooms to a more spontaneous and unpredictable variety of alarm calls when they sense danger to their habitat or to the planet. Some ERGies are accepted as “silverbacks” (sometimes referred to in the literature as Deans, Department Chairs, or Executive Directors) by the pack they associate with, while others appear solitary, though no less active. They are all readily approachable by their own kind, though curiously they have been known to react rather aggressively if approached by outsiders who either deny or deify science. Mating behavior is characterized by a disproportionate number (compared to other species) of inter-tribe pairing. Snout-vent lengths are not distinguishable from those of the wider population of Homo sapiens, of which ERGies are believed to be a distinct subspecies.

Alumni Spotlight: Cyrus WadiaMS, PhD

"In a sense, we’re going through a tran­si­tion here. The indus­try is going through a tran­si­tion that we’re only see­ing the begin­ning of,” says Dr. Cyrus Wadia (PhD’08). Cyrus knows about transitions. He has been a policy advocate, business entrepreneur and scientific innovator for clean energy and human welfare prior, throughout and since his time at ERG. He has not only observed but has been part of the change in the world’s switch to solar. His multiple hats and his work on the frontline edge of policy, economics and science made him a perfect fit for the interdisciplinary program at ERG.

Janet Aceti

MA

Fly Ash-Coated Foam Glass Pellets as a Lightweight Concrete Aggregate: A Potential Market for Recycled Glass (’87 MA)

Ken Adler

MA

The Role of the Inspector in Enforcing Pesticide Regulations: An Analysis of the San Joaquin County Agriculture Commission (’86 MA)

Taj-Eddine Ait-Laoussine

MS

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

Peter Alstone

PhD

Peter’s research focus areas are information technology approaches to energy development, understanding markets for demand-side energy technology, and energy technology policy. Outside of academics, he contributes to the Lighting Global program, which supports the market for modern off-grid lighting in the developing world. Peter’s work for Lighting Global includes technical and engineering support, policy development, […]

Ari Altman

MA

A Case Study of Education, Understanding, Concern, and Action: Recycling and Consumption at UC-Berkeley (00 MA)

Doron Amiran

MA

Rot is Hot: Home Composting in Alameda County (91 MA) Research Interests: How do we make the shift to sustainable economy and society? Compost, ride a bike, eat, buy, and grow organic food. The search continues for new ways to promote this shift, and have FUN!

Jason Anderson

MS

Consumer Desire and the Environment: The Case of Light Trucks (98 MS)

Kent Anderson

MS, PhD

Energy and Materials Implications of Passive Solar Heating Technologies (77 M.S.) Conservation vs. Energy Supply: An Economic and Environmental Comparison of Alternatives for Space Conditioning of New Residences (87 Ph. D.)

Joshua Apte

MS, PhD

Population Exposure to Vehicular Emission in Megacities (MS, ’08) Human Exposure to Urban Vehicle Emissions (PhD, ’13)

Sam Arons

MS

Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, Climate Change, and Energy Security:  The Cost-Effectiveness of an Emerging Technology (’07 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)

Robert Bailis

PhD

Fuel from the Savanna: The Social and Environmental Implications of the Charcoal Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa (’05 PhD)

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)  

Galen Barbose

MA

A Survey of Utility Experience with Real Time Pricing: Trends and Implications (04 MA)

Barbara Barkovich

PhD

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

Merrill Barradale

PhD

Practitioner Perspectives Matter: Public Policy and Private Investment in the U.S. Electric Power Sector (PhD ’10)

Audrey Barrett

MS

A Framework for Characterizing the Health Footprint of our Energy Choices (’11 MS)

Gail Bateson

MS

The Role of Information in Developing an Effective Occupational Health Strategy (79 MS)

Louise Bedsworth

PhD

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

John Berger

MA

Resource Endowments of the San Francisco Bay Region Prior to European Settlement: Baseline Data, Interpretation, and Observations Relevant to the Potential for Environmental Restoration (80 MA)

Yasemin Biro-Kirtman

MS, PhD

Economic Valuation of the Environmental Impacts of the Kayraktepe Dam/Hydroelectric Power Plant in Turkey: An Exercise Contingent Valuation and Benefit-Cost Analysis (’95 M.S.) Prospects for Local Community Participation in the Management of the Goksu Delta Protected Special Area in Turkey (’98 Ph.D.)

Charles Blanchard

MS, PhD

The Costs of Environmental Degradation (’78 M.S.) Emission Sources Contributing to Acid Precipitation in the Western United States (’86 Ph.D.)

Barton Blum

MA

Organic Waste Recovery in the San Francisco Bay Area: Changing Regulatory and Market Conditions (90 MA)

Katherine Blumberg

MS

The Emissions Impact of Transit Technology Options for the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (04 MS)

Collin Bode

MS

Flatland Hydrology Model: A GIS-based Water Flow Model for Irrigated Lands (98 MS)

Amy Boone

MS

Obstacles to Marine Protected Area Designation from Political and Socioeconomic Perspectives (05 MS)

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 […]

William Boyd

MA, PhD

Uncle in the Valley: State Capacity and Rural Restructuring in the Tennessee Valley (’94 M.A.) New South, New Nature: Regional Industrialization and Environmental Change in the Post-New Deal American South (’02 Ph.D.)

Asa Bradman

MS

A Pilot Study Investigating the Association Between Lead in Children’s Blood and Lead in Drinking Water and a Review of Lead Policy Concerning Drinking Water (89 MS)

Kristin Brainerd

MS

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

Adam Brandt

MS, PhD

Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel: Modeling the Carbon Emissions Consequences of a Transition to Low-Quality and Synthetic Petroleum Sources (’05 MS) Greenhouse gas impacts of declining hydrocarbon resource quality: depletion, dynamics, and process emissions (’08 PhD)

B. Carter Brooks

MS

Who Will Cry for the Ice? An Examination of Conceptual Understanding of Climate Change through Metaphor (05 MS)

Burnet Brown

MS

The Health and Safety Implications of Increased Coal Production and Utilization Under the 1978 National Energy Act: An Assessment Two Years After Passage (80 MS)

Maureen Burke

MA

Energy Price Increases and Low-Income Americans (80 MA)

Zachary Burt

MS, PhD

Zach’s research focuses on household water access, treatment and use. He draws on data collected in the field, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative sources. Zach is ultimately interested in the balance between sustainability, equity, health and livelihoods and he hopes his work will contribute to good water policies which reflect end-user preferences. His PhD will […]

Jason Burwen

MA

From Technology to Impact: Understanding and Measuring Behavior Change Associated with Improved Biomass Stoves (’11 MA)

John Busch Jr.

PhD

From Comfort to Kilowatts: An Integrated Assessment of Electricity Conservation in Thailand’s Commercial Sector (90 PhD)

Douglas Bushey

MA, PhD

Renewable Energy Systems in Rural Eritrea – Concepts for Three Wind-Powered, Village-Scale, Clean Development Mechanism Projects (MA ’05) Building an International Administrative Law of Expertise: Law and Science in the International Regulation of Trade, Health and the Environment. (PhD ’13)  

Chris Calwell

MA

The Near-Term Potential for Simultaneous Improvements in the Fuel Efficiency and Emissions of U.S. Automobiles (89 MA)

Frank Carroll

PhD

Farm-level Agricultural Energy Technologies in an Egyptian Village: Engineering and Socio-Economic Characteristics and Consequences in the Context of the Political Economy of Food Security (94 PhD)

William Carroll

PhD

Energy and Economic Optimization of Conduction-Dominated Buildings (86 PhD)

Christian Casillas

MS, PhD

Wind generation: A step towards energy independence on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (MS ’08) Exploring the role of information in development policy and practice in the fields of rural electrification, climate change mitigation, and fishing economics on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast (PhD ’12)

Cristina Castanha

PhD

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

Christopher Cataldo

MS

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

Trish Chapman

MS

Managing Stormwater Pollution in San Francisco Estuary (95 MS)

Christa Chavez

MS

Painting the Perfect Ecolabel: An Initial Framework for Comparing Ecolabels in the Paint Sector (’11 MS)

Helen Chen

MS

The Use of Lead in Printed Circuit Board Assembly: A Look at Exposures, Monitoring and Hazard Communication (97 MS)

Yanxia Chen

MS

Economic Assessment for the Donghan Village-scale Biomass Gasification Energy Supply System in China (03 MS)

Deborah Cheng

MA, PhD

Global Efforts to Improve Access to Safe Water: Debate, Discourse, and Data Gaps Leading up to the Millennium Development Goals (MA ’08) The Politics of Pipes: The Persistence of Small Water Networks in Post-Privatization Manila (PhD ’13)

Yuko Chiba

MS

Traditional Ecological Knowledge: An overview of an academic field and its implications to on-the-ground conservation of lightly managed ecosystems (04 MS)

Jaquelin Cochran

MA, PhD

Reducing Poverty in Northeast Cambodia (’01 MA) A Watershed for Equity (’07 PhD)

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)

Alicia Cohn

MA

The UV-Tube as an Appropriate Water Disinfection Technology: An Assessment of Technical Performance and Potential for Dissemination (02 MA)

Jeffrey Cole

MS

Sustainable Finance for Sustainable Energy: Private Sector Solar Rural Electrification (MA 01)

Carolyn Colsher

MA

Derivation of Plant-Soil Relationships for Dose Assessment on Bikini Atoll (76 MA)

Chelsea Congdon

MA

Tribal Participation in Water Quality Management: The Potential for Conflict or Regional Cooperation (89 MA)

Craig Conley

MS

Comparison of the Capabilities of the ORNL and CEC Residential Energy Consumption Forecasting Models (81 MS)

Erin Conlisk

MS, PhD

Dry Deposition of Nitric Acid at Blodgett Forest (’03 MS) A Class of Spatial Models with Applications to Abundance Prediction (’07 PhD) 

Craig Conner

MS

The Effect of Exterior Surface Absorptivity and Emissivity on Energy Use in Residential Buildings (81 MS)

Heather Cooley

MS

Impact of Agricultural Practice on Regional Climate in a Coupled Land Surface Mesoscale Model (04 MS)

Ruth Caron Cooper

PhD

Fuel Use and Emissions in the USSR: Factors Influencing CO2 and SO2 (93 PhD)

Andrew Crane-Droesch

MS, PhD

Andrew does applied empirical research at the intersection of international development and the environment. His goals center on the provision of rigorous evidence to inform policies aimed at enabling sustainable human development in a carbon-constrained and warming world. His PhD work centers on a randomized-controlled trial on the impact and adoption of biochar – a […]

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)

Zubair Dar

MA

Zubair is a Master’s student who researches water policy and management of international river basins, and is particularly focused on hydro-politics of the Indus basin. He has researched the relationship between water discharge and land use patterns in upper Jhelum watershed, international water agreements (especially the Indus Waters Treaty), and conflict over distribution of water […]

Naim Darghouth

MS, PhD

Sustainability of Micro-grids and Solar Home Systems: Evaluating Means for Rural Electrification in Africa (’06 MS) Uncertainties in the Value of Bill Savings from Behind-the-Meter, Residential Photovoltaic Systems: The Roles of Electricity Market Conditions, Retail Rate Design, and Net Metering (’13 PhD)

William Davis

MA

Effects of Feebates on Vehicle Fuel Economy, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Consumer Surplus (’89 MA)

Peter Deibler

MA

The Geopressured Geothermal Resource of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast: A Technology Characterization and Environmental Assessment (’80 M.A.)

Christine Demchak

MA

Complexification and Organizational-Institutional Design: The Case of the U.S. Radioactive Waste Program (’80 M.A.)

Elisabeth Derby

MA

Appliance Standards Transplantation: Applicability of a United States-based Energy Efficiency Standards Model in Costa Rica (’01 M.A.)

Kostas Despotakis

PhD

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

Reuben Deumling

MA, PhD

The Industrial Ecology of Household Refrigerators: Product Life and the Demand for Materials and Energy (’99 MA) Public Policies, Private Choices: Consumer Desire and the Practice of Energy Efficiency (’08 PhD)

David Dietrich

MS

“Incentive Regulation” of Nuclear Power Plants by State Public Utility Commissions: Program Design for Safety and Economic Efficiency (’87 M.S.)

Tanya Dimitrova

MS

REDD Hot: How One Community Defends its Forest One Carbon Credit at a Time (MS ’14) Tanya was born and grew up in Bulgaria. She came to ERG after a career in Army medicine and an environmental science degree from University of London. For her masters project, she is interested in how environmental protection laws […]

Luke Dodds

MA

Climate and energy policies; the science of climate change and the relationship between happiness and consumption.

Kari Dolan

MS

Tomorrow’s Clean and Fuel-Efficient Automobile: Opportunities for Cooperation Between Industry and Policy-Makers (91 MS)

James Downing

MS

Of Microbes and Membranes: Towards more Efficient Wastewater Reclamation Results from a Pilot Study and an Assessment of Water Reuse Planning Issues. (00 MS)

Navroz Dubash

MA, PhD

Commoditizing Carbon: Social and Environmental Implications of Trading Carbon Emissions Entitlements (MA 94) The Agrarian Question and the Institutionalization of Groundwater Exchange in Gujarat, India (PhD 98)

Kristin Duin

MS

Community-based Environmental Protection: Watershed Restoration in the Waimanalo Ahupua’a (’00 M.S.)

Jennifer Dunne

PhD

Climate Change Impacts on Community and Ecosystem Properties: Integrating Manipulations and Gradient Studies in Montane Meadows (’00 Ph.D.)

Kristen Durham

MS

Planning a Bioenergy Future: Understanding uncertainty in biomass resource assessment in China (MS ’08)

Michael Dwyer

MS, PhD

Seeing Like a Sagebrush – Measuring and mapping spatial heterogeneity, self-similarity and local vegetation structure (’03 MS) Territorial Affairs: Turning Battlefields into Marketplaces in Postwar Laos (’11 PhD)

Jeremy Eddy

MS

Quantitative Analysis and Community Decision-Making: A Case Study of Palo Alto’s Organic Waste Management Decision (’09 MS)

Mohamed El-Gasseir

PhD

Design and Simulation of a Novel Hybrid Cooling Cycle for Steam Electricity-Generating Stations (’86 Ph.D.)

William Jamil Farbes

MS

Identifying Priority Government Investments from AB32 Cap & Trade Revenue (MS, ’10)  

Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo

MA

Energy in a Developing Country: The Peruvian Case (’80 M.A.)

Michael Ferry

MS

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

Steven Fetter

MS, PhD

Modeling the Consequences of Accidental Releases of Radioactivity from Fusion Reactors (’83 M.S.) Radiological Hazards of Fusion Reactors: Models and Comparisons (’85 Ph.D.)

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)

Kevin Fingerman

MS, PhD

The System of Rice Intensification: Lessons from South India (MS ’07) Measuring and moderating the water resource impacts of biofuel production and trade (PhD ’12)

Kenneth Finney

MS

Nuclear Safety: A Proposal to Improve Off-Site Safety Precautions of Commercial Nuclear Power Plants (’87 MS)

Jolanka Fisher

MS

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

Lindsey Fransen

MS

Common Resources, Private Benefits: Shifting Access in Mexico’s Community Forests (’08 MS)

Hannah Friedman

MS

Comparative Guide to Emerging Diagnostic Tools for Large Commercial HVAC Systems (01 MS)

Nina Friedman

MS

The Iranian Consortium and the Death of the International Petroleum Cartel Case (81 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)

Merrian Fuller

MA

Enabling Investments in Energy Efficiency: A study of energy efficiency programs that reduce first-cost barriers in the residential sector (’09 MA)

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 […]

Karina Garbesi

MS, PhD

Experiments and Modeling of the Soil-Gas Transport of Volatile Organic Compounds into a Residential Basement (’88 M.S.) Toward Resolving Model-Measurement Discrepancies of Radon Entry into Houses (’93 Ph.D.)

Betsy Gardiner

MS

Diesel Particulate: An Evaluation of Data on the Carcinogenic Risk and Policy Implications (83 MS)

Karen Garrison

MS

Pollution in the San Joaquin River: The Potential For Widespread Impacts (87 MS)

Michel Gelobter

MS, PhD

The Distribution of Air Pollution, By Income and Race (’90 M.S.) Race, Class, and Outdoor Air Pollution: The Dynamics of Environmental Discrimination from 1970-1990 (’93 Ph.D.)

Dimitry Gershenson

MS

I am a third year PhD student at UC Berkeley, in the Energy and Resources Group. I came to graduate school after nearly two and a half years of development work in Latin America, as well as short stints in research and advocacy. My current interests include energy access business models, private financing of energy […]

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)

D. Asher Ghertner

MA, PhD

Shifting Environmental Trends: A Life-Cycle, Consumption-Based Approach to Environmental Indicators (’04 MA) Rule by Aesthetics: World-Class City Making in Delhi (’10 PhD)

Andre Ghirardi

PhD

Alcohol Fuels from Biomass in Brasil: A Comparative Assessment of Methanol and Ethanol (83 PhD)

Thomas Giller

MA

Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants: the US, W. Germany and Canada (83 MA)

Peter Gleick

MS, PhD

Environmental Consequences of Hydroelectric Development: The Issue of Size (’80 M.S.) Regional Water Availability and Global Climatic Change: The Hydrological Consequences of Increases in Atmospheric CO2 and Other Trace Gases (’86 Ph.D.)

Brandon Glenn

MS

Renewable Energy Certificates and Project Development: A Case Study of the Rosebud Wind Turbine’s Success (’09 MS)

Peter Goering

MA

Residential Energy Demand Analysis: Theory and Practice (85 MA)

Charles Goldman

MS

Technical Performance and Cost-Effectiveness of Conservation Retrofits in Existing U.S. Residential Buildings (83 MS)

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)

Patrick Gonzalez

PhD

Dynamics of Biodiversity and Human Carrying Capacity in the Senegal Sahel (97 PhD)

Anand Gopal

PhD

Life of Sugar: Developing Lifecycle Methods to Evaluate the Energy and Environmental Impacts of Sugarcane Biofuels (PhD ’11)

Robert Grace

MS

Intermittent Minimum-NOx Dispatch of Electric Power Systems as an Ozone-Control Tactic: A Case Study of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (93 MS)

Shannon Graham

MA

International Investment in Kenyan Solar PV Rural Electrification: Scaling-up or Damaging a Market? (01 MA)

Vivian Gratton

MS

Toxic Trouble in Fruitvale: An Exploration of Education in Science-Based Societal Issues (87 MS)

Chris Greacen

MS, PhD

Community Context and Technology Options in the Yurok Tribal Electrification Project (’97 MS) The Marginalization of “”Small is Beautiful””: Micro-Hydroelectricity, Common Property, and the Politics of Rural Electricity Provision in Thailand (04 PhD)

Kathleen Greely

MS

Energy Conservation Retrofits in Public Housing: An Analysis of Their Energy Savings and Cost-Effectiveness (85 MS)

Donna Green

MA, PhD

Renewable Energy Technology Systems for Remote Area Electrification in Indonesia: A Critical Review of Technology Transfer (’00 M.A.) Power Games: The Political Use of Solar Technology in Northern Thailand (04 PhD)

F. Bailey Green

MS, PhD

The Global Environment, A Curriculum for Secondary Schools (’90 M.S.) The Energetics of Advanced Integrated Wastewater Pond Systems (’98 Ph.D.)

Phillip Greenberg

MA

California Radioactive Wastes Inventory (79 MA)

Steve Greenberg

MS

Improving Efficiency in Electric Motors and Motor Drives in Commercial Buildings (87 MS)

Nathanael Greene

MS

The Effects of Transmission Pricing on the Cost of Electricity from Renewables (96 MS)

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.)

Naina Gupta

MS

Combining Super-Efficient Appliances with Off-Grid Solar Photovoltaics (12 MS)

David Gustafson

MS

Weltanschauung in the People’s Republic: Implications for Offshore Oil Development in East Asia (79 MS)

Dipak Gyawali

MA

An Historical Approach to the Problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (’86 M.A.)

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.)

Jane Hall

PhD

Economic Benefits of Controlling Sulfur Oxide Emissions from Stationary Sources (’77 Ph.D.)

Eric Hallstein

MS, PhD

A Critical Analysis of the Environmental Impact Assessment for Costa Rica’s Siquirres Hydroelectric Project (MS ’97) Can Household Consumers Save the Wild Fish? Lessons from a Sustainable Seafood Advisory (PhD ’10)

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.)

Bret Harper

MS

Statistical Methods for Quantifying the Effect of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on Wind Power in the Northern Great Plains (’07 MS)

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.)

Barbara Haya

MS, PhD

Evaluation of World Bank Public Participation Policies-Lessons for the Clean Development Mechanism (’02 MS) Carbon Offsetting: An Efficient Way to Reduce Emissions or to Avoid Reducing Emissions? An Investigation and Analysis of Offsetting Design and Practice in India and China (’10 PhD)

Richard Hayes

MA, PhD

An Extension of Cline’s Global Warming Benefit-Cost Model (’96 M.A.) A Scenario of Economic Well-Being, Ecological Integrity and Social Equity for the 21st Century (04 PhD)

Gang He

PhD

Gang’s research work focuses on energy mod­el­ing, energy eco­nom­ics, energy and cli­mate pol­icy, coal and power sec­tors and their key role in both the global energy sup­ply and in inter­na­tional cli­mate pol­icy frame­work. He also stud­ies the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary aspects of global cli­mate change and the devel­op­ment of lower-carbon energy sources. He was a research asso­ciate […]

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)

Douglas Herman

MS

Engineering and Economic Optimization of Cogeneration Bottoming Cycles (’82 M.S.)

Edgar Hertwich

MS, PhD

Science and Value Judgement in the Toxic Impact Evaluation of Products, Processes, and Companies (’96 M.S.) Toxic Equivalency: Addressing Human Health Effects in Life Cycle Impact Assessment (’99 Ph.D.)

Jeff Hobson

MS

Science and the People: The Use of Technical Information about Air Pollution by Local Environmental Groups (’97 M.S.)

Ian Hoffman

MS

Optimal Renewable Power and Synergism on the Western Interconnect (’09 MS)

Jennifer Holthaus

MA

The Importance of Cultural Understanding in International Organizations: A Comparative Study of the IBWC and the BECC (’98 M.A.)

Darby Hoover

MA

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Unearthing the Metaphors in the Garbage Dump (’96 M.A.)

Nicole Hopper

MS

Getting Electricity Prices Right: The Importance of Real-Time Pricing Tariff Design (03 MS)

David Howarth

MA

US Electric Utility Industry Restructuring: Issues for Native American Tribes (’96 M.A.)

Erich Huffaker

MS

NOT ALL DR CREATED EQUAL: Assessing the Role of Backup Generation in Demand Response (MS ’12)

Nathan Hultman

MS, PhD

Inter-Annual Climate Variability and Carbon Uptake in a Young Forest Ecosystem (99 MS) Carbon Financial Risk in the International Greenhouse Gas Market (03 PhD)

Jack Ihle

MS

Comparing the Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Biomass, Wind, and Natural Gas Electricity Generation (’99 M.S.)

Stacey-Leigh Ita

MS

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

Stacy Jackson

MS, PhD

Quick Wins for Climate: A Gas-Specific Framework for International Mitigation Policy (MS ’08) Nuances of Climate Change Mitigation: Four Different Goals and Approaches in the Climate Boxes Framework (PhD ’12)

Kathryn Janda

MS, PhD

Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings (’93 M.S.) Building Change: Effects of Professional Culture and Organizational Context on Energy Efficiency Adoption in Buildings (’98 Ph.D.)

Deborah Jensen

MS, PhD

Mitigation Banking: Protecting Resources or Minimizing Enforcement Costs? (’87 M.S.) Population Differentiation in Tree-Ring Growth Responses of White Fir (Abies Concolor) to Climate: Implications for Predicting Forest Responses to Climate Change (’93 Ph.D.)

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)

Kersten Johnson

MS

“FuelBelts”: Shelterbelts for Fuelwood Production on Small/Marginal Farms in India (87 M.S.)

Nathan Johnson

MS

A Hierarchical Concept of Industrial Ecology: Scale, Values and the Paper Industry (’98 M.S.)

Josiah Johnston

MS, PhD

I grew up in a rural part of the Ozark Mountains. I’m great at construction and swinging a pick. Between college and grad school I lived in Baltimore for five years. When I left for grad school, I was a tenured researcher in a genetics lab and had a seat on the board of a […]

Andrew Jones

MS, PhD

Biofuel Boundaries: Estimating the Medium-Term Supply Potential of Domestic Biofuels (MS ’07) Land use change is a critical influence on the climate effects of climate policies (PhD ’12)

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 […]

Evan Jones

MA

Financial Incentive Policies to Promote End-Use Solar Technologies in a Restructured Electricity Industry: Comparing the Costs (’97 M.A.)

Robert Jourdain

MS

Some Limitations of the ‘Appropriate Technologies” for Peasant Agriculture (’78 M.S.)

Victoria Junquera

MS, PhD

Victoria became interested in food systems through her work on biofuels, first as an engineer at a biodiesel plant, and most recently at the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels. Victoria received MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (02, 04). At ERG, she hopes to investigate enabling factors for […]

Adam Kahane

MA

Economic Aspects of the Brazilian Alcohol Program (’85 M.A.)

Fredrich Kahrl

MS, PhD

China’s Carbon Challenge (MS ’07) Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in China: Growth, Transition, and Institutional Change (PhD ’11)

Margereta Kalka

MS

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential of Residential Gardens and Climate Friendly Diet Choices (12 MS)

Fatumata Kamakate

MS

Assessing Diesel Particulate Matter Pollution in West Contra Costa County (’05, MS)

Sara Kamins

MS

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

Anna Kantenbacher

MS, PhD

Environmental policy making; balancing short-term pressures with long-term needs; climate changes policies; economics; decision analysis; ecology.

Joseph Kantenbacher

MS, PhD

Joe’s broad research interests include sustainable consumption and pro-environmental behavior change. His dissertation explores the linkages between psychological well-being and the environment, arguing that happiness and sustainability are synergistic concepts and that delving into how people use their time is a practical means of concurrently pursuing both goals. Joe’s own happiness has historically been pursued […]

Kamal Kapadia

MA, PhD

Can Energy Markets Work for Rural Development? An Analysis of World Bank/GEF Rural Electriciation Projects in Sri Lanka (’03 MA) Developments after a Disaster: The Tsunami, Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka (’08 PhD)

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)

Jeannie Katsigris

MS

Technology and Rural Industrialization Deep in China’s Hinterlands: A Study of Technology Transfer in Rural Industries in Qinghai Province’s Haidong Prefecture (’96 M.S.)

Joshua Kay

MS

Analysis of the Performance and Cost Effectiveness of Nine Small Wind Energy Conversion Systems Funded by the DOE Small Grants Program (’82 M.S.)

Taylor Keep

MS

Continuous Demand Response: Using Loads to Manage Real-Time Energy Imbalance on the Electricity Grid (’11 MS)

Dennis Kelso

PhD

Aquarian Transitions: Technological Change, Environmental Uncertainty, and Salmon Production on North America’s Pacific Coast (’00 Ph.D.)

Kevin Kennedy

PhD

Local Negotiations in Hazardous Waste Incinerator Permitting: A Comparison of Economic and Communication Models in Four Case Studies (’96 Ph.D.)

Amber Kerr

PhD

Drought resilience of maize-legume agroforestry systems in Malawi (PhD ’12)

Marta Khrushch

MS

Carbon Emissions Embodied in Manufacturing Trade and International Freight of the Eleven OECD Countries (’96 MS)

Ho-Chul Kim

MA

Social Cost of Imported Oil: Korean Context (’84 M.A.)

Laura King

MS

Ecological Consequences of the Cooling Requirements of Electrical Power Generation (MS ’77)

Ann Kinzig

PhD

Mutualism and Competition Between Plants and Microorganisms: Implications for Nitrogen Allocation in Terrestrial Ecosystems (’94 Ph.D.)

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)

James Kirchner

PhD

A Strategy for Predicting Watershed Acidification (PhD ’90)

Charles Kirubi

MS, PhD

How Important is Modern Energy for Micro-Enterprises? Evidence from Rural Kenya (’06 MS) Expanding Access to Off-grid Rural Electrification in Africa: An Analysis of Community-based Micro-grids in Kenya (’09 PhD)

Jonathan Koomey

MS, PhD

A Simplified Spreadsheet Model for Assessing the Load and Energy Impacts of Demand-Side Programs for Selected Residential Appliances (’86 MS) Energy Efficiency Choices in New Office Buildings: An Investigation of Market Failures and Corrective Policies (’90 PhD)

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)

Leslie Kramer

MA

Electrical Load Management in Malta: A Preliminary Assessment (’88 M.A.)

Jean Ku

MS

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options for China: Multi-Lateral Recommendations and Local Initiatives: A Case Study of Automobile Pollution in Beijing (’00 M.S.)

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.)

Veronica Kun

MA

A Review of EPA’s Evaluation of the Environmental Impacts of New Source Performance Standards for Fossil Fuel Power Plants (’78 M.A.)

Renee Kuriyan Wittemyer

MA, PhD

"23% fewer women than men are online in developing countries. If no concerted effort is taken, that internet gap is going to grow. When women see role models—people doing things—it enables them and empowers them to think, 'Well, I can do that as well.' And, accessing the internet and using technologies exposes them to an entirely new world," says ERG Alum, Dr. Renee (Kuriyan) Wittemyer. She is Intel's Director of Social Impact.

Dannette Lambert

MA

Political Opportunities and Framing Processes in Resistance to Uranium Mining: The Joar Case (’08 MA)

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)

Daniel Lashof

MS, PhD

The Global Carbon Cycle and Atmospheric Oxygen (’83 M.S.) The Role of the Biosphere in the Global Carbon Cycle: Evaluation Through Biospheric Modeling and Atmospheric Measurement (’87 Ph.D.)

Lily Lee

MS

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

Derek Lemoine

MS, PhD

Greenhouse Gas Property – Introducing an Adaptable Climate Policy for an Uncertain World (MS ’07) Characterizing & Responding to Uncertainty in Climate Change (PhD ’11)

Joanna Lewis

MA, PhD

Introducing a Mandatory Market Share for Renewable Electricity Generation in China: Design Considerations and Market Implications (MA ’01) From Technology Transfer to Local Manufacturing: China’s Emergence in the Global Wind Power Industry (PhD ’05)

Feng Liu

MA

Energy Use and Conservation in China’s Residential and Commercial Sectors: Patterns, Problems, and Prospects (’92 M.A.)

Penn Loh

MS

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

Deepa Shinde Lounsbury

MA

Developing Country Microgrids: A Case Study Approach to Best Practices (MA, ’13)

Hongyou Lu

MPP, MS

Hongyou is a concurrent MS-MPP student in ERG and the Goldman School of Public Policy. She also works at the China Energy Group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research focuses on industrial energy assessments, industrial energy efficiency, low carbon policies, and introducing international best practices to China. Her previous work also include tool […]

Benjamin Mandel

MPP, MS

Minding Electron Leakage: How Utility Regulation Can Improve Upstream Energy Efficiency (MS ’14) Ben is a concurrent MS-MPP degree student in ERG and the Goldman School of Public Policy. His primary area of focus is the spread of technologies and policies that promote energy efficiency. Ben also works in Berkeley Lab’s Heat Island Group, which […]

Michael Maniates

MA, PhD

Local Governments and Solar Energy: The San Francisco Example (’83 M.A.) Organizing for Rural Energy Development: Improved Cookstoves, Local Organizations, and the State in Gujarat, India (’90 Ph.D.)

Fernando Manibog

PhD

A Rural Energy Survey and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Renewable Energy Technologies for a Philippine Island Community (’82 Ph.D.)

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 […]

Jason Mark

MA

Getting from Here to There: Infrastructure Requirements for a Hydrogen-Vehicle Future (’96 M.A.)

Peter Marsters

MA

Peter Marsters is a Master’s candidate at ERG focusing on the environmental impacts of unconventional fossil fuel developments. He came to ERG from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado where he focused on water issues related to unconventional fossil fuel development. His previous experience includes several years at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China […]

Philippe Martin

MS, PhD

Qualitative Analysis: The Method and Its Use in Modeling the Influence of Space on Ecosystems (’86 M.S.) Forest Succession and Climate Change: Coupling Land-Surface Processes and Ecological Dynamics (’90 Ph.D.)

Eric Martinot

MA, PhD

Wind-Generated Electric Power in the Soviet Union: Geographical and Technical Prospects (’91 MA) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Russia: Perspectives and Problems of International Technology Transfer and Investment (’95 Ph.D.)

Carl Mas

MS

Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier: Modeling of Electrolytic Hydrogen Production Systems (’04 MS)

Omar Masera

MS, PhD

Sustainable Energy Scenarios for Rural Mexico: An Integrated Evaluation Framework for Cooking Stoves (’90 M.S.) Socioeconomic and Environmental Implications of Fuelwood Use Dynamics and Fuel Switching in Rural Mexico (’95 PhD)

Michael Matz

MA

Citizen Participation in Water Quality Regulation: Evaluating the Total Maximum Daily Load Process at Sonoma Creek (’05, MA)

Sharon Maves

MS

Local Planning for the Offshore Oil and Gas Boom in Santa Barbara County (’85 M.S.)

J. Andrew McAllister

MS, PhD

Electricity Load Management in Bolivia: Background and Prospects (’92 MS) Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector (’12 PhD)

Lesley McAllister

MA, PhD

Questioning Sustainability: Environmental and Social Aspects of Reforestation in Northwestern Costa Rica (’97 MA) Environmental Enforcement and the Rule of Law in Brazil (’04 PhD)

Casey McCullough

MS

En La Tierra de Los Gigantes: The Mexican Energy Monopolies and Their Impact on Electricity Privatization (’97 M.S.)

Meg Meal

MS

Demand-Control Strategies in Commercial Buildings: Technical and Economic Issues (’85 M.S.)

Andrea Mercado

MS

Andrea graduated from UC Merced with a BS in Applied Mathematics on Engineering Mechanics and a minor in Writing. During her time at UCM, Andrea interned for UCM Facilities as a Building Efficiency Intern aiding in UCM’s goal to meet a Triple Zero Challenge of zero net energy, emissions, and waste by 2020. Since graduation, […]

Steven Meyers

MA

Residential Energy Use and Conservation in the United States (’82 M.A.)

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)

Ana Mileva

MPP, MS, PhD

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions, System Flexibility Requirements, and Drivers of Storage Deployment in the Western North American Power System through 2050 (PhD ’14) Ana’s PhD research is in modeling electricity systems with high penetration levels of intermittent renewable energy to identify technological and policy alternatives for cost-effective emission reductions. While her work focuses on the […]

Andrew Mills

MS

Wind Energy in Indian Country:  Turning to Wind for the Seventh Generation (MS ’06)

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)

David Minehart

MS

Using Computer Simulations to Test the Reliability of PRISM (’91 M.S.)

Irving Mintzer

PhD

Sunlight Through the Clouds: Economic and Environmental Effects of Centralized and Dispersed Photovoltaic Power Systems in Electric-Utility Applications (’83 Ph.D.)

Alan Mitchell

MA

Reducing Photovoltaic System Costs by Use of Energy-Efficient Appliances (’85 M.A.)

Marcus Moench

MS, PhD

Resource Utilization and Degradation: An Integrated Analysis of Biomass Utilization Patterns in a Garhwal Hill Village, Northern Uttar Pradesh, India (’85 MS) From Forest to Agroforest: Land-Use Dynamics and Crop Successions in the Western Ghats of Kerala, South India (’90 PhD)

Alison Monroe

MS

Nuclide Migration Consequence Analyses for High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal: What Are They Likely to Prove? (’78 M.S.)

Alex Montgomery

MA

Reconstructing Reliability: Confidence in Nuclear Weapons under Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship (’99 M.A.)

Raquel Moreno-Penaranda

PhD

From Livelihoods to Labels: Assessing the Contribution of Organics to the Sustainability of Small Family Farming with Participatory Multi-Criteria Indicators in a Community in Brazil (’08 PhD)

Maryam Mozafari

MS

Sustainable Energy Options for Kosovo – An Analysis of resource availability and cost (MS ’13)

Maria Murmis

MS

An Evaluation of Air Quality in Buenos Aires, Argentina (’93 M.S.)

Ashley Muspratt

MS, PhD

Health, Hygiene and Safe Drinking Water: A Process Documentation of an Education and Technology Intervention in the Behram Slum, Mumbai, India (06 MS) “Don’t Think of ‘Waste’ Water”: Evaluation and Planning Tools for Reuse-Oriented Sanitation Infrastructure (09 PhD)

Hajime Myoi

MA

Aftermath of the First Oil Crisis in Japan (’86 MA)

Linda Nash

MS

Contaminated Sediments and Dredging in San Francisco Bay: Assessing and Managing Ecological Impacts (’89 M.S.)

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)

James Newcomb

MA

Petroleum Revenues in the Norwegian Economy: Oiling the Wheels of Change? (’84 M.A.)

Leah Nichols

MA, PhD

Genes, Information, & Property (MA ’02) Academic Cartography Understanding the Directions of Modern Biological Science (’07 PhD)

Dara O’Rourke

MS, PhD

State, Industry, and the Environment in Vietnam: Obstacles and Opportunities for Industrial Development (’95 M.S.) Community-Driven Regulation: The Political Economy of Pollution in Vietnam (’99 Ph.D.)

Hazel Onsrud

MS

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

Tracey Osborne

PhD

Carbon Capital: The Political Ecology of Carbon Forestry and Development in Chiapas, Mexico (’10 PhD)

Annette Ostling

PhD

Development and Tests of Two Null Theories of Ecological Communities: a Fractal Theory and a Dispersal Assembly Theory (’04 PhD)

Gwen Ottinger

MA, PhD

Education, Public Issues, and Everyday Relevance: Making the Links in the Development of a Middle School Life Science Curriculum (99 MA) Grounds for Action: Community and Science in Environmental Justice Controversy (05 PhD)

Sergio Pacca

PhD

Global Warming Effect Applied to Electricity Generation Technologies (’03 PhD)

Bikash Pandey

MS

Strategies for Nepal’s Hydropower Development (’97 M.S.)

Susan Pantell

MA, PhD

Uncertainties in Cost-Benefit Analysis of Chlorofluorocarbon Use (’85 M.A.) Toxic Groundwater Pollution:Understanding the Politics and Organizational Process of Regulatory Response (’92 PhD)

William Pease

MS

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

Amol Phadke

MS, PhD

Feasibility of Competition in a Developing Country Electricity Market: A Case Study of Maharashtra State (India) (’03 MS) Competition, regulation, and Energy Efficiency Options in the Electricy Sector: Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries (’06 PhD)

Karen Plaut

MS

A Comparison of Measured and Calculated Evapotranspiration in a Sub-Alpine Meadow Ecosystem (’95 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)

James Porter

MS

Responses to Environmental Injustice in the Siting of Hazardous Waste Facilities: Public Participation and Legal Strategies (’92 M.S.)

Wayne Praskins

MA

Groundwater Contamination in Santa Clara Valley: Protecting Public Health in the Face of Technical Uncertainty (’86 M.A.)

Autumn Preskill

MS, PhD

Autumn Petros-Good received her B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2009, and her M.S. from ERG in 2011 and her PhD from ERG in 2015. She worked on characterizing the potential for energy storage to change the electricity landscape, and has previously worked with the Nature Conservancy on investigating the relationship between large-scale […]

William Prudham

PhD

Knock on Wood: Nature and the Fictitious Commodity in Oregon’s Douglas-Fir Region (’99 Ph.D.)

Simone Pulver

MA

Going Green Bites Back: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of the New Corporate Environmentalism (’98 M.A.)

Ross Pumfrey

MA

Recycling as an Alternative to Disposal: A Study of Waste Paper Recovery in the Commercial Sector in San Francisco (’83 M.A.)

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)

Zhigang Qin

MS

Global Environment and Energy End Use in China (’93 MS)

Emily Quesada

MS

An Evaluation of the Triple Bottom Line Business Case For Reshoring Manufacturing (MS ’14) Emily Quesada received her B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. She subsequently served as Marketing and Graphic Design Manager at 3 Phases Energy, now known as 3Degrees. In that capacity, she helped businesses and utilities communicate their environmental […]

Nancy Rader

MA

The Role of Renewable Energy in Global Warming Mitigation: A Critique of Trusted Assessments (’92 M.A.)

Jessica Radolf

MA

Berkeley Energy Market Analysis Phase I: The Demand for Energy Conservation and Renewables (’81 M.A.)

Malini Ranganathan

MS, PhD

Can Co-ops become Energy Producers too? Challenges and Prospects for Efficient Co-Generation in India’s Co-Operative Sugar Sector (’05 MS) Fluid Hegemony: A Political Ecology of Water, Market Rule, and Insurgence at Bangalore’s Frontier (’10 PhD)

Diane Regas

MS

Arctic Haze: Characteristics, Sources and Institutional Options (’87 M.S.)

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 […]

Jesse Ribot

MS, PhD

Disincentives for Energy Conservation in the Electric Energy Sector of Djibouti, East Africa (85 MS) Markets, States and Environmental Policy: The Political Economy of Charcoal in Senegal (’90 Ph.D.)

Sarah Richmond

MS

Post-fire channel response: A comparison between the 1977 Marble Cone Fire and 2008 Basin Complex Fire on the upper Carmel River (’09 MS)

Carina Romero

MS

Private Sector Participation in the Global Water Sector: An Analysis of Stakeholder Perspectives and an Assessment of Rules and Guidelines: Governance Issues and the Regulatory Authority (04 MS)

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, […]

Yang Ruan

MA, MPP

Yang is in the concurrent degree program with ERG and the Goldman School of Public Policy. Her background is in electrical engineering and worked for several years in the power electronics industry. She’s interested in socially responsible investing and how investors can calculate and compare the GHG emissions footprint of companies. She’s also working on […]

Katherine Rudolph

MA

The Social and Historical Context of Chemical Defoliation of Cotton (’91 M.A.)

Ronald Rudolph

MA

Western Coal Exports to the Pacific Rim Countries of Japan, Taiwan and Korea (’82 M.A.)

Alejandra Rueda

MA

Deforestation from Coca Plantations and REDD+: Can REDD+ change the dynamics of coca plantations and become the new peaceful strategy to overcome “The war on drugs” in Columbia? (’10 MA)

Jalel Sager

MA, PhD

Formerly a freelance writer and founding director of the Vietnam Green Building Council (2007-2009), Jalel remains a board member and international coordinator for Green Cities Fund (its NGO parent).  In 2012 he co-founded the Southeast Asia – Renewable and Adaptive Energy (SEA-RAE) group at Berkeley.  At ERG he has designed a class on ecological economics; […]

Rashmi Sahai

MS

Addressing Water Consumption of Evaporative Coolers with Greywater (’12 MS)

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.

Chayaporn Sangchote

MS

Exploring the Impacts of ASEAN Energy Cooperation on the Renewable Energy Development and Policy Implementation of the ASEAN Members (MS ’14)

John Saponara

MS

Potential Sources of Bias to Farm Size in Agricultural Research (’85 M.S.)

Agus Sari

MA

Leaking Carbon: Calculating Carbon Dioxide Emissions Leakage in the Era of Global Trade Liberalization: A Case Study of Indonesia (’96 MA)

Sarita Sarvate

MS

An Algorithm for Determining the Cost-Effectiveness of New Window Design (’78 M.S.)

Deborah Schechter

MS

Predicting the Impact of Transportation Control Measures on Pollutant Emissions and Energy Consumption (’93 M.S.)

Marcus Schneider

MS

Little Fish in a Big Pond: Small Customers in Competitive Electricity Markets (’98 M.S.)

Richard Schneider

MS

Classes of Ecotoxicological Tests: Their Advantages and Disadvantages for Regulation (’81 MS)

Susan Schwab

MS

Childhood Asthma: A Literature Review (’98 MS)

M. Beth Schwehr

MS

Quantitative Health-Risk Assessment of Indoor Air Pollutants: A Comprehensive Framework for Analysis, and Application to Radon-222 (’85 M.S.)

M. Rebecca Shaw

PhD

Ecosystem and Plant Community Consequences of Climate Warming in a High-Altitude Meadow (’97 PhD)

Gwen Shearer

MS

Material Flows of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (’78 M.S.)

Karin Shen

MS, PhD

A Microclimate Model to Investigate Greenhouse Warming of a Sub-Alpine Ecosystem (MS, ’92) A Modeling Study of Experimental Warming of a Sub-Alpine Meadow (PhD, ’98)

Michael Shepard

MS

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

Emma Shepherdson

MS

Understanding feed’s climate impacts on beef production through the lens of three different beef production systems in the United States (MS, ’12)

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)

Leslie Shown

MA

The Impacts of Deforestation upon Rural Women in Developing Countries: Patterns of Concern in Recent Development Literature (’93 M.A.)

Thomas Sikor

MA, PhD

Participatory Methods in Rural Development: ‘Bottom-Up’ or only ‘Close-To’ Development? (’94 M.A.) The Political Economy of Decollectivization: A Study of Differentiation in and Among Black Thai Villages Of Northern Vietnam (’99 Ph.D.)

Jelena Simjanovic

MA

Mind the Gap. Public-Private Financing Mechanisms for Bridging Valleys of Death and Accelerating Transition to a Clean Economy (MA, ’10)

Michael Simpson

MS

Integrated Assessment: A Case Study of Mobile Sources of Air Pollution (’79 M.S.)

Jonathan Sinton

MS, PhD

Indoor Air Pollution in China (Compilation of a Database of Results of Research 1982-1991; with an Application to Residential Energy Supply Options in Shenyang, Liaoning Province) (’92 M.S.) Energy Efficiency in Chinese Industry: Positive and Negative Influences of Economic System Reforms (’96 Ph.D.)

Adam Smith

PhD

Facets of Biological Conservation: Appropriate Ecology, Policy, and Ethics for Ensuring the Perpetuity of Biodiversity (’09 PhD)

Ida Sognnaes

MA

Ida Sognnaes is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group. She is originally from Norway and came to Berkeley for the first time as part of her five year MSc in Applied Mathematics and Physics where she focused on Renewable Energy and Climate Science. She wrote her Master thesis with John Harte in […]

Anna Sommer

MS

The Water and Energy Nexus: Estimating Consumptive Water Use from Carbon Capture at Pulverized Coal Plants with a Case Study of the Upper Colorado River Basin (’10 MS)

Matthew St. Clair

MA

The Renewable Robin Hood: How Taking from Natural Gas Producers and Giving to Energy Consumers Softens the Economic Impact of a Renewable Portfolio Standard (03 MA)

Michael Starkey

MA

Wilderness, Race, and African Americans: An Environmental History from Slavery to Jim Crow (’05 MA)

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.)

Norman Stein

MA

Utility Financial Incentive Program: A Financial Incentive Scheme Designed to Stimulate Greater Levels of Conservation Achievement by Investor Owned Utilities (’82 M.A.)

Corina Stetiu

MS, PhD

The Effect of Simplifying the Building Description on the Numerical Modeling of its Thermal Performance (93 MS) Radiant Cooling in US Office Buildings: Towards Eliminating the Perception of Climate-Imposed Barriers (97 PhD)

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)

Stephen Sullivan

MS

Material Flows of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (79 MS)

Marika Tatsutani

MS

Unocal Corporation’s SCRAP (South Coast Recycled Auto Project): An Experiment in Corporate Environmental Initiative (’91 MS)

Kim Taylor

MA, PhD

Water Quality Monitoring for Effective Regulatory Enforcement: A Review of Options for the NPDES Program in the San Francisco Bay Region (’90 MA) Redefining Environmental Management Problems: The Shift in Dredging Management in San Francisco Bay 1967-1994 (’95 PhD)

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

Sarah Trainor

MA, PhD

Money Talks, But What Can it Say?  Bridging the Economic and Philosophic in Wilderness Values & Valuation (98 MA) Conflicting Values, Contested Terrain: Mormon, Paiute and Wilderness Advocate Values of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument (02 PhD)

Derrick Tucker

MA

Appropriate Technology and Soft Energy as Perspectives on Technology – Society Interactions (’86 MA)

Brian Turner

MS

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

Matthew Turner

PhD

Life on the Margin: Fulsse Herding Practices and the Relationship Between Economy and Ecology in the Inland Niger Delta of Mali (’92 Ph.D.)

Tarik Tuten

MS

Turkey: A Perspective from the Energy Point of View (’88 M.S.)

Alyce Ujihara

MA

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

Tony Usibelli

MS

The Geopressured Geothermal Resource of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast; A Technology Characterization and Environmental Assessment (’80 M.S.)

Adriana Valencia

MS, PhD

Improved Cookstoves in Michoacán, México:  A Search for an Integrated Perspective that Promotes Local Culture, Health, and Sustainability (’04 MS) Missing Links:  Demystifying Alternative Energy Use and Improving Decision Making for Increased Off-grid Electrification in Colombia (’08 PhD)

Susan Valentine

MS

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

Sintana Vergara

MS, PhD

Why do POUs Fail?  Barriers to the Adoption of Point of Use Water Treatment Technologies (’07 MS) Transforming trash:  reuse as a waste management and climate change mitigation strategy (’11 PhD)

Nikhil Vijaykar

MS

Consolidation as a Solution for Central Valley Water Woes: An Exploratory Study in Tulare County (’13 MS)

David Von Hippel

MS, PhD

The Effect of Intensive Organic Matter Utilization on Soil Quality: Protecting the Soil Resource Without Giving Up On Biomass (’83 M.S.) An Analysis of an Ethanol-Producing Solar-Bioconversion Process Using the Microalga Dunaliella sp. as the Biomass Crop (’87 Ph.D.)

Alexandra Von Meier

MA, PhD

Grid-Connected Photovotaics: A Comparison of Three Siting Strategies (’90 M.A.) Cultural Factors in Technology Adoption: A Case Study of Electric Utilities and Distribution Automation (’95 Ph.D.)

Cyrus Wadia

MS, PhD

"In a sense, we’re going through a tran­si­tion here. The indus­try is going through a tran­si­tion that we’re only see­ing the begin­ning of,” says Dr. Cyrus Wadia (PhD’08). Cyrus knows about transitions. He has been a policy advocate, business entrepreneur and scientific innovator for clean energy and human welfare prior, throughout and since his time at ERG. He has not only observed but has been part of the change in the world’s switch to solar. His multiple hats and his work on the frontline edge of policy, economics and science made him a perfect fit for the interdisciplinary program at ERG.

Barbara Wagner

MS

Residential Indoor Air Quality and Air Infiltration (’82 MS)

Erika Walther

MA

The Zuni Sustainable Energy Project: Implementing a Photovoltaics Credit Program in a Traditional Economy (’01 M.A.)

Lucy Wamukonya

MS

Classification of Biomass Fuels for Fouling & Slagging Using Principal Component Analysis (’96 M.S.)

Xiaodong Wang

PhD

Comparison of Constraints on Coal and Biomass Fuels Development in China’s Energy Future (’97 Ph.D.)

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.)

Justin West

MS

Justin’s background in botany and agroecology informs his research in perennial crop farming systems and woody biomass coppice. Most recently he has been researching tropical fodder bank systems in South America. Justin previously studied at The Colorado College (BA), and The University of Plymouth (MSc). He worked as a vegetation ecologist in various parts of […]

Lisa Weston

MA

Plastics Recycling: A Peek at the Future (’87 M.A.)

Lee Wexler

MS

Population Growth, Global Warming, and the Carbon Externality to Childbearing (’95 M.S.)

Charles White

MS, PhD

Closing the Material Loop:  Investigating the Dynamics of, Motivations for, and Obstacles to Material Recycling through a Case Study on Product Recovery and Demanufacturing in the Computer Industry (’99 MS) Greening Under the Radar:  Mid-range Analysis of Environmental Practitioners as Agents in Corporate Change (’08 PhD)

Andrew Wilcox

MS

Transmountain Water Diversions in the Colorado Rockies (MS, ’96)

Christopher Williams

MA

The Hands that will Build our Energy Future:  Administrative and Labor Capacity for Building Energy Efficiency Policies In China and India (MA ’11)

Deborah Wilson

MS

Government Policies and Programs for the Promotion of Residential Energy Conservation, An International Perspective (87 MS)

Margrethe Winslow

PhD

Environmental Quality, Economic Growth, and Democracy: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Linkages (’02 PhD)

Ryan Wiser

MS, PhD

Alternative Windpower Ownership Structures: Financing Terms and Project Costs (’96 MS) Public Goods and Private Interests: The Role of Voluntary Green Power Demand in Achieving Environmental Improvements (’02 PhD)

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. […]

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

MS, PhD

In the tradition of Barad and Haraway, I practice Science and Technology Studies (STS) “from the inside”, drawing on my own natural science training to inform the theoretical frameworks I develop. My interdisciplinary outlook is grounded in training, publication, and research in hydrology, aquatic ecology, and fluvial geomorphology, as well as in social science and […]

Cecile Wolf

MA

Daylight Availability: Review & Analysis of the Literature up to 1979: Relevance to Daylighting Design in the U.S.: Suggestions for Futher Data Collection and Treatment (’79 MA)

Gabrielle Wong-Parodi

MA, PhD

NGO Perceptions of Geologic Sequestration (MA ’07) Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Sequestration in the United States (PhD ’11)

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.)

Sami Yassa

MS

Acid Deposition and Forest Nutrient Cycles: An Analysis of Changes in Soil Chemistry over Time on Camels Hump Mountain in Northern Vermont (’88 MS)

Emily Yeh

PhD

Taming the Tibetan Landscape:  Chinese development and the transformation of agriculture (03 PhD)

Eli Yewdall

MA

Seeds of Change:  Making High School Climate Change Education Transformative (’05 MA)

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.)

Victoria Ziemba

MS

Water Management: A Complete Guide for Households (’88 M.S.)

Scott Zimmermann

MS

Sustainable Biofuels: Designing Indirect Land Use Change Regulations that are Compatible with International Trade Law (MS ’08)

Beth Zotter

MS

Shifting Agricultural Subsidies to Promote Biomass Utilization (’04 MS)