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

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Lynn Danielson

MA

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

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Dar, Zubair

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 ... Continue Reading »

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Christine Demchak

MA

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

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Elisabeth Derby

MA

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

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Deshmukh, Ranjit

Ranjit Deshmukh

PhD

India’s Low Carbon Electricity Futures (PhD ’17) Ranjit’s research efforts largely focus on addressing the clean energy and energy access challenges in developing nations. As part of both the International ... Continue Reading »

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Kostas Despotakis

PhD

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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David Dietrich

MS

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

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Dimitrova, Tanya

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Dodds, Luke

Luke Dodds

MA

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

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Kari Dolan

MS

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

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Dolginow, Alex

Alex Dolginow

MA, MS

Valuing Co-benefits of California’s Climate Policy: Industrial Facilities and Public Health (MA ’18) Alex Dolginow is a Master’s degree candidate interested in understanding appropriate design and conditions for ‘environmental markets,’ ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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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)

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Jennifer Dunne

PhD

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

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Kristen Durham

MS

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

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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)

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Mark Dyson

MS

Economic, technological, and policy aspects of integrating renewable energy into existing electricity systems using innovative demand response strategies.

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Jeremy Eddy

MS

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

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Mohamed El-Gasseir

PhD

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

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Epstein, Katie

Katie Epstein

MA

Katie’s interests are in community forestry, natural resource conflict management, cultural dimensions of ecosystem management and place studies. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Davidson College (2010) and ... Continue Reading »

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Errickson, Frank

Frank Errickson

MS, PhD

The Joint Effect of Uncertainty and Inequality on Global Climate Policy (PhD ’20) Frank grew up on the central New Jersey coast, completing a B.A. in Political Science with a ... Continue Reading »

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William Jamil Farbes

MS

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

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Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo

MA

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

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Michael Ferry

MS

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

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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.)

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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)

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Jolanka Fisher

MS

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

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French, Karina

Karina French

MA

Karina is focused on urban climate resilience, specifically studying how climate impacts will affect social infrastructure systems that protect vulnerable populations in cities. At ERG, she is interested in the ... Continue Reading »

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Hannah Friedman

MS

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

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Nina Friedman

MS

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

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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)

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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)

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Fulton, Julian

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 ... Continue Reading »

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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.)

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Betsy Gardiner

MS

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

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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.)

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Gershenson, Dimitry

Dimitry Gershenson

MS

Dimitry currently works as a Program Manager on Facebook’s Global Impact Partnerships Team. Prior to Facebook, Dimitry was a graduate student at ERG where he worked on market assessment for ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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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)

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Andre Ghirardi

PhD

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

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Thomas Giller

MA

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Brandon Glenn

MS

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

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Goddard, Jessica Joan

Jessica Joan Goddard

MS 2014 (ERG), MS 2015 (Eng.), PhD

Urban Water’s Hydra: Stormwater’s Problematization in LA (MA ’14) Measuring Drinking Water Affordability and Sustainability (PhD ’20) At ERG, Jess (PhD 2019) co-developed metrics for water affordability in the state’s ... Continue Reading »

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Peter Goering

MA

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

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Golden, Rachel

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Charles Goldman

MS

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

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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)

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Patrick Gonzalez

PhD

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

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Anand Gopal

PhD

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

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Gordon, Pierce

Pierce Gordon

MS, PhD

Investigating Innovation Practice: Cross-disciplinary Studies in International Development (PhD ’18) As a NSF, Chancellor’s, and InFEWS Fellow in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Pierce investigates frameworks, methodologies, and contexts ... Continue Reading »

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Shannon Graham

MA

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

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Vivian Gratton

MS

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

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Greacen, Chris

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Kathleen Greely

MS

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

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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)

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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.)

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Steve Greenberg

MS

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

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Nathanael Greene

MS

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

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Gunther, Andrew

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Naina Gupta

MS

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

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David Gustafson

MS

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

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Dipak Gyawali

MA

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

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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.)

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Jane Hall

PhD

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Han Springer, Cecilia

Cecilia Han Springer

MS, PhD

Policies for an Ecological Civilization: China, Carbon, and Economic Reform (PhD ’19) Cecilia is a PhD candidate at ERG. Her dissertation uses economic modeling and social science to critically analyze ... Continue Reading »

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Hansen, Evan

Evan Hansen

MS

Cultivating Partnerships: Pest Control and The Use of Integrated Pest Management on Small Farms in San Joaquin County, California (MS ’97) Contact: ehansen@downstreamstrategies.com ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: What have you been working ... Continue Reading »

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