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

Feng Liu

MA

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

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Penn Loh

MS

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

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Lollo, Niklas

Niklas Lollo

MS, PhD

Inside Out: the Power in Data-Centric Private Governance (PhD ’20) Inspired by ecological economics, Niklas is focused on global governance of production and consumption. At ERG, he is combining data ... Continue Reading »

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Deepa Shinde Lounsbury

MA

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

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Lu, Hongyou

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 ... Continue Reading »

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MacDonald, Jason

Jason MacDonald

PhD

Jason is interested in optimization and control of distributed energy resources to support renewable energy integration into the electricity grid. He works at Lawrence Berkeley National lab researching wholesale electricity ... Continue Reading »

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Mandel, Benjamin

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 ... Continue Reading »

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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.)

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Fernando Manibog

PhD

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

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Amardip Mann

MA

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

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Marcus, David

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Jason Mark

MA

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

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Marshall, Adrienne

Adrienne Marshall

MS

Adrienne works on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the public and private forests and wild lands of California. She is interested in understanding how the natural resources in these ... Continue Reading »

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Marsters, Peter

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, ... Continue Reading »

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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.)

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Carl Mas

MS

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Michael Matz

MA

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

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Sharon Maves

MS

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

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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)

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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)

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McCall, Margaret

Margaret McCall

MPP, MS

Margaret is pursuing an MS/MPP with ERG and the Goldman Policy School. At Berkeley, she hopes to focus on demand flexibility (a key aspect of greening the power grid) and ... Continue Reading »

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Casey McCullough

MS

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

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Meg Meal

MS

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

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Mercado, Andrea

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Steven Meyers

MA

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Mileva, Ana

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 ... Continue Reading »

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Miller, Christian

Christian Miller

MPP, MS

Measuring California’s Energy Service Affordability (MS ’19) Christian is fascinated by energy end-uses’ effect on communities’ economic and political well-being. While his formal scientific background is in biorenewable resources, his ... Continue Reading »

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Andrew Mills

MS

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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David Minehart

MS

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

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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.)

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Alan Mitchell

MA

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Alison Monroe

MS

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

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Alex Montgomery

MA

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

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Moon, Sangcheol

Sangcheol Moon

MA

Sangcheol is interested in feedstock resources and materials loop modeling under the scenario of institutional regulation to support circular economy, Industrial ecology, green chemistry, and the design and implementation mechanisms ... Continue Reading »

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Moreno, Laura

Laura Moreno

MS, PhD

Everyday Transformations of Food to Waste: What and Why Food is Discarded in U.S. Households (PhD ’19) From digging through trash to looking inside of people’s refrigerators, Laura researches household-level ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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Maryam Mozafari

MS

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

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Mulhauser, Sara

Sara Mulhauser

MPP, MS

Battery Energy Storage Technology Adoption & Electric Utility Structure (MS ’19) Sara is an architect who delved into distributed generation while developing fuel cell projects for Bloom Energy. She became ... Continue Reading »

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Maria Murmis

MS

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

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Hajime Myoi

MA

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

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Linda Nash

MS

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

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Nelson, James

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. ... Continue Reading »

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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)

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James Newcomb

MA

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

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Newman, Erica

Erica Newman

MS, PhD

Erica’s niche is fire, particularly in the ecologically sensitive region of French Polynesia. She has already been trained as a physicist, but her curiosity draws her to ecology. ERG has become a unique place for Erica to explore her aspirations in the biological sciences alongside those who have successfully trekked through similar transitions. Read in her own words how Erica has fine-tuned her fascinations while at ERG.

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Leah Nichols

MA, PhD

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

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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.)

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Hazel Onsrud

MS

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

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Orford, Adam

Adam Orford

MA, MPP, PhD

Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Assessment in California’s Electric Power Sector (MA ’18) Adam Orford is a Ph.D. candidate at U.C. Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group (ERG). He is currently ... Continue Reading »

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Tracey Osborne

PhD

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

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Annette Ostling

PhD

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

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Otlhogile, Monkgogi

Monkgogi Otlhogile

MA

Monkgogi (who goes by MK) was born and raised in Botswana and recently graduated cum laude with her BA from Scripps College in Environment, Economics, and Politics. Personally, MK has ... Continue Reading »

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Sergio Pacca

PhD

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

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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)

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William Pease

MS

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

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Carla Peterman

PhD

State-Level Regulations Effectiveness in Addressing Global Climate Change and Promoting Solar Energy Deployment (PhD ’17)

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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 ... Continue Reading »

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Karen Plaut

MS

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

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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)

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Ponce de Leon Barido, Diego

Diego Ponce de Leon Barido

MS, PhD

Demand-side Knowledge for Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments: Applied Research at the Intersection of Behavior, Data-mining, and Technology (PhD ’18) Links: Personal Website Life at ERG Blog Posts ALUMNI ... Continue Reading »

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Wayne Praskins

MA

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

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Preskill, Autumn

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 ... Continue Reading »

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William Prudham

PhD

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

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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.)

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