Student Body

  • Anand, Shashank

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Anand focuses his research on understanding the emergence of complex networks in natural ecosystems, such as drainage networks in the landscape, xylem-phloem networks in the plant, etc. He is particularly interested in analyzing the evolution and organization of topographic features and their effects on sediment and water transport, as well as ecosystem regulation. His adviser is Amilcare Porporato, the Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

  • Anderson, Rachel


    Anderson’s research aims to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy policy for decarbonizing the electricity sector. In particular, Anderson studies how federal and state incentive programs interact with electricity market design to influence where wind and solar energy investment occurs in the United States.

  • Blaisdell-Pijuan, Paris

    Electrical Engineering

    Blaisdell-Pijuan works in the Gmachl Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on utilization of infrared light to efficiently promote chemical reactions by selectively driving reactants over chemical barriers with a laser. Currently, he is targeting the reaction of ammonia degradation for hydrogen storage applications.

  • Brunner, Claudia

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    AY 20-21 PECS Student Chair

    Brunner works  in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where she is advised by Marcus Hultmark. Her efforts attempt to better understand the aerodynamics of wind turbines through experimental studies of fluid dynamics at high Reynolds numbers. Her research focuses on dynamic stall and its effects on the performance of vertical axis wind turbines, as well as field experiments using nanoscale hot-wires to measure small-scale turbulence in the atmospheric surface layer.

  • Chase, Danielle

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Chase studies the formation and relaxation of fluid-filled cracks in porous media using lab scale experiments and models. These processes are relevant to industrial and natural geophysical systems including hydraulic fracturing for extraction of oil and gas and relaxation of ice sheet uplift due to supraglacial lake drainage. She is advised by Professor Howard A. Stone in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department.

  • Choquette-Levy, Nicolas

    Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    AY 20-21 PDS Coordinator

    Choquette-Levy is in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs’ Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program. His research focuses on the links between climate change and rural-urban migration in developing country contexts, with regional interests in Nepal and China. He is applying agent-based modelling and systems analysis methods to better understand how smallholder farming communities are using migration as a way to adapt to climate change, and how farmers’ social networks influence their decision-making around adaptation.

  • Clark, Chelsea

    Comparative Literature

    Clark is a student in the Comparative Literature department. Her research focuses on the nature, function, and limits of intertextuality, with an emphasis on English, Russian, German, and Arabic literatures of the 20th century.

    She is currently thinking about the imagination as it figures (or does not figure) in humanities and social science discussions of agency in times of environmental crisis and degradation. During the 2020-2021 academic year, she will lead the IHUM reading group “Agency in the Anthropocene.”

  • Crawford, Chris

    Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    Crawford is studying how changing spatial patterns of agricultural land use are likely to affect biodiversity. In particular, he  focuses on areas of agricultural decline and abandonment to try to understand whether they represent opportunities for the conservation of biodiversity, and how to use policy to guide these transitions. Crawford is in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) program in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and is advised by David Wilcove, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

  • Cruz Álvarez, José


    Cruz Álvarez is based in the Economics Department. His research attempts to build a bridge between the regional integrated models of climate change and the quantitative models of international trade and the migration frameworks. In particular, his work provides a tractable framework to investigate the spatial impact of climate change in a dynamic context, as well as the optimal CO2 tax under different degrees of cooperation across countries.

  • Hajirezaie, Sassan

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Hajirezaie works with Professor Catherine A. Peters, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he focuses on developing approaches to control the migration of fluids in subsurface technologies such as geothermal energy production, subsurface remediation, oil and gas production, and energy storage. Hajirezaie is investigating the conditions that could lead to the precipitation of minerals in underground fractures, and the impacts of precipitation on fracture hydraulic properties and carbon dioxide leakage.

  • Peng, Liqun

    Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    Peng is in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs’ Science, Technology and Environmental Policy program. Her research focuses on potential co-benefits for air quality, health and climate of low carbon technologies in transport and power sector, such as electrification of vehicle fleets, energy storage with increased penetration of renewable energy and vehicle-to-grid technology. She is applying an energy modeling to analyze the value of energy storage technologies to reduce renewable energy curtailment and mitigate air pollutant as well as CO2 emissions.

  • Ramamurthi, Pooja

    Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    AY 20-21 Faculty Dinner Coordinator

    Ramamurthi studies at the School of Public Policy and International Affairs under Elke Weber. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political science and behavioural methods to understand how organisations and individuals make climate change relevant decisions. She hopes to use machine learning and network analysis to study how developing countries tackle their environmental objectives and policies and the pace at which these changes occur.

  • Smyth, Jane

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

    Smyth investigates the physical controls of tropical rainfall variability using climate models of varying complexity. Her research focuses on monsoons, large-scale systems that supply the majority of annual precipitation to land regions across the tropics. An improved mechanistic understanding of monsoon seasonality will enable better projections of how climate change may impact rainfall patterns. Smyth’s advisor is Yi Ming, Deputy Head of the Atmospheric Physics Division at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

  • Su, Yibing

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Su is in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where she studies hydrometeorology. Her research focuses on addressing the question of how hard it can rain at time durations critical to urban watersheds. Su develops hydrometeorological procedures to analyze the physical mechanisms and variables producing extreme short-duration rainfall and gain insight on the upper physical bound to rainfall intensity. A specific focus has been paid on Extratropical Cyclone systems given their destructive potential in producing extreme rainfall and flooding.

  • Tao, Yiheng

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    AY 20-21 Student Dinner Coordinator

    Based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tao works  with Professor Michael Celia. Tao is interested in analyzing energy development and climate change mitigation from engineering, policy, and economic perspectives. Specifically, his research focuses on numerical modeling of carbon dioxide injection into deep geological formations, carbon emissions implications of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, and the viability of carbon capture and storage technologies in the U.S. and China.

  • Tierney, Julie

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Tierney, who is advised by Dr. Lars Hedin in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, seeks to understand the biogeochemical and evolutionary mechanisms that limit forest productivity in the Amazon Basin. Her dissertation work takes place in Peru, where she studies how plant traits shape community composition and nutrient cycling in Amazonian white-sand forests.

  • Tracey, John


    Tracey studies the biochemistry of the marine nitrogen cycle.  His research focuses on anammox bacteria that produce toxic intermediates to power their cells, deploy fatty acids to guard against these toxins, and evolutionarily date to near the root of the tree of life. Some anammox bacteria have small protein compartments, dubbed encapsulins, that might enclose some of the toxin producing enzymes central to the anammox metabolism.  Through this research, Tracey seeks to elucidate the function of encapsulins using in-vitro experiments.

  • Wilson, Jessica

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Wilson studies diffusiophoresis (the spontaneous movement of a colloidal particle in a chemical gradient) and wetting phenomena.  She works in the Complex Fluids Group and is advised by Howard A. Stone, the Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

  • Yassin, Houssam

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

    Yassin uses theoretical techniques to study the large-scale circulation of the atmosphere and ocean. At such large-scales, both the atmosphere and ocean are characterized by a fascinating combination of chaotic turbulence and coherent waves. Yassin is particularly interested in how the dynamics at the boundaries of these fluids (e.g. Earth’s surface) contributes to both the turbulent and wave-like motion in their interior.

  • Young, Rachel

    Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    Rachel Young is in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs’ Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program. Her research uses quantitative methods to examine social issues at the intersection of climate science and public finance. Rachel’s recent work focuses on the long-run impact of hurricanes on labor and migration, as well as the welfare implications of place-based disaster response policies.