PhD Students

Indu Roychowdhury is a PhD student in Geography at UC Davis. On a large scale, her interests are climate change, hazards, and natural disasters. Her research involves the impacts of climate-related extreme weather on community and ecological resilience. Indu was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in 2023.


Hamsa Ganapathi is a PhD student in Geography at UC Davis. Her research interests include climate change, agriculture, and the social impacts of geographical crop migration. Outside of research, Hamsa is interested in equity and justice initiatives, local agriculture systems, and visiting farmers markets. Before joining UC Davis, Hamsa spent time in Washington, D.C. working on federal sustainable agriculture policy.


Squirrel Chaser and Treat Monster

Buddy is a 7-year old Catahoula-Pitt mix. His research interests include the location of the dog treats and what makes the squirrels in Davis so cheeky. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and belly-rubs.




Lab Alumni

PhD Students:

Bernie Bastien received his Geography at UC Davis in 2022 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. His research interest involves modelling the biophysical impacts of climate on Earth systems and associated effects on economic and natural systems. He is also the co-host and creator of Planeteando, a platform for climate change and environmental science communication.

Bernie won the Kinsella Memorial Prize for his dissertation – read more here.

Jesus Arellano Gonzalez received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis in 2020 and is currently a researcher at the Federal Bank in Mexico. His dissertation focused on econometric methods for estimating the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Mexico, including the application of Ricardian methods to developing countries with imperfect land and input markets, and the role of irrigation in mediating the effects of extreme heat on maize yields.

Matthew Gammans received a Ph.D.  in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis in 2020 and is now a professor at Michigan State in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.  His research uses econometric approaches to understand the role of both climate and weather in determining economic, agricultural, and health outcomes. Ongoing research explores how weather forecast information affects individuals’ ability to defend themselves against adverse weather

Research Assistants:

Arianna Stokes graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity and a minor in Economics in 2019. She is currently working on a Masters at the University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability.  She is broadly interested in environmental justice, land management, and conservation. Her current research focuses on species conservation decisions and the predicted costs of future biodiversity conservation under climate change.

Arianna’s thesis work was an essential piece of a research project to understand how climate change will affect the listing and spending on endangered species. She is an author on the paper, published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists here.

Rudy Huezo is an applications programmer at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He received a B.S. in Physics from UC Davis in 2016. His work focuses on the automation of data collection, sorting, analysis, and visualization using the Python language. Additionally, he is a full-stack web developer mainly using the Django and Node.js frameworks. Rudy plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Science but for the mean time enjoys traveling and staying active.

Good Lab Times



Moore Lab end of year BBQ, May 2024


Bernie and Fran at the Occasional Workshop in Santa Barbara, May 2022



Moore Lab at the UC Davis Picnic Day, 2022