Current Students

Doctorate (Ph.D.)
 JianxunYang
Jianxun Yang
Ph.D. Visiting Scholar, 2020-Present
Research interests: Environmental Risk Management, Climate Change Communications, Environmental Justice, Environmental Psychology.

Jianxun is a visiting doctoral student at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) (2020.2-2021.7). Before coming to the UM, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Nanjing University, China. His research interests focus on using psychophysiological and neuroscience tools to understand how human perceive various environmental risks, and how the environment might affect human mental and physical health. He has published in Global Environmental Change, Environmental Science & Technology and Journal of Cleaner Production. In UM, he is now working on a new project to use social media data (twitter etc.) to analyze public opinions of climate change.
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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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Sanaz Chamanara
Sanaz Chamanara
Ph.D. Candidate, 2017-Present
Research interests: Urban Sustainable Development, Circular Economy, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Governance Dynamics of Supply Chains, 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 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellowship, 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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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.
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.