About us

Noelle Selin
I am Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. I am also affiliated with the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. My research focuses on using atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making strategies on air pollution, climate change and mercury pollution.

Leah Stokes
I am a PhD Candidate in Environmental Policy and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. I am also a researcher for the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and the Joint Program. My research focuses on the politics of renewable energy policy and the use of science in environmental decision-making. Currently, I am the Project Manager for the Mercury Game, a research initiative focused on teaching students about the science-policy interface.

Danya Rumore
I am a PhD student in Environmental Policy and Planning in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. I am also a researcher for the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and an affiliate of the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My research and work focus on building consensus and supporting collaborative problem solving in the context of science-intensive environmental planning. Currently, I am the Project Manager for the New England Climate Adaptation Project, a research initiative focused on supporting collaborative climate change adaptation in coastal New England communities.

Philip Wolfe
I am a graduate student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I work in the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment and the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction, an FAA Center of Excellence. My research focuses on decision-making frameworks at the science-policy interface and investigating the impacts of global policies on air quality, climate change, and noise pollution.

Amanda Giang
I am a Master's student in the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with an affiliation to the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. My research is focused on integrating atmospheric chemistry and economic modelling to assess the health-related socio-economic impacts of mercury pollution.

Ellen Czaika
I am a PhD candidate in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT. My research investigates how models are used in sustainability negotiations. I am curious about the similarities between design thinking and consensus building. I assist in teaching a leadership course on how to make organizational changes that increase social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

Bethanie Edwards
I am a graduate student in the Joint Program between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution working on a PhD in Chemical Oceanography. I am a member of Ben Van Mooy’s lab. My research focuses on chemical signaling and allelopathy between marine microbes and how this influences carbon flux in the ocean.

Mark Staples
I am a second year Masters student in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT and a Research Assistant for the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment. My research interests include energy and the environment, specifically alternative fuels for aviation. At INC5 I'll be focusing on issues related to mercury trade and supply, artisinal scale gold mining, and waste.

Alice Alpert
I am a graduate student in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, where I study coral reefs and climate change. I believe that it is important for scientists to communicate their research to the public and to inform policy decisions. At the UNEP treaty negotiation I hope to see how science is used to construct policy solutions to global environmental problems.

Julie van der Hoop
I am a graduate student in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. My research focuses on human impacts on marine mammals, specifically mortality related to entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strikes.

Rebecca Saari
I am a PhD Candidate in the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I'm affiliated with MIT's Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, as well as the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. I am studying the air quality co-benefits of energy and climate change policies using integrated models of economy and atmosphere.

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