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Who We Are

A Brief History of ERG For thirty years, the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley has provided its outstanding graduate students and exceptional faculty the ... Continue Reading »

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Admissions

Admissions

The Energy and Resources Group trains interdisciplinary leaders and thinkers who are defining and solving the systemic, social, environmental, and technological challenges facing the world. The information below provides an ... Continue Reading »

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Courses

Please note: This is a full list of ERG course offerings; not all courses are offered each term. For current course offerings, please refer to the online Schedule of Classes. ... Continue Reading »

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Programs

The information below is a directory of ERG programs. Please read through and contact us at erggrad@berkeley.edu for graduate program questions and ergdeskb@berkleey.edu for all other questions.   

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Faculty by Primary Interest

Areas of Interest Climate ChangeEcologyEnergyGovernanceWaterInternational Climate Change ERG CORE David Anthoff David Anthoff is an environmental economist who studies climate change and environmental policy. He co-develops the integrated assessment model ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Admissions FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) we receive and their answers. If you don’t find what you need on this page, please email us at erggrad@berkeley.edu.

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Master’s Degree Curriculum Requirements (MA or MS)

The purpose of the ERG Master’s program is to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders. Specifically, students are taught the range of methods and subjects they should be able ... Continue Reading »

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Summer Instructors

The Energy and Resources Group summer instructors understand the complex and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability. All have significant experience teaching and/or professional experience in the subject areas of their courses. ... Continue Reading »

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Equity Diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at ERG Equity and inclusion are at the heart of our mission to provide education and research for a sustainable and just society. We aspire ... Continue Reading »

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Affiliated Faculty

ERG has a small core faculty but a much larger group of affiliated faculty. Affiliated faculty are based in other departments on campus or at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ... Continue Reading »

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Faculty (4 results)

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Jones, Andrew D.

Andrew D. Jones

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jones is an Earth scientist who works at the interface of human and environmental systems. His research uses quantitative models and data analysis to understand climate change and human-Earth ... Continue Reading »

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Callaway, Duncan

Duncan Callaway

Acting Chair, Associate Professor

Dr. Callaway’s teaching focuses on power systems and energy efficiency. His research can be categorized in three areas: modeling and control of aggregated storage devices; power management; and system analysis of energy technologies and their impact.

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Torn, Margaret

Margaret Torn

Adjunct Professor

The focus of my work is carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and trace-gas flux between soil and atmosphere. I conduct research on soil carbon, global change, and the impacts of human activities on ecosystem processes.

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Harte, John

John Harte

Professor

John Harte is a physicist turned ecologist. His research interests span ecological field research, the theory of complex systems, and policy analysis. Current interests include applying insights from information theory to the analysis of complex ecosystems and empirical investigation of climate-ecosystem feedback dynamics.

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Students (10 results)

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Sparti, Chelsi

Chelsi Sparti

MS

Chelsi is a Master’s student in the Energy and Resources Group. She researches resilience strategies and governance of power systems. Specifically, how government disaster recovery funds are handled in response ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alumni (18 results)

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Rand, Joseph

Joseph Rand

MS

Environmental, Economic, and Social Trade-Offs of Hydropower Relicensing (MS ’16) Joseph is interested in the social, environmental, and economic trade-offs in energy development, and in particular the social conflicts arising ... 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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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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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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Shaw, Britt

Britt Shaw

MS

At ERG, I am exploring the barriers to renewable projects that are stalled or abandoned in emerging markets and potential solutions. By striving to answer that question, I hope to help move electricity sector development forward — especially in East Africa.

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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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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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Williams, Jim

Jim Williams

MS, PhD

M.S. 1986 – A Vehicular Power Plant Application of the Monolithic Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Ph.D. 1995 – Fan-Lizhi’s Big Bang: Science and Politics in Mao’s China ERG alumnus Jim Williams, now ... Continue Reading »

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Wadia, Cyrus

Cyrus Wadia

MS, PhD

"In a sense, we’re going through a tran­si­tion here. The indus­try is going through a tran­si­tion that we’re only see­ing the begin­ning of,” says Dr. Cyrus Wadia (PhD’08). Cyrus knows about transitions. He has been a policy advocate, business entrepreneur and scientific innovator for clean energy and human welfare prior, throughout and since his time at ERG. He has not only observed but has been part of the change in the world’s switch to solar. His multiple hats and his work on the frontline edge of policy, economics and science made him a perfect fit for the interdisciplinary program at ERG.

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Lele, Sharad

Sharad Lele

PhD

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: SHARAD LÉLÉ Ph.D. 1993 Senior Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (Bangalore) Sharad Lele never intended to become an academic. And even though his resume ... Continue Reading »

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Amber Kerr

PhD

Drought resilience of maize-legume agroforestry systems in Malawi (PhD ’12) Amber Kerr is an agricultural ecologist focusing on climate change impacts and adaptation. She has studied nutrient cycling in California ... Continue Reading »

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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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Tabone, Michaelangelo

Michaelangelo Tabone

MS, PhD

Michaelangelo Tabone (MS 2012) is a PhD student in ERG advised by Dr. Duncan Callaway. His research focuses on applying novel statistical methods to topics in energy analysis. Most recently, ... Continue Reading »

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Shirley, Rebekah

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.

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Romankiewicz, John

John Romankiewicz

MPP, MS

John Romankiewicz is an MS/MPP candidate in the Energy & Resources Group and Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He is the VP of Membership for the Berkeley ... Continue Reading »

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Jagannathan, Kripa

Kripa Jagannathan

MS, PhD

Ready-to-use? Bridging the Climate Science Usability Gap for Adaptation (PhD ’19) Kripa’s research interests are in the field of climate change adaptation and climate-resilient planning. Her PhD focuses on improving ... Continue Reading »

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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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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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ERG Alumni Deshmukh, Phadke and Professor Callaway Suggest India Double Down on Renewables

Phadke and Professor Callaway Suggest India Double Down on Renewables ERG Alumni Deshmukh

ERG alumni Ranjit Deshmukh, Amol Phadke and associate professor Duncan Callaway recently had their research, "Least-cost targets and avoided fossil fuel capacity in India’s pursuit of renewable energy" published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their analysis on India’s power usage, weather patterns and energy infrastructure was featured in the The Current, and suggests that the country is "well positioned to take advantage of green energy sources".

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ERG Professor Kueppers’ Research on Climate-Threatened Forests Published in Science

ERG Professor Kueppers’ Research on Climate-Threatened Forests Published in Science

ERG Professor Lara Kueppers recently co-authored a research paper titled "Pervasive shifts in forest dynamics in a changing world". The research focuses on how global warming negatively impacts forests around the world, "resulting in shorter and younger trees with broad impacts on global ecosystems." Furthermore, the paper was picked up on various media sources, including Forbes, Science, Berkeley Lab, and others. 

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ERG PhD Student Szinai and Alumnus Gopal Link Grid Costs to Electric Vehicle Charge Management

ERG PhD Student Szinai and Alumnus Gopal Link Grid Costs to Electric Vehicle Charge Management

ERG PhD student Julia Szinai, ERG Alumnus Anand Gopal, and two other co-authors from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have recently published a collaborative research paper on ScienceDirect.

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Remembering Jack Hollander, Distinguished Scientist and ERG Emeritus

Distinguished Scientist and ERG Emeritus Remembering Jack Hollander

ERG emeritus professor Jack M. Hollander passed away on November 10, 2019 at age 92.

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New ERG Course: Data, Environment and Society

Environment and Society New ERG Course: Data

Data, Environment and Society (ENERES 131) Professor Duncan Callaway Lecture (#33105) TT 9:30 – 11am Labs (#33106) M 10am – 12pm or (#33276) W 10am – 12pm This course will teach ... Continue Reading »

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Margaret Torn Recognized for Exceptional Scientific Achievement by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Margaret Torn Recognized for Exceptional Scientific Achievement by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

ERG Associate Professor Margaret Torn was recently granted LBNL’s 2017 Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Scientific category. “The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Lab employees. Each year, ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Alumni: Leaders at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

ERG Alumni: Leaders at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Two articles on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory website featured the current work of ERG alumni Ryan Wiser (M.S. '96, Ph.D. '02) and Andrew Jones (M.S. '07, Ph.D. '12).

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ERG PhD Student Kripa Jagannathan Spotlighted for California Outreach

ERG PhD Student Kripa Jagannathan Spotlighted for California Outreach

As a graduate student in the UC Cooperative Extension Program, Kripa Jagannathan has the opportunity to supplement her research at ERG with outreach to California farmers and water utilities officials. ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Faculty Margaret Torn Honored in the American Geophysical Union’s 2017 Class of Fellows

ERG Faculty Margaret Torn Honored in the American Geophysical Union’s 2017 Class of Fellows

We are pleased to announce that ERG faculty member Margaret Torn has been selected in the 2017 class of American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellows. From the official announcement: “AGU Fellows ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Awards: Switzer Fellowships, NSF & More

NSF & More ERG Awards: Switzer Fellowships

3 current Switzer fellows, 2 more NSF fellows, and more. See the list of awards ERG students have received.

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Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

ERG Master's-PhD To ssess the accuracy of different climate models at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

At LBNL, the ERG Master's-PhD student will assess the accuracy of different climate models in predicting specific metrics that are relevant for farmer’s decision making needs.

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Apte & Team Find Alarming Pollution Levels

Apte & Team Find Alarming Pollution Levels

ERG alum measures air quality while riding rickshaws in Delhi.

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3 Generations of ERGies Converge in Delhi

3 Generations of ERGies Converge in Delhi

UCB faculty, staff and alumni meet Dr. John Holdren at the India-US Science and Technology Summit in New Delhi.

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New Climate Policy Course at ERG

New Climate Policy Course at ERG

In Spring 2015, ERG offers an interdisciplinary, graduate-level survey of historical & current efforts to regulate GHG emissions in the US.

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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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