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Adam Burrows

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences

Director, Program in Planets and Life

Location: 105 Peyton Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-3590
Email Address: burrows@astro.princeton.edu

Research Description:

General energy studies; fission and fusion; climate change; battery technology; policy

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Rene Carmona

Paul M. Wythes '55 Professor of Engineering and Finance

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Chair, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Location: 210 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-2310
Email Address: rcarmona@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Commodity and energy markets (e.g. oil, electricity, natural gas, coal); market mechanisms to control greenhouse gas emissions; game theoretic analyses of the energy/emissions markets with emphasis on the policy implications of their designs

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Jianqing Fan

Frederick L. Moore, Class of 1918, Professor in Finance

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Director, Committee for Statistical Studies

Location: 205 Sherrred Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-7924
Email Address: jqfan@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Risk modleing, statistics, financial econometrics, analysis of big data, computational biology, machine learning, probabilistic tropical cyclone risk modeling

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Alexander Glaser

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Location: 202 221 Nassau St.
Phone Number: 609-258-5692
Email Address: aglaser@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Nuclear power (fission/fusion); nuclear fuel cycle/nonproliferation; neutronics calculations for new systems (e.g. small modular reactors; safeguards and verification; energy policy)

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Noreen Goldman

Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Location: 243 Wallace Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5724
Email Address: ngoldman@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Role of environment in human health; social and economic factors on adult health and the physiological pathways through which these factors operate

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Robert Goldston

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences

Location: MS41 C-Site B319 PPL
Phone Number: 609-243-3550
Email Address: rjg@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Experimental plasma physics, plasma heating and transport for fusion energy. Edge power handling. Fusion reactor and power plant designs, including tokamak, spherical torus, and stellarator configurations. Socio-economic aspects of nuclear energy, particularly nuclear proliferation risks

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Simon Levin

George M. Moffett Professor of Biology

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Location: 203 Eno Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-6880
Email Address: slevin@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Ecosystem and biosphere-level maintenance of macroscopic patterns and processes; evolution of diversification; mathematical modeling; evolution and ecology of dispersal; strain structure in influenza; public goods problems and environmental economics

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Ning Lin

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: E328 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-0266
Email Address: nlin@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Natural hazards and risk assessment, stochastic modeling, wind engineering, coastal engineering, climate change impact and adaptation, and built environment and sustainability; the study of tropical cyclones and associated weather extremes (e.g., strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge), how they change with climate, and how their impact on the natural and built environment can be mitigated

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Douglas Massey

Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Director, Office of Population Research

Director, Program in Population Studies

Location: 239 Wallace Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-4949
Email Address: dmassey@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Issues of international migration caused by environmental change

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Denise Mauzerall

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and CEE

Location: E412 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-2498
Email Address: mauzeral@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Analysis of air quality and climate impacts of various energy technologies (coal, gas, solar, wind) with the goal of identifying options with maximum co-benefits. Analysis of China’s energy future and options for air quality, health, and climate co-benefits. Effect of nitrogen, ozone, and water on sustainable intensification of crop production. Measurement of methane leakage from older U.S. natural gas infrastructure

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Michael Oppenheimer

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Location: 448 Robertson Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-2338
Email Address: omichael@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Science and policy of the atmosphere, particularly climate change and its impacts; effects of global warming on ice sheets and sea level

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Warren Powell

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Director, Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Research

Director, Program in Engineering and Management Systems

Location: 230 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5373
Email Address: powell@princeton.edu

Research Description:

High-dimensional stochastic optimization for: Storage of energy from wind and solar; stochastic, multiscale energy policy models for energy investment decisions; control of smart grids; management of plug-in electric vehicles; control of heterogeneous storage devices; R&D portfolio optimization; heavy-tailed models of electricity prices; and finding optimal demand response strategies in the presence of time-varying prices

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Eldar Shafir

William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Location: 531 Peretsman-Scully Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5624
Email Address: shafir@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Behavioral interventions; reasoning, judgment, and decision-making, and issues related to behavioral economics, with an emphasis on descriptive studies of how people make judgments and decisions in situations of conflict and uncertainty

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Ronnie Sircar

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Location: 208 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-2841
Email Address: sircar@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Game-theoretic analyses of the energy/emissions markets with emphasis on policy implications; economics of exhaustible resources, including modeling of shifts in energy markets toward more expensive alternative sources such as solar; dynamic games models to help design incentives for greener fuel production; financialization of energy and commodities markets; interplay between power and emissions markets

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Frank N. Von Hippel

Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus, Woodrow Wilson School

Location: 209 221 Nassau St.
Phone Number: 609-258-4695
Email Address: fvhippel@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Nuclear nonproliferation, including security aspects of nuclear energy programs. Technical and institutional dimensions of proliferation risks associated with the use of nuclear power on a broader global scale and strategies for minimizing those risks

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Elke U. Weber

Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Location: 86 Olden Street
Phone Number: 609-258-7640
Email Address: eweber@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Questions at the intersection of psychology, economics, engineering, and policy that address the importance and role of descriptive/behavioral models of judgment and decision-making under risk and uncertainty and for decisions with long time horizons in environmental and energy-related decision making and policy. Psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual, group, or cultural differences in risk taking and time discounting across domains.

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David Wilcove

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Location: 446 Robertson Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-7118
Email Address: dwilcove@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Environmental policy; conservation of biodiversity; effects of human adaptive responses to climate change on biodiversity; impact of palm oil (for food and biofuel) on biodiversity; climate change and spread of invasive plants

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Wei Xiong

Hugh Leander and Mary Trumbull Adams Professor in Finance

Professor of Economics

Location: 201 26 Prospect Avenue
Phone Number: 609-258-0282
Email Address: wxiong@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Financialization of commodity and energy markets; effects of financial market frictions; behavioral finance

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