Welcome to the 2012-2013 academic year!
This quarter's E-IPER Newsletter highlights the summer research and work experiences of our PhD and Joint MS students, new careers for alumni, and exciting upcoming events.
What is a Typical E-IPER Summer?
Short answer: there isn't one! Here are a few very different examples of the wide range of summer PhD experiences.
Katrina ole-MoiYoi (PhD 2nd) spent part of the summer in Kenya, where she conducted exploratory research on the burgeoning East African aquaculture industry. She visited fish farms throughout Kenya and met with rural fish farmers, large-scale commercial operators, NGOs and Ministry of Fisheries officials to learn about research priorities in the field.
Lauren Oakes (PhD 4th) completed measurements of the 50 sites in her study on the ecological responses to yellow-cedar decline in Southeast Alaska. In order to make comparisons to the understory and overstory populations in dead stands, Lauren collected data from healthy forests in Glacier Bay National Park, just north of the area affected by mortality. She also piloted interviews for the next stage of her research on the social response to this forest dieback, associated with climate change. She continues to write about her work for the New York Times.
Aiga Stokenberga (PhD 2nd) spent the first month of the Summer quarter teaching a self-designed course on Topics in Energy and Earth Systems to a class of 26 high-school students as part of the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) here at Stanford. The course covered a broad range of topics, from conventional energy sources and their geological origins to renewable energy technologies and basics of environmental economics. During the second half of the summer, Aiga went to Bogotá, Colombia, to meet with a variety of public and private actors involved in the city's land use and transportation planning processes, especially those aimed at connecting low-income housing projects to Transmilenio, Bogotá's Bus Rapid Transit system.
Testing Out Careers
Over the summer, Joint MS students engaged in work ranging from litigation to renewable energy.
Cat Chang (Joint MBA-MS 3rd) worked as an intern with the Transaction Advisory group of Arup, which is a global engineering and design consultancy focused on the built environment. In addition to working on a few internal research projects related to sustainability benchmarking, as well as district energy project procurement, she supported the team in a due diligence effort related to a South American renewable energy project.
Hunter Ellis (Joint JD-MS 2nd) spent the summer clerking for Andrews Kurth, a Texas-based law firm, where he focused on traditional and renewable energy project finance as well as energy-related litigation. He was involved in negotiations and projects relating to financing arrangements for the construction of a liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Louisiana and several wind farms in Latin America.
Sendil Palani (Joint MBA-MS 2nd) worked as a Summer Associate in General Electric's new Energy Storage business. This business just launched a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Schenectady, NY, and has begun delivering its first batteries to customers. The business manufactures a battery based on a sodium metal halide chemistry and plans to design batteries for customers ranging from telecom sites to utilities, with almost all applications incorporating more efficient consumption and generation of energy.
After leaving Stanford with their E-IPER degrees in hand, alumni are making a difference in the climate change arena.
Six months before graduating, Brendan Millstein (Joint MBA-MS 2011) launched Carbon Lighthouse to make it profitable for commercial and industrial buildings to become carbon neutral. They've since completed 80+ projects in California and Oregon, are profitable, and are closing in on their first 15,000,000 pounds of CO2 reductions. This is about ten-million times short of stopping climate change, but at least directionally correct. They are also hiring for those who happen to be looking.
Along with ATREE, Bangalore, Veena Srinivasan (PhD 2008) is initiating research on adaptation and vulnerability to climate change in urbanizing watersheds in India. She will be co-PI on this 3-year grant funded by IDRC Canada.
Over the summer, she also worked with Skoll Global Threat's Fund, helping them develop their long-term strategy on transboundary conflicts in South Asia.
Other exciting developments are various initiatives she is engaged in to promote comparative water research through a Socio-hydrology Research Network. The network will be organizing sessions at AGU and AAAS and a edited special issue in the journals Hydrology and Earth System Science. Her post-doc research on comparative water research will be published as a featured article in the next issue of Water Resources Research.
Landing in Higher Education
E-IPER Alumni are landing careers in higher education ranging from academia to student affairs.
Joanne Gaskell (PhD 2012) has taken a postdoctoral scholar position in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at University of California, Berkeley. She will be continuing her PhD research on oil palm, comparing the ecosystem services associated with small-scale versus industrial oil palm plantations in association with the Center for Diversified Farming Systems.
Adam Millard-Ball (PhD 2011) has taken up a new position as assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department at University of California, Santa Cruz. He will be teaching courses in environmental economics and urban sustainability, and continuing his research on the effectiveness of local climate planning efforts, the design of carbon offset programs, and pathways to motorization in the developing world.
Caroline Scruggs (PhD 2012) has started as Assistant Professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. She will be teaching and conducting research on sustainability as it relates to human and environmental health.
Emma Wendt (Joint MBA-MS 2009) started a new job in August as Student Affairs Manager at the Erb Institute, University of Michigan. She works with students throughout their life cycle, including prospectives, current students, and alumni and enjoys supporting people with such similar interests, and to be able to lean on her E-IPER experience at Stanford to help them through the process.
Dissertation Defense: Marilyn Cornelius
Designing Behavioral Solutions to Reduce Residential Energy Use
Tuesday, Oct 2, 2pm
Hartley Conference Ctr
Dissertation Defense: Mehana Vaughan
Collaborative Community Care and Management of Coastal Resources: Creating State Law Based on Customary Community Rules To Manage a Near Shore Fishery in Hawai'i
Friday, Oct 5, 10am
Dissertation Defense: Nikit Abhyankar
Essays on Modeling Energy Future of India: Natural Gas, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Tuesday, Oct 9, 1pm
Saturday, Oct 13
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
|New Faculty and Students Join the Community|
E-IPER welcomes new affiliated faculty members:
Stephen Barley, Management Science and Engineering; Dan Iancu, Business; Clayton Nall, Political Science; Hayagreeva Rao, Business; Deborah Sivas, Law; and Charles Sprenger, Economics.
The E-IPER Executive Committee welcomes back continuing members: Lisa Curran, Anthropology; Gretchen Daily, Biology; Jenna Davis, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Eric Lambin, Environmental Earth System Science; Erica Plambeck, Graduate School of Business; Buzz Thompson, Law; Peter Vitousek, faculty director and professor in Biology; and John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering.
We also welcomed six new PhD and over 30 new Joint MS students in September, bringing the current student community to 36 PhD and 48 Joint MS students this year. Read more about E-IPER students on our website
Cassandra Brooks (PhD 1st) with J. Ashford and colleagues. "Does large-scale circulation structure life history connectivity in Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni)"? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science. In Press.
Rachael Garrett (PhD 5th) with E.F. Lambin, and R.L. Naylor. "Land Institutions and Supply Chains as Determinants of Local Soy Planted Area and Yields". Land Use Policy, Forthcoming.
Dane Klinger (PhD 5th) with Larry Crowder and colleagues. "Moving beyond the fished or farmed dichotomy". Marine Policy. 2012.
Frances Moore (PhD 3rd): "Negotiating Adaptation: Norm Selection and Hybridization in International Climate Negotiations". Global Environmental Politics, 12(4), 30-48. 2012.
|Awards & Conferences|
Cassandra Brooks (PhD 1st) presented at the 2012 SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 2012.
Rachael Garrett (PhD 5th) was invited to give a presentation at the Association of Tropical Conservation Biology Annual Meeting, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, June 2012: Supply Chains, Land Institutions, and the Evolution of Soy Production Systems in the Brazilian Legal Amazon.
Narasimha Rao (PhD 2011) was the winner of the 2011 Amulya K.N. Reddy Prize for his paper "Kerosene Subsidies in India: When Energy Policy Fails as Social Policy"
Helen Doyle, E-IPER's Associate Director for the past six years, has moved into a new position working as the Director of Educational Programs with the Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Stanford. We wish Helen the best of luck in her new position and thank her for her tireless work in E-IPER over the years!