ERG’s sixty plus graduate students are geographically and ethnically diverse. About half are in the masters-degree program and half in the PhD program. The students come from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities; the characteristics they have in common are an ability to cross disciplinary boundaries, an interest in the complex problems at the interface of technology and society, and the intellectual credentials to succeed in a rigorous academic program. Graduates of the program are employed across the United States and around the world in governmental and international agencies, legislative staff positions, national laboratories, public and private utilities, other energy and resource companies, consulting firms, public-interest organizations, and universities.

Students

Akinsipe, Gbemisola

Gbemisola Akinsipe

MS, PhD

Gbemi is a MS/PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group. Her primary research revolves around electricity systems planning and markets in Nigeria and West Africa with a focus on ... Continue Reading »

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Alford-Jones, Kelsey

Kelsey Alford-Jones

MA

Exploring Linkages Between Development Finance and Socio-Environmental Conflict: A Case Study of IDB Lending to Institutions for Energy and the Environment in Guatemala (MA ’20) Kelsey is a PhD candidate, ... Continue Reading »

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Andresen, Ryan

Ryan Andresen

MS

Pronouns: he/they Ryan is interested in measuring the impacts of wildfire mitigation policies in vulnerable communities across California. He is particularly interested in researching a holistic framework that incorporates the ... Continue Reading »

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Awuah, Portia

Portia Awuah

MS

Portia is a MS student in the Energy and Resources Group. She is interested in extending energy access to areas without electricity. As an Electrical and Electronics engineering bachelor’s degree ... Continue Reading »

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Ella Belfer

MA

Assessing Transitions in Overlying Rights to California’s Groundwater Basins (MA ’20) An interest in the human dimensions of climate change – in particular, in understanding the dynamics of power and ... Continue Reading »

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Best, Dennis

Dennis Best

MS, PhD

Dennis has focused his career on technology and sustainability policy in emerging and developing economies. His research interests include technology and innovation policy and impacts to resource and rural development, ... Continue Reading »

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Brockway, Anna

Anna Brockway

MS, PhD

Anna Brockway is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. She holds master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Energy & Resources. Anna studies how our ... Continue Reading »

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Cabiyo, Bodie

Bodie Cabiyo

MA, PhD

Beyond Energy Access: Understanding the Household Dynamics of Modernizing Cooking in Rural Karnataka, India (MA ’18) Bodie uses interdisciplinary approaches to understand land-based solutions to climate change and how innovative ... Continue Reading »

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Carney, Jess

Jess Carney

MS, PhD

Integrating Fuel-Based End Uses Into a Clean Electric System: Quantifying the Trade Off Between Electrification and Electrically Synthesized Fuels (MS ’20) Jess Carney is interested in understanding how sustainable energy ... Continue Reading »

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Chang, Jack

Jack Chang

MA, MPP

Hydrogen’s Potential Role is California’s Zero Emissions Future (MA ’20) I have been focusing on building decarbonization policy, renewable hydrogen and and island electrification as part of my master’s degrees ... Continue Reading »

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Chaudhry, Nabig

Nabig Chaudhry

MS

I’m Nabig Chaudhry. I’m an MS candidate at UC Berkeley studying energy systems, climate change science, and environmental data science. My research and interests lie at the intersection of energy, ... Continue Reading »

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Craigg, Jessica

Jessica Craigg

PhD

My research focuses on the intersections between renewable energy, gender, and rural life in northern Tanzania. Informed by critical social theory and political economy and ecology of energy, my work ... Continue Reading »

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Crespo Montanes, Cristina

Cristina Crespo Montanes

MS

Focusing on innovations in renewable energy infrastructure and the potential impacts of such technology in the energy markets, my main interest lies in mechanisms to enhance reliability of fully renewable ... Continue Reading »

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Cullen, Kate

Kate Cullen

PhD

Kate’s PhD research examines the role of climate change in exacerbating water stress and food insecurity in urbanized and highly irrigated basins in the Andes mountains. Her research builds upon ... Continue Reading »

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Dees, John

John Dees

MS, PhD

John’s research is primarily concerned with macro-energy systems analysis. He is interested in the life cycle characteristics of renewable energy systems, with a current focus on the carbon drawdown potential ... Continue Reading »

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Depsky, Nicholas

Nicholas Depsky

MS, PhD

Drought in Central America: Past Patterns and Future Projections (MS ’19) Nick’s primary research focus is on the impacts of climate change on human migration and displacement. Specific focus areas ... Continue Reading »

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Elias, Micah

Micah Elias

MS, PhD

Payment for Watershed Ecosystem Services: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity (MS ’20) Micah Elias earned his B.S. in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis in 2012. After graduating he worked with ... Continue Reading »

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Elmallah, Salma

Salma Elmallah

MS, PhD

Characterizing Fairness, Transparency, and Openness in US Wind Project Planning (MS ’19) Salma’s background is in engineering, and she’s used her time at ERG to both extend her technical knowledge ... Continue Reading »

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Ferrall, Isa

Isa Ferrall

MS, PhD

Decentralized solar energy systems for electricity access: historical context and comparisons of reliability (MS ’18) Isa is a MS/PhD Candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of ... Continue Reading »

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Fransen, Taryn

Taryn Fransen

PhD

Taryn Fransen is a PhD student with the Energy and Resources Group and a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute. Her research interests center on the design and implementation ... Continue Reading »

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Freitas, Nancy

Nancy Freitas

MS, PhD

Arctic Lake Emissions in a Warming World (MS ’20) At ERG, Nancy research focuses on identifying existing gaps in climate science and decision-making. In her master’s research, she used a ... Continue Reading »

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Gill-Wiehl, Annelise

Annelise Gill-Wiehl

MS, PhD

Annelise Gill-Wiehl is currently an NSF Graduate Student Researcher and an MS/Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, co-advised by Dr. Dan Kammen ... Continue Reading »

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Gorman, Will

Will Gorman

MS, PhD

Effects of Electricity Consumption and Rate Design on Solar Plus Storage-enabled Grid Defection (MS ’19) Will’s primary research interests involve assessing the opportunity for distributed energy resources to participate on ... Continue Reading »

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Hall, Anaya

Anaya Hall

MS, PhD

Modeling Organic Waste Management for Soil Carbon Sequestration in California (MS ’19) Anaya is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining ... Continue Reading »

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Hanbury-Brown, Adam

Adam Hanbury-Brown

MS, PhD

Roosevelt Elk in the Klamath Mountains: Integrating Track and Sign, Spatial Ecology, and Visual Communication (MS ’18) Adam is interested in how climate change and biodiversity loss can be mitigated ... Continue Reading »

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Hossain, Anushah

Anushah Hossain

MA, PhD

The Value of Connectivity: A Case Study of Cellular Networks in the Rural Philippines (MA ’18) Anushah’s background is in history and economics and she is interested in questions of ... Continue Reading »

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Jones, Nia

Nia Jones

MS

A native of the nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C., Nia was born into the city that handles the nation’s and World’s biggest problems. This influenced Nia to get involved at an ... Continue Reading »

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Karasaki, Seigi

Seigi Karasaki

MS, PhD

Seigi’s research focus is on the intersection of drinking water access, social justice, institutional capacity, and individual agency. He is primarily interested in weaving together historical and current race- and ... Continue Reading »

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Katz, Jessica

Jessica Katz

MS

Siting Renewable Energy in a Changing Climate: A Reimagining of BLM’s Solar Energy Zones (MS ’20) At ERG, Jessica is focusing on learning advanced methods to comprehensively evaluate the ecological, ... Continue Reading »

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Kelly, Sean

Sean Kelly

MS

While Sean is particularly interested in food systems, urban agriculture and food sovereignty, he is also intent on collaborating across disciplines in order to inform and support increasingly equitable and ... Continue Reading »

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Kersey, Jess

Jess Kersey

MS

Jess Kersey is a second-year master’s student with the University of California Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. She is broadly interested in decentralized and innovative energy technologies for energy access ... Continue Reading »

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Lara, José Daniel

José Daniel Lara

MS, PhD

Jose Daniel was born in San José Costa Rica, received his B.Sc. and Licentiate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 2009 and 2012 respectively, his M.Sc. ... Continue Reading »

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Lazarus, Eli

Eli Lazarus

MS, PhD

Eli is an Ecological Economist working on comprehensive welfare measurement, tracking, and optimization. His research investigates and contributes to filling the gap between market optimization/welfare and broader social welfare. Recent ... Continue Reading »

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Lee, Jonathan

Jonathan Lee

MS, PhD

The Cost of Reliability in Decentralized Solar Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (MS ’18) Jonathan studies transitions in electric power systems and electricity markets, specifically microgrids and distributed energy resources, the ... Continue Reading »

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Likhanga, Lynn Shiyayo

Lynn Shiyayo Likhanga

MA

During her undergraduate career, Lynn spent time studying and learning more about the short and long-term evolution of the Earth’s climate and oceans with a focus on the East Frisian ... Continue Reading »

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Longmate, Julia

Julia Longmate

MS, PhD

Julia received her S.B. in Environmental Engineering from MIT, where she studied the fluid dynamics of disease transmission. Prior to coming to ERG, she worked for three years as a ... Continue Reading »

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Major, Sophie

Sophie Major

MA, PhD

Sophie Major is an interdisciplinary PhD candidate, studying and researching across the disciplines of political theory, environmental politics, and Indigenous studies. Their dissertation examines the marginalization of Indigenous people and ... Continue Reading »

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Mallet Dias, Arthur

Arthur Mallet Dias

MS

Arthur is interested in using sustainable innovation as a framework for designing new businesses, services, and products that help tackle climate change. He is particularly interested in promoting sustainability through ... Continue Reading »

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Marealle, Joyceline

Joyceline Marealle

MS

Joyceline is a Tanzanian who holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester. Her research interest lies in energy decentralization, diversification, economics and policy making to ... Continue Reading »

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Miles, Samuel

Samuel Miles

PhD

Sam Miles is a Ph.D. stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group, and in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley. His research focus is ... Continue Reading »

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Mohanty, Priyanka

Priyanka Mohanty

MS

Priyanka is a second-year Masters of Science Student with the Energy and Resources Group. At ERG, she works on a variety of issues including the identification and quantification of the ... Continue Reading »

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Moraski, Jill

Jill Moraski

PhD

Jill is interested in studying market outcomes, reliability concerns, and community planning objectives as they relate to electric grid decarbonization. Specifically, she’s interested in understanding how valuing community-level costs and ... Continue Reading »

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Munnings, Clayton

Clayton Munnings

MS, PhD

Clayton’s research focuses on design evaluations and performance assessments of carbon offsets, carbon prices, and clean electricity standards with a geographic emphasis on the United States and China. He founded ... Continue Reading »

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Murayama, Hikari

Hikari Murayama

MS

After earning her B.A. in Chemical Physics from Wellesley College, Hikari began her professional career doing economic consulting for Bates White in Washington D.C. While her interest in data and ... Continue Reading »

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Oshun, Molly

Molly Oshun

MS

Molly studies California watersheds. Her research investigates strategies to improve forest health, protect biodiversity, and nurture human relationship to the ecologies that sustain life under climate change. In particular, Molly ... Continue Reading »

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Penakalapati, Gauthami

Gauthami Penakalapati

MS, PhD

Evaluation of Social Networks and Measures of Empowerment Among Adolescent Girls in Uttar Pradesh, India (MS ’19) Gauthami’s interdisciplinary research intersects global health, feminist theory, science technology studies, social network ... Continue Reading »

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Phillippe Phanivong

MS

Managed Workplace Charging of Electric Vehicles as a Grid Asset (MS ’18) Phillippe is an MS student at ERG. His research interests are in the integration of distributed energy resources ... Continue Reading »

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Ponomareva, Sasha

Sasha Ponomareva

MS

Sasha earned her B.A. in Environmental Analysis with a minor in Spanish from Pomona College in 2014. After this she worked for 5 years for the City of San Francisco, ... Continue Reading »

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Rempel, Jenny

Jenny Rempel

MS, PhD

Surfacing Overlying Rights: Assessing Transitions in Overlying Rights to California’s Groundwater Basins (MS ’20) Jenny grew up in Fresno, California, and graduated from Stanford University with an interdisciplinary environmental science ... Continue Reading »

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Rennels, Lisa

Lisa Rennels

MS, PhD

Sobol Sensitivity Analysis for Integrated Assessment Models: Supporting Result Characterization (MS ’19) Lisa is interested in using computer science to explore issues related to the economic impacts of climate change, ... Continue Reading »

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Reyes, Victor

Victor Reyes

MS

Hola! I’m Victor Reyes, a Mexican MS candidate. I have a BS/BA in Engineering with a concentration on Sustainability from the University of San Diego. My main interests are electric ... Continue Reading »

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Shears, Esther

Esther Shears

MPP, MS, PhD

The Impact of Data Access on Academic Research: Evidence from the Land Remote-sensing Commercialization Act of 1984 (MS ’18) Esther researches how climate change will impact the financial sector and ... Continue Reading »

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Sherman, Luke

Luke Sherman

MPP, MS

Luke’s research aims to encourage the use of innovative technology and management systems in order to improve environmental management and adapt to climate change. His work draws on economics, environmental ... Continue Reading »

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Siddique, Samira

Samira Siddique

MS, PhD

Development for the Stateless: the Displacement-Development Nexus and Implications for the Future (MS ’19) Samira is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group and researcher in the Renewable ... Continue Reading »

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Singhal, Aaryaman “Sunny”

Aaryaman “Sunny” Singhal

MA, MPP

Aaryaman “Sunny” Singhal is a Masters student studying Environmental Science and Public Policy at UC-Berkeley. He is interested in water security as the climate changes – in terms of reliable ... Continue Reading »

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Strecker, Jesse

Jesse Strecker

MA, MPP

Evaluating the Role of Labor Unions in the Politics of Decarbonization: Insights from Political Economy and Socio-Technical Transition Studies (MA ’19) Jesse is a student in the concurrent Master’s degree ... Continue Reading »

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Szinai, Julia

Julia Szinai

MPP, MS, PhD

Julia studied economics and Spanish at UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, and realized her interest in energy and environmental issues while a research assistant at the UC Energy Institute. After ... Continue Reading »

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Van Dyke, Catherine

Catherine Van Dyke

MA

Catherine is a first year Master’s student at ERG studying agriculture and climate change. Her research focuses on water, resource allocation, and equity for farmers and ranchers in California. Prior ... Continue Reading »

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Vásquez, Váleri

Váleri Vásquez

MS, PhD

Váleri Vásquez is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group with a Designated Emphasis in Computational Data Science and Engineering. Váleri conducts most of her work in the ... Continue Reading »

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Wagner, Tzipora

Tzipora Wagner

MS

The Role of Stakeholder Networks in Urban Water System Innovation (MS ’20) Tzipora’s is interested in water resources and the role of technology in promoting sustainability, especially in the developing ... Continue Reading »

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Wang, Liyang

Liyang Wang

MS

Liyang is a Master’s student in the Energy & Resources Group and a Senior Research Associate in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Berkeley Lab. She focuses on ... Continue Reading »

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Ward, Rachel

Rachel Ward

MS, PhD

Tropical Forests and the Allocation of Carbon to Reproduction (MS ’20) Rachel is interested in the social, ecological, and geophysical dynamics of agro-forestry coffee and cacao systems in the tropics. ... Continue Reading »

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Warner, Cody

Cody Warner

MA

Lights Off in San Diego County: the Effect of Utility Deenergization Events on Household Electrification (MA ’20) Cody applies statistical and econometric models to the electricity sector and studies how ... Continue Reading »

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Worsham, Marshall

Marshall Worsham

MS, PhD

A Remote Sensing Method for Detecting Agents of Forest Disturbance (MA ’20) Marshall’s interests lie in environmental governance and ecology, in particular, the relationships among regulatory structure, conflict, and ecosystem ... Continue Reading »

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Yu, Hilary

Hilary Yu

MS

Mining Data on Reclaimed Coal Mines: a Machine Learning Approach to Assessing Habitat Suitability (MS ’18) Hilary received her B.A. in Government and Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Ecology ... Continue Reading »

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