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Associated Faculty

I work at the intersection of environmental economics and climate science. My research seeks to improve our understanding of the economic and social impacts of climate change and to better understand our ability to adapt to those impacts. To do this I combine econometric analysis, experimental approaches, climate model output, and economic modeling.

Postdoctoral Researchers

My research is centered around environmental outcomes and sustainable transportation with an emphasis on the policy implications of individual decision-making and social processes. As a postdoctoral researcher I study emerging on-demand and shared transportation services. These Innovative new services have the potential to significantly alter transportation accessibility and travel patterns; and may reduce or induce greenhouse gas emissions. My doctoral research  investigates the role of social networks and social influence in travel behavior. Social networks may be incorporated into programs aimed at increasing the use of sustainable transportation modes through processes such as information sharing, and the establishment of social norms. See the Social Networks and Travel Behavior project page for more details.

I believe that a systemsview on environmental governance, one powered by network science, may offer important insights that are currently missed by popular methods of inquiry that either do not allow for an accounting of critical interdependencies or render context-specific findings that are difficult to generalize. Guided by systems thinking, my work examines (1) the development and diffusion of innovative solutions; (2) the efficacy of institutional designs in enabling stakeholder engagement; (3) leaders and change agents’ capacities to steer collective processes; and (4) how the interplay between environments and institutions encourages the emergence of different modes of networked governance. Much of the work described below is motivated by the recognition that cooperation itself can give rise to conflicts and vice-versa. These dynamics need to be understood and mediated to enable effective environmental governance. Network analysis allows us to unpack and tackle various types of cooperative and antagonistic dynamics. 

Graduate Students

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 am a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department. You can find my CV and learn more about my work here.

Amanda is a PhD candidate in the Geography Graduate Group, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2014-2019) and  NSF Climate Change, Water and Society IGERT (2013-2015) trainee. Her dissertation is focusing on identifying existing and future vulnerable areas to drought-related drinking water shortages and ways to build regional resilience to future droughts. 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.

Madeline is a fourth 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.

I am a third year PhD Student in the Graduate Group in Ecology.  I am interested in social-ecological systems and looking at the influence of social networks and group learning on decision-making processes and risk management behaviors in agroecological systems in California. In California, I have been closely studying agricultural nitrogen management for its importance to water quality, soil health and greenhouse gas emissions.  I am also broadly interested in how different agricultural systems globally are adapting to and building resilience within rapidly changing climates.  I worked as a research fellow with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop international partnerships, education and outreach materials on climate-smart agriculture practices and incentive programs, to assist growers and agricultural advisors in adapting to changing climates, resource availability, and policies in both California and abroad. Prior to coming to UC Davis, I received my bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and worked with community development organizations on urban farming projects in St. Louis. 

Meghan is a 3rd Year 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.

Current Projects:

1. California drinking water, drought, and climate adaptation

2. Moving beyond random acts of restoration to robust adaptive resilience: Lake Erie

You can find Meghan on Twitter (@rogue_PhD). Her personal website is klasicH2O.com.

Hi! I am a third year PhD student in Ecology, who studies environmental governance of complex socio-ecological systems. Over the last 10 years, I've been specializing on water governance, studying the design and implementation of progressive water reforms. This work has taken me to many places around the world including Nicaragua, Senegal, South Africa and Spain where I've experienced and analyzed the challenges of policy implementation and institutional change. For my dissertation, I am studying how inequality and power asymmetries among institutions and people shape the implementation of groundwater management reform in California. I am using a mix-methods approach combining participant observation, in-depth interviews, surveys and the review and collection of archival information to build state-wide databases that look both at the water resource, the groundwater basins, and at the institutions statewide. This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation IGERT on Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS) and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowhip Program (GRFP).

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