Graduate Student Research Fellows

BFI is supporting several graduate student fellows for the summer of 2020 to research the intersections of food, climate, and health. Fellows conduct their research through sponsorship from members of our affiliated faculty from a variety of departments on campus, including environmental science, policy, and management; public health; and more.

Summer 2020 Research Fellows

Alex Yong Kang Chow

Alex Yong Kang Chow is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, and his research project focuses on the spread of organic food, particularly in Taiwan, and its roots in social and cultural development as well as spirituality.

Chryl Corbin

Chryl Corbin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and her research project assesses the physical and social impacts of COVID-19 within the City of Oakland’s public parks system.

Samantha Derrick

Samantha Derrick is a Master’s student in the School of Public Health, and her research examines shifts from animal-based foods to plant-based alternatives and efforts surrounding this shift on the UC Berkeley campus.

Erin Esaryk

Erin Esaryk is a recent graduate of the School of Public Health with a MS in Public Health Nutrition, and her research project focuses on student food insecurity at UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on the effects of COVID-19 as well as structural inequalities on campus and beyond.

Shelley He

Shelley He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and her project will use a machine learning approach to analyze 40,000 American households between 2013-2018 to understand the impacts of food systems shocks on families with food-related diseases and other dietary restrictions.

Leslie (Leke) Hutchins

Leslie (Leke) Hutchins is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, whose research project focuses on local farmers in Hawai’i, their production and selling practices, and how sociocultural and economic factors affect these practices.

Janis Kim

Janis Kim is a Master’s student in the School of Public Health, and her research project evaluates the effectiveness of the Berkeley Food Network’s (BFN) Mobile Pantry Program in its goal to combat food insecurity locally.

Frances Roberts-Gregory

Frances Roberts-Gregory is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and her research focuses on how women of color in Gulf Coast Louisiana navigate contradictory relationships with energy and petrochemical industries, resist environmental racism, and devise solutions for energy, climate, and food justice.

Casey Smith

Casey Smith is a recent graduate of the School of Journalism with a MA in Narrative Science Writing and Investigative Journalism, and her research project examines the history and significance of glyphosate bans and potential alternatives to the herbicide throughout California and nationwide.

Jacob Spertus

Jacob Spertus is a PhD candidate in the Department of Statistics, and this summer they will gather statistical evidence of the efficacy of large-scale soil organic carbon sequestration on farms and rangelands and build a software environment for analyses of real data in collaboration with soil scientists.