Former Fellows

Peter Alagona
Beagle Environmental Fellow: 2006-2008
Ph.D. History, UCLA, 2006
Faculty Host: Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School

Peter's research focuses on the cultural and political histories of ecology and the related life, environmental, and conservation sciences.

Current Position: Asst. Professor of History & Environmental Studies, UC-Santa Barbara
Daniel Barber - danielbarber@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2010-2012
Ph.D. Architecture, Columbia University
Faculty Host: Charles Waldheim, Graduate School of Design

Daniel A. Barber is an architectural historian analyzing affinities between the history of architecture and the emergence of environmentalism in the 20th century.

Current Position: Tenure Track Professor, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Etienne Benson - esbenson@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2008-2010
Ph.D. History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society, MIT, 2008
Faculty Host: Janet Browne, History of Science

Etienne Benson is a historian of the environmental sciences with a particular interest in the field practices of late twentieth-century conservation biology.

Current Position: Research Scholar, Max Planck Institute for History of Science (Germany)
Nathan Black - nblack@fas.harvard.edu
French Environmental Fellow: 2012-2014
Ph.D. Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Faculty Host: Robert Bates, Department of Government

Nathan Black is a political scientist interested in the future relationship between climate change and violent civil conflict.

Current Position: Vice President of Solutions, Chronicle Graphics
Gil Bohrer - bohrer.17@osu.edu
French Environmental Fellow: 2007-2009
Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, 2007
Faculty Host: Paul Moorcroft, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Gil Bohrer is an atmospheric physicist who focuses on atmosphere-biosphere-hydrosphere interactions.

Current Position: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, Ohio State University
Bill Boos - wrboos@fas.harvard.edu
French Environmental Fellow: 2008-2010
Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, MIT, 2008
Faculty Host: Zhiming Kuang, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Bill Boos is an atmospheric physicist working to understand the fundamental processes responsible for variations in tropical climate over a broad range of time scales.

Current Position: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
Susan Cameron - scameron@oeb.harvard.edu
Kernan Brothers Environmental Fellow: 2008-2010
Ph.D. Ecology, University of California-Davis, 2008
Faculty Host: Scott V. Edwards, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

Susan Cameron is an ecologist and conservation biologist who studies how climate change shapes patterns of biodiversity.

Current Position: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
Rebecca Case
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2007-2009
Ph.D. Microbial Ecology, University of New South Wales (Australia), 2007
Faculty Host: Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School

Rebecca Case is a microbial ecologist studying the effects of bacterial-algal interactions on the marine sulfur cycle and on climate change more broadly.

Current Position: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Joseph Cullen - jacullen@fas.harvard.edu
Morgan Blake Environmental Fellow: 2009-2011
Ph.D. Economics, University of Arizona, 2009
Faculty Host: Ariel Pakes, Economics

Joseph Cullen is an economist who studies the interaction between government regulation, business decisions, and the environment.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Washington Univ. in St. Louis
Nicole Smith Downey
Beagle Environmental Fellow: 2006-2008
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, Cal Tech, 2006
Faculty Host: Daniel Jacob, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Nicole Smith Downey has examined the uptake of molecular hydrogen by soils and will work on an integrated model of the terrestrial biogeochemical cycle of mercury.

Current Position: Founder, Earth System Sciences, LLC
Emily V. Fischer - efischer@seas.harvard.edu
NOAA Environmental Fellow: 2011-2013
Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
Faculty Host: Daniel Jacob, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Emily V. Fischer is an atmospheric chemist interested in how air pollutants are transported around the globe and how the atmosphere’s self-cleansing capacity will respond to climate change.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
Christopher Golden - cgolden@post.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2011-2013
Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Host: Walter Willett, Samuel Myers, Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard Medical School

Chris Golden is an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in the interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health, specifically in the context of global trends in biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation.

Current Position: Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health
Garth Heutel
Kernan Brothers Environmental Fellow: 2007-2009
Ph.D. Economics, University of Texas-Austin, 2007
Faculty Host: Richard Zeckhauser, Harvard Kennedy School

Garth Heutel is an economist who studies the dynamic interactions between environmental policies and economic issues.

Current Position: Asst. Professor, Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Peter Huybers
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2006-2007
Ph.D. Climate Physics and Chemistry, MIT, 2004
Faculty Host: Eli Tziperman, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Peter Huybers is an expert in ice ages and global climate change. Peter is currently a Professor in the Harvard University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Current Position: Professor, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Valeriy Ivanov
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2006-2007
Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2006
Faculty Host: Steven Wofsy, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Valeriy Ivanov is a hydrologist interested in how climate and topography affect water, energy, and vegetation dynamics in natural landscapes. In September 2007, Valeriy joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor.

Current Position: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Rafael Jaramillo - rjaramil@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2009-2011
Ph.D. Experimental Physics, University of Chicago, 2008
Faculty Host: , School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Rafael Jaramillo is a solid state physicist who works to develop sources of energy for our economy that are sufficient, safe, and renewable.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Alex Johnson
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2006-2008
Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University, 2005
Faculty Host: , School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Alex Johnson is a physicist who will use his experimental and theoretical skills to design, build, and test a new generation of fuel cells that might be used to power portable electronics or cars.

Current Position: Scientist, SunPrint Solar
Christopher Jones - cfjones@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2009-2011
Ph.D. History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennyslvania, 2009
Faculty Host: Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School

Christopher Jones is a historian interested in the intersections between energy, technology, and the environment.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, UC-Berkeley
Jacob Krich - jkrich@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2009-2011
Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University
Faculty Host: Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Jacob Krich is a theoretical condensed matter physicist interested in the quantum mechanical properties of materials at the nanoscale, and especially on applications of these properties to clean energy science.

Current Position: Assistant Profesor, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa
Elizabeth Landis - landis@fas.harvard.edu
Henson Environmental Fellow: 2010-2012
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Faculty Host: Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Eric Mazur, Michael P. Brenner, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Beth Landis is a materials chemist who is interested in applying surface chemistry to solar energy collection and storage.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, College of the Holy Cross
Jessica LaRocca - jlarocca@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2012-2014
Ph.D. Pathobiology, Brown University
Faculty Host: Karin B. Michels, Harvard Medical School / Harvard School of Public Health

Jessica LaRocca is an environmental toxicologist interested in how exposures to endocrine disruptors during pregnancy can influence development before and after birth.

Chiara Lo Prete - chiaraloprete@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2012-2014
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Host: William Hogan, Harvard Kennedy School

Chiara Lo Prete is an energy economist who studies issues involved in the design and regulation of electricity markets.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Energy Economics, Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
Francis Ludlow - fludlow@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2011-2013
Ph.D. Statistics, Trinity College Dublin
Faculty Host: Michael McCormick, Department of History

Francis Ludlow is a historical climatologist studying the long neglected documentary record of annalistic and chronicle sources compiled in Ireland from the fifth to the seventeenth centuries AD, with respect to their rich evidence for the occurrence of historic meteorological extremes, natural hazards and their impacts upon medieval Irish society and the biosphere.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University Climate and Energy Institute
Madhava Meegaskumbura
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2007-2009
Ph.D. Biology, Boston University, 2007
Faculty Host: James Hanken, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Madhava Meegaskumbura is an evolutionary biologist focusing on understanding species extinction and how best to construct conservation strategies for endangered species in biodiversity hotspots.

Current Position: Professor, Dept. of Zoology, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
Esther Mwangi
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2007-2009
Ph.D. Public Policy, Indiana University, 2003
Faculty Host: William C. Clark , Harvard Kennedy School

Esther Mwangi, a native of Kenya, is a political scientist whose broad research interests concern the role of institutions (particularly property rights) in fostering sustainable natural resource management and improving local livelihoods.

Current Position: Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (Indonesia)
Fabien Paulot - paulot@seas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2011-2013
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Faculty Host: Daniel Jacob, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fabien Paulot is an atmospheric chemist who is interested in the interplay between the biosphere and the composition of the atmosphere.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group, Harvard University
David Romps
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2006-2008
Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University, 2005
Faculty Host: Zhiming Kuang, Earth and Planetary Sciences

David Romps is a string theorist with a deeper interest in global climate change.

Current Position: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science, UC-Berkeley
Mauricio Santillana - msantill@fas.harvard.edu
Henson Environmental Fellow: 2008-2010
Ph.D. Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of Texas-Austin, 2008
Faculty Host: Eli Tziperman, Daniel Jacob, Michael P. Brenner, Earth and Planetary Sciences; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Mauricio Santillana is an applied mathematician and physicist with a passion for getting involved in multi-disciplinary research projects aimed at understanding the impact of human activities on our environment as well as global climate change.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Mathematics, Harvard University
Eduardo A. Souza Rodrigues - souzarodrigues@fas.harvard.edu
Kernan Brothers Environmental Fellow: 2012-2013
Ph.D. Economics, Yale University
Faculty Host: Ariel Pakes, Department of Economics

Eduardo Souza Rodrigues is an economist interested in the causes of the deforestation in the Amazon and in the costs and effectiveness of policies that promote conservation.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto
Alexander Stine - zan@eps.harvard.edu
Kernan Brothers Environmental Fellow: 2010-2012
Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Science, University of California-Berkeley
Faculty Host: Peter Huybers, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Alexander (Zan) Stine is a climate scientist interested in how to separate natural climate variability from human-induced climate change in the observational record.

Current Position: Research Associate, Harvard University Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Jenny Suckale - suckale@seas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2011-2013
Ph.D. Geophysics, MIT
Faculty Host: James Rice, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Jenny Suckale is a geophysicist who studies the dynamics of multiphase flow in natural systems ranging from glacial beds to volcanic conduits.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Geophysics, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
Jin Suntivich - jsuntivich@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2012-2013
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Faculty Host: Eric Mazur, Department of Physics / School of Engineering

Jin Suntivich is a material scientist interested in understanding surface-molecule interaction from materials science's structure-property relation principles and how such understanding can lead to a rational design of novel energy conversion and storage materials.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University
Giuseppe Torri - torri@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2012-2014
Ph.D. Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London
Faculty Host: Zhiming Kuang, Daniel Jacob, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences / School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Giuseppe Torri is a theoretical physicist interested in different aspects of atmospheric convection, with particular reference to entrainment and how aerosols are removed from the atmosphere through convective precipitation.

Rich Wildman - rwildman@hsph.harvard.edu
French Environmental Fellow: 2010-2012
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Faculty Host: James Shine, Harvard School of Public Health

Rich Wildman is an environmental engineer who is interested in the movement and chemical reaction of contaminants in drinking water supplies, especially those that pass through reservoirs.

Current Position: Professor, Math and Physical Sciences Division, Quest University
Roxanne Willis
Beagle Environmental Fellow: 2006-2008
Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University
Faculty Host: Lawrence Buell, English

Roxanne Willis is a scholar of American environmental history and literature. She will use her fellowship to write a scholarly book intended to reach a broad non-scholarly audience: Alaska and the American Environmental Imagination.

Current Position: Freelance writer
Alex Wissner-Gross - alexwg@physics.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2008-2010
Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University, 2007
Faculty Host: Matt Welsh, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Alex Wissner-Gross is a condensed matter physicist whose broad research interests concern the science and technology of programmable media, with a recent focus on the intersection of computation, energy, and the environment.

Current Position: Founder and Chief Scientist, Enernetics
Hillary Young - hyoung@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2011-2013
Ph.D. Biology, Stanford University (2010)
Faculty Host: Charles Nunn, Marc Lipsitch, Human Evolutionary Biology; School of Public Health

Hillary Young is a community ecologist interested in cascading effects of wildlife decline and landuse change, particularly as they effect human health and well-being.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara
Ling Zhang - zhang46@fas.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2009-2011
Ph.D. Chinese Studies, University of Cambridge (UK), 2008
Faculty Host: Peter K. Bol, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Ling Zhang is a historian studying the environmental and economic history of medieval northern China, with particular emphasis on the environmental problems associated with natural disasters and economic decline in traditional agricultural society.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Boston College
Shengwei Zhu - szhu@hsph.harvard.edu
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2008-2010
Ph.D. Architecture, University of Tokyo, 2005
Faculty Host: John Spengler, Harvard School of Public Health

Shengwei Zhu is an environmental scientist interested in the control of thermal comfort and air quality in indoor environments, where people usually spend over 95% of their lifetime.

Current Position: Professor, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

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