Press Release

RFF Announces Recipients of 2008-09 Fellowship Program Awards

May 21, 2008

RFF Announces Recipients of Fellowship Program Awards for 2008-2009 Academic Year

FOR RELEASE: May 21, 2008
Contact: Stanley N. Wellborn, Director of Public Affairs, 202-328-5026

WASHINGTON - Recipients of six academic fellowships and special internships have been named by Resources for the Future to conduct environmental and energy research during the coming academic year.

The awards provide stipends and program support for the recipients, who are selected through a competitive process. Each year, more than $120,000 is available for post-doctoral and other academic awards as well as graduate-level researchers, funded by special gifts to the RFF endowment.

"We are especially gratified by the exemplary accomplishments of this year's awardees," said Molly Macauley, senior fellow and director of academic programs. "Their interests will augment and expand many of the ongoing research activities already underway at RFF, and we look forward to the results of their work."

Winners for the 2008-09 academic year in each award program are:

Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Wolfram Schlenker, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, will join RFF during 2008-09 to pursue research on estimating the impact of global warming on American agriculture.

John V. Krutilla Research Award

C. Josh Donlan III, a Ph.D. graduate of Cornell University in ecology and evolutionary biology and a visiting fellow at Cornell University, will use his stipend to conduct research on biodiversity offsets as a tool for managing fisheries by-catch.

Walter O. Spofford Jr. Memorial Internship

Liguang Liu, a Ph.D. student in the School of Public Administration at Florida International University, will contribute to research on climate issues and China during his summer with RFF.

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Hunt Allcott, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Policy, Harvard University, will complete his research on energy demand, including household electricity usage and the response of the American auto industry to changes in corporate average fuel economy standards.

Chad Lawley, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, will complete his research on non-indigenous species and U.S. trade policy to examine the extent to which border inspections are determined by protectionist versus risk-reduction motivations.

Heather Sander, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota, is completing her degree in conservation biology by using spatial modeling to examine the ecological and economic effects of changes in land use in the St. Paul, Minnesota, metropolitan area.


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