Postdocs, Visiting Scholars and Researchers

Postdoctoral Scholars

Sergio Castellanos

Solar Energy, SWITCH

Sergio Castellanos is a Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute – Tecnológico de Monterrey (BECI–ITESM) Energy Fellow working at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab with Prof. Dan Kammen. His research focuses on expanding an optimization model –SWITCH– to Mexico to determine the optimal investments in new generation and transmission assets. Through his research, he also […]

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 […]

Mingxi Liu

Mingxi Liu is currently an NSERC Postdoc Fellow working at the Energy Modeling, Analysis & Control Group (EMAC) in Energy & Resources Group (ERG) with Dr. Duncan Callaway. He is particularly interested in designing and implementing advanced and tractable control algorithms in the context of Smart Grid/City. He is currently working on aggregation and charging […]

James Rising

Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow

James Rising studies and develops frameworks to model the feedback loops between environmental and human systems.  He is particularly interested in complexity in the food system, and how policy leverage points play out spatially and dynamically.  Currently, his projects include a tool for distributed meta-analysis used by the Risky Business Project, the integrated modeling of […]

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.

Visiting Scholars

Anthony Edwin Nahas

Tony is managing the Oakland EcoBlock project, an urban sustainability experiment that brings together over 100 residents of a local Oakland neighborhood block and an inter-disciplinary team of urban designers, engineers, social scientists and policy experts from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University.  Using a whole-systems approach, the project […]

Susana Arrechea

Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Dr. Susana Arrechea holds a PhD and masters degree in Nano-science and Nanotechnology from the University of Castilla—La Mancha (UCLM), Toledo, Spain, and a bachelors in chemical engineering from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC), where she is currently a researcher at the engineering faculty. In 2011 she received a fellowship through the […]

Christoph Clar

Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Christoph Clar is a political scientist whose work combines approaches from political and environmental science, social geography and natural resource governance. After his graduation from the University of Vienna (Doctoral thesis on the functions of territory for the capitalist organization of society), he started working at the Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy […]

Shuba Raghavan

Shuba Raghavan holds a PhD in Mathematics. She is interested in the assessment of renewable energy technologies and policies to promote a low carbon economy. Her current research involves evaluating life cycle costs and emissions of technologies and modeling pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California. Earlier, she has worked on the techno-economic analysis […]

Researchers

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 […]

David Mozersky

David Mozersky is the founding director of the Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL). He has spent his career working on conflict prevention and mediation, with a primary focus on Africa, and has been involved in efforts to promote renewable energy as a tool for peace building for […]

Past Researchers

Cauvery Ganapathy

Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Cauvery is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar working on her doctoral dissertation on "The politics of energy security: India's foreign and domestic policy imperatives." Currently, Cauvery is a Research Fellow at Global India Foundation and a Doctoral student at Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

Wolfgang Habla

Wolfgang works at the intersection of political economy and environmental economics. His current research focuses on how national politics form international policies; on the political economy of environmental tax reforms, and on the strategic interaction of governments facing mobile factors of production such as capital and energy.

Rebecca R. Hernandez

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow

Rebecca's work examines processes where human and natural systems interact and those that elucidate the functioning of the Earth system. Her research quantifies and informs a broad range of topics from global environmental change to renewable energy systems.

Kaito Umemura

Kaito's research focuses on the dynamics of stochastic variables and probability distribution functions, which describe the behavior of macroscopic environments, such as ecological systems, climate systems and human social systems.