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Project Borehole seismic imaging and monitoring, Stanford University and Universidade Federal da Bahia (1/1/1996 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

This collaborative research activity began in 1996 and has run for more than 20 years. Over this time, I have taught short courses at the Federal University of Bahia and meetings of the local geophysical society on borehole seismic imaging and tomography. In addition, I have co-advised several MS level graduate students. Recently, we completed a research project on CO2 monitoring with sponsorship of Petrobras, the national petroleum company.

Location

Salvador Brasil

Project Capacity Building For Energy Geosciences and Engineering, Stanford University, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (3/1/2010 - 8/30/2016)

Principal Investigator:

The goal of this project, sponsored by Chevron Technology Company, was to help build local capacity in energy geosciences in Thailand. The project included Stanford professors and staff teaching short courses in Bangkok and Thai students participating in a summer research program at Stanford.

Location

Bangkok Thailand

Collaborators

  • Visut Pisutha-Arnond, Geology Head, Chulalongkorn University

Project Research and Education partnership for Energy Resources, Stanford University, King Fuad University of Petroleum and Minerals (1/1/2006 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

This trilateral collaborative project involves Stanford University, King Fuad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and Saudi Aramco. The goal is to share best practices for research and education related to petroleum exploration and production. To date, several joint research projects have taken place as well as field trips involving Stanford and KFUPM students in both Saudi Arabia and the USA.

Location

Dhahran Saudi Arabia

Project Strengthening the Research Ecosystem for Sustainability Research in India, Stanford University

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This interdisciplinary research project is prompted by the persistent neglect of environmental sustainability by nationally and regionally sponsored agricultural research programs designed to enhance food security in India. This project goes outside the usual sources of analysis and uses feminist philosophy of science to draw lessons and build capacities for the integration of climate policy with agriculture-food development policy in India. It analyses the environmental values and conceptualisations in science, development interventions and outcomes.

Project Living on the roof of the world: mechanisms underlying hypo tolerance in pikas, Stanford University (2012 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

This research investigates the mechanisms underlying species tolerance of extreme environments, focusing on pika (genus Ochotona). There are 30 pika species, each occupying a unique elevational range between 0 - 6400 m with the highest concentration of species diversity in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau region. Limited oxygen at high elevation critically stresses aerobic metabolism; however, little is known about how pikas are capable of tolerating the extreme hypoxia of their high-elevation habitat.

Project Tracing zoonotic disease risks and immunological adaptations in bats, humans and human commensals across the Central American countryside, Stanford University (1/1/2015 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

Bats have been identified as the reservoirs for a number of emerging infectious diseases but most of these pathogens have coevolved with their hosts for long periods of time without causing issue. We are seeking to understand the potential sources, sinks and pathways of zoonotic infection in a countryside landscape that is home to one of the most diverse bat faunas in the world by examining bats and livestock as well as surveying human behavior.

Location

Costa Rica

Project Evolution, Extinction, and Conservation of Caribbean Mammals, Stanford University (2013 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

We take an interdisciplinary approach to reconstruct recent extinctions in the Caribbean across the past 15,000 years, and leverage these data towards guiding conservation planning in the region under a changing climate and growing human population. Techniques include genomics, stable isotopes, radiocarbon dating, and morphometrics.

Location

Dominican Republic

Collaborators

  • Juan Almonte, Curator, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Santo Domingo

Project Ecological and evolutionary aspects of the bat-infection relationship, Stanford University (February 2012 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

Costa Rica is home to one of the richest, most ecologically diverse bat faunas in the world and is also subject to widespread habitat conversion like many developing nations. We seek to understand how bat ecology and deforestation affect infections in bats as well as how ecologically diverse bats may have evolved to deal with their infections.

Location

Costa Rica

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