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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Paul Sabatier passed away in 2013, but we still consider his legacy as a important founding element of CEPB. Paul is most famous for his development of the "Advocacy Coalition Framework", along with an unrelenting devotion to high quality scientific research and standards. His research addressed the following topics: Analysis of factors affecting change in public policy over a period of several decades; the role of scientific information in that process; policy implementation; belief systems of policy elites; land use and air pollution policy in the U.S. and western Europe; water quality at San Francisco Bay and Lake Tahoe; factors affecting the success of multi-stakeholder watershed partnerships; and the application of multiple theories (particularly the Advocacy Coalition Framework) to this question.
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.
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.
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
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.