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May 25, 2017

Introducing the 2017-19 Environmental Fellows


The Harvard University Center for the Environment extends a warm welcome to the newest class of Environmental Fellows: Kelvin Bates, Michael Ford, Anthony Medrano, Rebecca Musgrave, and Jisung Park. These fellows will join a group of remarkable scholars who will be beginning the second year of their fellowships. Together, the Environmental Fellows at Harvard will form a community of researchers with diverse backgrounds united by intellectual curiosity, top-quality scholarship, and a drive to understand some of the most important environmental challenges facing society. 

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Kelvin Bates 

Kelvin Bates is an atmospheric chemist who investigates the interactions between biogenic and anthropogenic emissions and their contributions to smog formation.

Kelvin earned his B.S. in chemistry and economics from Davidson College in 2012 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech in 2017. During his graduate work, Kelvin used a combination of laboratory experiments, chemical transport modeling, and field measurements to study the gas-phase oxidation mechanisms of isoprene, a volatile hydrocarbon emitted by plants, and the ways in which isoprene can influence trace gas budgets, ozone formation, and organic aerosol production in the atmosphere.

As an Environmental Fellow, Kelvin will continue this work with Professor Daniel Jacob of the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to incorporate a detailed mechanism of isoprene oxidation into GEOS-Chem, a global chemical transport model. Comparisons with ongoing field measurements will enable him to examine isoprene’s effects on oxidant cycling on a global scale and provide insights into how isoprene oxidation affects our climate. Kelvin will also collaborate with Professor Frank Keutsch (also of the Paulson School) to perform targeted experiments on the oxidation products of biogenic trace gases.


Michael Ford

Michael Ford is an engineering and public policy scholar who examines the challenges and opportunities for nuclear energy in contributing to a low-carbon energy future.

Mike earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. Prior to his doctoral studies, Mike completed a distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he served as commanding officer of a cruiser and a destroyer, and held sub-specialties in nuclear engineering, finance, and operations analysis. He is a past Fellow in the MIT Center for International Studies Seminar XXI program. In his research at CMU, Mike examined the potential for nuclear energy to play a role in decarbonizing the energy sector.  He explored the history of advanced reactor research and development in the U.S., the potential for broader nuclear development worldwide, and also studied issues surrounding novel nuclear deployment options such as floating nuclear power plants.

As an Environmental Fellow, Mike will work with Dan Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and HUCE Director, on challenges and opportunities for nuclear energy. Mike will examine the technological limitations, market constraints, and regulatory/policy structures that impact the potential of nuclear fission to play a significant role in a future low-carbon energy mix.


Anthony Medrano

Anthony Medrano is a historian of the Asian marine environment who studies the interplay between people and fish, science and society, and technology and nature.

Anthony earned a B.A. in political science from Humboldt State University, an M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also studied at the University of Indonesia and the National University of Malaysia, and held visiting fellowships at the University of Malaysia-Sabah and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies. Based on two years of fieldwork in Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, Anthony’s dissertation explains why fish and the people who studied them were central to the emergence of modern Asia. He combines archival material with ethnographic research to show how science and industry opened the Southeast Asian shelf, thereby producing a protein boom that fed and fueled the rise of urban society, plantation agriculture, and imperial expansion in the interwar period.

As an Environmental Fellow, Anthony will work with Sunil Amrith from the Department of History. He plans to revise his dissertation for publication and commence a second project on the edible ocean in the age of climate change. Looking specifically at how Southeast Asian publics adapted their food cultures to shifting supplies of ocean produce, Anthony hopes to historicize local understandings of and responses to marine environmental change in the long twentieth century.


Rebecca Musgrave

Rebecca Musgrave is a chemist and materials scientist interested in the synthesis of highly magnetic metal-containing polymers.

Rebecca received her undergraduate M. Chem degree from the University of Oxford (UK), and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Bristol (UK). Her doctoral thesis was based on the synthesis of polymeric materials and related nanomaterials, which combine the functionality of metal centers (i.e., electronic and magnetic properties) with the processing advantages of conventional polymers, for use in a variety of biological and physical applications.

As an Environmental Fellow, Rebecca will work with Ted Betley from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She will research novel materials derived from the linking of highly magnetic and redox-active metal clusters into a number of dimensional arrays. The applications of these materials will be investigated, focusing specifically on the areas of energy storage, magnetic memory technology, electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide, and the energy-efficient separation of gases. Rebecca’s work will be supported by a Marie Curie Fellowship from the E.U.


Jisung Park

Jisung Park is an economist studying how climate change impacts economic productivity and human health.

Jisung earned a B.A. in economics and political science from Columbia University, M.Sc. degrees in development economics and environmental policy from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. Jisung’s doctoral work in environmental economics examined the economics effects of climate change from a variety of perspectives: from how heat affects student test scores to how daily heat shocks affect local labor productivity. Jisung received a Climate Change Solutions Fund grant to support his research while he was a graduate student at Harvard.

As an Environmental Fellow, Jisung will work with faculty in the Department of Economics and the Chan School of Public Health to explore the potential for long-run climate adaptation and the possible mechanisms through which such adaptation is likely to occur, namely: structural investments (e.g., air conditioning); physiology and personal behavior; and new cultural norms in the workplace.

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