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. 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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Masters (M.S.)
Wanja Waweru
Wanja Waweru
M.S. Candidate, Environmental Informatics, 2022
Research interests: Urban climate change resilience, Land use change, and Climate justice

Wanja has a BS in Earth & Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. She is interested in the vulnerability of communities to climate impacts and the application of geospatial technologies in sustainable urban development.