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2020 PhD Student Symposium

Learn about the diverse, cutting-edge research being conducted by Bren School PhD students

Feb 28 2020 | 12:30pm PST Bren Hall 1414

A student presents a poster in the Bren courtyard

The Bren PhD Student Symposium is held annually to highlight the diverse, cutting-edge research being conducted by Bren School PhD students. The students will present posters, short (3-minute) talks and longer (12-minute) talks describing their work. The event is open to the entire UCSB and Santa Barbara communities and is free to attend.


  • 12:30: Arrival and Registration
  • 1:00: Welcoming Remarks, Nathan Grimes, Chair, PhD Symposium Committee
  • 1:05: Highlights of Bren School PhD Research, Associate Dean Bruce Kendall
  • 1:10: Yang Qio, "Transition Cost for Low-Carbon Electricity in the United States"
  • 1:15: Liliana Sierra Castillo, "Estimating Mortality for the Assessment of a Small-Scale Fishery: Lane Snapper (Lutjanus synagris) in Honduras"
  • 1:30: Patrick Hunnicutt, "A Curse in Reverse? Preventing the Illegal Trafficking of Artisanal Gold from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo"
  • 1:45: Niklas Griessbaum, "An Antidote to Megalophobia: Gracefully Handling Trillions of Datapoints with STAREpandas"
  • 2:00: Julia Lawson, "Understanding the Effectiveness of Fisheries Management in the High Seas"
  • 2:05: Refreshment Break    
  • 2:40: Jessica Couture, "Maximizing Co-Benefits of Seaweed Aquaculture"
  • 2:55: Nakoa Farrant, "Reckless Abandonment: The Influence of Agricultural Legacies on Ecosystem Recovery"
  • 3:00: Haozhe Yang, "Stranded Assets and Climate Mitigation"
  • 3:15: Jiajia Zheng, "Data Processing with Renewable Over-Generation: The Carbon Emissions Savings"
  • 3:20: Closing Remarks, Judging Panel
  • 3:30: Reception and Poster Session in the Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard

Thank you to our generous supporter, Rincon Consultants, Inc.

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