Immersion Program Mentors

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Mentors of the Socio-Environmental Immersion Program facilitate workshop discussions and mentor participants during and after the workshops, helping to distill and integrate key ideas and catalyze the production of manuscripts for submission to high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

The Immersion Program Mentors are:

Olaf Jensen

Olaf Jensen is an Assistant Professor of Fisheries Science and Aquatic Ecology in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. He received his BA from Cornell University (1998), his MS from the University of Maryland (2004), and his PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007). Before coming to Rutgers he was a research fellow at the University of Washington. His research focuses on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, including marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments. Current research projects include meta-analyses of global fisheries stock assessments and ice phenology in lakes as it relates to climate change. He has ongoing field work in Mongolia, Sweden, and the Great Lakes of the United States, among other sites. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has received research funding from NOAA, the NSF, and many state and foundation offices. He is on the editorial board for Ecological Applications and Animal Conservation, and has served as both a manuscript reviewer and a grant proposal reviewer for numerous journals and agencies.

Simone Pulver

Simone Pulver is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Before coming to UCSB, she was the Joukowsky Assistant Research Professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and also held an appointment in the Center for Environmental Studies. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, as well as an MA in Energy and Resources also from UC Berkeley and a BA in Physics from Princeton University.

Pulver's research focuses broadly on the intersection of economic action and environmental harm and seeks to integrate theoretical frameworks from economic and environmental sociology. Specifically, she has led NSF-funded research projects investigating oil industry responses to climate change, climate politics in Mexico, and low carbon investments by firms in Brazil and India. She is currently directing two new projects: one that explores changes over time in the production of pollution in three manufacturing industries in the US and the other focusing on small business responses to uncertainty in climate adaptation.