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I am a second year PhD student in Ecology, National Science Foundation (NSF GRFP) Fellow and Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS) NSF IGERT trainee at UC Davis. I am interested in understanding processes of decision making, collaboration and conflict at various institutional levels, using groundwater governance in California as the 'vehicle' to analyze these processes.
Previously, I worked for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on California water policy, particularly on the passing of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and the development of environmental markets for habitat restoration for endangered species such as Chinook salmon and Swainson's hawk. Before that, with the collaboration of UNESCO-IHE and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, I developed an etnographic research project to understand processes of implementation of South Africa's monumental land and water reform in its effort to address apartheid's heritage of inequality. I hold two masters degree, one on Irrigation and Water Engineering from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the other on Agricultural Policy from the Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques Montpellier SupAgro in France.
Meghan is a PhD student in Geography. Her educational interests include water quality, climate change, and decision-making across spatial and temporal scales.
A Pennsylvania native, Meghan spent 10 years working in Washington, DC for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), focusing on the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program and the Drinking Water Operator Certification and Capacity Development Program. Meghan received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Dickinson College in 2006 and her M.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2013.
In Fall 2015, Meghan began working with Dr. Julie Ekstrom of the Policy Institute on assessing climate adapation information needs among drinking water utilities in California. In this position, Meghan is focusing on perceived versus actual water quality risk and its broader context within the knowledge-action gap.
I am a second year PhD Student in the Graduate Group in Ecology. I am interested in studying social-ecological challenges and looking at the influence of networks and social learning on the decision-making processes and risk management behaviors of farmers in California's Central Valley. I am also broadly interested in how different agricultural systems globally are adapting to varying climate conditions and building resilience against climate shocks. In this regard, I have been working as a climate policy research fellow with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to work on developing international partnerships and education and outreach materials on climate-smart agriculture practices, to assist growers and agricultural advisors in adapting to changing climates, resource availability, and policies in both California and abroad. Prior to joining the Ecology Group at UC Davis, I received my bachelor's degree in Environmental Earth Science from Washington University in St. Louis and worked with community development organizations on urban farming projects in St. Louis.
Madeline is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate Group in Ecology, focusing on human ecology and environmental policy. Before coming to UC Davis she worked at Resources for the Future, a Washington, DC-based think tank, on a multi-faceted project examining public perceptions and regulatory aspects of shale development. Her interests broadly center on human-environment interactions and how social networks shape those interactions, particularly in the context of environmental justice. At UC Davis her research focuses on community impacts of unconventional oil and gas development. She holds a dual degree in environmental studies and economics from Connecticut College. Madeline is an active participant in her community - she was the co-chair of the Ecology Graduate Student Association and she co-founded a new publication to increase the visibility of ecology students' research. She in an avid reader, thinker and adventurer who always looks forward to the next challenge.
Amanda is a fourth year PhD student in the Geography Graduate Group, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2015- ) and NSF Climate Change, Water and Society IGERT (2013-2015) trainee. Her dissertation will focus on identifying existing and future vulnerable areas to drought-related drinking water shortages and ways to build resilience among these systems and households. Since April 2014, she has worked part-time in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research supporting the Drought Task Force's working group on small systems and emergency drinking water, and the state's database for reporting household water shortages. In 2015, also she started working with Dr. Julia Ekstrom at the UC Davis Policy Institute's Climate Adaptation Initiative to look at extreme event impacts on California's drinking water quality.
She frequently tweets about the #CAdrought from @alfencl.
Prior to attending UC Davis, she was a Staff Scientist at the US Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and worked on a range of projects from Thai farmer social-networks and on-farm innovation, water scarcity in a low-carbon economy, to mapping and assessing climate vulnerability and planning for adaptation. Prior to SEI, Amanda spent 1.5 years researching microfinance and social-ecological system resilience in Southwest Madagascar as a Tufts University undergraduate.
Cory is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science. Her research agenda centers on the political mechanisms and institutions that result in development and positive environmental outcomes in rural areas of developing countries. She is also interested in how politics, such as parties, interest groups, and clientelism, affect public goods allocation and the creation, implementation, enforcement of environmental policies and agendas at the local government level. Cory has a Masters in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has worked in a variety of African and Latin American countries and recently completed work at the World Bank, which focused on the use of information and communication technologies in agricultural development.
Michael is a PhD Candidate in the Ecology Graduate Group. He does computational social science to understand how people think about and solve sustainability challenges. He has an MS in Biology from West Virginia University and a BS in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College.
Please visit my personal website: www.michaellevy.name.
I'm a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology and broadly interested in biodiversity conservation and rural smallholders in the tropics. My current research examines how land resources and protected areas are utilized at local and national scales in Tanzania, including three areas of study. First, I'm evaluating the presence and extent of human migration around protected areas across Tanzania and the effects of community conservation projects on these movements. Second, I work with Sukuma agropastoralists in western Tanzania to model individual and household decision-making regarding mobility, land use, and conservation. Third, I collaborate with Savannas Forever Tanzania to examine the impacts of community managed conservation areas on household food security. My approaches include spatial analyses of demographic patterns and mechanisms as well as models and methods of decision making from human behavioral ecology.
I am a PhD candidate in Ecology, interested in using social network analysis to understand cooperation and inform decision making about natural resource governance. I am currently studying how an internationl development intervention caused the inter-organizational stakeholder network involved in the spiny lobster fishery in Honduras to change over time.
I'm a PhD candidate in the Ecology Graduate Group and an NSF IGERT Trainee. I'm interested in the role of collaborative institutions in promoting adaptive capacity in complex social-ecological systems. My main research project uses approaches from network science to evaluate patterns of interactions among organizations and institutions engaged in climate change adaptation policy-making in the Lake Victoria region.
I'm carrying out this work in collaboration with colleagues from Makerere University in Uganda, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Kenya, and the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. More on this project.
For my MSc (also from UC Davis, and also based out of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior), I worked with technical specialists throughout Central America to develop a low-cost technique for gathering environmental and social data on water resources using high-resolution satellite imagery as base layers in participatory mapping exercises. Email: email@example.com