Bio: Ian is a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG). In addition to his position in the Global Policy Lab, he is a graduate of the “Environment and Society: Data Sciences for the 21st Century” NSF Research Traineeship and a member of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He is also the co-founder and Program Manager for an interdisciplinary student team that designed and built an off-grid, 100% solar-powered tiny house in Richmond, CA. Before coming to UC Berkeley, he modeled global disease and injury trends at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in his hometown of Seattle, WA. Outside of academia, Ian volunteers for the Tahoe Backcountry Ski Patrol and spends as much time as possible in the Sierras.
Ian holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, with a focus on earth systems science. He received an MS from ERG in 2016 and another from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (with a focus in Systems Engineering) in 2017.
Research: Ian’s research interests lie in predicting regional impacts of climate change on energy and water management systems, as well as in developing tools to facilitate efficient resource management that is adaptive to these impacts. He seeks to leverage the growing database of remote sensing imagery (RSI) to address such prediction and adaptation goals. Currently, he is working on understanding how topographic and vegetative controls on the spatial distribution of snow in a watershed vary over time and space, with the goal of helping to improve spring and summer streamflow forecasts. He is also working on evaluating spatial distributions of biases in global precipitation products such that these datasets can more effectively be utilized in climate impact studies. Finally, he is working on scalable methods for predicting socioeconomic variables using RSI.
Fields of Interest: Climate impacts, climate adaptation, water systems, snow hydrology, precipitation, remote sensing, renewable energy