Evan Couzo, Postdoctoral Associate (2014-2015)
Evan Couzo is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 2015. As a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, Evan evaluated how sustainable development decisions in Saudi Arabia might affect air quality and health impacts. His research interests cover a broad range of air quality issues from pollutant formation to regulatory decision-making to public health. Before joining MIT, Evan studied the contribution of heterogeneous nitrous acid formation to oxidant chemistry and radical cycling in an urban environment. He has investigated how power plant emissions impact ozone formation in the northeastern U.S., and he has also researched non-typical ozone formation in Houston, Texas. Evan received his PhD from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. He also holds a masters degree from the same institution, a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Mississippi, and a bachelors degree in physics from Williams College. Before becoming an environmental scientist, Evan was a middle school math teacher in the Mississippi Delta.
Evan enjoys hiking with his dog, cooking, traveling, reading, and other sorts of things that make him seem interesting and well-rounded.
Ellen Czaika, PhD, Engineering Systems (2015)
Ellen is interested in the organizational dynamics of creating sustainable changes in supply chains and policy and in how mutual gains negotiation/consensus building theory and processes assist in making these changes. Her research at MIT examined at whether and how models can be used in sustainability negotiations and decisions. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Carey Friedman, Postdoctoral Associate (2010-2015)
Carey was a Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow in the Selin Group from 2005-2010. While at MIT, she expanded the GEOS-Chem model to include simulations of the atmospheric transport of persistent organic pollutants (specifically, PAHs and PCBs), toxic contaminants that persist in the environment. She used the new simulations to investigate various research questions, including what are important pathways and mechanisms in the long-range atmospheric transport of POPs to the Arctic? How will long-range POP transport be affected by climate change? How do particles play a role in the atmospheric transport of POPs?
Carey is now an Assistant Professor of Marine Science in the Corning School of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy. At MMA she teaches chemistry and marine geochemistry to marine science and engineering majors. She plans to continue investigating the transport and fate of POPs in the environment with help from MMA undergrads.
Fernando Garcia Menendez, Postdoctoral Associate (2013-2015)
Fernando is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research interests include air pollution, environmental modeling and numerical methods. As a postdoc at MIT, Fernando studied the impacts of climate change and climate policy on air quality and associated health effects. A major component of his work has been to investigate uncertainty in climate projections and its propagation to air pollution impact assessments. Towards this end, he used integrated assessment, global climate–chemistry, and air quality impacts models. Before coming to MIT, Fernando completed his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech where his research focused on high-resolution methods for photochemical air quality models and simulating the impact of fires on air pollution. At NC State, he plans to use computational models to further explore connections between air pollution, climate, energy and health. He is also a big fan of sports and literature. Fernando misses Boston, but is happy to have moved away from the snow and closer to southern bbq.
Danya Rumore, PhD, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (2015)
Danya Rumore is the Associate Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program in the Wallace Stegner at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. She is a research affiliate of the University of Utah Ecological Planning Center and Global Change and Sustainability Center. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and Planning at MIT in the summer of 2015. Danya's research and work focus on supporting more collaborative decision-making around science-intensive environmental issues, with a focus on climate change adaptation, water resources management, and land use planning. During her time at MIT, she was the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and the Project Manager for the New England Climate Adaptation Project. Her dissertation research tested the effectiveness of science-based role-play simulations as a tool for civic education and engagement around climate change adaptation. She is an author of the book Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities: Strategies for Engagement, Readiness and Adaptation.
Rebecca Saari, PhD, Engineering Systems (2015)
Rebecca developed an integrated assessment modeling framework to explore the interactions between energy and environmental policies. This framework represents atmospheric processes and environmental policies, and quantifies their effect on our energy mix, economic prosperity, and income inequality. She is a fan of clean air, Canada, Canucks, and canoes. She is now an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo.
Leah Stokes, PhD, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (2015)
Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her PhD in Public Policy and masters in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research examines expansion and retrenchment in renewable energy policies across North America, using qualitative and quantitative methods. To date, her research on renewable portfolio standards (RPS), feed-in tariffs (FIT), and net-metering (NEM) policies has been published is Energy Policy, Environmental Science & Technology, and The American Journal of Political Science. She also researches international environmental negotiations, particularly the Minamata Convention on mercury and the climate change negotiations. As part of the Selin Group, she conducted research on mercury negotiations and wrote The Mercury Game.
Tammy Thompson, Postdoctoral Associate (2010-2013)
As part of MIT's Joint Program, Tammy worked on expanding the capabilities of global scale modeling efforts by incorporating regional-scale modeling of ozone and particulate matter in order to evaluate potential air quality and human health impacts of transportation policies. Prior to joining the Selin group at MIT, Tammy worked as a PostDoc at the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas, using regional scale photochemical air quality models to guide the development of Electricity and Transportation Policies. She is now a Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.
Corey Tucker, Master's student in Technology and Policy (2013-2015)
Corey's research focused on the implications of air pollution policies in China on the global fate and transport of atmospheric mercury. She used a computable general equilibrium model in combination with a chemical transport model in order to explore the co-benefits of various climate and air pollution policies on global mercury transport. Corey graduated with her Master's from the Technology and Policy Program in 2016.
Caleb Waugh, Master's student in Technology and Policy
A native of Colorado, Caleb worked in the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change researching abatement costs of criteria pollutants and the effects of air quality and climate policy on the vehicle fleet. Prior to coming to MIT, Caleb interned extensively at Sandia National Laboratory on projects related to fusion energy. Caleb holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys mountain climbing, biking, hiking, and playing basketball. Caleb's primary advisor was John Reilly from the MIT Joint Program.
Shaojie Song, PhD, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (2016)
Shaojie's dissertation research focused on mercury (Hg). He used a combination of atmospheric observations and models to better understand and quantify land-atmosphere interactions of Hg. He is now a postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard China Project.
Colin Pike-Thackray, PhD, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (2016)
Colin's dissertation used an uncertainty-focused approach to model the atmospheric chemistry of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). He is now a postdoc at Harvard University in the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants research group.
Jareth Holt, PhD, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (2016)
Jareth's dissertation focused on the sensitivity of inorganic aerosol impacts to U.S. precursor emissions. Jareth was co-advised with Susan Solomon in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Keeley Rafter, former group administrator
Keeley Rafter was our group administrator until 2016. She started her career at MIT in the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources in 2010, where she coordinated the Excellence Awards and the Leader to Leader program. Both programs encourage staff learning, development and growth. The Excellence Awards recognize staff achievement and are awarded annually. Leader to Leader is MIT's executive leadership training program facilitated by HR. She recently worked at the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center as a Communications Coordinator. Before MIT, she worked in advertising, helped run her family's business and earned a BSBA from Suffolk University in 2006.