YIBS Graduate Student Support

 
YIBS provides support for graduate students in the departments of Anthropology, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and in the Yale School of the Environment, to students whose study and research focus on environmental issues. Disbursement of these funds is administered internally within these departments.
 
View our recent graduate students below. For additional funding opportunity for Yale students, please visit the YIBS Small Grants Program page.
 

2019-2020 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Anthropology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Emily Briggs

Pre-dissertation pilot research on primates as seed dispersing agents in subtropical forests of the province of Formosa, Argentina

Eduardo Fernandez-Duque/ Oswald Schmitz
Carlye Chaney

Pre-dissertation pilot research on environmental impacts on infant development in populations in transition in northern Argentina

Claudia Valeggia
Katherine Daiy Pre-dissertation pilot research on reproductive and nutritional ecology in an indigenous community in northern Argentina

Claudia Valeggia

Victoria Harries

Pre-dissertation pilot research on breastfeeding patterns and nutritional status in Samoa

Richard Bribiescas

Katherine Meier

Pre-dissertation pilot research on the impacts of ape-human interactions on ape behavior and health

David Watts

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Adam Andis The Limits of Evolutionary Rescue: Physiological trade-offs of rapid adaptation to environmental change David Skelly
Christopher Beltz The effects of changing resource availability on carbon cycling in western drylands

Indy Burke/ William Lauenroth

Samara Brock  Contesting the Future of Food: Expertise, Knowledge Production, and the Fight for the Future of the Global Food System Justin Farrell
Scott Carpenter Interactions of Press and Pulse Disturbance: Consequences of Grazing Intensity and Fire for Sagebrush Communities William Lauenroth
TC Chakraborty  Creating a Global Dataset of urban heat and air pollution/Bias-Correcting Global Surface Radiation Datasets Using Machine Learning Xuhui Lee
Wade Davis Deregulation, Technological Innovation, and Heterogenous Contract Preferences: Retail Choice in Electricity Marktes with Smart Metering Kenneth Gillingham
Kristy Ferraro Quantifying nutrient input from caribou calving sites Mark Bradford/ Oswald Schmitz
Manon Lefevre Birth Control as Environmental Priority: Interrogating the Politics of Conservation and Family Planning in Madagascar Michael Dove
Katie McConnell How do changing environmental conditions affect migration patters in the Western United States, with a special focus on communities at risk for sea level rise and forest fire impacts. Justin Farrell
Kaggie Orrick Social-ecological landscape: Incorporating human behaviour and attitudes towards wildlife into landscape modelling between the Makgadikgadi National Park and Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana Oswald Schmitz
Mario Soriano Facets of vulnerability, risk, and uncertainty in the subsurface environment: Investigating the impacts of unconventional oil and gas development on groundwater resources  James Saiers

 

2018-2019 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Anthropology

Student Research Topic Advisor

Alex Bertacchi

Pre-dissertation pilot isotope analysis of ungulate teeth from the late Pleistocene in field site in Malawi

Jessica Thompson

Emily Briggs

Pre-dissertation research to collect baseline data on resource distribution and habitat heterogeneity in owl monkeys and howler monkeys territories in the province of Formosa, Argentina.

Eduardo Fernandez-Duque

Carlye Chaney

Pre-dissertation pilot study on perceptions of the water quality and local landfill usage in the periurban indigenous village Namqom, northern Argentina

Claudia Valeggia

Chloe Chen-Kraus

Dissertation research on the impact of human activities on an endangered lemur and prospects for human-lemur coexistence.

David Watts/ Allison Richards

Elaine Guevara

Genomics of primate longevity

David Watts

Jane Widness

Pre-dissertation pilot research on the establishment and maintenance of territory boundaries between chimpanzee communities. 

David Watts

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
Riley Coulthard Electrochemical deposition and transport of rare earth elements in aqueous and ionic liquid streams Desiree Plata
Ryan DuChanois Selective Transport in Polymeric Membranes Using Host-Guest Chemistry Melachem Elimelech
Camrynn Fausey Multifunctional Nanocomposite-Fibers for Water Treatment Applications Melachem Elimelech/ Julie Zimmerman
Michael Giannetto The Roles of Alkynes in Improving the Control and Sustainability of Carbon Nanotube Synthesis  Desiree Plata
Brenna Hodges Exploring Single-Atom Catalysts for Applications to Water Decontamination Jaehong Kim
Nina Jankovic  Fundamental Chemistry of Graphene CVD Growth: Material Design at Atomic Resolution Desiree Plata
Mary Kate Lane Investigations at the supercritical fluid - nanomaterial nexus:  green solvent synthesis for composition, size, shape, and surface controlled nanomaterials Julie Zimmerman 
Cassandra Porter Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization for Selective Membrane Layers Menachem Elimelech/Mingjiang Zhong
Cody Ritt Elucidating the Mechanisms of Water and Solute Transport Under Nanoconfinement Menachem Elimelech
Julianne Rolf Elucidating Antiscalant Mechanisms for Mitigation of Gypsum Scaling Menachem Elimelech

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Alejandro Damian-Serrano

The Organismal and Ecological Determinants of Siphonophore Predation

Casey Dunn
Ian Gilman

Assembly of complex traits and the evolution of a novel photosynthetic pathway in flowering plant Portulaca (Portulacaceae)

Erika Edwards
Jessica Glass

Investigating patterns and processes of evolution, ecology, and diversification in carangiform fishes

Thomas Near
Daniel MacGuigan

Hybridization and speciation across multiple temporal scales in darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae)

Thomas Near

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Peter Berrill The past, present, and future of energy, material and climate impacts from residential buildings in the US Kenneth Gillingham
Paul Burow Ecologies of Belonging: The Cultural Politics of Nature and Nation in North America’s Great Basin Justin Farrell
Kate Burrows The effect of displacement on the association between landslides and mental health in Indonesia Michelle Bell
Ana Fanton Borges Understanding the impact of plant vascular traits on the development of disease caused by the X. fastidiosa bacterium in grapevines Craig Brodersen
Matthew Gordon Waste management infrastructure in India Marian Chertow
Tamar Makov Who wants my half eaten artisinal sandwich? Uncovering the Structure & Dynamics of the Sharing Economy Marian Chertow
Katie McConnell How do changing environmental conditions affect migration patters in the Western United States, with a special focus on communities at risk for sea level rise and forest fire impacts. Justin Farrell
Fjodor Melnikov Comparative validation of aquatic toxicity prediction tools: Informing selection and development of tools for alternatives assessment Paul Anastas
Julia Monk The Biogeochemical Legacy of the Landscape of Fear - Predation Risk and Nutrient Hotspots Oswald Schmitz
Bhartendu Pandey Understanding the characteristics of urban heterogeneities Karen Seto
Elisabeth Ward Interactive effects of co-occurring plant invaders on soil nutrient availability in temperate hardwood forests.  Mark Bradford
Stephanie Weber The Effects of Heavy-Duty Truck Fuel Efficiency Policy Kenneth Gillingham 

 

2017-2018 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
Riley Coulthard Electrochemical deposition and transport of rare earth elements in aqueous and ionic liquid streams Desiree Plata
Camrynn Fausey Multifunctional Nanocomposite-Fibers for Water Treatment Applications Menachem Elimelech/Julie Zimmerman
Brenna Hodges Exploring Single-Atom Catalysts for Applications to Water Decontamination Jaehong Kim
Nina Jankovic Fundamental Chemistry of Graphene CVD Growth: Material Design at Atomic Resolution Desiree Plata
Stephanie Loeb Light Harvesting Nanomaterials for Solar Water Disinfection Jaehong Kim
Cassandra Porter  Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization for Selective Membrane Layers Menachem Elimelech/Mingjiang Zhong
Ratanachat Racharaks Development and demonstration of a high-throughput genetic engineering and screening platform for the production of photosynthetic commodity chemicals Jordan Peccia
Roger Sheu
Unpacking the Analytical Power of Soft Ionization and Tandem Mass Spectrometry to
Study the Chemistry of Intermediate Volatility and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds
Drew Gentner
Andrew Sumner Chemical Transformations in the Shale Well Subsurface   Desiree Plata

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Christopher Dutton 

Frequent hypoxic floods of the Mara River: the role of hippo pools and microbes in structuring the aquatic ecosystem.

David Post
Ian Gilman

Assembly of complex traits and the evolution of a novel photosynthetic pathway in flowerin plant Portulaca (Portulacaceae)

Erika Edwards
Erica Holdridge

Mechanisms of Resource Competition with Intraspecific Variation

David Vasseur
Daniel MacGuigan

Hybridization and speciation across multiple temporal scales in darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae)

Thomas Near
Siyang Xia

Oviposition site selection in sylvatic and domestic forms of Aedes aegypti

Jeffrey Powell

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Adam Andis The Limits of Evolutionary Rescue: Physiological trade-offs of rapid adaptation to environmental change David Skelly
Robert Buchkowski  Predicting the response of prey to predators Oswald Schmitz
Mary Burak  Using Wildlife Genetics to Alleviate Human-Carnivore Conflict in Tanzania Oswald Schmitz
Paul Burow Exploring the Social and Political Ecologies of Pinon-Juniper Woodlands in North America’s Great Basin Justin Farrell
Kate Burrows The effect of displacement on the association between landslides and mental health in Indonesia Michelle Bell
TC Chakraborty Creating a Global Dataset of urban heat and air pollution Xuhui Lee
Danica Doroski Urban Tree planting Meta-analysis Mark Ashton
Yufang Gao Diet Selection of snot leopard (Panthera unicon) in Nyampo Yuzee, Qinghai Province, China Michael Dove
Laura Logozzo Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics in a Large Temperate River Peter Raymond
Julia Monk The Biogeochemical Legacy of the Landscape of Fear - Predation Risk and Nutrient Hotspots Oswald Schmitz
Lauren Pincus The role of surfactant properies in SMC selectivity towards removal of organic contaminants Julie Zimmerman
Rohan Simkin Understanding the relationship between urbanization, human wellbeing and biodiversity at global scales Karen Seto
Megan Sullivan Effects of selective logging on Afrotropical forests: Biodiversity, function and sustainability Liza Comita
Jonghyun Yoo The Development of Recursive Integrative Assessment Model Robert Mendelsohn 

 

2016-2017 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
Camrynn Fausey Multifunctional Nanocomposite-Fibers for Water Treatment Applications Menachem Elimelech/Julie Zimmerman
Anna Hagstrom  Solid-State Dual-Sensitizer Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Systems for Broadband Photocatalysis Jaehong Kim
Nina Jankovic Fundamental Chemistry of Graphene CVD Growth: Material Design at Atomic Resolution Desiree Plata
Jaramillo Humberto Thin-Film Composite Membranes to Reduce Gypsum Scaling and Biofouling in Desalination and Wastewater Treatment Menachem Elimelech
Sarah Kwan  From Homes to Schools The Impact of Ventilation and Cleaning on The Bacterial and Fungal Ecology of The Built Environment Jordan Peccia 
Stephanie Loeb Light Harvesting Nanomaterials for Solar Water Disinfection Jaehong Kim
Ratanachat Racharaks  Development and demonstration of a high-throughput genetic engineering and screening platform for the production of photosynthetic commodity chemicals Jordan Peccia 
Roger Sheu
Unpacking the Analytical Power of Soft Ionization and Tandem Mass Spectrometry to
Study the Chemistry of Intermediate Volatility and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds
Drew Gentner
Andrew Sumner  Chemical Transformations in the Shale Well Subsurface Desiree Plata
Jay Werber Permeability and Selectivity Limits of Polymeric and Biomimetic Desalination Membranes  Menachem Elimelech

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Miranda Armstrong-Sinnott

Understanding fruit color diversity: global patterns and case studies in Viburnum

Michael Donoghue
Larry Bowman

Interactions among History, Physiology, and Temperature in Zooplankton

David Post
Ben Carlson

Organism-environment associations and geographic distributions – from individuals to species

Walter Jetz
Arun Chavan

Evolutionary origin of cell types, A case study of decidual cells in mammalian pregnancy

Gunter Wagner
Jessica Glass

Investigating patterns and processes of evolution, ecology, and diversification in carangiform fishes

Thomas Near
Kate Littrell

The Implications of Prezygotic Isolation, Variable Performance, and Competition for Secondary Contact between Alewife Life History Forms

David Post
Franz Simon

Resource-pulses and food web stability

David Vasseur
Elizabeth Spriggs

Evolution across multiple scales in North American Viburnum

Michael Donoghue
Frank Stabile

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David Vasseur

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Adam Andis No Title David Skelly
Paul Burow Exploring the Social and Political Ecologies of Pinon-Juniper Woodlands in North America’s Great Basin Justin Farrell
Chen Chen  Temporal Trends of Health Impacts from Air Pollution Today and under a Changing Climate Michelle Bell
Ana Fanton Borges Understanding the impact of plant vascular traits on the development of disease caused by the X. fastidiosa bacterium in grapevines Craig Brodersen
Michaela Foster International Environmental Aid to Africa:  Assessing Donor Agency Evaluations of Effectiveness Benjamin Cashore
Chelsea Judy Linking Patterns of Land Ownership to Environmental Degradation and Economic Inequality in Ethiopia Benjamin Cashore
Max Lambert Can lawn weeds change frog sex? David Skelly
Bhartendu Pandey Understanding the characteristics of urban heterogeneities Karen Seto
Kyra Prats Linking Fern Ecophysiology, from a Species to a Phylogeny: Vascular Structure, Function, Integration, and Stomatal Behavior Craig Brodersen
Mario Soriano Facets of vulnerability, risk, and uncertainty in the subsurface environment: Investigating the impacts of unconventional oil and gas development on groundwater resources James Saiers
Paul Wolfram Effects of co-occuring plant invaders in soil nutrient availability Edgar Hertwich
Jonghyun Yoo The Development of Recursive Integrative Assessment Model Robert Mendelsohn 
Wen Zhou The new concessionary regimes of Gabon, Central Africa Michael Dove

 

2015-2016 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
Akshay Deshmukh  Theory-Guided Membrane Design for Efficient Desalination Menachem Elimelech
Michael Giannetto  The Roles of Alkynes in Improving the Control and Sustainability of Carbon Nanotube Synthesis  Desiree Plata
Anna Hagstrom  Solid-State Dual-Sensitizer Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Systems for Broadband Photocatalysis Jaehong Kim 
Humberto Jaramillo Thin-Film Composite Membranes to Reduce Gypsum Scaling and Biofouling in Desalination and Wastewater Treatment Menachem Elimelech
Sarah Kwan  From Homes to Schools The Impact of Ventilation and Cleaning on The Bacterial and Fungal Ecology of The Built Environment Jordan Peccia
Stephanie Loeb Light Harvesting Nanomaterials for Solar Water Disinfection Jaehong Kim
Ratanachat Racharaks Development and demonstration of a high-throughput genetic engineering and screening platform for the production of photosynthetic commodity chemicals Jordan Peccia
Roger Sheu
Unpacking the Analytical Power of Soft Ionization and Tandem Mass Spectrometry to
Study the Chemistry of Intermediate Volatility and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds
Drew Gentner
Anthony Straub Membrane-Based Processes for Energy Production from Salinity Gradients and Low-Grade Heat  Menachem Elimelech
Andrew Sumner Chemical Transformations in the Shale Well Subsurface   Desiree Plata
Jay Werber Permeability and Selectivity Limits of Polymeric and Biomimetic Desalination Membranes  Menachem Elimelech

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Stacy Arnold

Multi-level Selection and the Evolution of Cooperation Using Bacteriophage and In-Silico Systems

Paul Turner
Larry Bowman

How intraspecific diversity shapes populations through space and time

David Post
Ben Carlson

Organism-environment associations and geographic distributions – from individuals to species

Walter Jetz
Madelon Case

Rainfall variability and savanna vegetation

Carla Staver
Brian Park

The evolution of sterile marginal flowers in Viburnum (Adoxaceae)

Michael Donoghue
Siyang Xia

Oviposition site selection in sylvatic and domestic forms of Aedes aegypti

Jeffrey Powell

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Kelly Aho Greenhouse gas flux in the Connecticut river watershed Peter Raymond
Robert Buchkowski Feedbacks between detritivores and herbivores Oswald Schmitz
Deepti Chatti Household energy decisions in rural India: Lowering barriers to behavioral change Robert Bailis
Guilherme DePaula Modeling land-use change in Brazilian agricultural sector with farm-level data Robert Mendelsohn 
Kangning Huang Mapping the remote linkages between urban consumption and hinterland Karen Seto
Lan Jin Traffic pollution and congenital heart defects in Lanzhou, China Michelle Bell
Meghna Krishnadas Disentangling ecological mechanism of edge-effect: Tree community regeneration in fragmented forests Liza Comita
Tamar Makov The useful durability of consumer electronics/Who wants my half eaten artisinal sandwich? Uncovering the Structure & Dynamics of the Sharing Economy Marian Chertow
Meredith Martin Ecology and management of tropical oak forest in Oaxaca, Mexico for the sustainable production of mezcal Mark Ashton
Lauren Pincus The role of surfactant properies in SMC selectivity towards removal of organic contaminants Julie Zimmerman 
Paige Weber Quantifying the local co-benefits of global warming policy Kenneth Gillingham 

 

2014-2015 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
James Gutierrez Nitrogen Recycling and Reactor Ecology: Implication for Industrial Scale Biofuel Production from Microalgae  Jordan Peccia
Anna Hagstrom Solid-State Dual-Sensitizer Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Systems for Broadband Photocatalysis Jaehong Kim
Humberto Jaramillo  Thin-Film Composite Membranes to Reduce Gypsum Scaling and Biofouling in Desalination and Wastewater Treatment Menachem Elimelech
Sarah Kwan  From Homes to Schools The Impact of Ventilation and Cleaning on The Bacterial and Fungal Ecology of The Built Environment Jordan Peccia
Thomas Kwan Tuning Supercritical Carbon Dioxide for Selective Extraction of Microalgae Lipids and Carotenoids Julie Zimmerman
Amanda Lounsbury  Mechanistic Understanding of How Characteristics of Hematite Nanoparticles Impact Sustainable Functionality Towards Water Treatment  Julie Zimmerman
Jon Powell  Enabling and Enhancing Sustainable Materials Management through Waste Informatics  Marion Chertow 
Devin Shaffer Design of Anti-Fouling and Anti-Scaling Membranes for Forward Osmosis Desalination  Menachem Elimelech
Anthony Straub Membrane-Based Processes for Energy Production from Salinity Gradients and Low-Grade Heat  Menachem Elimelech
Marissa Tousley Nanomaterial Modification and Molecular-Level Assembly of Materials Aimed Toward the Development of Next Generation Membranes Menachem Elimelech
Jay Werber Permeability and Selectivity Limits of Polymeric and Biomimetic Desalination Membranes  Menachem Elimelech

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Robert Buchkowski The impact of soil fauna on soil N cycling  Oswald Schmitz
Jesse Burkhardt  Unexpected gains from trade: Do strategic polluters benefit from Cap and Trade? Robert Mendelsohn 
Hao Deng Deconstructing drivers behind the case of China’s solar photovoltaic manufacturing industry Kenneth Gillingham 
Guilherme DePaula Quantifying price and technology effects on soybeans expansion in Brazi l  Robert Mendelsohn 
Lan Jin  Developing a 3-dimentional surface of air pollution in Lanzhou, China/ Traffic pollution and congenital heart defects in Lanzhou, China Michelle Bell
Meghna Krishnadas Disentangling abiotic and biotic drivers of tree community recruitment in fragmented forests  Liza Comita
Tamar Makov The useful durability of products Marian Chertow
Fjodor Melnikov Safer chemical design Julie Zimmerman
Alexandria Moore  Weltland Restoration: Evaluating the effect of community structure on ecosystem functioning Oswald Schmitz
Juan Carlos Penagos Zuluaga Ecology and evolution of flowers in the Lauraceae Liza Comita
Chris Shughrue Teleconnected Resource-Climate Vulnerabilities Karen Seto
Lisa Weber Analysis of pharmaceutical levels and their potential ecological implications in Connecticut river watershed Peter Raymond

 

2013-2014 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic
Laura Arias-Chavezorb

Membranes for renewable energy from natural salinity gradients

James Gutierrez

Micro-algae cultivation for biofuels

Sarah Swan

Biofilm formation and biofueling mechanisms

Thomas Kwan

Optimization of catalyst for extraction of fatty acid from biofuel

Amanda Lounsbury

Green approaches for selen removal from wate

Leanne Paquini

Bacterial toxicity of carbon nanotube

Candice Peligra

Polymer-ZnO composite materials for renewable solar energy

Devin Shaffer

Membrane desalination of high salinity brines

Anthony Straub

Membrane-based process for converting waste heat to electricity

Marissa Tousley

High selectivity membranes for environmental applications

Jamila Yamani Novel absorption processes for removal of arsenic from water

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor

April Dinwiddle

Development and evolution of butterfly wing scales Richard Prum
Elizabeth Forrestel
 
Biodiversity and climate change in grassland ecosystems Michael Donoghue
Jacob Musser
 
Development of evolution of feather complexity Richard Prum
Amanda Subalusky
 
Wildlife-mediated subsidies and their impact on ecosystem function David Post
Daniel Wieczynski
 
Eco-evolutionary interactions and the maintenance of biodiversity David Vasseur
Derek West Influence of climate change on consumer-resource dynamics and ecosystem function David Post

 

Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic Advisor
Shuang Zhang

Reaction kinetics between CO2-bearing solution and mafic/ultramafic rocks

Zhengrong Wang
Azusa Takeishi

Aerosol effects on atmospheric convection, with particular focus on the influence on cloud life cycle and precipitation

Trude Storelvmo

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Erica Barth Frac water withdrawls from streams in Pennsylvania James Saiers
Deepti Chatti Towards a political ecology of improved cookstoves  Michael Dove
Jill Kelly Confronting the off-Nadir problem  Timothy Gregoire
Max Lambert Can lawn weeds change frox sex?  David Skelly
Fjodor Melnikov Safer chemical design Julie Zimmerman
Alexandria Moore Impacts of Biodiversity and species interactions on wetland ecosystem services and restoration Oswald Schmitz
Amruta Nori-Sarma Examining the health impacts of extreme temperature in sensitive populations in western India  Michelle Bell 
Emily Oldfield Testing a new theory to understand the balance between soil carbon gains and losses Mark Bradford
Zhemin Xuan The influence of pH variations on copper speciation in a coastal river Gaboury Benoit

 

2012-2013 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
Lindsay Soh Single-Pot Extraction and Transesterification of Algae Biomass for Fuel Production Menachem Elimenech
Kyle Bibby Viral Metagenomics for Determining the Diversity of Human Viruses Emitted to the Environment from Wastewater Effluent Jordan Peccia
Wenqing Xu Black Carbon-Catalyzed Degradation of Organic Contaminants by Sulfides in Marine Sediments Joseph Pignatello
Laura Hoover Design of New Membranes for Energy Production Menachem Elimelech

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Alex Dornburg Evolution and Systematics of Reef Fish Thomas Near
Elisabeth Forrestel The Effects of Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity in Plants on Ecosystem Function Michael Donoghue
Natalie Pilakouta Environmental Causes and Evolutionary Consequences of Plasticity in Female Mate Preferences Suzanne Alonzo
Jason Shapiro The Evolution of Communication and Its Role in Infectious Disease Evolution and Dynamics Paul Turner
Amanda Subalusky Wildlife-mediated Subsidies and Their Impact on Ecosystem Function David Post
Derek West

Interacting Effects of Initial Conditions

David Post

Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic
Matthew Davis How Mammalian Fauna has Changed Through the Last 40,000 Years Through Today in Order to Better Understand Current Biodiversity Losses
Peter Douglas Determine if Changes in the Hydrologic Cycle Played During the Demise of the Classic Maya Civilization Involving the Application and Analysis of Paleoclimate Proxies and Requires Heavy Use of the Earth System Center for Stable Isotopic Studies

 

 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Matthew Archer The Relevance of Eco-Marxism in Modern Chinese Environmental Governance Karen Hebert/  Robert Mendelsohn
Kandice Harper Forcings and feedbacks in the climate system: The role of reactive compounds in the atmosphere Karen Hebert
Jennifer Hoyle Quantifying and Comparing Benefits of Source Water Protection Strategies Used to Manage Sediment Export from New York City Water Supply Watersheds James Saiers
Coco Liu Health Impacts from Forest Fires Under Climate Change in the Western United States Michelle Bell
Dan Maynard Will Climate Warming Accelerate Termite-Mediated Wood Decomposition in the Eastern United States Mark Bradford
Natalie Schultz Exploring Forests’ Role in Climate Change Mitigation Xuhui Lee
Noah Sokol Ecosystem Consequences of Forest Invasions:  The Underground Story Mark Bradford
Nikki Springer   Alex Felson
Bryan Yoon Dissolved Organic Carbon Uptake Rate Analysis Using Optical Sensors Peter Raymond

 

2011-2012 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 
 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Alex Dornburg Evolution and Systematics of Reef Fish Thomas Near
Elisabeth Forrestel The Effects of Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity in Plants on Ecosystem Function Michael Donoghue
Andre Hodgins-Davis Evolution of Phenotypic Plasticity and Gene Expression Jeffrey Townsend
Jason Shapiro The Evolution of Communication and Its Role in Infectious Disease Evolution and Dynamics Paul Turner
Derek West Interacting Effects of Initial Conditions and Climate Change on Consumer-Resource Dynamics and Ecosystem Function in Lakes David Post
Erica Westerman Influence of the Environment on Reproductive Patterns of Benthic Communities and of Social Interactions on Mating Behavior and Mate Choice in Butterflies Antonio Monteiro

 

2009-2010 YIBS Graduate Student Support

 

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
Jui Shan (Shan) Yong

Engineered osmosis for green production of power and low energy desalination

In these novel membrane-based processes, osmosis is cleverly exploited to tackle the global need for affordable clean water and inexpensive sustainable energy.

Menachem Elimenech
Lindsay Soh

Fate and transport of sucralose in the environment

Research will include assessing the concentrations of sucralose in wastewater, surface waters, and drinking water, as well as identifying by-products of any treatment processes.

Julie Zimmerman
Denina Hospodsky Integrating aerosol physics with bacterial and fungai phylogenetics to describe the origins and sources of airborne bacterial in the atmosphere and indoor environment Jordan Peccia
Ning Dai Understanding nitrosamine and nitramine formation during amine-based carbon capture William Mitch

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Cynthia Chang Ecosystem function in the tall grass prairie Melinda Smith
Natasha Kelly Honest male display, paternal care and female choice Suzanne Alonzo
Andrea Hodgins-Davis Population genetic diversity in gene expression reaction norms among natural isolates of S. cerevisiae Jeffrey Townsend
Richard Harrington Species delimitation and phylogeny using gene trees and the multi-species coalesecent Thomas Near
Erica Westerman The effect of female experience on mating patterns in the butterfly Bicyclus anynana Antonio Monteiro
Christen Bossu Linking population genetic patterns of hybridization to reproductive isolating mechanisms in darters: Systematics and reproductive isolation, population genetics, phylogeography Thomas Near
 

Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic Advisor
Adam Behike Phylogeny of Cretaceous marine lizards (mosasaurs): origin, diversification and extinction in the marine realm; Cretaceous biogeography and epicontinental sea geochemistry Jacques Gauthier
Rachel Racicot Phylogeny of (endangered) delphinoid whales, species diversity, disparity, ontogenetic and individual variation, and patterns of extinction Jacques Gauthier
 
 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Catherine Fontana

Advancing the understanding of the carbon cycle:  Does climate history affect rates of microbially-mediated respiration?

Mark Bradford
Mary Rogalski

Using freshwater zooplankton metacommunities as barometers of long term ecological integrity

David Skelly
Steven Brady Road induced dynamics in wetland dwelling amphibians David Skelly
Alder Keleman Local Purchase and Local Diversity: Synergies for conserving agrobiodiveristy and alleviating hunger Michael Dove
Sarah Osterhoudt Uncertain Landscapes: Cyclones, Trade and Land-Use in Northeastern Madagascar Michael Dove
Troy Hill Ecosystem State Change in Coastal Wetlands: Causes and Consequences Shimon Anisfeld
Jeffrey Chow Economic Analysis of Protective Benefits from Mangrove Forests in Vietnam Robert Mendelsohn
Jennifer Miller Impacts of a changing climate on predator-prey relationships and human-wildlife conflict in northwestern India Oswald Schmitz
Ashley Keiser Exploring the soil microbial community: functional convergence in common environments and the consequences Mark Bradford
Curt DellaValle Development of a Spatial Aeroallergen Model and the Association of Aeroallergen Concentrations on Asthma Symptoms Michelle Bell
Na Xu Effects of Land Use and Agricultural Management on Soil-Carbon Leaching and Liability James Saiers

 

2008-2009 YIBS Graduate Student Support

Chemical & Environmental Engineering 

Student Research Topic Advisor
Anna S. Brady-Estevez

Carbon nanotube based filter for removal of viral and bacterial pathogens from water

Menachem Elimenech
Lindsay Soh

Fate and transport of sucralose in the environment

Research will include assessing the concentrations of sucralose in wastewater, surface waters, and drinking water, as well as identifying by-products of any treatment processes.

Julie Zimmerman

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Student Research Topic Advisor
Jean Eric Rakotoarisoa Historical biogeography, phylogeography of Malagasy rodents, conservation biology, niche modeling Jeffrey Powell
Erem Kazancioglu Fish reproduction; alternative reproductive tactics; sex change; modeling techniques Suzanne Alonzo
Sara Carlson Evolution of plant development; systematics and evolution of fruiting structures in Dipsacaceae Michael Donoghue
Jura Pintar Mathematical and conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory; individuation of biological entities (especially organisms and characters); short-term vs. long-term evolution Gunter Wagner
Natasha Kelly Honest signaling, alternative male reproductive behaviours and life history strategies Suzanne Alonzo
Cynthia Chang Community and ecosystem ecology, plant population biology, invasion biology Melinda Smith
 

Geology & Geophysics

Student Research Topic Advisor
Keith Laskowski Interaction between climate, glaciation and uplift in tectonically activev mountain belts, such as the Chilean Andes Mark Brandon
Jakob Vinther Early animal evolution, specifically on the divergence of annelids and mollusks, using molecular biological methods on modern organisms and the fossil record to understand how these two distinct invertebrate groups diversified in a markedly changing biosphere Derek Briggs
 

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Student Research Topic Advisor
Noah Aloysius Water and land resourcecs planning and managagement and satellite remote sensins James Saiers
Dwi Astiani The effect of land use and global climate change on the ecology of peat swamp forests in West Kalimantan, Indonesia Lisa Curren
Jennifer Baka Jatropha and the social impacts of biofuels in developing countries Robert Bailis
Stephen Brady How local environmental variation generates genotypic mosaics within metapopulation structures David Skelly
Adrian Cerezo Environmental Education Stephen Kellert
Jeffrey Chow Climate change impacts and potential amelioration and forest management in developing countries Robert Mendelsohn
Heather Clark Anthropogenic perturbation of the chlorine biogeochemical cycle Gaboury Benoit
Dylan Craven The role played by plant physiological characteristics in modulating species composition of tropical secondary forests along environmental gradients Graeme Berlyn
Keita Ebisu Traffic exhaust dispersion modeling and the impacts of PM2.5 land use on health using ArcGIS and satellite imaging Michelle Bell
Maya Leonard-Cahn How patterns of species interactions relate to community structure, especially with regard to ecosystem stability, resistance and resilience Oswald Schmitz
Sarah Osterhoudt Globalism, environmental anthropology and the vanilla bean trade in Madagascar Michael Dove
Joo Young Park Industrial Ecology Marian Chertow
Sara Smiley Smith Environmental health and safety John Wargo
Yaniv Stopnitzky Environmental resource and development economics Robert Mendelsohn
Xin Zhan Regional air pollution and climate change Xuhui Lee