The Energy and Resources Group trains interdisciplinary leaders and thinkers that are defining and solving the systemic, inextricably linked, social, environmental, and technological challenges facing the globe. ERG has built an unparalleled reputation for rigor and relevance through its unique interdisciplinary model. While ERG alumni share a common skillset in practical problem solving, their areas of substantive expertise and their employment interests are amazingly diverse.

Alumni

Aas, Daniel

Daniel Aas

MA, MPP

Greater than the Sum of Their Parts? Political Impacts of State Climate Policies in the Face of Partisan Polarization (MA/MPP ’17) Dan completed concurrent degrees at the Goldman School of ... Continue Reading »

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Janet Aceti

MA

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

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Aden, Nate

Nate Aden

MS, PhD

Taking the Man Out of Manufacturing: Drivers and Components of Industrial Sector Low-Carbon Transformation (PhD ’17) Nate Aden completed his PhD at the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and is ... Continue Reading »

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Ken Adler

MA

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

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Taj-Eddine Ait-Laoussine

MS

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

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Alstone, Peter

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Ari Altman

MA

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Jason Anderson

MS

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

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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. ... Continue Reading »

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Joshua Apte

MS, PhD

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

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Sam Arons

MS

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

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Avila, Nkiruka

Nkiruka Avila

MS, PhD

Designing and Adapting Appropriate Socio-Technical Systems for the Renewable Energy Transition (PhD ’18) Nkiruka has expertise in solar grid integration and climate policy in California, and in electricity access in ... Continue Reading »

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Avrin, Anne-Perrine

Anne-Perrine Avrin

MS, PhD

Designing and Adapting Appropriate Socio-technical Systems for the Renewable Energy Transition (PhD ’18) Anne-Perrine is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group and a research fellow within the ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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Robert Bailis

PhD

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Galen Barbose

MA

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

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Barbara Barkovich

PhD

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

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Barnes, Richard

Richard Barnes

PhD

Algorithms for, and Applications of, Global Terrain Analysis (PhD ’20) Richard applies computational and mathematical techniques to better understand the complex interface of society and the environment. His work includes ... Continue Reading »

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Merrill Barradale

PhD

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

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Audrey Barrett

MS

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

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Gail Bateson

MS

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

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Bauer, Gordon

Gordon Bauer

MS, PhD

Operation, Cost, and Environmental Impact of Self-Driving Electric Taxi Fleets (MS ’18) Transportation has long been dominated by the personal gasoline-powered automobile, but breakthroughs in electric vehicles, shared mobility, and ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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Bhatnagar, Dipti

Dipti Bhatnagar

MS

Dipti got her Masters at ERG in 2008. Since then, she went back to India working with communities displaced by dams. She also fought for water justice in California, working ... Continue Reading »

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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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.)

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Barton Blum

MA

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

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Bolliger, Ian

Ian Bolliger

MS, PhD

Monitoring and Projecting the Impacts of Climate Change with Emerging Environmental Datasets and Machine Learning (PhD ’20) Ian works to provide decision-makers with quantitative, high-resolution projections of the socioeconomic impacts ... Continue Reading »

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Amy Boone

MS

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

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Borgeson, Sam

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 ... Continue Reading »

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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Kristin Brainerd

MS

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

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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: ... Continue Reading »

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B. Carter Brooks

MS

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

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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)

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Maureen Burke

MA

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

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Burt, Zachary

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Jason Burwen

MA

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

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John Busch Jr.

PhD

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Chris Calwell

MA

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

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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)

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William Carroll

PhD

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

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Carvallo Bodelon, Juan Pablo

Juan Pablo Carvallo Bodelon

MS, PhD

Mind the Gap: Bridging Strategies for Universal Energy Access (PhD ’19) Since graduating as an electronics engineer in 2004, JP Carvallo has been working, studying, and researching different aspects of ... Continue Reading »

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Cristina Castanha

PhD

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

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Castro, Felipe

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, ... Continue Reading »

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Christopher Cataldo

MS

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

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Trish Chapman

MS

Managing Stormwater Pollution in San Francisco Estuary (95 MS)

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Christa Chavez

MS

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

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Helen Chen

MS

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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Christianson, Danielle Svehla

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.

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Clarke, Nick

Nick Clarke

MA

A Discrete-event Simulator to Determine if Public Transit Buses Go Battery Electric Today (MA ’20) A native of Utah, Nick holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Westminster College in ... Continue Reading »

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Coates-Maldoon, Rebecca

Rebecca Coates-Maldoon

MA, MPP

Assessing Instream Flow Standards Under Climate Change Implications for State-Level Policy in the U.S. (MS/MPP ’17) Rebecca completed a Master’s degree in both the Energy and Resources Group and the ... Continue Reading »

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Jaquelin Cochran

MA, PhD

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Cohen, Michael

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."

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Alicia Cohn

MA

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

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Jeffrey Cole

MS

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

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Carolyn Colsher

MA

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

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Chelsea Congdon

MA

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

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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) 

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Craig Conner

MS

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

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Heather Cooley

MS

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

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Crane-Droesch, Andrew

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Crider, Yoshika

Yoshika Crider

PhD

Yoshika has a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She combines methods from environmental engineering and public health to study safe water and sanitation, with a focus ... Continue Reading »

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Cushing, Lara

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 ... Continue Reading »

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