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Ignacio Pisano

Ignacio Pisano was a visting graduate student from Spain who worked on comparative analysis of public opinion and environmental behavior.  He published an article with Mark Lubell in 2015 (see below), and is now living in Spain pursuing various projects and life avenues! 

Pisano, Ignacio, and Mark Lubell. "Environmental Behavior in Cross-National Perspective A Multilevel Analysis of 30 Countries." Environment and Behavior (2015): 0013916515600494.

 

I have my Master´s Degree in Social and Community Psychology from the University of Malaga. I am currently working on my PhD dissertation on a structural model of environmental, economic and psychosocial determinants of environmental concern with a multilevel and cross-cultural perspective. Other professional interests revolve around the social dimensions of global environmental change and, more specifically, climate change and the different strategies of intervention that seek to change habits and unsustainable behaviors.

Maria Ofelia Camacho Garcia

Ofelia was an international visiting Scholar from Mexico during 2012. Her research interests focuses on business environmental performance and environmental policies. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation research, which analyzes Mexican environmental policies and how the national commercial chambers may influence their outcomes. In order to deepen the understanding of environmental management and interest groups in Mexico, she analyzes two particular cases: the National Environmental Audit Program and the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.

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Office Location: 
2125A Wickson Hall

Lorien Jasny

Title: 
Post-doctoral researcher, network science

I'm a post-doctoral researcher who specializes in networks science. For the Rangeland project, I wrote an interactive, electronic survey that asked Ranchers, Environmentalists, and Rangeland Professionals what they would do with a specific rangeland property. Using those surveys, and data collected from group discussions on the same topic, I am mapping individuals' cognitive networks and how these change during the group discussion. I'm also working on other projects around the lab from organizational to semantic network projects.

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Office Location: 
2125 Wickson Hall

Angee Doerr

Title: 
Ecology Alumn

Angee is an alumni of the UC Davis's Graduate Group in Ecology, Department of Environmental Science and Policy. She is currently working as a California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Policy Fellow, and is assigned to the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water. Her dissertation work examined the intersection of social science and natural science, by looking into policies leading to the sustainable use of natural resources in developing countries. Specifically, Angee focused on marine resource use in the Bahamas, particularly the Caribbean spiny lobster fishery. Along with her dissertation work, Angee has published an encyclopedia chapter on Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries and two manuscripts. The first was a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for a National Seashore and the second reexamined conservation monitoring, approaching it as an investment decision. Angee is a Switzer Fellow and a Packard Conservation Management Fellow. Angee's graduate advisor was CEPB's Jim Sanchirico.

Chantelise Pells

Title: 
PhD candidate

I received a MA in Geography at UC Davis in 2008 and a BA at UC Berkeley. I'm currently working towards a PhD in Geography focusing on collective action and community based environmental management. My research on local groundwater governance is being conducted in Guadalupe Valley, Mexico's largest viticulture region. Currently I'm working with the Nature Conservancy and UC Davis' Center for Watershed Sciences investigating the feasibility of a water fund in N. Baja. I'm also using my research as a case study for a book chapter on Collaborative Governance.

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2125A Wickson Hall

This research investigates collective action and local groundwater governance in the context of a diverse cultural environment in Northern Baja California. Groundwater is a classic common pool resource that necessitates collective engagement to maintain water availability especially in areas of intensive agricultural production. Mexico is an example of a less developed (and in this case developing) nation that has undergone institutional decentralization. Water resources are now governed at multiple levels that includes local watershed based institutions. The local watershed institutions are conceptualized as a mechanism to inform groundwater users on water use regulations and improve knowledge on groundwater conditions by monitoring groundwater levels over time. Groundwater users can visit the local office for assistance and attend informational meetings. Current regulations require registration and metering of all groundwater wells.

Meredith Niles

Title: 
Assistant Professor

Meredith received her Ph.D. in Ecology in 2014. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in sustainability science at Harvard University and is now an assistant professor at the University of Vermont. As a graduate student, she was a NSF IGERT Trainee, NSF Graduate Fellow, and Switzer Fellow. She studies environmental behavior focused on farmer perceptions of climate change and adoption of mitigation and adaptation techniques in New Zealand and California. Meredith holds a B.A. in political science from The Catholic University of America where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She previously worked in Washington D.C as the director of a climate change and agriculture campaign and as the Public Affairs Coordinator on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at the US State Department. She served as a member of the Climate Action Reserve's nutrient management workgroup and as a UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute board member. Meredith was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students and the External Chair for the UC Davis Graduate Student Association.

Bethany Cutts

Title: 
Postdoctoral Researcher

Bethany completed her graduate work at Arizona State University. There, she was involved in the Decision Center for a Desert City. At UC Davis, she worked on the Rangelands Decision-Making project, which asks how social networks, institutions, scientific information, and econonic priorities shape grazing practices and ecosystem services. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kelly Garbach

I am interested in balancing conservation goals and agricultural production needs, and determining how on-farm management practices influence ecosystem processes. My current fieldwork in Costa Rica explores provision of ecosystem services in tropical farming systems. Other projects include research on conceptual frameworks used in ecosystem assessment and environmental mitigation in California. Before entering the Ecology program at UC Davis, I studied anthropology at Loyola University Chicago and worked with non-profit groups in Chile, Argentina, and San Francisco. Kelly is now an assistant professor at Loyola University

Vicken Hillis

Title: 
Postdoctoral Researcher

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Environmental Science and Policy. I use approaches from evolutionary ecology to study the social and cultural processes that shape individual behavior in environmental contexts. I’m particularly interested in how behavior and policy interact to shape sustainability. I use theoretical models, behavioral experiments and observational data collection using surveys and interviews to examine these issues.

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Phone: 
415-812-6846

Matthew Hoffman

Title: 
Grower Program Coordinator, Lodi Winegrape Commission

Matthew directs the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s viticulture research projects, grower outreach programs, and the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing certification program. He came to the Commission in 2012 after earning a PhD under Mark Lubell. While at Davis he worked on the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior's sustainable viticulture project. His dissertation research focused on the effectiveness of agricultural extension programs and sustainability certification programs in California viticulture. In his current position at the Commission Matthew collaborates with university researchers and Lodi growers to implement applied research projects with the aim of developing practical solutions to real-world viticulture challenges.

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