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Matthew Babcock | CMU

Matthew Babcock

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Department of Engineering & Public Policy Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making

Position: Research Assistant

E-mail: mbabcock@andrew.cmu.edu

Highest academic qualification: PhD (In progress)

 

 

 

 

Role in the Project: Matthew is a Graduate Research Assistant on the FuturAgua project. He is working on the characterization of local stakeholder beliefs, knowledge, and values regarding water system-related decision making and the transfer and use of climate and other scientific information.   Matthew is a first year PhD student in the Engineering and Public Policy department at Carnegie-Mellon University.  His previous studies include a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Tech, and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His environmental engineering master’s research focused on measurements of poor indoor air quality in rural Panama, where I also served in the Peace Corps. His MPA work focused on water infrastructure policy in the U.S., adaptation to climate and environmental change, and community-based water quality development projects.

 

 

5 most recent relevant publications

Babcock, Matthew. (2006). The Effects of Traditional Cooking Technologies and Small Control Interventions on Indoor Air Quality in Cayo Paloma, Panama. (Master’s Report). Report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.

Babcock, Matthew. (2013). State Hazard Mitigation Plans and Climate Change: Rating the States. Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University. http://web.law.columbia.edu/climate-change/publications.

Mihelcic, James R. et al (2009) Field Guide to Environmental Engineering for Development Workers. ASCE Press. (Co-wrote the Indoor Air Quality chapter)

Babcock, Matthew. (2003). “Groundwater Contamination” Interactive Web Module for the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Series. Michigan Tech. http://techalive.mtu.edu/meec/module04/title.htm

Silja V. Hund | UBC

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The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS)

Position: Research Assistant

Email: shund@eos.ubc.ca

Highest academic qualification: PhD, Geological Science (In progress)

 

 

 

 

Role in the Project: Silja focuses on understanding how climatic variability, land use and different water management strategies affect water supply on the Nicoya Peninsula. She is researching the hydrological systems of several subwatersheds, and investigates the surface and groundwater resources using field monitoring and computer modelling.   Silja completed a M.Sc. (Science Diplom) in Geoecology at the University of Potsdam in Germany, during which she specialized into hydrology and soil science. She completed her Master thesis at the Soil, Water and Communities Research Group at UBC in Vancouver, in which she investigated phosphorus and trace metal availability in sediments of an agricultural stream close to Vancouver. During her degree, Silja took part in field work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, where she worked on hydrology of the tropical rainforest. Currently, she is also an active board member of the Canadian Water Resources Associations.

 

5 most recent relevant publications

Silja V. Hund, Sandra Brown, Les M. Lavkulich, Sascha E. Oswald (2013). Relating P lability in stream sediments to watershed land use via an effective sequential extraction scheme. Water, Air and Soil Pollution. 224: 1643-1656. Monninkhoff, B., S. Kaden, K. Bossel, B.

Fischer, S. Hund (2011): GIS-based water management tools. Proceedings of the 5th UNESCO Training Course for Sustainable Water Management and final Symposium of the Joint Chinese-German project for overall-effective measures for sustainable water resources management in the coastal area of Shandong Province, China. Yantai, China. 329 – 342.

Hund, S.V. (2011): Fractionation of phosphorus and trace metals in agricultural stream sediments. Diplom Final Thesis, University of Potsdam, Germany, in cooperation with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Hund, S.V., A. E. Shiel, S. Brown, L. M. Lavkulich, D. Weiss (2011): Agricultural impact on P and metal availability in stream sediments. Mineralogical Magazine, 75(3) 1071, Goldschmidt Abstracts.

S. Hund, S. Haque, K. Jones and K.U. Mayer (2009). Gas Generation in Sand Columns Contaminated with Small Volume Releases of Ethanol. Geological Survey of America, Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. Paper No. 251-15.

Manar Sarie | CMU

Manar SariaCarnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Department of Engineering & Public Policy Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making

Position: Research Assistant

E-mail: msarie@andrew.cmu.edu

Highest academic qualification: PhD (In progress)

 

Role in the Project: Manar’s research will be divided into two main parts, first, along with Silja Hund, she will be doing some modeling of the watersheds in the study region. While Siljia will concentrate on two main ones and study them deeply, Manar will be doing broader modeling to the rest of the watersheds. Secondly, she will be dealing with decision tools to develop management scenarios, this part will integrate the work of the rest of the groups, and will try to come with beneficial policies on water and resource management.   Manar got a B.S in environmental and water engineering from the Technion (Technological Institute of Israel) and a B.A. in economics, management and human resources at Bar Ilan University, Israel. She finished a master in Desert studies from Ben Gurion University at the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, Israel. Moreover, Manar has taken many other extra curricula classes in various topics, among others: training in young women entrepreneurship at Green Bay Wisconsin University, Global Citizenship, environmental leadership and democracy from Crossing Borders NGO (Denmark).

Paige Olmsted | UBC

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The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

Position: Research Assistant

E-mail: paige.olmsted@gmail.com

Highest academic qualification: PhD (In progress)

 

 

 

 

Role in the project: Along with other team members Paige will be looking at how different water related ecosystem services are valued and consumed in the study region. Using this information they will develop potential creative resource management scenarios to discuss with stakeholders. The purpose of this exercise is to better understand what elements, incentives or motivations are most important for users to consider what might be the most effective strategies for management actions in the future.   Paige has an honours degree in Biology from Queen’s University, and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to beginning her PhD research at UBC she worked as a research assistant for the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management division of the United Nations Environment Program, and as a research associate focused on economic incentives for conservation at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Alejandra Echeverri| UBC

The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

Position: Research Assistant

E-mail: alejandra.echeverri@alumni.ubc.ca

Highest academic qualification: PhD (In progress)

 

Role in the project: In collaboration with other members in the team, Alejandra will study social-ecological adaptation to climate change and land-use change acting synergistically. She will study how these environmental changes will change bird biodiversity in the future, and how people at local scales perceive these changes and cope with and adapt to them. The purpose of this research is to seek synergies for adaptation in social-ecological systems that could better inform management strategies and actions.

 

Alejandra has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), and a Master of Science in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at The University of British Columbia. Prior to beginning her MSc and PhD research at UBC, she worked in an international cooperation project for sustainable development between Norway and Colombia, and she worked as an environmental consultant (as principal ornithologist) assessing environmental impacts of development projects in Colombia.

 

5 most recent relevant publications

Del Risco, Andrés A., and Alejandra Echeverri. 2011. Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Matamala, Mateo, and Ornithology Course 2010-20, Universidad de los Andes (edited by Alejandra Echeverri, Iliana Medina, Erika Salazar, Viviana Alarcón & C. Daniel Cadena). 2012. Bare-faced Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Echeverri, A. 2012. The whole story behind palm oil. The lunchbox- ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. CISV International.

Echeverri, A. 2012. What’s for dinner?. The lunchbox- ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. CISV International.

Echeverri, A. 2012. Water and sustainable development. The lunchbox- ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. CISV International. 

Camille Belmin | CIRAD

CIRAD
& Institute of technology for Life, Food And Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech)

Position: Research Assistant

 

E-mail: camille.belmin@agroparistech.fr

 

Highest academic qualification: Masters in Agricultural Sciences (In progress)

 

Role in the Project: I am a French student from the Life and Environmental Sciences Institute AgroParisTech, Paris. My specialty is environmental management with emphasis in the Management of Natural and Common Resources. Since a year and a half, I have been very much interested in the use of computer tools for general modeling. Then, I discovered the work of Pierre Bommel and his Green unit at CIRAD and I liked very much the approach of their work, obtaining an opportunity for developing a professional apprenticeship under his guidance at the FuturAgua project.

 

One of the objectives from my apprenticeship is to develop multi-agent computer models to improve water management in Guanacaste. I will be animating workshops with water management stakeholders in Guanacaste, organizing role games, and workshops for participatory simulation. The models will be co-constructed between water management stakeholders and researchers, thus model users will be empowered to be part from the issues and solutions using the information and learnings participatively developed. 

Mathilde Larghi | CIRAD

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CIRAD
& Ecole National Supérieure d’Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaire (ENSAIA)

Position: Research Asistant

E-mail: mathilde.larghi9@etu.univ-lorraine.fr

Highest academic qualification: Masters (In progress)

 

Role in the Project: Mathilde is researching the impacts of climate change in agriculture and how could weather forecasts help. To complete this objective, she is conducting interviews among the farmers of two different watersheds to collect information about their current production systems, their use of water and how can they react to forecasts. After this first step, she will use the collected information to develop a bio-economic model to assess the economic value of weather forecasts.

 

Mathilde, is studying at the ENSAIA (Ecole National Supérieure d’Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaire), in Nancy, France. She is studying towards her Master degree (MSc) in engineering with a specialization in environmental sciences. She studied in Spain (University of Valencia) for a semester where she developed further her knowledge about in rural development.

Jeroen Houdijk | CIRAD

Jeroen HoudijkCIRAD
& International Master’s in Administration and Development of Sustainable Enterprises (CATIE)

Position: Research Asistant

E-mail: jeroen.houdijk@catie.ac.cr

Highest academic qualification: Masters (In progress)

 

Role in the Project: Jeroen is modeling farms productive hydrosystems and mapping the value chain for an association of organic hillside producers Orgánicos el Cerro Negro in the Nicoya peninsula, in order to develop a strategic business plan

 

Jeroen is a Dutch environmental engineer, graduated at the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden with expertise in environmental monitoring. In 2015 enrolled in CATIE’s new international professional masters program ADNS (Administración y Desarrollo de Negocios Sostenibles).