CBEAR Postdoctoral Fellows
We established the CBEAR Fellows Program to provide career guidance to the next generation of food and agriculture scientists. Our research projects expose each scientist to state-of-the-art methodologies and leading experts in their fields.
Additionally, our fellows run seminars on agri-environmental research that reinforces scientific leadership and teamwork together with professional experience in addressing conservation challenges within farming systems.
Our Current Fellows
The next generation of scientists bringing behavioral insights to climate-smart sustainability.
Researcher, John Hopkins University
Hannah Correia is a statistician with expertise in spatiotemporal statistics, robust estimation, forecasting, disease modeling, Bayesian estimation, and causal inference for ecological data. Dr. Correia is a former Data Science Fellow of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she developed and applied causal analysis methods for detecting and quantifying multiple causal influences in dynamic, nonlinear ecological systems.
Dr. Correia’s research focuses on two main themes: (1) developing statistical methods to examine the effects of environmental changes on populations and (2) evaluating the effects of interventions on modifying human and animal behavior, how long these interventions last, and their outcomes for environmental and human health.
Correia is currently a postdoctoral fellow at John Hopkins University under the direction of Dr. Paul Ferraro, co-director of CBEAR. Her work focuses on modeling and estimating effects of behavioral changes in agri-environmental systems and developing causal inference methods for natural and human-natural systems.
Researcher, University of Delaware
Ph.D. Agricultural Resource Economics
Diya Ganguly is an agricultural economist with expertise in behavioral and experimental economics. Dr. Ganguly is a former J.B. Hassler Fellow from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where she completed her dissertation on "The Role of Gender Identity on Conservation Effort Choice on Rented Farmland.” Dr Ganguly’s doctoral research uses economic theory on identity and social norms to model how gender identity may impede the adoption of long term conservation practices on rented farmland, which she then tests in an economic lab experiment. Her experiment examines the interaction between choice of contracts and the landowner’s gender identity in determining conservation effort choice in a land rental set up.
Dr. Ganguly has several works in progress on consumer behavior in response to different sources of recycled irrigation water and behavioral and decision-making implications around agri-environmental impacts of PFAS contamination.
Currently a first-year postdoc at the University of Delaware, Dr. Ganguly is actively involved in several research projects in relation to consumer behavior and best practices in agricultural conservation efforts.
Researcher, University of Delaware
Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Lusi Xie is an environmental economist with expertise in environmental valuation and experimental economics. Focusing on water, land, and wildlife conservation, her interdisciplinary research addresses issues surrounding common pool resource use, provision of public goods, and reduction of negative externalities.
Dr. Xie's research makes methodological contributions by developing novel recreation demand models, advancing the design of stated preference surveys, comparing behavioral responses from students and non-students in economic experiments, and connecting the laboratory with field experiments to inform program implementation.
As a research fellow, Dr. Xie has expanded her opportunities in the field through networking and making strong connections with government agencies and stakeholders.