Current Students

Doctorate (Ph.D.)
JasonHawes
Jason “Jake” Hawes
Ph.D. Pre-Candidate, 2019-Present
Research interests: Food-Energy-Water networks, Social-physical infrastructures, Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Urban Development.

Jake is a doctoral student at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). Before coming to the University of Michigan, Jake received his BS in Environmental and Ecological Engineering and MS in Natural Resources Social Science from Purdue University. His previous work centered on coupled natural-human systems of water and water governance, including disaster recovery, adaptation to water scarcity, and community-scale WASH development. Moving forward, Jake is applying this interdisciplinary background to the study of urban infrastructure development and redevelopment, investigating questions of sustainability and resilience in the context of Food-Energy-Water networks.
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Calli VanderWilde
Calli VanderWilde
Ph.D. Pre-Candidate, 2018-Present
Research interests: Climate Change Adaptation, Community Resilience, Food-Water-Energy Nexus, International Development.

Calli is a doctoral student at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She earned her master’s in Sustainable Systems at SEAS in 2018 with research on the techno-economic feasibility of integrated microgrid renewables in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. She also served as Program Assistant for the student-led, UM-based sustainable development organization, Sustainability Without Borders. In May 2018, Calli led a research team in Samara, Costa Rica in two projects: (1) a water resources assessment and (2) a social life-cycle assessment research on coral reef restoration. Before coming to Michigan Calli researched economic benefits of green infrastructure in Portland, OR.
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Sanaz Chamanara
Sanaz Chamanara
Ph.D. Candidate, 2016-Present
Research interests: Urban Sustainable Development, Spatial Planning, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Governance Dynamics of SC, Environmental Justice.

Sanaz is a doctoral student at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation research explores the Environmental Justice and Governance Dynamics of Supply Chains with a spatially-explicit life cycle approach. She received her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, with a thesis that looked at the Impact of Green Infrastructure on the perception of Safety in Detroit. She is the recipient of the American Association University Women (AAUW) International fellowship and Landscape Architecture Foundation Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli, FASLA. Before coming to Michigan, Sanaz worked as a researcher on several research projects related to urban sustainable development, Green Infrastructure, rehabilitation of urban gardens and urban resiliency with Shiraz Municipality and University of Shiraz. Sanaz also has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Shahid Behehti University in Iran and a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology.
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K. Arthur Endsley
K. Arthur Endsley
Ph.D. Candidate, 2014-2019 (Expected)
Research interests: Neighborhood change, Urban land-use and land-cover change, Remote sensing methods, Complex systems.

Arthur Endsley is a doctoral candidate in Natural Resources and Scientific Computing at the School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. His dissertation research explores the associations between socio-economic and biophysical changes in residential neighborhoods using satellite remote sensing and fine time series data on housing market conditions. He is a Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellow and his scholarship is also supported by a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. He is a certified Software Carpenty and Data Carpentry Instructor with broad interests in the application of scientific computing and satellite remote sensing for the study of coupled human and natural systems.
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Masters (M.S.)
Kimin Cho
Kimin Cho
M.S. Candidate, Environmental Justice, 2020
Research interests: Sustainable Supply Systems, Industrial Ecology, and, Environmental justice

Kimin has a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. His interests lie in wealth redistribution, environmental injustice, and socioeconomic injustice issues. He is also interested in corporate sustainability efforts, and the public sector risk management systems. He is currently working on an innovative project to find ways to make avocado supply chain more sustainable.



Christian Noyce
Christian Noyce
M.S. Candidate, Environmental Policy and Planning; Environmental Justice, 2020
Research interests: Environmental Justice, transportation

Christian’s interests lie in examining environmental justice implications of market driven environmental policy. I am also interested in the equity, implementation, and access of electrification within public and private transportation. Within the USRG, Christian works on non point source agricultural emissions and their connections to the food on our tables.





Undergraduate (U.G.)
Jianella Macalino
Jianella Macalino
B.S. Candidate, Program in the Environment and International Studies, 2019
Research interests: Urban Sustainability, International Sustainable Development, Urban Planning and Policy

Jianella is interested in the effects of climate change and consumption on a global scale, especially in urban areas. Her research at the USRG includes tracking the supply chain of beef to find potential connections between beef production and environmental degradation and tracking land use for rubber in Sri Lanka.
Lydia Whitbeck
Lydia Whitbeck
B.S. Candidate, Program in the Environment, 2019
Research interests: Urban Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Built Environment

Lydia is working with the Urban Sustainability Group on mapping the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in the United States. Her research seeks to quantify the footprint of CAFOs in the United States.