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Current CIER Student Research Assistants

  Nathan Bowen
  Anastasia Emelianoff

  Ashley Enrici is pursuing her master’s degree in applied anthropology at UMD. Originally from Chicago, she graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from Purdue University in 2003 and has worked in worked in sales and business in the Chicago area. Her research focuses on natural resources conservation, sustainability and human rights. She is conducting an ethnographic study for CIER to see how climate change will impact communities in the Chesapeake Bay.
  Rebecca Gasper has been a researcher with CIER since 2008. She is primarily interested in the economics of climate change, both in terms of adaptation costs and mitigation mechanisms. She is currently using econometric and dynamic modeling approaches to assess the feasibility of markets for multiple ecosystem services. Other research interests include the vulnerability and resilience of cities to climate change. In particular, she is interested in the differential impacts of climate change on different socioeconomic groups in cities. Rebecca is currently a full-time PhD student at the UMD School of Public Policy. She holds an MS in Biology and an MPP in Environmental Policy from UMD. Before coming to Maryland, she completed a BS in Biology at Syracuse University.

  Scott Goodwin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology.  He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Masters of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.  As a former commercial fisherman Scott’s primary research focus is in coastal and fisheries anthropology.  Past academic work includes human uses and impacts on sub-tropical mangrove estuaries.  He is currently working with CIER investigating Environmental Justice issues resulting from sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Daria Karetnikov is a PhD student at the School of Public Policy and has been a part of the CIER team since early 2007. She studies how the costs of climate change can be synthesized and assessed. She hopes to investigate the role of institutional dimensions on environmental outcomes in her dissertation research through NordWest2050, a collaborative project between CIER and several partners in Germany. Daria has an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from UMD and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has work experience in land use planning, water use management, and development research.



  Vincent Palacios

Jeremy Peichel is pursuing a joint M.S. and M.P.P. in Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy at UMD. He graduated from Buena Vista University in 2009 with a B.A. in Environmental Science, Political Science, and Public Administration. Jeremy has been deployed to Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar with the Minnesota Army National Guard from 2005-2007. He has also traveled to Egypt and South Africa. His research focuses on freshwater ecosystem management and energy and natural resources policy and economics.

  Chris Ramig
  Emma Roach
  Kerry Rodgers is a first-year student at the School of Public Policy, pursuing a Master of Public Management degree with a specialization in International Security and Economic Policy. She has a J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.E.S. from the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and an A.B. from Brown University. At CIER, she is researching climate adaptation initiatives to identify Maryland’s needs and build on the Maryland 2050 conference. She is also writing a book on nuclear waste with the support of Resources for the Future. Previously, she directed the Environmental Law Clinic at the University Of Maryland School Of Law and practiced environmental law at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and in private practice.
  Zenide Rose
  Ramy Serour, a doctoral student in the Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences program, is conducting the first campus Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory. He is a member of UM's Climate Action Plan Working Group currently working with CIER and the Office of Sustainability on the quantification of mitigation strategies in a campus-wide effort to reduce the University's GHG emissions and ultimately become Carbon Neutral.
  Mark Smith
  Pranav Vaidya is a second-year student at UMD, pursuing an M.P.P. in Public Policy with a concentration in International Development. He received his B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from Macalester College in 2006. He is currently involved in research on heat mortality rates in urban areas, the University System of Maryland Transportation Project, and Maryland Genuine Progress Indicators.

Jungming Zhu is a Ph.D student in the School of Public Policy. He received his bachelor and master degree in environmental engineering from Tsinghua University. His research interest is industrial ecology and ecological economic


Past CIER Student Research Assistants


Sanjana Ahmad graduated in Spring 2007 with a Masters in Environmental Policy. She is now a Domestic Policy Research Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change where she is working on a congressional policy briefing report series that examines the different components of a cap and trade program.

  Haewon Chon is a Ph.D student in the School of Public Policy . Since the spring of 2006, he has been working with the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) on a research project exploring the impacts of technological change on the economic costs of atmospheric greenhouse gas stabilization. The research includes extensive work in defining technology scenarios and analyzing results from JGCRI's ObjECTS MiniCAM model. This past summer, he worked offsite in South Korea on a project updating the regional characteristics of Korea and building a regional baseline emissions scenario for the MiniCAM model.
  Dana Coelho graduated in May with a dual Masters in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology. She is a Presidential Management Fellow at the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry office.

Alexandra Corteselli

  Russ Conklin is a policy analyst and Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP) at the US Department of Energy's Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology.


  Abigail Daken is starting her second semester of a Masters of Engineering and Public Policy.  Her background is in Physics, and she worked for 10 years as an engineer and engineering manager in industry.  Her research interest is resource efficiency, with a special focus on industrial ecology.  She is currently working on applying complex systems thinking to urban systems and their adaptation to climate change. 
  Janine Fisler is in her second year as a dual-degree Masters student in the School of Public Policy and the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology program. Last year, she helped organize the Maryland 2050 conference and conducted extensive background research on environmental issues.
  Colleen Horin graduated from UMD with a master's in public policy, specializing in specializing in energy and infrastructure policy. She majored in Aerospace Engineering at MIT, and enjoys applying her quantitative skills to the field of public policy. She is currently splitting her time between the Science and Technology Policy Institute and CIER, where she has worked on the Climate Change Impacts study. In her spare time she likes to play soccer and study Russian.
  Mary Ellen Kustin is starting her second year as a dual-degree Masters student in the School of Public Policy and the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology program. While working with CIER last year, she helped organize the Maryland 2050 conference, and has had the opportunity to learn about grant writing, helping conduct background research on the use of agricultural wastes as fuel sources, in addition to gaining experience in formatting and editing academic texts. This past summer she worked for the Potomac Conservancy on a comprehensive report to assess the health of the Potomac watershed.
  Soyesh Lakhey
  Bari Levine, an undergraduate Environmental Sciences major, has conducted research and book editing for CIER.
  Joanna Lobl
  Jamie Logie
  Marisa London graduated in Spring 2007 with a Masters in Environmental Policy. She is now a policy analyst at the Government Accountability Office.

Joanna Mauer graduated from UMD with a master's in public policy. She has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Before coming to the University of Maryland, she spent three and a half years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic working on rural water and sanitation. Last year Joanna worked with CIER on the second part of the RGGI study analyzing the costs and implementation of energy efficiency programs. She currently works at the EPA.

  Julia Miller graduated in Spring 2007 with a Masters in Environmental Policy. She is now working at the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Climate Protection Partnership Division's State and Local Branch.
  Lucia Ness , an undergraduate Environmental Sciences major, is conducting the first campus Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory.

Maria Nisha Peris is starting her second year in the Master of Public Policy program. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Delhi University, and 5 years work experience as a consultant to the World Bank, Child Relief and You, Ford Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (Canadian Aid) in India. Nisha has completed her first year as a Graduate Assistant with CIER working on the Center's finance, disbursements and budgets. During her second year, Nisha will build on her earlier experience with the Center and work with Kim Ross for the Regional Green House Gas initiative.

  Natalia Parra
  Stephen Reiling  is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Engineering and Public Policy program at the University of Maryland, specializing in Environmental Policy. He has a BS in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining CIER, Stephen worked as a civil engineer for several local engineering firms and has assisted on projects with Engineers Without Borders. He is currently working with Matthias Ruth on an EPA-funded study, researching future energy use and alternatives to promote sustainable development in the State of Maryland.
  Elizabeth Skane is starting her second year as a dual-degree Masters student in the School of Public Policy and the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology program. She has several years of experience with environmental compliance in the private sector. New to CIER this year, Elizabeth will be editing the newsletter and website, as well as conducting background research for several exciting proposals.
  Niina Hannele Tervo is a Fourth year biology student in the University of Oulu, Finland. She has a Major in ecology and minor nature conservation. Niina has completed her practical training at CIER for two months during the summer of 2008 and worked on a project as part of the University of Maryland?s Climate Action Plan
  Iván Darío Valencia is a geographer from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá.  He is entering his second year in the joint Masters program in the School of Public Policy and the Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology program. Before entering UMD, Iván worked in conservation science and policy for birds and wetlands in Colombia and in the Americas . This summer his internship at the Global Environmental Facility focused on evaluation techniques for climate change adaptation projects. At CIER Iván worked on the Maryland 2050 initiative, and is now part of the research team of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, studying possible approaches for implementing energy efficiency programs in Maryland .