Bio: I teach in the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, one of the first six interdisciplinary environmental studies programs in the USA (founded as a result of the first Earth Day 1970). My research focuses on the social and environmental dimensions of food and energy systems where I research questions at the intersection of innovation, emerging technologies and environmental change. Since 2008 my primary focus has been on energy commodity chains and with an emphasis on the solar industry. My research on solar energy commodity chains is synthesized in my forthcoming book entitled Solar Power, Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice, which is under contract with the University of California Press, planned to be released in spring 2017. I am currently a Visiting Scholar at the Bill Lane Center for American West at Stanford University finalizing the manuscript during my sabbatical 2016–17, and beginning a new project on federal lands management, energy development, and natural resource conservation.
The interdisciplinary research communities I work with use both qualitative and quantitative research methods and include scholars and practitioners of political ecology, science & technology studies, environmental studies, life cycle assessment, GIS, utility rate design, and energy transitions studies. I am a member of the American Association of Geographers and the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Before my Ph.D. training, I worked for a bioremediation startup as a project engineer at MTBE spill sites, and before as a chemical process engineer for a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer in Linden, NJ and Willow Island, West Virginia. I've done energy, LCA and sustainability consulting work for the Sierra Club, EarthJustice, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund, Earthworks, the Green Electronics Council, Ocean Conservancy, and numerous energy companies and public agencies with the team from EcoShift.
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NSF STS Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley