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2021 PhD Student Symposium

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

Feb 26 2021 | 1:00pm PST Online

Collage of PhD researchers in action

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 short (3-minute) talks and long (12-minute) talks describing their work. The event is open to everyone and will be presented online using Zoom Webinar.

Watch a recording of the 2021 PhD Symposium here



  • 1:00 pm: Words of welcome from PhD Symposium Committee Chair Ignacia Rivera and Bren School Dean Steve Gaines

  • 1:10 pm: Erin Winslow, Coral bleaching: Understanding dynamics for conservation

  • 1:25 pmAnna Boser, West Nile virus risk mapping using satellite derived temperature data

  • 1:30 pm: Violaine Desgens-Martin, Fate and ecotoxicity potential of pharmaceuticals and personal care products using modeling as a guidance tool

  • 1:45 pm: Nakoa Farrant, Assessing ecological and social implications of abandoned agricultural land

  • 2:00 pm: Annette Hilton, The secret life of groundwater: How to track subsurface groundwater movement with vertical hydraulic gradient

  • 2:05 pm: Fatiq Nadeem, Forecasts: Consumption, production and behavioral responses

  • 2:20 pm: Liliana Sierra, Community-based compliance and enforcement (CBCE) in small-scale fisheries: A review

  • 2:25 pm: Haozhe Yang, Future of renewable electricity supply

  • 2:40 pm: Break

  • 3:00 pm: Elliott Finn, Partisan and place-based identity interact to shape environmental opinion

  • 3:15 pm: Jiajia Zheng, Residential solar-plus-storage systems: Life-cycle cost and carbon emissions

  • 3:30 pm: Cori Lopazanski, Quantifying effects of mangrove deforestation on fisheries catch

  • 3:35 pm: Nicol Parker, Prioritizing pesticide management: Contemporary chemical and crop contributions to environmental toxicity in California

  • 3:50 pm: Chen Xing, Response of interdecadal temperature variability in the Pacific Ocean to external forcing in climate models

  • 3:55 pm: Casey O'Hara, At-risk marine biodiversity faces extensive, expanding, and intensifying human impacts

  • 4:10 pm: Brian Lee, Quantifying bat foraging behavior over California agriculture using ground-based radar

  • 4:15 pm: Patrick HunnicuttCommunity leaders mitigate instability from public service shortages: Evidence from post-conflict Liberia

  • 4:30 pm: Sandy Sum, From boneyard to table: The effects of border enforcement on economic outcomes in the US

  • 4:35 pm: Closing Remarks

  • 5:00 pm: Awards Ceremony

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Thank you to our 2021 PhD Symposium Supporters:

Rincon Consultants, Inc.: Environmental Scientists - Planners - Engineers


ESA Environmental Science Associates


And thank you to the Bren School's Corporate and Institutional Partners:

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Catena Foundation, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Eli Lilly, Grove Plating Company, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Kingfisher Foundation, Lean Green Way, Moulton Niguel Water District, Rhodium Group, Tetiaroa Society, The Nature Conservancy, Toad and Co., Walton Family Foundation


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