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The ERG Water Group as an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on the social dimensions of water. Members work on issues of equitable access and efficient, sustainable management of freshwater resources for both humans and the environment in the US and across the globe.
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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Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), Professor
Dr. Koshland’s research is at the intersection of energy, air pollution and environmental (human) health emphasizing mechanistic approaches as well as a systems perspective. It is conducted at multiple scales, from mechanistic analyses of combustion products in flow reactors to control strategies in urban airsheds to studies of human health.
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My principal interests are the development of sustainable urban systems that improve quality of life for people and work in harmony with the natural environment through the utilization of clean ... Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
- climate adaptation
- climate resilience
- Environmental / Climate Equity
- environmental data science
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 »
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 »
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 »
- community-based and participatory methods
- qualitative methods
- social network analysis
- spatial analysis
- urban planning
- Water Group
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 »
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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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 »
Yoshika has a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She combines methods from environmental engineering and public health to study safe water and sanitation, with a focus ... Continue Reading »
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 »
- ecological economics
- political ecology
- Political economy
- Science and Technology Studies
- supply chains
- sustainability indicators
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 »
- atmospheric science
- climate adaptation in vulnerable regions
- climate change
- Environmental Economics
- equitable energy access
- integrated assessment modeling
- sustainable development
Learning and Control Systems for the Integration of Renewable Energy into Grids of the Future (PhD ’20) Patricia is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley co-advised by Daniel Kammen and ... Continue Reading »
- climate change
- Energy economics
- energy policy
- High integration of renewable energy in the system
- Hybrid Systems Laboratory at EECS
- long-term power systems planning
Monitoring and Projecting the Impacts of Climate Change with Emerging Environmental Datasets and Machine Learning (PhD ’20) Ian works to provide decision-makers with quantitative, high-resolution projections of the socioeconomic impacts ... Continue Reading »
- Global Policy Laboratory
- health impacts of climate change
- machine learning
- remote sensing
- spatial statistics
- tropical cyclones
Growing Environmental Literacy: On Small-Scale Farms, in the Urban Agroecosystem, and in School Garden Classrooms (PhD ’20) Alana Siegner graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a double major in ... Continue Reading »
Improved Cookstoves in Michoacán, México: A Search for an Integrated Perspective that Promotes Local Culture, Health, and Sustainability (’04 MS) Missing Links: Demystifying Alternative Energy Use and Improving Decision Making ... Continue Reading »
- Environmental Policy
- preservation of fresh water
- reduction and management of waste
- transnational issues such as global warming
- use and spread of alternative clean technologies to make wise use of natural resources and to conserve non-renewable ones such as oil
Quantitative Health-Risk Assessment of Indoor Air Pollutants: A Comprehensive Framework for Analysis, and Application to Radon-222 (’85 M.S.)
- air pollution and air toxics
- emission inventory
- exposure and risk assessment
- indoor air pollution
- multi-media pollution
- solar cookers
- state air toxics regulation
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 »
- sustainability indicators and the convergence of environmental with social and cultural sustainability
- water and sanitation in developing countries with a particular focus on China and other parts of Asia
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 »
The Health and Safety Implications of Increased Coal Production and Utilization Under the 1978 National Energy Act: An Assessment Two Years After Passage (80 MS)
- innovative approaches for accelerating commercialization and market penetration of greentech and energy efficiency
"23% fewer women than men are online in developing countries. If no concerted effort is taken, that internet gap is going to grow. When women see role models—people doing things—it enables them and empowers them to think, 'Well, I can do that as well.' And, accessing the internet and using technologies exposes them to an entirely new world," says ERG Alum, Dr. Renee (Kuriyan) Wittemyer. She is Intel's Director of Social Impact.
- information and communication technologies and development
- rural development in India
- technology adoption in developing countries
- technology/society relationships
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 »
Morgan’s research focuses on hydrology and water resources, the effects of land use and climate change on human health and the environment, human-environmental system dynamics, and environmental data science. Her ... Continue Reading »
- climate change
- climate change adaptation
- environmental data science
- environmental health science
- geographic information systems
- water resources management
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 »
- Actors/History in International Development
- Berkeley Expert System Technologies (BEST) Laboratory
- Design Thinking
- Development Engineering
- Impact Evaluation
- Sub-Saharan Africa
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 »
- ecological economics
- environmental and engineering sciences
- environmental exposure
- water access
MA, MPH, PhD
Lara is interested in the relationship between social inequalities and the environment, including how environmental and social stressors interact to impact health. Her work seeks to better understand the disproportionate ... Continue Reading »
- Community-based participatory research
- Environmental health
- environmental justice
- Social Epidemiology
MPH, MS, PhD
Dr. Chafe works at the intersections of public health, air pollution, climate change, and energy use. She holds a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), as well as ... Continue Reading »
- climate change and public health
- co-benefits (ancillary benefits) of climate change mitigation
- energy transitions and impacts on air pollution
- heating and cooking with solid fuels
- household energy policy options
- Household energy use trends
- short-lived greenhouse pollutants
Zach’s research focuses on household water access, treatment and use. He draws on data collected in the field, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative sources. Zach is ultimately interested in the ... Continue Reading »
- cost benefit analysis
- demand forecasting
- demand management
- safe drinking water
- urban water utilities
- user preferences
- water access
- willingness to pay
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Collaborative Book “Health of People”— Kammen Contributes Chapter in Open-Access
May 22, 2020
"Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility" is a recently published, fully open-access book that came out of discussions at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences with the Pope and members of the joint Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science. ERG Professor Dan Kammen contributed his own chapter, "Defeating energy poverty", which is included in a section on taking action from a scientific basis.
Empowering Women in Rural India: Facebook Spotlights Gauthami Penakalapati
September 13, 2021
ERG PhD student Gauthami Penakalapati was spotlighted by the Facebook Fellowship program for her research, which draws upon gender and feminist theory with the goal of empowering women and young girls in rural India. Her work reveals how colonialism has historically shaped public health data, in turn contributing to a lack of gender equity.
Rausser College’s Fall Breakthroughs Magazine Features ERG Professor Isha Ray and PhD Student Valeri Vasquez
December 29, 2020
In the latest fall 2020 issue of Breakthroughs magazine, ERG professor Isha Ray was interviewed on her work in social equity and inclusive activism, and ERG PhD student Valeri Vasquez was featured on her project of using computational models to research how genetic technologies might work as public health interventions. "Equity and inclusion have always motivated me, in both research and teaching, and I’ve served as an equity adviser in my department for many years," Ray states in her interview. "My field research has always focused on social justice, particularly in communities that are neglected and marginalized and with people struggling to be included as full citizens. You would think that, in this century, clean, affordable drinking water wouldn’t be such a huge ask, but apparently it is."
ERG Alum Sasha Harris-Lovett Closely Monitors Bay Area Sewage for COVID-19
November 2, 2020
COVID Wastewater Epidemiology for the Bay Area Project (COVID-WEB) is a pop-up lab dedicated to monitoring Bay Area sewage for COVID-19, with ERG alumna Sasha Harris-Lovett as one of the several UC Berkeley scientists and researchers heavily involved with the project. The lab analyzes 30 samples each week, contributing valuable data to health officials keeping track of outbreaks in neighborhoods lacking in COVID tests and health care. "Having a regional wastewater monitoring system is like having a fire lookout on a mountaintop,” says Harris-Lovett in the Berkeley News. “We want to be able to see smoke and marshall resources to put out the fire before it becomes an inferno."
ERG PhD Student Jose Lara Receives 2021 Siebal Scholars Award
September 28, 2020
ERG PhD student Jose Lara was recently awarded the prestigious 2021 Siebel Scholars Award by the Siebal Scholars Foundation. Lara's new title as a Siebel Scholar demonstrates his ability as an exceptional student, and he is to join around 100 other top scholars to form the Siebel Scholars Foundation's Class of 2021. "'Every year, the Siebel Scholars continue to impress me with their commitment to academics and influencing future society. This year’s class is exceptional, and once again represents the best and brightest minds from around the globe who are advancing innovations in healthcare, artificial intelligence, the environment and more,' said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. 'It is my distinct pleasure to welcome these students into this ever-growing, lifelong community, and I personally look forward to seeing their impact and contributions unfold.'"
COVID-19 Found in Yosemite Sewage — ERG Alumna Sasha Harris-Lovett on Wastewater Monitoring
July 29, 2020
ERG Alumna Sasha Harris-Lovett was recently featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article reporting traces of COVID-19 being found in the Yosemite National Park's sewage. As the pandemic continues to spread, the article states that more and more communities are keeping watch for the virus in the wastewater.
ERG PhD Student Seigi Karasaki Discovers a New Novel Fungal Species From Bats
July 10, 2020
ERG PhD student Seigi Karaski co-authored a recently published research paper on the discovery of novel fungal species and pathogens on bat carcasses. The research focuses on the new fungal disease, explaining how it could potentially affect human and animal health. The research focuses on the scientific testing and analysis of the new fungus.
‘Cheaper to save the climate’— ERG Professor Lara Kueppers Comments on Clean Energy Study
July 1, 2020
Following a recent UC Berkeley study showing how the United States can achieve 90% clean electricity by 2035, ERG Professor Lara Kuepper commented on the importance of reducing harmful emissions. This report, featured on The Daily Californian, found that by "prioritizing energy generated from wind, solar and battery storage, decarbonizing electricity at a rapid rate is possible."
ERG Professor Dan Kammen on How Electric Vehicles Help Advance Social Justice
June 24, 2020
ERG Professor Dan Kammen recently published an article on the San Francisco Chronicle titled "How electric vehicles can help advance social justice". He praises Lyft's recent promise of its transition to 100% electric vehicles (EV) on its platform by 2030. Kammen ties the climate victory in with California Public Utilities Commission's move to protect the often vulnerable employees of the gig economy by considering drivers for ride-hailing companies to be employees in accordance with the state’s AB5 law.
ERG PhD Student Ian Bolliger Researches How COVID-19 Measures Prevented Over 500 Million Infections
June 16, 2020
ERG PhD student Ian Bolliger was recently titled part of a research team that published a study "The effect of large-scale anti-contagion policies on the COVID-19 pandemic". Their research found that the emergency COVID-19 measures prevented more than 500 million infections around the globe.
Dan Kammen Captures Media Attention on Green Stimulus Plan Coronavirus and Climate Change
April 22, 2020
ERG Professor Dan Kammen has recently been featured on various news media sources, including The Guardian, KQED, San Francisco Chroncicle and more to discuss how Covid-19 has emphasized the need to fight climate change.
ERG Professor Isha Ray Emphasizes Hand-washing in the Midst of Covid-19
April 21, 2020
In the current pandemic of Covid-19, ERG professor Isha Ray points out how the public health directive to "wash your hands" is a challenge for people lacking access to clean water. In her article on Matrix, she describes the need to increase water and sanitation investments to prevent further spread of disease and to simply increase the standard of living for all families.
ERG Professor Harte For Interconnectedness in Support System Reforms
April 3, 2020
ERG Professor John Harte recently published an article on Environmental Health News giving a roadmap on we can use the same interconnectedness that is spurring catastrophe to instead promote health and sustainability.
ERG Alumni Gleick and Cooley Link Clean Water Access to Coronavirus Prevention
March 30, 2020
In an article titled "Hand-washing is critical in the fight against coronavirus, but what if you don't have safe water?" published by The Hill, authors ERG Alumni Peter Gleick and Heather Cooley highlight the critical need to increase clean water access in America in order to protect families from the Coronavirus and lack of drinkable water.
ERG Student Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez Receives 2020 Siebel Scholars Award
October 7, 2019
Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez, a current ERG Student, has recently been awarded the prestigious 2020 Siebel Scholars Award by the Siebal Scholars Foundation.
ERG Alum Jonathan Mingle Examines Air Pollution in the New York Review of Books
September 25, 2019
Jonathan Mingle, an ERG Alumni, published his work reviewing five different publications concerning the critical issue of air pollution.
Noah Kittner and Dan Kammen Argue for Solar and Wind Over Hydropower in Nature Article
May 16, 2019
Recent ERG alum Noah Kittner (MS ’15, PhD ’18) and professor Dan Kammen, along with Stanford postdoc Rafael Schmitt and UC Berkeley professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Matt ... Continue Reading »
Isha Ray Comments on Issues Facing Clean Water Technology Implementation
February 11, 2019
In a recent article from Knowable Magazine, ERG faculty Isha Ray provides input on why many water filtering and purification technologies fail to produce significant impacts on community health in ... Continue Reading »
ERG Graduate Student Advisor Kay Burns Receives Berkeley’s Highest Advising Honor
December 18, 2018
ERG graduate student advisor Kay Burns (pictured with ERG/CNR Undergraduate Advisor Ryann Madden and ERG Professor Emeritus Dick Norgaard) has been named a 2018 recipient of the the Mary Slakey ... Continue Reading »
Master’s Student Gauthami Penakalapati Connects Sanitation with Mental and Social Well-Being
October 24, 2018
In her recent review on sanitation and well-being outcomes, Gauthami Penakalapati explores a more holistic definition of “health,” which includes physical, mental and social well-being. She discusses how inadequate sanitation, ... Continue Reading »
ERGies Contribute to the Green Schoolyard Movement
May 1, 2018
May is International School Grounds Month, and organizations like Green Schoolyards America are inspiring and enabling communities to enrich their school grounds and use them to improve children’s well-being, learning, ... Continue Reading »
Isha Ray Recognized as a Trailblazer for Her Impact on Developing Economies
March 22, 2018
“Gamechangers. Engineers. Innovators. Researchers. Entrepreneurs. These are just a few of the words that describe the outstanding women of the Blum Center ecosystem. In honor of National Women’s History month, ... Continue Reading »
Misplaced Praise – How Kosovo Took a Step in the Wrong Direction
March 13, 2018
The U.S. government recently congratulated the government of Kosovo for signing a contract with American multi-national corporation Contour Global to build a new 500 MW coal-fired power plant. Kosovo highlights ... Continue Reading »
ERG Professor Ray on Toilets and Gender Equality
June 23, 2017
"Safe drinking water and sanitation are indispensable to sustain life and health, and fundamental to the dignity of all.”
ERG Postdoctoral Researcher Cohen – Water Treatment Methods in Rural China
February 1, 2017
ERG postdoctoral researcher Alasdair Cohen (Ph.D. '16) is featured in Thriving Earth Exchange on his collaboration with government health researchers to better understand water treatment methods in rural China.
ERG Alumna’s Study Upholds Oakland’s Block on Coal Terminal
July 1, 2016
"The report says the degraded air quality would impact largely low-income and minority neighborhoods that have already shown to be suffering harm ." - KQED
ERG Alumni: Leaders at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
June 30, 2016
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).
ERG Alum Receives Microsoft Grant for Ugandan Micro-grid Systems
June 27, 2016
New Sun Road is a California technology company directed by ERGie Jalel Sager (MS’11 , PhD’15). They are committed to implementing solutions to climate change and global energy poverty, provide ... Continue Reading »
ERG Student Receives the Global Food Initiative 30 under 30 Award
June 22, 2016
"One of the main challenges of her generation is 'ensuring the food system provides healthy foods while minimizing its environmental and social impact. [...]'"
ERG Professor Dan Kammen Speaks at Climate Change Symposium
April 19, 2016
ERG professor Dan Kammen participated in a Climate Change Symposium on Friday, April 15, at a Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) lecture.
ERG Alum: Restoring Trust in Flint
March 9, 2016
ERG Alum Dr. Peter Gleick calls for action in Flint, Michigan focused on monitoring, testing, and fixing water at every single school to protect children.
Shirley & Kammen: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution Shaw
February 18, 2016
ERG grad student Britt Shaw, along with ERG alumna Rebekah Shirley and Professor Dan Kammen, spoke on clean energy earlier this month at the Commonwealth Club's event "Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution Worldwide."
Study: Volkswagen’s emissions cheat to cause 60 premature deaths in U.S.
November 6, 2015
ERG professor Daniel Kammen provides insight on recent research pertaining to the VW scandal.
Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution”
August 7, 2015
ERG Professor John Harte was featured on Environmental Health News speaking of how the implementation of sustainable energy will play an important role in future food security.
On a plane? Enjoy the view of the planet you’re killing!
June 12, 2015
ERG alum Chris Jones (MS '05, PhD '15) explains the level in which airplanes contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
A unique moment in history for “sustainable energy for all”
March 26, 2015
ERG team study showing how off-grid power can improve equality in energy access published in Nature Climate Change. Interview with lead author Peter Alstone.
Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World Fire and Ice: Soot
March 25, 2015
Read the adapted excerpt in Slate of a new book by ERG alum Jonathan Mingle (MS'09).
Zoë Chafe leads new WHO Report
March 12, 2015
"We wanted to help policymakers and members of the general public understand that household heating with biomass is a complicated issue," says ERG PhD candidate Zoë Chafe.
ERG Grad Student Selected To Represent UC Berkeley in Sacramento
February 6, 2015
Rachel Golden will share her views in the state capital in April.
Apte & Team Find Alarming Pollution Levels
November 26, 2014
ERG alum measures air quality while riding rickshaws in Delhi.
UC Berkeley Ranks 1st in the World for Environment
October 29, 2014
Subject-specific rankings from US New & World Report are based on academic research performance in those subjects.
Kammen: UC Divestment is a “no-brainer”
September 11, 2014
UC faculty, alumni and student activists say it's time to take divestment seriously. Professor Kammen gives insight into why in the East Bay Express.
Obama’s Carbon Rules Bring Urban Flooding Closer to Home
June 17, 2014
"It seems as if after years of feet dragging the United States is finally willing to walk its climate talk," Dr. Malini Ranganathan (MS'05, PhD'10), Assistant Professor at American University.