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  • Sergio Sánchez López

    Sergio Sánchez López

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioSergio is an environmental justice advocate. Originally from Mexico City, he has experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors both in Mexico and the USA. He has drafted bills and policy proposals related to land management, natural resources, renewable energy, and indigenous communities. His research interests relate to how to accelerate the clean energy transition in an equitable, diverse, and inclusive way. He holds a bachelor's degree in international business from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico, a J.D. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, an LL.M in environmental law & policy from Stanford Law School, and is a former Schneider Fellow. Sergio is passionate about water sports and the beach.

  • Francisca Santana

    Francisca Santana

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsFrancisca studies how social contexts and interactions influence how individuals and communities respond to environmental change and climate risk.

  • Bianca Santos

    Bianca Santos

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioBianca Santos is a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, where she studies science and policy as it relates to the spatial management of migratory marine species and resources. Her current work focuses geographically within the Pacific Ocean, where she investigates case studies across scales, from local to international levels. Utilizing both natural and social science tools, her research applies interdisciplinary methods from the fields of marine science, ocean governance and policy, and environmental decision-making. In addition to her research, Bianca is passionate about science communication and outreach.

    Prior to Stanford, Bianca 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

    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 (he/him) is a PhD Candidate 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 energy systems.

    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 from Griffith University in Australia and a BA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where he also played varsity football.

  • Meghan Marjorie Shea

    Meghan Marjorie Shea

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioMeghan is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources, working to advance tools and methods for using environmental DNA (eDNA) to characterize marine biodiversity. Her work, at the intersection of biological oceanography and science & technology studies, seeks to center the human context of eDNA monitoring; she hopes to research both new scientific applications of eDNA as well as how stakeholders--from scientists to the general public--think about and engage with these applications.

    Beyond her research, Meghan is a campus liaison for the Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education (MARINE), co-founder of Stanford Ocean Networking And Research (SONAR), and co-organizer of the Stanford STS Graduate Workshop. She is also committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of environmental scholars. In her free time, Meghan plays steel pan and accumulates house plants.

  • Alyson Singleton

    Alyson Singleton

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioAly is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources, studying how climate instability impacts infectious disease dynamics. She uses tools in computation and network science to study the effect of anthropogenic change on underlying transmission networks in an effort to prevent widening disease disparities and to address the socio-political drivers of disease distribution.

    Prior to coming to Stanford, Aly was a Data Science Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she developed analytic tools for outbreak detection and triage of multiple pathogens and supported the CDC’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response. She also worked at the People, Place & Health Collective at the Brown University School of Public Health while earning her undergraduate (BS, Applied Mathematics) and master's degrees (MA, Biostatistics). Outside of science she loves exploring the world through backcountry travel, rollerblading, and live music events.

  • Gemma Smith

    Gemma Smith

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
    Ph.D. Minor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    BioGemma Smith researches the governance and politics of international freshwater resources. To this end, her work combines theory and methods from international relations, comparative politics, public policy, environmental governance, and civil and environmental engineering. Her dissertation research aims to contribute to improving the management of transboundary water quality and pollution issues, through better understanding of governance processes and outcomes in North American borderlands. Her methods draw on a variety of social, political, economic and environmental qualitative and quantitative data with the goal of making more robust causal connections between policy decisions and environmental outcomes.

    Prior to joining the E-IPER Ph.D program, Gemma completed her Master’s in International Policy (Environment and Energy track) at Stanford University. She previously worked in international finance in Europe and Asia, having completed her Bachelor’s in English Literature and Spanish at the University of Exeter, UK, in 2013.