Bio: Ian is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG). In addition to his position in the Global Policy Lab, he is a member of the “Environment and Society: Data Sciences for the 21st Century” NSF Research Traineeship and of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He is also the co-founder and Program Manager for an interdisciplinary team that designed and built an off-grid, 100% solar-powered tiny house in Richmond, CA. Before coming to UC Berkeley, he modeled global disease and injury trends at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in his hometown of Seattle, WA. Outside of academia, Ian volunteers for the Tahoe Backcountry Ski Patrol and spends as much time as possible in the Sierras.
Ian holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, with a focus on earth systems science. He received his MS in ERG in 2016, and will receive an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a focus in Systems Engineering, in May 2017.
Research: Ian’s research interests lie in predicting regional impacts of climate change on energy and water management systems, as well as in developing tools to facilitate efficient resource management that is adaptive to these impacts. He is currently working on understanding how topography and vegetation drive the spatial distribution of snow in a watershed, with the intent of helping to improve spring and summer streamflow forecasts.
Fields of Interest: Climate impacts, water systems, snow hydrology, remote sensing, renewable energy