The ERI Graduate Fellows program helps foster a community of students engaged in the science, politics, economics, culture, and ethics of environmental change. Graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. level are eligible for selection as a fellow if they are engaged in a cross-disciplinary research project, AND are advised by faculty members from two different disciplines. Funds may be used to support summer research (including stipend), travel to field sites, and other research-related needs. Preference will be given to projects that include an undergraduate researcher.  

The Environmental Resilience Institute is proud to announce the 2018 ERI Graduate Fellows.

Impact of Drought-Related Air Quality on Childhood & Adolescent Asthma

Aubrey Doede
Faculty Advisers: Pam Maker DeGuzman, School of Nursing and Robert E. Davis, Department of Environmental Sciences

Droughts and heatwaves are expected to rise in frequency and severity as climate change continues. This may disproportionately affect those at highest risk of health disparities such as children and adolescents, who are more sensitive to the long-term effects of air pollution. This project will evaluate drought severity as a moderator in the relationship between location and the risk of asthma exacerbation within the drought prone Imperial Valley in California. 

Persian Gulf Coast “Water Market” and Agriculture Trade

Neda Nazemi and Katherine Carlson
System and Information Engineering
Faculty Advisers: Rider Foley, Engineering and Society Department and Garrick Louis, Systems and Information Engineering Department

This study will investigate the Persian Gulf Coastal region to explore the feasibility of the water market and its potential to enhance the resilience of this coastal region against the plausible climate change implications. A systems analysis of the selected watersheds in this region to reveal what different stakeholders do with water and why and how they affect the system. It will help us to find the critical junctures, policies and practices that may interrupt the function of potential water market.

Analyzing LiDAR and GIS Data in Resilient Cities

Zazu Swistel
Department of Architecture
Faculty Advisers: Jeana Ripple, Architecture Department, Guoping Huang, Urban and Environmental Planning

This research project will use Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology and Geographic Information System (GIS) data to analyze the environmental resilience of the architectural-scale building environment. Three specific resilience measures will be investigated using this approach, including: (1) urban heat island, (2) wind damage risk, and (3) flood risk.

Waste Management and Consumer Behavior

Arash Tavakoli
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Faculty Advisers: Madhur Behl, Department of Computer Science and Arsalan Heydarian Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Systems and Information Engineering

This project will look at the applicability of computer vision systems to inform human interaction with the built environment. Smart sensor technologies connected to each other through the concept of Internet of Things is used to enhance different aspects of infrastructure management.