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Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth System Science
BioLauren E. Oakes is an ecologist and human-natural systems scientist. She is an Adjunct Professor in Earth System Science at Stanford University and a Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Program. Lauren teaches workshops and short-courses in narrative science writing and interdisciplinary environmental sciences, and she combines ecological research with methods from the social sciences to understand how people adapt to climate change impacts. She earned her PhD from Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (2015) and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University (2004) in Environmental Studies and Visual Art, studying film and photography. Her first book, In Search of the Canary Tree (Basic Books, Hachette Book Group), is a narrative science memoir about finding faith in the ability of people to cope with a rapidly changing planet. Science Friday selected the Canary as one of the Best Science Books of 2018.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Oakes has worked on a suite of environmental issues as a researcher, scholar, advocate, and documentarian (Alaska Gold 2012; Red Gold 2008). During that time, she confronted changes in rural communities and challenges in conservation, such as mining development in pristine watersheds in Alaska or road development through the temperate forests of Chile. She witnessed whole communities transformed by oil and gas development in the American West. She spent six years studying climate change impacts to forest ecosystems in the Alexander Archipelago, Alaska. At the core of her passions for research, teaching, and communicating issues of environmental change is the desire to improve resource management and conservation practices.
Oakes is the lead author of peer-reviewed publications in the sciences, but she also writes for popular media outlets. She has written about her research for the New York Times and contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. Her work has been profiled by The Atlantic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Outside Magazine, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, Adventure Kayak Magazine, and ClimateWire, among other outlets. With years of experience in professional outdoor guiding, she has also lead multi-day expeditions for National Geographic Expeditions and co-designed/co-taught Stanford field courses in Alaska and the Grand Canyon.
Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering
BioRita Esuru Okoroafor is currently a Graduate student at the Energy Resources Engineering Department. She is interested in coupling Geomechanics with Reservoir Engineering of Enhanced Geothemal Systems.
Prior to the graduate program, she has worked with Schlumberger for over 12 years. Most of her work experience has been on the fields in the Gulf of Guinea. She has held the positions of Borehole Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir and Production Engineering Team Lead, Sales Manager, Reservoir Domain Champion and Real Time Productivity Steering Product Analyst.
Her technical roles resulted in extensive experience on Formation Testing, Petrophysics, Well Testing, Production Logging, Well Integrity and Single Well Simulation and Production Forecasting, from which she has ten technical papers published, one granted patent and one patent application.
Her non-technical roles gave her an opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication, presentation and customer relationship management.
Since 2005, Rita has been an active volunteer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), holding leadership and committee member positions, locally, regionally and internationally.
Her other interest includes writing and she is the author of the fiction novels "Against The Perfect Will" and "Morning Does Come".
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
Ph.D. Minor, Economics
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsChikara studies the distributional impacts of climate and energy policies. His current research builds a climate policy model linked to a microeconometrically estimated labor choice model to simulate the impact of carbon pricing on labor and how this impact might differ across income groups. This model can be used to consider different policy designs, with an eye towards mitigating any negative impacts on low-income households.
Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsModeling, control and optimization of dynamic systems;
Model-based control in advanced propulsion systems;
Energy management control and optimization in HEVs and PHEVs;
Energy storage systems- Li-ion and PbA batteries, Supercapacitors;
Battery aging modeling, state of health estimation and life prediction for control;
Damage degradation modeling in interconnected systems