SST - 2011

The 2011 Cohort of the Science Sustainability Team


"Water is the most important component on the planet. Nearly one billion people do not have access to safe water. In addition to water scarcity, climate change increases the potential for serious conflicts over water. Thinking about water scarcity, I was always passionate to study in the field of water resources to improve our water management systems."


"I am a PhD candidate in the School of Engineering, supervised by Prof. Jack Brouwer. Widespread deployment of renewable power generators requires a flexible and responsive network of non-intermittent generators and storage devices capable of operating on the fuels of tomorrow. My work in fuel cells, gas turbine hybrids, and combined cooling, heating and power technologies utilizes thermal storage technology and fuel cells to addresses the need for flexible generation from both renewable and non-renewable feed-stocks.


"While law is an inescapable facet of life, the motivations behind certain laws and the degree to which they are enforced vary widely. I am interested in understanding why and how people use law to protect their rights and the environment in which they inhabit. Indeed, the very future of our planet will depend on how capable legal systems are of addressing important environmental issues at every level of governance."


"I am a doctoral student in the School of Social Ecology, supervised by Dr. Daniel Stokols. I primarily focus on research in environmental psychology, and specifically on the extraordinary transcendent experiences which may occur in different built and natural environments, and how these may contribute to the development of pro-environmental value orientations and behaviors.


"I am a Ph.D. candidate in history working with David Igler. My dissertation, currently titled “Desert Manifest: Landscape, Statecraft, and Nationhood across Arid America,” is an environmental and cultural history of the American desert that looks at changes in American perceptions of arid lands during the nineteenth century. As an environmental historian, I am particularly interested in the history not only of desert lands, but of water and water allocation, especially in California and the American West.

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