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Christa Anderson

Affiliated Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Fellow, World Wildlife Fund

Christa is an environmental scientist studying climate change, land use, and forests. She is particularly interested in intersecting science and policy issues, such as investigating the contribution of lands to climate change mitigation. Christa has a PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale. Prior to her research career, she worked on climate change programs at the World Bank, and she managed sustainable landscapes projects at the US Forest Service, including across sub Saharan Africa.


Anela Arifi

Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

Anela is an E-IPER Ph.D. student researching the nexus between engineering, socio-economic, policy, and environmental components of energy systems. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and International Studies from Dartmouth College where she also worked on designing biomass conversion processes that would aid in sustainably setting biofuels in a circular economy paradigm. Prior to Stanford, Anela also worked as a Junior Energy Analyst for the Western Balkans at the World Bank and as a Climate Ambassador for the Kennebunkport Climate Initiative. To raise awareness about energy poverty, Anela gave a TEDWomen Talk and addressed the UN at the UNICEF Activate Talks. While in her home country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she developed renewable energy systems for rural communities using waste chicken feathers and municipal solid waste.

Erica Bower

Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources Grad Oral Communication Tutor, Hume Center

Erica Bower is an E-IPER PhD student researching the causes, consequences and governance of human mobility in the context of climate change impacts, including 'managed retreat'. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement, and prior to Stanford worked at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as the climate change and disaster displacement specialist. She has conducted research on climate-related human mobility for National Geographic, UN Women, Oxfam, the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), and the South Asia consultations of the Nansen Initiative. She holds an MSc from Oxford University in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and a BA from Columbia University in Human Rights and Sustainable Development.

Suchana Costa

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2016

Suchana is an ecologist in the Biology Department, where she studies ecosystem processes. She is currently studying the relationship between nitrogen-fixing plants, herbivory, and leaf traits. Her research often centers around plants on small scale farms and urban 


Chris Field

Melvin and Joan Lane Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Director, Woods Institute for the Environment, Professor of Earth System Science, of Biology and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Chris is the Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies.  His research focuses on climate change processes, impacts, and solutions.  Ongoing projects explore aspects of natural climate solutions, wildfire risk reduction, strategic relocation, solar geoengineering, and biomes of the Anthropocene.  A unifying goal of Chris’s recent work is finding ways that addressing climate change and other environmental problems can contribute to a future world with vibrant, equitable communities and robust economies.

Avery Hill

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2017

Avery is an ecologist and plant biologist studying human impacts on plant distributions. He sources and contributes to large-scale plant occurrence datasets which he uses in statistical modeling research to address questions related to the species composition and range limits of future forests. Ultimately, his goal is to understand the biological and philosophical determinants of where plants belong in the Anthropocene. 

Rebecca Miller

Affiliate, Bill Lane Center for the American West

Connor Nolan

Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology

Connor Nolan is a climate scientist and ecologist working on connecting science and decision-making around natural climate solutions. He received his PhD in Geosciences from the University of Arizona in 2019. He is interested in understanding the past, present, and future of climate and ecosystems.

Yi-Lin Tsai

Ph.D. Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, admitted Winter 2018

Yi-Lin Tsai is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on natural disaster mitigation and management, especially on flooding.



Alexis Wilson

Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science Graduate Fellow for Regional Engagement on Climate Change, Haas Center for Public Service

Alexis is an environmental scientist in the Earth System Science Department, where she uses field and lab experiments to study the impact of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and soil biogeochemistry. She is also passionate about environmental justice and seeks to empower and assist vulnerable populations facing the brunt of climate impacts. She plans to create sustainable adaptation measures to ameliorate the impact of climate change on human populations and the environment.

Leehi Yona

Ph.D. Student in Environment and ResourcesStudent Employee, Center for Teaching and Learning

Leehi Yona (she/her) is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, where she researches the global carbon cycle. She studies greenhouse gas inventories and how countries and institutions use (or misuse) scientific knowledge in developing carbon inventories and climate policies. A community organizer, Leehi is also passionate about climate justice and youth engagement in climate science and policy.