In summer 2012, 22 Harvard undergraduates set out to destinations near and far as recipients of grants from the Center’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fund. The students completed independent and faculty-sponsored research on a variety of topics, including climate dynamics, ecology, and energy. Laila Kasuri ‘13 and Charles Gertler ‘13 recounted their experiences tackling environmental issues in Pakistan and China, respectively.
The Center’s annual Undergraduate Summer Research Fund provides scholarships for students to complete research across a variety of disciplines This year, the Center offered fourteen assistantships for research with Harvard faculty and nine awards for independent research to undergraduate concentrators in Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Chemistry & Physics, Environmental Science & Engineering, Environmental Science & Public Policy, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Government, Integrative Biology, Neurobiology, and Social Studies.
The research award recipients are:
- Melissa Balding ‘17, “Urban Sustainability Lessons from Innovative Street Design in Portland, Oregon”
- Ezekiel Benshirim ‘19, will research hydraulic limits to carbohydrate transport in trees with Professor Noel Michele (Missy) Holbrook
- Govind Bindra ‘18, “Low Cost Agricultural Diagnostics”
- Juliet Bramante ‘18, will research the efficiency, environmental, and fiscal implications of wind power policies with Professor Joseph Aldy
- Garrett Burk ‘18, will work with Professor Peter Rogers on the project “Water Supply Conservation and Demand Management in the Water Scarce Countries of the Middle East”
- Savannah Butler ‘17, “Isoprene Measurement and Instrument Design”
- Eamon Corbett ‘17, “Biogeography, Genetics, and Conservation of Birds in Northeastern Brazil”
- Abby Duker ‘18/19, will work with Professor Ann Forsyth on “Health and Places Initiative: Looking back on the Healthy Cities Program”
- Mayukha Karnam ‘19, will study “COP21: Gap between assessments and action” with Professor Graham Allison
- Jack Kelly ‘17, “Increasing Rates of Arctic Ice Loss and the Effect on Melting Methane Clathrates and Permafrosts around the Arctic Basin”
- Ari Korotkin ‘17, will partner with Professors Elizabeth Wolkovich and Elizabeth Forrestel to study “From Plant Traits to Winegrapes”
- Forrest Lewis ‘17, “Quantifying the Magnitude of the Kok Effect through the Growing Season for Dominant Species in a Temperate Forest”
- Ashton Macfarlane ‘17, will work with Professor William (Ned) Friedman on the project “Linking Plant Phenology and Climate Change through Development”
- Ann Opel ‘17, “The Effect of Coral Outplant Sites on Local Fish Communities”
- Adrienne Propp ‘17, will study “The CH4Sat OSSE Project: Motivating satellite observations of methane emissions from oil and gas production” with Professor Steven Wofsy
- John Rahill ‘18, will study capacitive deionization with carbon nanotubes with Professor Chad Vecitis
- Alvaro Valle ‘18, will study the performance of redox flow batteries (RFBs) with Professor Michael Aziz
- Deng-Tung Wang ‘17, “Green Children’s Hospital: Evaluating a synthesis between the green building and the hospital”
- Miles Wang ‘19, will study “Reactive Atmospheric Chemistry Investigated by the Harvard Environmental Chamber” with Professor Scot Martin
- Guozhen (Garrett) Wen ‘18, “Investigating the Discrepancy Between Empirically Predicted and PILS (Particle into Liquid Sampler) Measured Aerosol Formic Acid in the Atmosphere”
- Emma Wheeler ‘17, will partner with Professor Dustin Tingley to research “What Drives Public and Elite Opinion on Climate Change Politics?”
- Michael Wong ‘18, will work under the mentorship of Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik to design new photovoltaic materials using machine learning and high-performance computation
- Sohyun (Kate) Yoon ‘18, will work with Professor Pierre Belanger on the project “Extraction Empire: Sourcing the scales, systems, and states of Canada’s global resource empire”
The Harvard University Center for the Environment offered 13 assistantships for research with Harvard faculty and 12 awards for independent research to undergraduate concentrators in Chemistry, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Engineering Sciences, Social Studies, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Computer Science, Government, Integrative Biology, Physics, Economics, Chemistry and Physics, and East Asian Studies.
The recipients are:
- Tyler Barringer ’16, will research green buildings and cities with Professor Na Li
- Savannah Butler ’17, “Understanding the Behavior of Various Trace Gases within a Forest Canopy”
- Patrick Dowling ’16, “Analyzing Anthropogenic Methane Emission: Comparing EDGAR, CALGEM and EPA-based Inventories”
- Louise Eisenach ’16, “The Characterization and Analysis of Membranes for Applications in a Redox Flow Battery”
- Jessica Ewald ’16, “Ecological Risk Assessment of a Dilbit Spill in the Douglas Channel”
- Harold Eyster ’16, “Plant Invasion Ecology Research in Europe”
- Sabrina Ghouse ’15, “A Changing Sphere: Visual Representations in Environmental Discourse”
- Samuel Goldberg ’16, will work with Professor Jerry Mitrovica to examine tropical sea-level records to constrain ice melting histories between different continental ice sheets, including the compilation of a global sea-level database to refine Ice Age sea level models.
- Alexander Hem ’16, will work with Professor Jerry Mitrovica on “Holocene Equatorial Sea-level Highstands”
- Claudia Huang ’18, “The Development of a 3D Molecular Visualization for the Clean Energy Project Database”
- Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj ’17, will study social housing in Mexico with Professor Ann Forsyth.
- Jung Jae (Jason) Kwon ’16, will study the political and social responses to environmental problems with Professors Steven Ansolabehere and Dustin Tingley
- Matthew Luongo ’17, will work with Professor Steve Wofsy on the project, “Analysis of Eddy-Flux and Aircraft Concentration Measurements of Carbon Dioxide and Methane on the North Slope of Alaska”
- Mattea Mrkusic ’17, will begin her senior thesis work to explore ethical resettlement solutions for low-lying Pacific island nations who are anticipated to have displaced populations as a result of climate change
- Carolyn O’Connor ’18, will work with Professor Lizzie Wolkovich to study “Predicting future North-eastern landscapes: Building from traits to species and communities”
- Woojin Park ’17, will work on the project “Housing as an Effect Modifier of Air Pollution and Health Risk” under the mentorship of Professor Gary Adamkiewicz
- Dhruv Pillai ’17, will work with Professor Michael Aziz on the project, “Investigation of Redox-Active Organic Molecules in Pseudocapacitors”
- Ellen Robo ’16, “Building a model of clouds associated with the Hadley Circulation and testing their climate feedbacks”
- Evan Sandhoefner ’17, “Climate Change, Labor Productivity, and Global Poverty; Temperature Stress and Academic Performance in NYC High Schools”
- Emma Schwartz ’18, will work with Professor Chad Vecitis on “Oxidative Analysis of AFFF Precursor Compounds in Cape Cod Groundwater by GC/MS/MS”
- Claire Stolz ’16, will study growth limitation in New England forest trees with Professor Andrew Richardson
- Alvaro Valle ’18, will work on the project “Separator Development for Organic Molecule based Flow Battery” with Professor Michael Aziz
- Wendy Woodin ’17, will work with Professor Alan Aspuru-Guzik on “Development of tools to facilitate interaction with the database of the Clean Energy Project”
- Sohyun (Kate) Yoon ’18, will partner with Professor Diane Davis to study the role of political leadership in transforming urban transportation
- Reylon Yount ’16, “Exploring Optimal Economic and Legal Conditions for Green Social Enterprises in China”
HUCE awarded 11 research assistantships with Harvard faculty and eight independent research projects to undergraduate concentrators in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, History of Science, Environmental Science & Public Policy, Social Studies, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Economics, American History and Literature, and Chemistry.
The recipients are:
- Oludamilola Aladesanmi ‘15, “Environmentally-Informed Policy Approaches to the Elimination of Malaria in the American South from 1930 to 1951”
- Florence Chen ‘15, “Using Clumped Isotope Thermometry to Understand Historical Climate Change”
- Brian Chang ‘17, will work with Professor Diane Davis (Graduate School of Design) on “Transforming Urban Transport: The Role of Political Leadership (South Korea Case)”
- Michelle Chang ‘15, “BedZED: A Case Study in Sustainable ‘Eco-City’ Community Development in the UK”
- Laura Clerx ‘16, will work with Professor Missy Holbrook (Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) on “The Hydraulic Limits to Carbohydrate Transport in Trees”
- Victoria Elliott ‘16, will work with Professor John Spengler (Harvard School of Public Health) on “China Health and Places Initiative (CHPI)”
- Lydia Gaby ‘15, will work with Professor Ann Forsyth (Graduate School of Design) on “Sustainable Cities: Strengthening Urban and Housing Policy in Mexico”
- Sally Gee ‘16, will work with Professor Elizabeth Wolkovich (Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) on “Trees, Traits and the Future of North American Forests with Climate Change”
- Emily Kraemer ‘15, “Sustainable Groundwater Use in the Bahamas: Evaluating Direct Surface Aquifer Recharge”
- Rachel Moon ‘16, will work with Jonathan Losos (Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) on “The Effects of Anthropogenic Habitat Change on Territorial Behavior in the Brown Anole Lizard (Anolis sagrei)."
- Joanne Nghiem ‘15, will work with Professor Chad Vecitis (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) on “Conductive CNT-PVDF Membrane for Capacitive Biological Fouling Reduction”
- Ekta Patel ‘15, “Urban Population Vulnerabilities, Climate Variability, and Environmental Governance: Surat, India”
- Matthew Ricotta ‘15, will work with Professors Kiel Moe and Jane Hutton (Graduate School of Design) on the energy history project “Plot: Excavating Central Park and the Empire State Building”
- Ellen Robo ‘16, will work with Professor Dustin Tingley (Dept.of Government) on the project “Politicians Talking Science”
- Anna Santoleri ‘14, “Conserving America’s Youth: An Examination of Nature, Education, and Class in the Civilian Conservation Corps”
- Tyler VanValkenburg ‘16, will work with Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Dept. of Chemistry) on the project “Molecular Orbital Analysis of the Best Organic Research Solar Cells”
- Deng-Tung Wang ‘17, will work with Professor Daniel Jacob (SEAS, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences) on the project “Modeling Surface Ozone Measurements from Meteorological Factors”
- Sophia Watkins ‘15, “Deconstructing the Role of Finance in the Deforestation of the Amazon: An Analysis of the Brazilian Beef Sector”
- Canyon Woodward ‘15, “We Must, Therefore We Can: Student Divestment Movements at Harvard”
The Harvard University Center for the Environment offered nine research assistantships and 12 research awards to undergraduate concentrators in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science & Public Policy, Social Studies, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Anthropology, Slavic Languages, Environmental Health, Physics, Neurobiology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Applied Mathematics.
The research award recipients were:
- Iananna Carter ‘14, “Insect Herbivore Community of Hawaiian Lobeliads”
- Jung (Daniel) Dong ‘16, “Economic and Environmental Incentives and Capacity of Solar Infrastructures and Investments in China”
- Claire Flintoff ‘15, “Salting the Earth: A Documentary Film on the Impact of the Aral Sea disaster on Kazakh Farmers”
- Marissa Grenon ‘14, “Designing the Urban Public Realm to Promote Social and Psychological Wealth: An Examination of Three Thriving Regions”
- Jose Rodrigo Leal ‘16, will work with Professor James Anderson (Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology) on “Multi-Regional Scale Aircraft Observations of CH4/CO2 Isotopic Fluxes in the Arctic.”
- Won (Ryan) Ik Lee ‘14, will work with Professor Eli Tziperman (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) on “Deep Ocean Stratification: Observational Fit and Theoretical Exploration of Possible Models.”
- Emma Lucken ‘14, “Lessons from Copenhagen and Muenster, Germany for Boston’s Bike System”
- Hannah Morrill ‘14, “Needs Assessment of Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Bangladesh”
- Megan Murdock ‘14, “Biofuel Collection Analysis at Makerere University Biological Field Station at Kibale National Park (Uganda)”
- Li Eleanor Murphy ‘15, will work with Professor Chensheng (Alex) Lu (Harvard School of Public Health) on
- “Honeybee Health and the Eco-politics of CCD.”
- Ekta Jayantilal Patel ‘15, will work with Professor Chad Vecitis (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
- on “Water Treatment Technologies: Electrochemical Filtration.”
- Jun Shepard ‘14, will work with Professor Michael McElroy (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) on “The Use of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells as a Primary Energy Source in the United States.”
- Joseph Wall ‘14, “Public Markets, Supermarkets, and Local Agriculture in Rural Mexico”
- Kate Wetstone ‘15, will work with Professor Chad Vecitis (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) on “Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies.”
- Kristen Wraith ‘14, “The Peruvian GMO Ban: The Importance of the Ayllu as an Ecological System for Change”
- Didi Xie ‘14, will work with Professor Michael McElroy (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) on “Reducing Chinese CO2 Emissions Through Effective Use of Wind.”
- Howard Zhang ‘15, will work with Professor Joseph Aldy (Harvard Kennedy School) on “The Economic Returns to Investment in Clean Energy.”
The Harvard University Center for the Environment offered 14 research assistantships and eight research awards to undergraduate concentrators in Computer Science, Earth & Planetary Sciences, History of Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science & Public Policy, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Sciences, Physics, and Economics.
The research award recipients were:
- Jasmine Casart '13, "Native Hawaiian and European Agricultural Approaches in the Late 18th and Early 19th Century in Hawaii"
- Aidan Daly '13, "Applying quantum computation and advanced genetic algorithm techniques to screening potential high-effiiciency photovoltaic polymers"
- Charles Gertler '13, "Potential for Solar-Generated Electricity in China"
- Laila Kasuri '13, "Hydrological Modeling for Flood Management"
- Courtland Kelly '13, "Climate Change in Concord, MA"
- Alexander Kim '13, "From the Gulf of Guinea to the Bridge of the World: Transoceanic dispersal and human-mediated invasion in two pantropical genera of freshwater prawns"
- Amy Lorber '15, "Scarce Energy Metals"
- Min Lee '14, "Modeling How Forests Respond to Climate Change"
- Samita Mohanasundaram '13, "Effect of Agricultural Pesticides (mancozeb and pirimicarb) on Hematopoietic stem cells"
- Sarah Moon '15, "Politics Surrounding the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)"
- Ariana Saxby '13, "Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies"
- Laszio Seress '14, "Harvard Clean Energy Project: Towards designing efficient organic solar cells using computational chemistry"
- Joseph Shaeffer '15, "Developing Fuel Cell Catalysts"
- Upasna Sharma '15, "Testing Climate Models by Comparing behaviour of El Niño in Global Warming and Pre-Industrial Scenario Using Feedback Mechanisms"
- Kendall Sherman '15, "Storm Contamination of the Kensico Reservoir of the NYC Water Supply"
- Ian Shields '13, "The Role of Behavior in Adaptation to Climate"
- Richard Stanley '12, "Effects of Habitat Disturbance on a Cloud Forest Bird Community"
- Tanner Strickland '14, "Interactions between Tropical Lizard Species"
- Francis Thumpasery '13, "The Role of Fertilizer Subsidies on Indian Agricultural Choices"
- Nick Waldo '13, "Advanced Water Treatment Technology"
- Luchen Wang '12, "Climate Change Policy"
- Allison Welton '15, "Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment"
The Harvard University Center for the Environment offered ten research assistantships and eight research awards to undergraduate concentrators in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Social Studies.
The research award recipients were:
- Chris Anderson '12, "Characterization of the Interactions between Basidiomycete Mushrooms and Dipteran and Coleopteran Insects in High-altitude, Montane Environments"
- Julia Carvalho '14, "Development of Composite Membranes for Water/Wastewater Treatment"
- Aidan C. Daly '13, "Creating Statistical Tools for Screening and Designing Potential High-Efficiency Organic Photovoltaic Polymers"
- Sarah Farrell '13, "Nanotechnology in Water Treatment"
- Ainsley Faux '13, "Microbial Approach to the Extraction and Recovery of Tellurium"
- Molly Griffin '12, "Researching the Genes of A.ferrooxidans for Carbon Sequestration and as a possible Biofuel Source"
- Ryan Heffrin '13, "China Water Project"
- Alexander Kim '13, "A Phylogenetic Survey of Panamanian Freshwater Prawns: Invasion at the Crossroads of the Two Americas"
- Patricia Levi '12, "Measuring Greenhouse Gases and Pollutants in the Urban Dome
- Ling Lin '12, "Environmental Management to Minimize Risk of Natural Disaster in Brazil"
- Hannah Lyons-Galante '12, "Thesis Research on Abundance of Invasive Plant Species on Tropical Land Uses"
- Caroline McHugh '12, "Thesis Research: Changes in Human Valuation and Perceptions of their Land Throughout Time"
- Matthew Mulroy '12, "Urban Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Measurements in Southern California"
- Jordan D. Peart '12, "Comparative Analyses of Emerging Infectious Diseases"
- Hanny E. Rivera '12, "Effects of Micro-Grazing Invertebrates on the Larval Recruitment and Success of a Brooding Coral"
- Adeline Rolnick '12, "Attitudes towards Agricultural Technology in Contemporary India: The Case of Bt Brinjal"
- Paul VanMiddlesworth '13, "Character Displacement in Anolis carolinensis"
- Isabella Wchsler '13, "A Case Study at EPA: Why Recent Graduates Don't Take Jobs in Science-based Federal Agencies and What to do About It"
The Harvard University Center for the Environment offered six research assistantships and nine research awards to undergraduate concentrators in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Social Studies.
The research award recipients were:
- Grace Charles '11, "Interactive Effects of Large-mammal Extinction and Climate Change: Experimental Approaches"
- Andrew Chen '11, "Invasive Species Ecology of M. laetum"
- Hannah Horowitz '11, "Atmospheric Mercury Data Analysis: Seasonal Cycle, Biosphere Interactions, and Model Evaluation"
- Jennifer Levye '11, "Water Usage in Arecaceae along a Successional Gradient"
- Molly Strauss '11, "Participation and Non-Participation in Climate-Change Collective Action"
- Max Brondfield '11, "Urban Metabolism: Quantifying Methane Sources for the Boston Metropolitan Area"
- Marianna Linz '11, "Flourescence of Model Organic Aerosol"
- Lillian Margolin '11, "ESPP Thesis Research"
- Parijat Samant '13, "The Reception and Portrayal of Cap-and-Trade in the Media"
- John Mussman '12, to assist Christoph Reinhart (Graduate School of Design) with "Predicting Occupant Alertness Levels in Daylit Buildings."
- Torin O'Brien '12, to assist Paul Hoffman (Earth & Planetary Sciences) with a Research Assistantship on Earth History in Namibia.
- Mark Piana '11, to assist Eli Tziperman (Earth & Planetary Sciences) with "Ecocene's Warm Climate Research and Outreach."
- Richard Stanley '12, to assist Jonathan Losos (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) with "Invasive Species Biology."
- Paul VanMiddlesworth '13, to assist Richard Forman (Graduate School of Design) with "Landscape Ecology."
- Douwe Yntema '11, to assist Joyce Chaplin (History).
The Harvard University Center for the Environment made nine research awards and 13 summer research positions with 9 faculty in May 2009 to undergraduate concentrators in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Physics, and Social Studies.
The research award recipients were:
- Max Brondfield '11, "Statistical Analysis of North American Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions"
- Rupak Chakraborty '10, to assist Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) with "Renewable Energy Materials Research."
- Laura Dale '10, to assist Peter Rogers (SEAS) on "Sustainable Cities: New Approaches to Water Management."
- Lee Dietterich '10, to assist Noel Michele Holbrook (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) with "Calcium Deficiency and Whole Plant Water Relations in Sugar Maple Marsh."
- Liya Eijvertinya '09, "Motivations for Participating in the Voluntary Carbon Market"
- Aryeh Gold-Parker '12, to assist Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) with "Renewable Energy Materials Research."
- Daniel Koll '10, "Atmospheres of Equable Climates"
- Erica Lin '10, to assist Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) with "Renewable Energy Materials Research."
- Hannah Lyons-Galante '12, to assist Jonathan Losos (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) with "Field Research on Lizard Biology in Florida."
- Rachel Mak '10, "Examining the Scientific and Legislative Potential to Increase Renewable Energy Use in the U.S."
- Lilli Margolin '11, to assist Ariel Pakes (Economics) on the "Wind Power Project."
- Karen McKinnon '10, "Assessing Climate Sensitivity through Frequency Analysis"
- Ben Miller '10, to assist Daniel Jacob (SEAS, EPS) with "Environmental Modeling (Bromine Radicals)."
- Mark Piana '11, to assist Peter Rogers (SEAS) on "Sustainable Cities: New Approaches to Water Management."
- Caitlin Rotman '10, "Influence of Glacial History on the Development of Boston: A Photographic Exploration"
- Jennie Peterson '10, "Drought Policy Hawai'i"
- Nivedita Sarnath '12, to assist Daniel Jacob (SEAS) with "Environmental Modeling."
- Kathryn Sierks '12, to assist Daniel Schrag (EPS, SEAS) with study of the limitations on methane production and release from terrestrial wetlands.
- Cassandra Snow '10, "The Future of Holistic Resource Management in the U.S."
- Tim Treuer '10, "Land Use Impacts on Tropical Insect Biodiversity"
- Katharine Walter '10, to assist Susan Cameron and Scott Edwards (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) with "Modeling Climate Change Impacts on North American Birds."
- Daniel Werb '10, to assist John Spengler (HSPH) with preparing written and visual material concerning environmental case studies.
The Harvard University Center for the Environment made 16 research awards in the late spring of 2008 to undergraduate concentrators in Biology (5), Environmental Science and Public Policy (9), joint concentration EPS/ESPP (1), and joint concentration Romance Languages and Literatures/Biology (1).
The research award recipients were:
- Christine Barron '09, "Asian Air Quality and Its Effects on Human Health"
- Megan Bartlett '09, "The Effects of Climate on the Evolution of High Biodiversity in the Tropics"
- Heather Carmichael '09, "Urban Poverty and Environmental Risk Factors for Health in Accra, Ghana"
- Adam Clark '11, "Study of Ants as an Indicator of Human Impact on Local Ecology"
- Spring Greeney '09, "Institutional Ecology and Exploring Sustainable Consumption: Possibilities and Cultural Barriers"
- Josephine Henderson-Frost '09, "Analysis of Correlation of Enterotoxigenic E. coli from Environmental Samples and Patients in Dhaka, Bangladesh"
- Daniel Jacobson '11, "Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling"
- Daniel L. Jones '09, "The Charles River Plankton Composition"
- William Jones '09, "Charles River Aquatic Community Structure: Biotic Interactions between Fish and Zooplankton"
- Robert Kirkham '10, "The Effects of Interspecific Competition on Nestling Survival Rates"
- David W. McCahill '09, "Research/Analysis of the Austrian Environmental Sustainability Transformation, 1955-Present"
- Francisco Perese '09, "Mobilizing Savings to Mitigate Houshold Vulnerability to Natural Disaster"
- Alison Ravenscraft '09, "Evaluation of the Acoustic Niche Hypothesis: A Quantitative Analysis and Comparison of Sound Spectrum Partitioning in Tropical and Temperate Communities"
- Katherine Sancken '09, "Pesticide Exposure and Health Hazards in Latin American Workers"
- Julie T. Shapiro '10, "Labor Rights in the Brazilian Fuel Industry"
- Elizabeth Shope '09, "Implementing Environmental Education in Montessori Schools for Nursery through 3rd Grade"
- Nora A. Sluzas '09, "GIS Modeling of China's Wind Energy Potential"
The Harvard University Center for the Environment made 11 research awards in the late spring of 2007 to undergraduate concentrators in Biology (1), Earth and Planetary Sciences (2), Environmental Engineering (1), Environmental Science and Public Policy (5), Social Studies (1), and Undecided (1).
The research award recipients were:
- Rachel Banay '08, a Social Studies concentrator will study “Applications of Environmental Ethics to Environmental Justice”
- Simi Bhat '08, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator will study “Environmental Identity in Internally Displaced Peoples of Kashmir Origin”
- Cara E. Ferrentino '08, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator will conduct “Research on Bioenergy Policy with Global Bioenergy Partnership, UN Food and Agricultural Organization”
- Andrew L. Fleeter '09, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator will conduct “Research on Industry Best Practices Regarding Climate Changes with the Climate Group's Business Leadership Program”
- Alicia G. Harley '08, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator will study “Critical Analysis of Egyptian Policy Addressing Environmental Impacts of Urbanization in Cairo”
- Amy P. Heinzerling '08, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator will study “Covering the Costs of Hardrock Mining Cleanup: Bonding Policy in the Western U.S.”
- Stephanie Madden '08, a Biology concentrator will research “The Carabid Beetles of the Boston Harbor Islands: Effects of Geography on Diversity”
- Julie Shapiro '08, will study “Effects of Ecotourism on Macaw Behavior at Clay Licks”
- Jeremy Tchou '08, an EPS & Economics concentrator will study “Consequences of Regulatory and Environmental Conditions in Offshore Wind Farm Developments”
- Jonathon F. Wofsy '08, an Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator will study “Using Mid-Latitude Convection to Explain High Latitude Warmth of the Ecocene”
- Jessica M. Yeager '08, an Environmental Engineering concentrator will research “Engineering Environmental Metrics for Brazilian Sugar Cane Based Ethanol”
The Harvard University Center for the Environment made 15 research awards in the late spring of 2006 to undergraduate concentrators in Computer Science (1), Earth and Planetary Sciences (3), Environmental Science and Public Policy (10), and Environmental Engineering and Sciences, S.B.(1).
The research award recipients were:
- Patrick Francis Baur '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will conduct field research on the interaction between indigenous Mapuche communities and Chile's National Forest Corporation.
- Clara Blattler '08, an Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator, will examine magnesium isotopes as an implication of changing chemical composition of seawater in the Laboratory for Geochemical Oceanography at Harvard.
- Laura K. Chappell-Campbell '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will study recent air quality legislation in North Carolina and the social and political forces influencing its passage, with a particular focus on the 2002 Clean Smokestacks Act.
- Jennifer Chung '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will examine environmental contributors to health heterogeneity across geographic regions in Boston, focusing mainly on the incidence of chronic disease such as asthma, obesity and diabetes within the studied regions.
- Henry M. Cowles '08, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will conduct a comprehensive study of selected writings of Charles Darwin and Andrew Wallace, in search of different patterns of observation that might shed light on the fame disparity between the two today.
- Julia K. Forgie '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will study the DDT/DDE and PCB contamination of the Channel Islands and its effects on eagles, falcons and brown pelicans and analyze current policy of the restoration program for the area.
- Rachel E.E. Garwin '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will conduct a case study in the process and effects of dam removal at the Edwards Dam in Augusta, Maine.
- Jaclyn Anne Hatala '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will model the spread of Canada Thistle in Yellowstone National Park using remote sensing data and ground observations.
- Samuel D.G. Jacoby '08, a Computer Science concentrator, will examine better water management through technology, focusing on improving irrigation efficiency through real-time assimilation of remote-sensed data. His research will be conducted on the Calleguas Creek watershed in Ventura County, California.
- Anjali Lohani '08, an Environmental Engineering and Sciences, S.B. concentrator, will identify indices of sustainability for the economic and environmental systems of nine cities, including Washington, DC, New Delhi, Beijing, New York, Mumbai, Shanghai, Phoenix, Hyderabad and Chengdu.
- Scot M. Miller '07, an Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator, will model regional and continental scale emissions of carbon monoxide from both anthropogenic and biomass burning sources using tall radio tower and aircraft atmospheric measurements in combination with the Stochastic Time Inverted Lagrangian Transport Model (STILT).
- Naabia Ofosu-Amaah '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will examine the potential of ecotourism as a sustainable development tool by studying ecotourism from Harvard and in Ghana and contributing to the planning of the new ecotourism project in Mozambique.
- Frederick A.W.L. Reppun '07, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will study environmental education in Chengdu, China.
- Kevin Wecht '07, and Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator, will research the energetics of indirect coal-to-liquid transformation through the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process and constrain current estimates of the "carton cost" of burning F-T derived liquid fuels.
- Michael T. Wilson '08, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will examine the challenges confronting the development of the Athabasca Oil Sands in Northern Alberta, Canada.
The Harvard University Center for the Environment made 14 research awards in the late spring of 2005 to undergraduate concentrators in Biochemistry (1), Biology (1), Earth and Planetary Sciences (2), Environmental Science and Public Policy (5), History and Science (1), Social Studies (3), and a joint concentrator from Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science and Public Policy.
The research award recipients were:
- John Keith Ames '06, a Social Studies concentrator, will determine the viability of significant incentives for increased environmental regulation of energy markets; with the intent of encouraging the emergence of cleaner, renewable forms of energy.
- Brandon Geller '08, a Biochemistry concentrator, will travel to the Dominican Republic to study the Scolytid Bark Beetle, to see if it exhibits an unusual mating habit first documented by B.H. Jordal where a female is able to asexually produce haploid sons and mate with them in the absence of other males.
- Macdonald Brooke Halsey '06, a Biology concentrator, will work with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center to study population dynamics of coyotes in the park by collecting data on den sites and comparing to data since the 1995 reintroduction of the coyote.
- Pien Huang '06, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will assess the composition of an anthropogenically altered plot of secondary forest in Singapore's Bukit Timah National Reserve, specifically its "hyperdynamism," in which trees exhibit accelerated growth, recruitment, and mortality.
- Yi-Chen Stacy Huang '06, an Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator, will use GIS software to track and model the global emissions of isoprene, a volatile organic compound that because of its relatively short lifetime, has previously been difficult to track in a precise manner.
- Savanna Lyons '06, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will travel to Brazil to study the ideological dynamics of the grassroots socialist group Movimento Sem Terra, seeking to understand how the group's ideology affects its choices in sustainable agricultural technology.
- Amanda Martin '06, a History and Science concentrator, will examine how irrigation technology and water rights legislation for the Rio Grande has affected people's conception of themselves in relation to nature and the river.
- Summer Montacute '06, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will investigate the failure of protective policy on Chile's endangered alerce tree, and the resulting black market exports from Chile to the United States.
- Frances Moore '06, an Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator, will analyze a sequence of several hundred samples of carbonate rocks from Italy, modeling the changes in the oxygen isotopes, which can show changes in the redox state of the ocean as well as changing sulfate input fluxes to the ocean.
- Whitney Satin '06, a Social Studies concentrator, will study how environmental policy and the perceptions of the health consequences of pollution affect the voting behavior of cancer patients in the industrial area of South Louisiana informally known as "Cancer Alley."
- Michelle Sonia '06, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will investigate the degree to which environmental issues are part of the discourse surrounding the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
- Elizabeth Sturges '06, a joint concentrator in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science and Public Policy, will examine spatial and temporal trends in atmospheric mercury, correlations with other chemicals, and comparison among sites around the world.
- Laurence Tai '06, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will conduct a critical analysis of the technical, economic, and political obstacles hindering the widespread introduction of sustainable electricity in the United States.
- Charles Worthington '06, a Social Studies concentrator, will construct a model for predicting industrial "over-compliance" with environmental regulations in international climate change agreements.
The HUCE made eight summer research awards to students in the late spring of 2004 to concentrators from Biology (2), Environmental Engineering (1), Environmental Science and Public Policy (4), and a joint concentrator from Environmental Science and Public Policy and Latin American Studies. The research award recipients were:
- Leah J. Aylward '05, an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator, will research the role of agricultural institutions of higher education (specifically the EARTH University model in Costa Rica) in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges of sustainable development.
- Daniel Curran '05, an Environmental Engineering concentrator, will examine the effects of sunlight on the decay of coarse woody debris in a northern temperate forest, focusing on the implications of this decay towards the global carbon budget.
- Arin C. Hotz '05, will examine the process by which biotechnology has been introduced into South Africa and the effects that it has had on society since its acceptance.
- Zachary Liscow '05, will study the political mechanisms through which a developing countries' increased willingness to pay for environmental amenities translates into environmental protection.
- Matthew Moon '05, will conduct a critical analysis of the political, economic, and environmental factors of regulating and developing the Arctic Ocean as a commercial shipping route through a potential international regime.
- Andrew Ng '05, will investigate how bacterial symbionts are transmitted within a population of hydrothermal vent mussels, giving insight into the cooperation and survival of life under harsh and toxic conditions.
- Michal Joey Pakes '05, will examine the soft coral, Plexaura flexuosa , determining the fertilization rates, settlement rates, and reproductive cycle of gorgians at the edge of their distributional range.
- Senovio Shish '05, will carry out a comparative study of governmental and non-governmental drinking water programs in El Salvador and how they are influenced by international organizations.
The HUCE made nine summer research awards to students in the late spring of 2003 to concentrators from Biology (2), Chemistry and Physics (1), Environmental Science and Public Policy (4), Environmental Studies (1), and Social Studies (1). The research award recipients were:
- Iris Ahronowitz '03, a Social Studies concentrator, will be conducting a comparative study of two Massachusetts nonprofit organizations working on urban agriculture to understand how this form of community development operates.
- Adeline Boatin '04, an Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) concentrator, will travel to Africa to investigate the changes to farming practices and environmental management in Rwanda as a consequence of the 1994 genocide.
- Herng-Yu Chang '04, an ESPP concentrator, will study a model youth leadership and involvement program in Roxbury with respect to urban asthma issues and its efficacy in reducing indoor air pollution.
- Caitlin Frame '04, a Biology concentrator, will be determining the kinetic isotopic effect of Form IA RubisCO from two types of cyanobacteria: IA RubisCO is important as a source of carbon fixation in oceans and this study has implications for greenhouse gas predictions.
- Mervyn Han '03, an ESPP concentrator, will study the political dynamics of an American Indian community in Northern Canada with respect to sovereignty, and environmental concerns and alliances.
- Zachary Liscow '05, an ESPP concentrator, will evaluate how the impact of a selective harvest on the aboveground carbon storage pools in a northern temperate forest changes with time, with broader implications for U.S. carbon budgets.
- Shanshan Mou '04, a Biology concentrator, will study a distinctive form of RubrisCO in a vesicomyid-chemoautotroph (clam and bacteria) symbiosis, to gain greater understanding of this special symbiosis and stable carbon isotope data in general.
- Gregory Santoni '04, a Chemistry and Physics concentrator, will study landscape-level forest demography in the Brazilian Amazon Basin.
- Katherine Widland '04, an Environmental Studies special concentrator, will examine the incentive programs that the federal government has created to encourage the privatization of endangered species work, as well as those private individuals who become involved without public aid.
The HUCE made 12 summer research awards to students in the late spring of 2002 to concentrators from Environmental Science and Public Policy (9), Earth and Planetary Sciences (1), Comparative Religion (1), and History and Literature (1).
- Sheila Baynes '03, a History and Literature concentrator, examined the current controversy over Lake Powell from a historical context.
- Ting Chen '03, an Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator, characterized East Asian pollution sources.
- Sarah Cove '03, an Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) concentrator, investigated how climate change affects high-altitude montane regions.
- Elizabeth Hagan '02, a Comparative Religion concentrator, surveyed the relationship of the sacred nature of landscape to native peoples of the Northern Yukon and Northeastern Alaska.
- Kristin Hoelting '03, an ESPP concentrator, compared the use of forestland by two groups of native Eskimos.
- John Hsu '03, an ESPP concentrator, compared tree ring composition to elucidate past climates.
- Wendy Liu '03, an ESPP concentrator, measured the effects of forest management on a New England forest carbon budget.
- Meghan Scheding '03, an ESPP concentrator, examined sustainable development practices and eco-tourism projects in a park in Costa Rica.
- Sarah Szurpicki '03, an ESPP concentrator, compared public participation strategies in environmental planning processes in New England and Great Britain.
- Morgan Tingley '03, an ESPP concentrator, investigated the social and environmental impacts of urban sprawl.
- Emma Wendt '03, an ESPP concentrator, conducted an environmental assessment of green initiatives at a ski resort in Vermont.
- Ethan Yeh '03, and ESPP concentrator, analyzed the health problems related to indoor air pollution generated by biomass fuels in developing countries.