Social Ecology Ph.D. Alumni

The School of Social Ecology is proud of the numerous students that have successfully acquired a Ph.D. in Social Ecology. Below is a list of recent Ph.D. Social Ecology alumni, with links to where they are now.


Cousins, Sarah Marie
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Inter-facility Patient Sharing and the Spread of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae
Placement: Medical student, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Perez, Jessica Lauren
Ph.D., Social Ecology
If You Give a Feast, Invite the Poor: Inviting the Homeless to the Planning Table
Placement: Teaching Fellowship with Potential for Tenure, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA.  Department of Sociology


Karlin, Beth
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Residential Energy Feedback: Research, Technology, and Potential for the Informed Home
Placement: Research Director, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, Norman Lear Center

Schmalbach, Priel
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Affective Response to Exercise, Affective Style, Perceived Competence, and Physical Activity Behavior in Adolescents
Placement: Medical Scientist Training Program, Unviersity of California, Irvine, School of Medicine


Datta, Rupak
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Quantifying the Burden and Transmission Potential of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms Across Statewide Healthcare Facilities
Placement: Medical student, Residency Training Programs, Yale School of Medicine

Hibbert, Kathleen
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Identification of Chemical Hazards in a Simulation of Artisanal E-Waste Incineration: Potential Impacts on Human Health and Environmental Quality
Placement: Lecturer. California State University, Stanislaus, Deparment of Psychology

Milovantseva, Natalia
Ph.D., Environmental Analysis & Design
Toward More Sustainable Electronic Waste Management Policies: Characterization of Obsolete and Preferences for Green Electronics in US Households
Placement: Postdoctoral Scholar. University of California, Los Angeles

Trivedi, Chitvan Harendrakumar
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Social Entrepreneurship: Ecological Consciousness and Collective Processes
Placement: Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.


Murphy, Courtney
Ph.D., Social Ecology
A Facility-Level Approach to Understanding Community-Associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Burden in Healthcare Settings
Placement: Medical Scientist Training Program, Unviersity of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Pine, Kathleen
Ph.D., Environmental Analysis & Design
Childbirth Re-Written as an Organizational Event: The Impact of Accountability Aftifacts on Coordination of Routines in a Labor & Delivery Unit
Placement: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery


Noriega, Gabriela
Ph.D., Environmental Analysis & Design
Social Vulnerability Analysis to Earthquake Risk in Los Angeles County, California
Placement: Vice President, The Homeland Security Advisory Council, Century City, CA

Shin, Hyeong Moo
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Environmental Fate and Transport Modeling and Retrospective Exposure Estimation for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) for Participants in the C8 Health Project
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Texas - Arlington, TX, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences 


Gedalanga, Phillip
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
Microbial Groups in Activated Sludge to Advance the Knowledge of Biological Processes in Wastewater Treatment
Placement: Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Los Angeles.

Goldsworthy, Heather
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Compassionate Capitalism: Institutionalization and Legitimacy in Microfinance
Placement: Director & Senior Research Associate, Nonprofit Evaluation, Services & Training (NEST), Temple University, Harrisburg PA

Kent, Erin
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
Mind the Gaps: Disparities in Survival and Survivorship among Adolescents and Young Adults with Hematopoietic Cancer
Placement: Epidemiologist and Program Director,  National Cancer Institutue, Washington D.C.


Hipp, James
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Social Ecological Context of Restorative Environments
Placement: Associate Professor, NC State University, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Romious, Angila
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Investigating Environmental Equity in Orange County, California: A GIS Based Spatial Analysis of the Toxic Release Inventory
Placement: System Research Analyst and Faculty,  Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA, Sociology Department

Johnson, Michael
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
In-field quantification of cook stove greenhouse gas emissions
Placement: Senior Scientist, Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, Environmental Services

Morgan, Jamie
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Considering the Effectiveness of International Environmental Agreements: A Case Study of the Ramsar Convention
Placement: Relationship Management Coordinator,  The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, Austin, TX

Chan, Tony
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
Manganese Burden of Deciduous Teeth and Childhood Behavioral Deficits
Placement: Senior GIS Analyst,  Port of Long Beach, Logistics and Supply Chain


Runnerstrom, Miryha
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Testing a theory of psychological restoration through self-actualization processes
Placement: Program Director and Lecturer, University of California, Irvine, Health Sciences/Public Health

Choi, Samuel
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
Bacterial and Viral Interactions in the Aquatic Environment with Special Focus on Vibrio cholerae and Vibriophage
Placement: Principal Laboratory Analyst,  Orange County Sanitation District, Fountain Valley, CA

Pollack, Kelly
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
The Effect of Caffeine on Algal Endosymbionts of Reef-Building Corals
Placement: Project Scientist,  ERM: Environmental Resources Management, Renewables and Environment

Bitler, Josephine
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
Pre-Diabetes in Hispanic Girls: Susceptibility and Environment
Placement: Instructor, Alpena Community College

McDonald, Bryan
Ph.D., Social Ecology
The Food System and Human Security: Nutrition, Sustainability and Food Safety in a Time of Global Change
Placement: Assistant Professor of History,  Pennsylvania State University

Brown, Sharon
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science & Policy
Perceptions of health risk and measures of resiliency to tobacco use among elementary and middle school students
Placement: President and CEO, Brown Consulting and Research, LLC

Wicke, Thomas
Ph.D., Social Ecology
Community Response to Trauma: an Ecological Analysis of How Community is Affected by Social Disaster in Laramie, Wyoming and Jasper, Texas
Placement:  Campus Director, National American University, Aurora CO.