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  • Garrett Albistegui Adler

    Garrett Albistegui Adler

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsGarrett is interested in better understanding connections between environmental variability (and change) and human security. In particular, he works to explore relationships between climate variability and violent conflict, and hopes to better identify some of the mechanisms that may link these phenomena.

  • Ronan Arthur

    Ronan Arthur

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    BioHow does a changing epidemic landscape impact people's perceptions of risk and their behavior? How might these changes impact disease dynamics? These questions are more complex than they seem because they involve endogenous, interacting elements in a system.

    Ronan studies the interaction between the environment, infectious disease dynamics, and human behavior change. He utilizes techniques from geography and global health in empirical work on Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia and HIV in Uganda. He also utilizes mathematical biology.and nonlinear dynamics tools to model these interacting complex systems.

  • Susannah Barsom

    Susannah Barsom

    Lecturer, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
    Associate Director, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

    BioSusannah Barsom joined the E-IPER staff in spring of 2016, and is the chief academic staff officer of E-IPER, with responsibility for overall program management. She works on program and curriculum development, student advising, and strategic planning, and collaborates with E-IPER and School colleagues to ensure effective management of the program.

    Before coming to Stanford, Sue was a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, where she served in the Sustainability Institute as Director of Academic Programs and, prior to that, in the Department of Biobehavioral Health. A biological anthropologist with degrees in anthropology from Wellesley College (BA), the University of Arizona (MA) and Penn State University (PhD), Sue has focused her research on human reproductive ecology and women’s reproductive health in North American and Venezuelan populations. More recently she has been engaged in research on sustainability education.

    Having spent her formative years in Laramie, Wyoming, Sue is glad to be back in the West after a long absence. When she's not working on E-IPER projects, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and appreciating the outdoors—bicycling, hiking, gardening, and most other activities on offer.

  • Elinor Benami

    Elinor Benami

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe question motivating my dissertation work is how can public and private governance affect social and environmental outcomes among commodity agricultural producers?

    To answer this question, I consider the cases of two high value perennial commodity crops (oil palm and coffee) in Brazil, an agricultural powerhouse whose actions and reactions can affect producer livelihoods and consumer prices throughout the world.

    First, I consider the extent to which a public governance program – centered around an agro-ecological zoning initiative – may have influenced the footprint and pathway of oil palm development in the Eastern Legal Amazon.

    Second, I evaluate the role of voluntary eco-certification in influencing behavior among medium to large scale coffee producers in Southeastern Brazil who have encountered climactic shock in the form of a multi-year drought.

    In my work, I draw upon theories, tools, and frameworks from production economics and land system science in efforts to offer insight into both the effects of these governance programs and also the processes through which they influence producer outcomes. My toolkit includes GIS and satellite imagery analysis, field interviews, and econometrics.

  • Laura Bloomfield

    Laura Bloomfield

    MD Student, expected graduation Spring 2018
    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
    MSTP Student

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsLaura studies how land-use changes facilitate interactions between people and wildlife affecting infectious disease emergence. She currently focuses on the spatial dispersion and transmission of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases along and between human and non-human primate networks.

  • Nina Brooks

    Nina Brooks

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsNina’s research interests lie at the intersection of environmental, health, and development economics and she is broadly interested in the social and environmental determinants of population health. Her dissertation looks at the health and environmental externalities of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh. Her other work is focused on reproductive health access and policies in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Israel.