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2024 PhD Student Symposium

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

Mar 1 2024 | 1:00pm PST Bren Hall 1414 / Online

Collage of PhD students at previous symposiums

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 longer (12-minute) talks describing their work. The event is open to the entire UCSB and Santa Barbara communities and is free to attend.


  • 1:00pm: Words of welcome from PhD Symposium Committee Co-Chair Jaenna Wessling and Bren School Dean Steve Gaines
  • 1:10pm: Brian LeeTree-mendous Changes: Quantifying Changes in Forest Carbon Using Remote Sensing and Machine Learning
  • 1:25pm: Wen Tien WangJust Transition Strategies for the Refinery Industry Sector in the USA
  • 1:30pm: Sean DennyOutsourcing Wildlife Conservation: A Comparative Analysis of Private and Government Management of Protected Areas in Africa
  • 1:45pm: Allie CaughmanClimate Change Reduces Long-term Population Benefits from Marine Protected Areas through Selective Pressures on Species Movement
  • 2:00pm: Shay MagaheyIdentifying Changes to El Nino-Southern Oscillation in a Warming Climate
  • 2:05pm Yifan (Flora) HeHealth Impact of Gold Mining in the Brazilian Amazon
  • 2:20pm: Break
  • 2:45pm: Cali PflegerThe Impact of Marine Cloud Brightening on Eastern Pacific Fisheries
  • 3:00pm: Jamie MillerAcoustic Behavioral Response of Nesting Western Snowy Plovers to Rocket Launches in Restored Coastal Dunes at Vandenberg Space Force Base
  • 3:05pm: Mukta KelkarEmpirical Studies on Climate Resilience in MPAs Demonstrate Effectiveness in Limited Contexts
  • 3:20pm: Risa LewisValuing the Mental Health Impact of Climate Change Information
  • 3:25pm: Haozhe YangGlobal Transcontinental Power Pools for Low-carbon Electricity
  • 3:40pm: Gemma Del RossiUntangling the Influence of Climate on Agricultural Decision-Making: Evidence from Smallholders in Zambia
  • 3:45pm: Closing Remarks

Reception in the Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard to follow.


Thank you to our 2024 PhD Symposium Supporter:

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




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

AEP Channel Counties Chapter, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, California Homebuilding Foundation, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Latham & Watkins, O’Melveny & Myers, Professional Environmental Managers Association (PEMA), Rincon Consultants, Southern California Edison, The Nature Conservancy, Toad & Co.

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