Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program
Biosketch: Jinhua holds appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. He was a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2005-07) and is on the editorial council of JEEM and the Review of Development Economics.
Research interests include: Natural resource and environmental economics, applied micro theory, global climate change, energy economics, trade and environment, real option theory, technology adoption, dynamic decision making.
Biosketch: Vlad Tarabara is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MSU. His research is in the area of water quality engineering with an emphasis on membrane separation processes. Current projects focus on virus removal and detection, liquid-liquid separation, and membrane reactors. Dr. Tarabara is a recipient of several research awards including 2011 Paul L. Busch award from Water Environmental Research Foundation. In 2014, he was named Fulbright U.S. Scholar with Republic of Georgia as the host country. He is a member of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, International Water Association, and North American Membrane Society.
Assistant to the Director
Biosketch: Marcy Heberer is in charge of ESPP's finances, including fellowships and grants, and schedules.
She was previously at the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP), part of International Studies and Programs at MSU, where she worked for two years. Now at ESPP, Heberer says, "I love it here." Working at ESPP meshes with her interest in environmental science and policy.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Heberer has traveled extensively throughout the United States before settling down in East Lansing with her three children. Some of the places she has lived are South Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Minnesota. Before coming to MSU she worked for 14 years in East Lansing's public schools. She has strong MSU links, with her daughter having graduated from MSU in 2005 and a son who now studies economics here.
Communications and Outreach Specialist; Student Advisor
Phone: (517) 353-9246
Biosketch: Karessa Weir works on various outreach efforts for ESPP, including writing for and maintaining the website, and also serves as student advisor for ESPP students. She has a master's degree in environmental journalism from MSU, as well as bachelor's degrees in journalism and anthropology from MSU. She has worked as an environmental reporter in Michigan and Maryland. She and her husband, Brian Wheeler, have three children.
Biosketch: Kera is a junior studying Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education with a Biological Science (teaching minor) and additional minors Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Kera also currently works at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center as an Usher Supervisor and as an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Matt Raven focusing on food systems and educational techniques that help to improve student learning in the classroom setting. Kera enjoys being active in the environment, playing and watching sports, especially Michigan State sports!
Biosketch: Thrishika is a junior majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. She has previously worked for the MSU Greenline and as a professional assistant for MSU Psychology Lab in Dr. Emily Durbin's child emotions lab. A graduate of West Bloomfield High School, Thrishika is also a certified life guard.
Biosketch: Lauren is a sophomore studying Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (major), Anthropology (major), and Women and Gender Studies (minor). She has previously worked for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams before arriving to ESPP in March 2017. Along with being a proud member of the Spartan Marching Band as a tenor saxophone, she enjoys reading, writing, going on adventures in the wilderness, and watching Michigan State sports!
Biosketch: Mitch is a senior pursuing a degree in Psychology (Major) and Health Promotion (Minor) here at Michigan State University. He has previously worked for the English Language Center and is currently a research assistant in Dr. Acevedo's Community-AID lab. His academic interests include the study of youth development, social justice, education policy, and implementation science.