Student: Adrian Berg
Faculty: Stephen Luby
Year Funded: 2013
Research: Sanitation, environmental fecal contamination, and child health
Department: Medicine

An empirical study to significantly advance understanding of fecal pathogen transmission and its association with child health will be conducted in rural Bangladesh. The proposed work will take advantage of an existing, large-scale, randomized intervention trial to draw inference about the effect of sanitation as a primary prevention measure, alone and in combination with secondary prevention measures such as water treatment and hand hygiene.

Student: Aldric Ulep
Faculty: Barton (Buzz) Thompson
Year Funded: 2013
Research: The interdisciplinary Water Energy Research Initiative
Department: Woods Institute for the Environment&  Law School

This project is jointly sponsored by the Woods Institute and the Precourt Institute for Energy and brings together policy and technical research to advance integrated resource management, regulation, and policy formulation across the water and energy arenas. A key focus of the Initiative will be monitoring, and bringing technical and process innovation research to inform, the drafting of the California Global Warming Solutions Act 2020-50 Scoping Plan Update across mitigation and adaptation measures, and research investments, targeting the water-energy nexus.

Student: Amelia Farber
Faculty: Nicole Ardoin
Year Funded: 2013
Research:  Social Ecological Approaches to PromotingEnvironmental and Stewardship Behavior: The Role of Environmental Education
Department: School of Education

This project will enhance ongoing research on environmental education programs. Specifically, we will examine motivations for and barriers to environmental behavior among a range of audiences and in varying settings; program evaluation and adaptive management in informal settings such as parks and museums; the use of social strategies by non-governmental organizations to engage individuals and communities in decision-making related to natural resource management; leadership and training programs in natural resources and conservation; and the impact of “green” buildings and the built environment on environmental attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors.

Student:  Darien French-Owen
Faculty: Kenneth Schieve
Year Funded: 2013
Research: Economic Interests and Individual Climate Change Policy Preferences
Department: Political Science

The research question addressed in this project is what are the economic and political determinants of policy preferences about climate change policy and international climate change cooperation. The data used in the study will be original adult population surveys in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Student: Gabriela Leslie
Faculty: Eric Lambin
Year Funded: 2013
Research: Enhancing Smallholder's Livelihoods Through High Quality Cacao Varieties
Department: Earth System Science

Cacao is one of the most widely traded commodities around the world, produced by millions of smallholders in the tropics, however, most of the value is added in consuming countries, leaving many farmers in poverty. This study aims at evaluating the effectiveness of the three models—mainstream, bean-to-bar, and differentiated-within-mainstream—in improving farmers’ livelihoods and protecting cacao’s diversity.

Student: Isabel Cardenas
Faculty: Rodolfo Dirzo
Year Funded: 2013
Research: Incidence of sudden oak death disease at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Department: Biology

Sudden oak death (SOD) is the common name for a disease produced by the plant pathogen Phytophtora ramorum that kills oaks, tanoaks, and other species of trees in California and Oregon. Recent evidence indicates that P. ramorum has been found in bay laurel trees at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. The proposed research project is an analysis of SOD in bay laurels and oak trees at Jasper Ridge.

Student: Jaclyn Phi
Faculty: Giulio De Leo
Year Funded: 2013
Research: Assessing the environmental externalities of the extractive and non-extractive uses of ocean and coastal waters
Department: Biology

The concept of “environmental externality” is the cornerstone of any cost-benefit analysis; yet, the quantitative assessment of environmental external costs generated by the extractive and non-extractive uses of oceans and coastal areas, though rapidly growing since the publication of the Millennium Assessment in 2005, is still in its infancy. The goal of the present project is to analyze how the concept of “environmental externality” in the exploitation of marine resources is treated in the scientific literature and to derive information on how is included in current regulations, policies and management approaches to account for, reduce and, possibly, eliminate the negative effects of ocean use.

Student: Nicole Rodriguez
Faculty: Peter Vitousek
Year Funded: 2013
Research: Talk Story about Traditional Hawaiian Healing
Department: Biology

This project explores traditional healing in Native Hawaiian culture, examining the relevance of ancient values and traditions in today's society. Student will journey throughout the Hawaiian Islands, presenting stories from Native healers who share their experiences in seeking truth, wisdom, and health. These stories delve into fundamental issues such as identity, balance, and nature, while showing how cultural complexity can be rooted in simple universal truths.

Student: Lauren McCune
Faculty: Jon Krosnick
Year Funded: 2013
Research: American Public Opinion About Climate Change
Department: Communication;&  Political Science

In numerous surveys, our group has found that the vast majority of Americans are on the "green" side of the issue. But in recent surveys, we found that when Americans are asked to guess the opinions of Americans on the issue, people underestimate the prevalence of green opinions and underestimate the gap between Republicans and Democrats. This project will involve conducting content analysis and experiments to explore the impact of exposure to news stories on people's perceptions of public opinion.

Student: Victoria Greenen
Faculty: Michael Tomz
Year Funded: 2013
Research:  Is Corporate Environmentalism Profitable? Experimental Investigations of the Effects of Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility on Consumption, Employment and Political Activity
Department: Political Science

Firms engage in environmental corporate social responsibility (ECSR) when they go beyond the requirements of current environmental law. We are conducting experiments to study how ECSR affects three types of behavior in the mass public: consumption, employment, and political activity.