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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    Commentary

    Achieving Decarbonization and Energy Equity Through Reconciliation

    Sep 9, 2021

    The past two years have witnessed increasingly vocal calls for rapid decarbonization of the global economy through a clean energy transition. How can Congress ensure that new costs associated with a clean energy transition do not fall disproportionately on lower-income ratepayers?

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    Water Planning for the Uncertain Future

    Mar 8, 2021

    Recent climatic shifts likely will continue to affect water resources management in significant but uncertain ways. This tool provides information about decisionmaking under deep uncertainty methods—specifically, Robust Decision Making—through five case studies.

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    Matthew Kubasak

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education B.S. in applied and computational math and statistics; political science, University of Notre Dame

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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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    Alejandra Lopez

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.S. in mathematics, Purdue University; B.S. in mathematics, Arizona State University

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    Maria McCollester

    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

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    Karishma V. 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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    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 economics, University of Georgia; B.A. in international affairs, University of Georgia; B.A. in women's studies, University of Georgia

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    Mann Virdee

    Research Assistant
    Education Ph.D. in international development, University of Birmingham; M.Sc. in emerging economies and international development, King's College London; B.Sc. in natural sciences, Queen Mary University of London

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    Henry H. Willis

    Director, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.A. in environmental engineering and science, University of Cincinnati; B.A. in chemistry and environmental sciences, University of Pennsylvania