Press Release

RFF Announces Fellowship Awardees for 2013–2014 Academic Year

Jul 29, 2013

WASHINGTON—Eight academic fellowship and internship awardees have been named by Resources for the Future (RFF) to conduct environmental and energy research during the coming year. The awards, which provide stipends and program support for the recipients, are selected through a competitive process and are funded by special gifts to the RFF endowment. For more information about these programs, see Fellowships and Internships.

Winners for the 2013–2014 academic year are listed below:

Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship

Daniel Shawhan, an assistant professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will spend the 2013–2014 academic year in residence at RFF, working to develop and implement improved models of the US power grid.

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Adrian Lopes, a student of applied economics and management at Cornell University, is conducting dissertation research on poaching and species protection, with an application to elephants in southern Africa.
Lala Ma, an economics student at Duke University, is conducting dissertation research on improving estimates of the value of brownfields cleanup, by taking into account how much information households have about the site and anticipated future cleanup.
Erica Myers, a student of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley, is conducting dissertation research on the “energy efficiency gap,” specifically looking at asymmetric information between landlords and tenants and between home buyers and sellers as possible sources of an efficiency gap.
Ashwin Rode, an economics student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is conducting dissertation research on lobbying and permit allocations in the EU Emissions Trading System, and on institutions and the resource curse.
Richard Sweeney, a student of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is conducting dissertation research on effects of environmental regulations in the oil refining industry, testing the Porter Hypothesis and looking at dynamic firm decisionmaking.

John V. Krutilla Research Stipend

Derek Lemoine, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, is working to update and improve the damage functions used in integrated assessment modeling of climate change policy.

Walter O. Spofford Memorial Internship

Xu Liu, a student of environmental science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is working with RFF researchers to study the online retail of green products in China and what the Beijing car registration lottery tells us about demand for automobiles in China.
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