Instructors

Max Auffhammer

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MAXIMILIAN AUFFHAMMER is the George Pardee Jr. Professor of International Sustainable Development at UC Berkeley. Professor Auffhammer received his B.S. in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1996, an M.S. in environmental and resource economics at the same institution in 1998 and a Ph.D. in economics from UC San Diego in 2003. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2003. His research focuses on environmental and resource economics, energy economics and applied econometrics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Energy and Environmental Economics group, a Humboldt Fellow, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His research has appeared in The American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Economic Journal, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, The Energy Journal and other academic journals. 

 

Meredith Fowlie

Meredith Fowlie

MEREDITH FOWLIE is an Associate Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She received an M.Sc. in Environmental Economics from Cornell University in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2006. Her interests lie at the intersection of empirical industrial organization, environmental economics and public policy. Much of her work involves positive and some normative analysis of policy interventions designed to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and consumption. Her work on the electricity sector has emphasized interactions between electricity markets and emissions permit markets. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Environmental and Energy Economics group. 

 

J. Keith Gilless

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J. KEITH GILLESS is the Dean of the College of Natural Resources (CNR) and Professor of Forest Economics and Management, holding a joint appointment in the departments of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and Agricultural and Resource Economics. Gilless earned his B.S. in Forestry and his joint Ph.D. in Forestry and Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. His career includes teaching and research in Europe, Asia and Central America. Gilless’ research is focused on trade in forest products, regional economic analysis of resource-dependent communities, wildland fire protection planning, forestry development and forest management decision analysis.  He is particularly well known for his textbooks in forest resource management and his modeling work on the pulp and paper industry and wildland fire protection systems.

 

Dan Kammen

KammenDAN KAMMEN is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton in April 2010. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities. Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard. He has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, a scientific body that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He serves on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation. During 2010-2011 Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency with the aim to enhance the operational impact of the Bank’s renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution’s role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway.


 

Maggi Kelly

Maggi

MAGGI KELLY’s lab’s motto is "mapping for a changing California," and they use a range of mapping techniques - remote sensing, object-based image analysis, geospatial modeling, lidar analysis, participatory webGIS and field-based monitoring - to answer applied questions about how and why California landscapes are changing. Her work currently focuses on wetlands, forests and urban settings.  Maggi is the Faculty Director of the Geospatial Innovation Facility at UC Berkeley, and the GIF is the developer of the climate change web application, http://cal-adapt.org/.

 

 

Doug Parker

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DOUG PARKER is the Director of the California Institute for Water Resources and Strategic Initiative Leader for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic Initiative. While at the University of Maryland in early 2011, Doug served on the Maryland Commission on Climate Change: Scientific and Technical Working Group to produce a report for the Governor, “Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change: Phase II: Building societal, economic, and ecological resilience." He also co-organized a workshop on climate change in the northeast. Since returning to California, Doug has worked with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Climate Change Consortium to prepare a report on how California agriculture can adapt to climate change (Climate Change Consortium for SpecialtyCrops - Impacts and Strategies for Resilience). Doug obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

 

Gordon Rausser

Rausser

GORDON RAUSSER is an internationally recognized economist who has combined active careers in academia, business and public policy. He is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. He has received 16 major awards for original research and distinguished service. Based on his research efforts in commodity, futures and derivative markets, his discoveries have been codified in a U.S. patent titled “Integrated Electronic Exchange of Structured Contracts with Dynamic Risk-Based Transaction Permissioning.” Dr. Rausser has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He has held faculty positions in Economics and Statistics at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Iowa State University, Hebrew University, and UC Davis as well as UC Berkeley.

 

David Roland-Holst

DAVID ROLAND-HOLST is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Economics and Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Roland-Holst is one of the world’s leading authorities on economic, energy and climate policy modeling. He has extensive research experience in economics related to environment, development, agriculture and international trade, authoring three books and over 100 articles and chapters in professional journals and books. Professor Roland-Holst has served in several academic posts in the United States, Europe and Asia. He also conducted research in over 40 countries, working with many public institutions in the United States and abroad. More recently, he has been prolific on California climate policy. Addressing Cap and Trade, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, low carbon fuels and an a array of other climate adaptation challenges facing the state, Roland-Holst’s research has been central to the passage, design and implementation of California’s path-breaking Global Warming Solutions Act. Indeed, his research was the only analysis cited in the Governor’s Executive Order establishing AB32. Professor Roland-Holst holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

David L. Sunding

DAVID L. SUNDING is the Thomas J. Graff Chair of Natural Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the founding director of the Berkeley Water Center and currently serves as the chair of his department. He has won numerous awards for his research, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and private foundations. Prior to his current position at Berkeley, Professor Sunding served as a senior economist at President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has extensive consulting, research and expert witness experience in environmental and resource economics, regulation, damages and valuation. He has assisted corporations, utilities, the U.S. Department of Justice and various states in developing economic testimony in environmental and natural resource litigation. Prof. Sunding played a central role in several interstate water resource disputes before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the recent Arch Coal case. He has conducted expert analysis for producers in the oil and gas, mining, forestry and agriculture industries. He served as the chief economic adviser to the State of California in its development of the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

 

Michael Wehner

Michael Wehner

MICHAEL WEHNHER is a senior staff scientist in the Computational Research Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Wehner’s current research concerns the behavior of extreme weather events in a changing climate, especially heat waves, intense precipitation, drought and tropical cyclones. Before joining the Berkeley Lab in 2002, Wehner was an analyst at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Program for Climate Modeling Diagnosis and Intercomparison. He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers. He was also a member of the lead author team for the 2009 White House report, “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” and is currently a lead author for both the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the upcoming 3rd US National Assessment on climate change. Dr. Wehner earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Delaware.

 

David Zilberman

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DAVID ZILBERMAN is a Professor and holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, water, biotechnology and biofuels.  He has served as a Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.  He received his B.A. in Economics and Statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Co-founder of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium and the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research. He established the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at Berkeley and the Berkeley Master’s of Development Practice.