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Celeste Alexander, 2012 Ford Fellow

Department: Anthropology
STEP Topic: The Production and Reception of Expert Knowledge Practices in a Tanzanian Wildlife Management Area
STEP Adviser: David Wilcove
Thesis Topic: An Ethnography of Community Engagement with Conservation and Development in a Tanzanian Wildlife Management Area
Thesis Adviser: Joao Biehl

Jane Baldwin, 2015 Perkins Fellow

Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
STEP Topic: Correlated Risk of Climate Extremes with Global Warming and its Implications for Catastrophe Insurance
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Climate Drivers and Environmental Sensitivity of Arid Regions in Asia
Thesis Adviser: Gabriel Vecchi

Alexander Berg, 2016 Ford Fellow

Department: Electrical Engineering
STEP Topic: Patent Internalization and Renewables Specialization in Emerging Economies
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells
Thesis Adviser: James Sturm

Joe Conley, 2002 Perkins Fellow

Department: History
STEP Topic: Emission trading for mercury? Addressing the 'hot spot' problem.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Environmentalism contained: A history of corporate responses to the environmental movement.
Thesis Adviser: Daniel Rodgers

Carole Dalin, 2012 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Productivity in China Through Water Management and Agricultural Policies
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: The Transfer of Water Resources through the Trade of Water-Intensive Products, or “Virtual Water Trade”.
Thesis Adviser: Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

Stephanie Debats, 2013 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Reducing Crop Yield Losses through Improved Food Security Forecasts and Agricultural Land-Use Policies
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Crop Yield Variability in Dryland Agricultural Systems
Thesis Adviser: Kelly Caylor

Hang Deng, 2012 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Incorporation of CCS – and Nuclear Energy Related Risks in Current Energy Economic Model and its Implications to Energy Policy
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Evaluation of Caprock Integrity and its Evolution Due to Brine-CO2-rock Interactions
Thesis Adviser: Catherine Peters

Curtis Deutsch, 2000 PEI RISE Fellow

Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
STEP Topic: Oceanic iron fertilization and N2O production: global warming feedbacks.
STEP Adviser: David Bradford
Thesis Topic: Marine nitrogen cycle.
Thesis Adviser: Jorge Sarmiento

Gabrielle Dreyfus, 2005 Fellow

Department: Geosciences
STEP Topic: Assessing the validity and implications of using MIS 11 as an analog for the unperturbed Holocene
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Ice core paleoclimatology using the composition of trapped air.
Thesis Adviser: Jean Jouzel

Andrew Duguid, 2003 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Risk assessment of CO2 leakage through abandoned wells.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: CO2 leakage through abandoned wells.
Thesis Adviser: Michael Celia

Ryan Edwards, 2015 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Exploring Environmental Policy and Regulation of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Internationally
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Environmental Impacts and Opportunities of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
Thesis Adviser: Michael Celia

David Edwards, 2003 Ford Fellow

Department: Chemistry
STEP Topic: Metal Risk in the environment: the Waste Minimization Prioritization Tool (WMPT)
STEP Adviser: Valerie Thomas
Thesis Topic: Molecular studies of siderophore complexes in aqueous solution.
Thesis Adviser: Satish Myneni

Eric Egleston, 2005 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: The role of mechanistic models in regulatory risk assessment.
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Trace metal accumulation in diatoms.
Thesis Adviser: Francois Morel

Brian Ellis, 2009 PEI RISE Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Investigation of the impact of carbon dioxide gas stream purity regulations on competitiveness of CCS technologies in the energy market.
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Geologic carbon sequestration–Investigation of brine acidification and ensuing water-rock interactions.
Thesis Adviser: Catherine Peters

Matthew Escarra, 2009 Ford Fellow

Department: Electrical Engineering
STEP Topic: The implementation and use of remote measurements tovalidate CO2 Emissions reductions.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: High performance quantum cascade lasers for spectroscopic applications.
Thesis Adviser: Claire Gmachl

Michelle Frazer, 2016 Perkins Fellow

Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
STEP Topic: Policy Implications of Regional Climate Responses to Stratospheric Aerosol Albedo Modification
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer, Robert Socolow
Thesis Topic: Toward Understanding the Role of Clouds in the Climate System
Thesis Adviser: Yi Ming

Emma Fuller, 2014 Ford Fellow

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
STEP Topic: The Ecosystem Effects of Individual Transferable Quotas in US West-Coast Commercial Fisheries
STEP Adviser: David Wilcove
Thesis Topic: Social-Ecological Systems, Fisheries, Foraging Theory
Thesis Adviser: Simon Levin

Aahana Ganguly, 2013 Perkins Fellow

Department: Chemistry
STEP Topic: Responsible Regulation of Engineered Nanomaterials under Risk Uncertainty: Evaluation of the Toxic Substances Control Act
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Surface Science Studies on Nanoparticle Catalysts
Thesis Adviser: Steven Bernasek

Cynthia Gerlein, 2014 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Understanding the Impacts of Policy on Reducing Deforestation in Tropical Forests
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Ecohydrology
Thesis Adviser: Kelly Caylor

Nathan Gregory, 2004 Perkins Fellow

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
STEP Topic: The role of anthropogenic fire and livestock grazing in East African Savannas.
STEP Adviser: Emmanuel Kreike
Thesis Topic: The role of anthropogenic Fire and Livestock Grazing in sustaining avian diversity in East Aftican Savannas
Thesis Adviser: David Wilcove

Jermiah Helm, 2000 PEI RISE Fellow

Department: Chemistry
STEP Topic: Analysis of the cause and cure of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
STEP Adviser: David Bradford
Thesis Topic: Ramoplanin: structure-activity correlation.
Thesis Adviser: Suzanne Walker

Jack Hoang Lu, 2015 Ford Fellow

Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
STEP Topic: Modeling and Application of Antibiotic Pollution Mitigation Strategies to Address Resistance Development
STEP Adviser: Bryan Grenfell
Thesis Topic: Moving Beyond Antibiotics: Development and Translation of Next-Generation Antivirulence Therapies
Thesis Adviser: Robert Prud'homme

Xinwo Huang, 2013 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Regulation of Subsurface Systems in China: Is it Possible for both Shale Gas Production and Carbon Sequestration to Coexist
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Model Complexity for Subsurface Porous Medium Flow
Thesis Adviser: Michael Celia

William Jorden, 2000 Perkins Fellow

Department: Electrical Engineering
STEP Topic: An analysis of distributed benefits of building integrated photovolaics for commerical buildings on the power grid and associated policy implications.
STEP Adviser: Robert Williams
Thesis Topic: Macroelectronics
Thesis Adviser: Sigurd Wagner

Mary Kang, 2012 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Methane Leakage Due to Hydraulic Fracturing Operations: Exploring Technical and Policy Mitigation Options
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Multi-Scale Modeling of Fluid Leakage through Faults in Subsurface Environments
Thesis Adviser: Michael Celia

Megan Konar, 2010 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Projections of International crop trade under a changing climate.
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Virtual Water Trade
Thesis Adviser: Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

Dan Li, 2011 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Can the Hydro-Climatic impacts of Urbanization be Mitigated by Urban Planning Policies?
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Boundary Layer Meteorology
Thesis Adviser: Elie Bou-Zeid

Ning Lin, 2007 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Impact of climate change on hurricane-related risk and decision making.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Hurricane surface wind field and damanage analysis.
Thesis Adviser: Erik VanMarcke

Christopher Little, 2007 Ford Fellow

Department: Geosciences
STEP Topic: Constraining eustatic sea-level rise with a hierarchy.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Constraining ocean circulation and basal melting under ice shelves.
Thesis Adviser: Anand Gnanadesikan

Ian Lloyd, 2009 Ford Fellow

Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
STEP Topic: Geoengineering - hurricanes, climate change and global governance.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Hurricane - climate interaction.
Thesis Adviser: Gabriel Vecchi

Yeong Loh, 2001 PEI RISE Fellow

Department: Physics
STEP Topic:
STEP Adviser: Erik VanMarcke
Thesis Topic: Variations in earth surface temperature.
Thesis Adviser: Machael Strauss

Jenna Losh, 2010 Ford Fellow

Department: Geosciences
STEP Topic: Investigating the challenges and prospective for U.S. ocean policy, with recommendations for a successful regime.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: The response of marine phytoplankton to increase CO2 under nitrogen limitation.
Thesis Adviser: Francois Morel

Luke MacDonald, 2007 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: An effective, sustainable treatment strategy to halt the fluorosis endemic in rural villages of Jharkhand State, India.
STEP Adviser: Burton Singer
Thesis Topic: The kinetics of microbially mediated iron reduction and an investigation of related plant-driven redox controls on arsenic and lead mobility in a contaminated wetlan
Thesis Adviser: Peter Jaffe

Joseph Majkut, 2011 Kelley Fellow

Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
STEP Topic: Implications of Learning about the Carbon-Climate Feedback
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Climate-Carbon Cycle Dynamics
Thesis Adviser: Jorge Sarmiento

Bryan Mignone, 2001 Ford Fellow

Department: Geosciences
STEP Topic: Political economy of International environmental agreements.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Physical controls on the oceanic uptake and storage of anthropogenic carbon.
Thesis Adviser: Jorge Sarmiento

Yi Ming, 2001 PEI RISE Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Cooling potential of aerosol in global climate change.
STEP Adviser: David Bradford
Thesis Topic: Climate impacts of aerosols.
Thesis Adviser: Lynn Russell

Juan P. Nogues, 2008 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: How well input distributions reduce leakage uncertainty in models of CO2 geological sequestration.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Multi-scale methods in carbon capture and storage.
Thesis Adviser: Michael Celia

Alexandros Ntelekos, 2006 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: The implications of ubanization on flood policy: the case of Baltimore, MD.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Flooding of urban environments / modification of weather by urban environments.
Thesis Adviser: James Smith

David Pal, 2014 Kelley Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Improving Methane Leakage Mitigation Efforts from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Environmental Engineering and Water Resources - Methane Mitigation from Wetlands
Thesis Adviser: Peter Jaffe

Da Pan, 2016 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Investigation of Monitoring Strategies of Atmospheric Ammonia for Ammonia Regulation in the United States
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics/Spatiotemporal Characteristics of Emissions of Ammonia and Nitrous Oxide from Agriculture
Thesis Adviser: Mark Zondlo

Geeta Persad, 2013 Ford Fellow

Department: Program in Atmosphere and Oceanic Sciences
STEP Topic: International Policy Implications of the Nonlocal Climate Impacts of Asian Aerosol Emissions
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Aerosol/Climate Interactions
Thesis Adviser: Venkatachalam Ramaswamy

Sujata Ray, 2004 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Surface water pollution control in Pakistan.
STEP Adviser: David Bradford
Thesis Topic: Microbial responses to chemical stress.
Thesis Adviser: Catherine Peters

Matthew Reid, 2011 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Economic Incentives for Wetland Restoration through Carbon Offset Markets
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Environmental Biogeochemistry of Wetlands
Thesis Adviser: Peter Jaffe

Bernice Rosenzweig, 2004 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: The development of economically attainable urban watershed management schemes to reduce estuarine nutrient lands.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Modeling the biogeochemical dynamics of storm-water detention basins.
Thesis Adviser: Peter Jaffe

Barclay Satterfield, Kelley Fellow

Department: Chemical Engineering
STEP Topic: Applications of fuel cell technology: vehicles vs. distributed (stationary) generation.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: PEM fuel cell performance.
Thesis Adviser: Jay Benziger

Nitin Sekar, 2010 Perkins Fellow

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
STEP Topic: The effects of direct payments for conservation on local development in India.
STEP Adviser: Atul Kohli
Thesis Topic: Predicting how the loss of Asian elephants may affect the dispersal of fruiting trees in India.
Thesis Adviser: Andrew Dobson

Junu Shrestha, 2003 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Developing effective mitigation banking policies based on modeling and experimental studies.
STEP Adviser: David Wilcove
Thesis Topic: Cumulative effects of vegetation and nitrates on the redox chemistry of Riparian Wetlands.
Thesis Adviser: Peter Jaffe

Ilias Tagkopoulos, 2006 Ford Fellow

Department: Electrical Engineering
STEP Topic: Long-term effects of genetically modified organisms: towards an effective risk assessment methodology.
STEP Adviser: Lee Silver
Thesis Topic: Emerging patterns in dynamically changing artificial organisms.
Thesis Adviser: Saeed Tavazoie

Andrew Tilman, 2015 Ford Fellow

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
STEP Topic: Climate Action Via a Small but Powerful Coalition Climate Action Via a Small but Powerful Coalition
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Common-Pool Resource Management in Fisheries
Thesis Adviser: Simon Levin

Tiffany Tong, 2008 Ford Fellow

Department: Electrical Engineering
STEP Topic: Technology adoption in rural African communities: formulating an evidence-based policy strategy from a study of a model community in Kenya.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Light-emitting devices and photovoltaics for developing regions.
Thesis Adviser: Winston Soboyejo

Tim Treuer, 2015 Ford Fellow

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
STEP Topic: Can Fertilization of Abandoned Fields Help Stop Climate Change? Additionality, Mechanisms, and Scalability of a Novel Carbon Offset Scheme
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Regenerating Tropical Forests
Thesis Adviser: David Wilcove

David Turnbull, 2010 Ford Fellow

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
STEP Topic: Nuclear-weapon proliferation risks associated with fusion-fission hybrids
STEP Adviser: Alexander Glaser
Thesis Topic: Ultra-intense laser amplification via raman backscattering - a potential fast ignitor for inertial fusion energy.
Thesis Adviser: Szymon Suckewer

Tao Wang, 2009 Perkins Fellow

Department: Economics
STEP Topic: Production and consumption based greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories - an incentive and efficiency analysis.
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Frictions and externalities in international trade.
Thesis Adviser: Gene Grossman

Siyuan Xian, 2016 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Impact and Value of Information on Flood Risk Reduction Decisions
STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Coastal Resilience through an Integrated Approach
Thesis Adviser: Ning Lin

Shangping Xu, 2001 PEI RISE Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Methane emission from flooded rice paddy soils and wetland sediments: dynamic modeling and optimal resolution strategy search.
STEP Adviser: David Bradford
Thesis Topic: Methane emissions from rice paddies.
Thesis Adviser: Peter Jaffe

Huiyan Yang, 2002 Perkins Fellow

Department: Geosciences
STEP Topic: Chinese household energy usage and the black carbon emissions.
STEP Adviser: Eric Larson
Thesis Topic: Global black carbon distribution and its impact on tropospheric photochemistry.
Thesis Adviser: Hiram Levy

Siu-Chung Yau, 2008 Perkins Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Government policy and financial mitigation in catastrophe risk management.
STEP Adviser: Greg van der Vink
Thesis Topic: Wind-induced loss estimation of structures.
Thesis Adviser: Erik VanMarcke

Yan Zhang, 2007 Ford Fellow

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
STEP Topic: Impacts of atmospheric aerosols on weather and public health - science and policy of China's air quality
STEP Adviser: Denise Mauzerall
Thesis Topic: Precipitation climatology in urban environment.
Thesis Adviser: James Smith