School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


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  • Francisca Santana

    Francisca Santana

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsFrancisca studies social ecological systems of coastal regions, with a focus on current and historical trends in conservation, governance and resource use in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Bianca Santos

    Bianca Santos

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
    Course Assistant, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

    BioI am a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, where I am interested in developing innovative science-based solutions to mitigate human activities and conserve protected marine species. My current research focuses around threats facing sea turtle populations and applies interdisciplinary methods from the fields of marine science, ocean governance and policy, and environmental decision-making. In addition to my research, I am passionate about science communication and outreach.

    Prior to Stanford, I served as a 2018 National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in NOAA Research’s Office of International Activities and as a fisheries policy intern with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.

  • Nikhil Sawe

    Nikhil Sawe

    Academic Staff - Hourly - CSL, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
    Research Associate, Research Staff - Other

    BioNik Sawe grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, receiving his BS in Biology at Stanford. Nik's two great loves have always been biology and writing, and in high school he published a fiction novel, Wolf Trails, about the trials of a wolf pack reintroduced into the wild. As an undergrad, he worked in the Sapolsky and Zhao labs as a neuroscience researcher, examining intracellular cell signaling pathways that protected against stroke. This paved the way for a career in medical writing, crafting journal papers on new research for doctors and biotech companies. But Nik wanted to return to ecology, and eventually struck upon a potential crossroads between neuroscience and environmental science in the budding field of neuroeconomics.

    Through functional MRI, neuroeconomics analyzes the financial decision-making process at the level of discrete brain structures, allowing insights into the way we think about and route information. Nik's research adapts neuroeconomics techniques to assess decision-making in environmental questions.

    Mobilizing successful conservation efforts to preserve both local and global resources and ecosystems requires a new way of thinking. Our brains' innate wiring favors short-term rewards over long-term planning, familial and individual concerns over global ones, and hinders our ability to perceive gradual change in our environment. These tendencies confound our ability to evaluate trade-offs between our own personal convenience and the sustainable future of the Earth. Obtaining a clear picture of how we evaluate long-term environmental risks on a neural level is an important step in characterizing how and why we make unsustainable environmental decisions, and can help inform new approaches in environmental economics, policymaking, and education.

    At the heart of Nik's research is environmental risk perception and its impact on philanthropy and behavioral changes, and upstream of that, how framing effects, education, and semantics impact our environmental risk perception. This will hopefully yield a clearer view of how media & language influences perception, and ultimately, proactive environmental behavior.

  • William Scott

    William Scott

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioWilliam Scott is a PhD Student and Kimmelman Family Fellow at Stanford University in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). His research focuses on environmental economics, climate change, public policy, and the water-energy food nexus.

    Prior to coming Stanford, William worked at the University of Ottawa's Smart Prosperity Institute (Canada) a research institute focused on improving public policy for environmental and economic outcomes. He also worked with United Nations Environment in the Economy and Trade Branch to support emerging economies seeking to integrate sustainability into their national development strategies. William holds a Masters of Environment (Economics and Policy) from Griffith University and a BA from the University of Western Ontario, where he also played varsity football.

  • Allison Sherris

    Allison Sherris

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioAs a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, I investigate links between exposure to environmental contaminants and health outcomes in early life. My dissertation explore links between drinking water contamination in California's Central Valley and adverse birth outcomes. Another area of research investigates the impact of ambient particulate matter pollution on child respiratory health in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Broadly, I hope to use data science and interdisciplinary, community-engaged methods to understand the cumulative impact of chemical contaminants on communities and public health.

  • Lin Shi

    Lin Shi

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsLin studies approaches to evaluating, communicating, and mitigating the life cycle environmental impacts of Information and Communication Technologies products, focusing on supply chains.