Environmental and Natural Resource Management

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The use and conservation of natural resources such as water, land, soil, plants, and animals affects a multitude of industries, from agriculture and mining to tourism, fishing, and forestry. RAND researchers concerned about ecosystems and sustainability pursue studies in flooding, nuclear energy, drought, coastal restoration, and more in their quest to mitigate the potential adverse effects of mismanagement.

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    Military and Local Governments Could Coordinate Climate Adaptation Plans

    Apr 28, 2020

    Contending with and preparing for the effects of climate change is a critical global challenge that will shape the security landscape over the next 20 years. What role can collaboration play in military and local government climate resilience planning?

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    Green Infrastructure Can Help Manage Rainfall in an Urban Watershed

    Oct 29, 2020

    Urbanization, inadequate investment in aging infrastructure, and more-frequent heavy rainfall events due to climate change have led to sewer overflows, flooding, and reduced water quality in U.S. cities. The challenges of increasing volumes of stormwater can be addressed by a mix of solutions.

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    Carlos Calvo Hernandez

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in international policy and management, New York University; B.S. in mathematics, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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    Gary Cecchine

    Director, RAND Gulf States Policy Institute; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in biology and public policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in marine science and biology, University of Tampa

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    Noreen Clancy

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in environmental science and policy, The Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in criminology and law, University of Florida

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    David G. Groves

    Director, RAND Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in atmospheric sciences, University of Washington; M.S. in earth systems, Stanford University; B.S. in geological and environmental sciences, Stanford University

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    Kyle Haak

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in physics, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    Debra Knopman

    Principal Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University; M.S. in civil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A. in chemistry, Wellesley College

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    Karishma Patel

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in public administration, Harvard University; B.A. in economics; international studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    James D. Powers

    Quality Assurance Manager, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in materials science and engineering, MIT; M.S. in materials science and engineering, UC Berkeley; Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, UC Berkeley

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    Benjamin Lee Preston

    Director, Community Health and Environmental Policy Program; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in environmental biology, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in biology, College of William & Mary

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    John F. Raffensperger

    Operations Researcher, Adjunct; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in business, University of Chicago; M.B.A., University of Chicago; B.S. in industrial engineering, Northwestern University

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    Susan A. Resetar

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education A.B. in mathematics and economics, Cornell University; M. Eng. in operations research, University of California Berkeley

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    Pamina Smith

    Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in comparative social policy, University of Oxford; B.A. in history and literature, Harvard University

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    Danielle Sobol

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in international development practice, Columbia University; B.A. in history, The University of Wisconsin - Madison

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    Scott R. Stephenson

    Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in geography, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. in geography, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in human biology, Stanford University

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    Stephanie Stewart

    Research Assistant
    Education B.A. in international affairs, University of Georgia; B.A. in women's studies, University of Georgia; B.A. in economics, University of Georgia

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    Sara Turner

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in international studies, University of Denver; B.A. in economics and international relations, Gonzaga University

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    Justin M. Lee

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in political science and international relations, Carleton College; B.A. in physics, Carleton College

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    Robert J. Lempert

    Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition; Principal Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in applied physics, S.M. in applied physics and science policy, Harvard University; B.A.S. in physics and political science, Stanford University

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    Maria McCollester

    Associate Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, Boston College; M.P.A. in public administration, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science, Indiana University of PA; B.A. in history, Indiana University of PA

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    Michelle E. Miro

    Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in water resources engineering, UCLA; M.S. in water resources engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in humanities, University of Texas at Austin