Le Anh Nguyen Long

Dr. Le Anh Nguyen Long is a post-doctoral scholar at the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior. She earned a Joint PhD in Public Policy and Political Science from Indiana University.

Le Anh investigates how social networks influence the diffusion of local-level hydraulic fracturing policy innovations. Her research interests center on the role that social structure plays in the diffusion of ideas, information, rules, and behaviors relevant to policymaking. She employs network analysis along with a range of quantitative and qualitative methods. Her recent research focuses on three trans-border governance research areas: immigration, climate change adaptation, and local-level hydraulic fracturing policy. 


Megan Foster

Megan is a third-year doctoral student in the Geography Graduate Group. Her research focuses on collaborative management of U.S. National Parks. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University and M.S. in Community Development from UC Davis. Megan's master’s work focused on the role of a citizens advisory committee (CAC) in enhancing local community participation in park management decisions at Point Reyes National Seashore. In her dissertation, she plans to conduct several more case studies and surveys of CACs in national park units to further explore factors associated with successful collaborative management. 





Madeline Gottlieb

Madeline is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Graduate Group in Ecology, focusing on human ecology and environmental policy. Before coming to UC Davis she worked at Resources for the Future, a Washington, DC-based think tank, on a multi-faceted project examining public perceptions and regulatory aspects of shale development. Her interests broadly center on human-environment interactions and how social networks shape those interactions, particularly in the context of environmental justice. At UC Davis her research focuses on community impacts of unconventional oil and gas development. She holds a dual degree in environmental studies and economics from Connecticut College. Madeline is an active participant in her community; she was the co-chair of the Ecology Graduate Student Association and she co-founded a new publication to increase the visibility of ecology students' research. She in an avid reader, thinker and adventurer who always looks forward to the next challenge.


Mackenzie Johnson

Mackenzie is a second-year doctoral student in the Geography Graduate Group.  She has a  B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South (Sewanee) and a M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Oregon.  At UC Davis, she'll be returning to her undergraduate roots by applying a combination of natural and social science research to issues related to groundwater management.  






 Eliza (Ellie) Oldach

Eliza (or Ellie) is a first-year student in the Graduate Group in Ecology and a member of the Sustainable Oceans program. She received her B.A. in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic, then spent a year studying the ecology of marine intertidal communities during a Fulbright year in New Zealand. On returning to the US, she became more involved with marine policy and management through her work on the coast of Maine. Her work at UC-Davis is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and will center on the process of decision-making in natural resource management, especially in the face of environmental crisis.