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  • Rachel Ragnhild Carlson

    Rachel Ragnhild Carlson

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioRachel Carlson researches the spatial ecology of coral reefs and variables impacting coral response to anthropogenic stress. Her work aims to support evidence-based marine planning linking conservation and sustainable livelihoods under climate change. She applies geospatial technology like high-resolution remote sensing as well as field-based methods to understand patterns of reef resilience and implications for ocean governance.

    Prior to joining Stanford, Rachel worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she led mapping and outreach programs to protect drinking water and coastal ecosystems. She has also worked for numerous environmental initiatives in Senegal, Ireland, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Rachel graduated from Rice University in 2011 with a Master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Bachelor's in English, and from Trinity College, Dublin in 2013 with a Master's in International Politics. She is a Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science and Engineering and a 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Ecology.

  • Kiran Chawla

    Kiran Chawla

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioKiran's research focuses on understanding how an expanded notion of economic welfare that includes preferences for uncertainty and economic equity (intertemporal, intra-regional and inter-regional) alongside efficiency can be incorporated into climate policy design to mitigate adverse distributional consequences of climate change. She draws on insights from economics, psychology, and law to understand how to formalize people's risk and fairness preferences systematically for policy analysis, and understand potential legal and institutional barriers for designing distribution-sensitive climate change policy responses globally.

  • Marissa Childs

    Marissa Childs

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMarissa’s research interests are in the ecology of infectious diseases. She studies the environmental and social conditions that promote vector-borne disease transmission. Her current research focuses on spillover of yellow fever virus in Brazil and the effects of temperature on dengue transmission.