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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.

My work deals with environmental governance in the Andean region and applies a variety of methods to study policy change in areas such as mining, and water management. I am particularly interested in how social actors organize to seek for policy change and how change affects civil society organizations. My current research at UC Davis applies methods from social network analysis to study changes in water partnerships associated with new regulations of water manegement in Ecuador.

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy of the University of California, Davis. I lead the social media analysis portion of the Knowledge Networks Project under supervision of Professor Mark Lubell.

My research is motivated by the conflicting ecosystems of network and broadcast media and by the elapsed effects of online and onsite networks. I am trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and my work relies on R for statistical computing and visualization.

I am a post-doctoral fellow here at the Center for Environmental Policy and Behaviour. Our project which seeks to elucidate how social networks influence the diffusion and innovation of local-level hydraulic fracturing policy.

Graduate Students

I’m a (recently graduated) PhD student in the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group, and I study water governance from a complex social-ecological systems perspective. My dissertation is being carried out in partnership with the Global Water Initiative in Central America, and focuses on two core governance challenges practitioners are facing: (1) managing conflicts among water-users and other stakeholders, and (2) improving coordination among governance actors working at multiple interacting geographic and institutional scales.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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