Shambhavi Mohan

MSc Computational Analysis and Public Policy

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Shambhavi has a bachelor's degree from BITS Pilani in India in Computer Science and masters in Economics. She is currently pursuing her masters in Computational Analysis and Public Policy. Her current research focuses on mapping the Energy Inventory of the USA. Her research interest is in use of predictive analytics and big data in climate change.

Jim Franke


Jim Franke graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering. After working in industry as an energy engineer for 5 years, he joined the PhD program in Geophysical Science at the University of Chicago in 2017. He is currently studying climate change impacts on human populations.

Research interests: climate change impacts and food security

Kevin Schwarzwald

Yenching Academy, Peking University

Pre-doc, RDCEP

Kevin has a BA in Physics and Public Policy from the University Chicago and a Master's in China Studies at Peking University, where he researched the effect of Chinese fiscal structures on urban expansion. His research focuses on analyzing climate model output, projected changes in climate variability, and the impact of climate variability on society. In his spare time, he co-runs an interdisciplinary meet-up group designed to connect young natural and social scientists researching climate and energy matters and blogs about urban policy.

Jillian Durkin

Research Assistant, RDCEP

MPP Candidate, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

MBA Candidate, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Jillian Durkin is a second year M.P.P./M.B.A. student at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy and Booth School of Business. Her research interests are in environmental and energy policy issues in developing countries. She has previously earned a B.A. in Economics and International Studies at Northwestern University.

At RDCEP, Jillian is involved in Chicago Climate Online, which seeks to become a preeminent policy resource for researchers. C2O is designed to serve a broad audience including such groups as undergraduate and graduate students conducting research for a thesis, journalists, and staff members for policymakers.

Whitney Huang

Graduate Student, Department of Statistics at Purdue University

Whitney Huang is a fouth year PhD Student in the Department of Statistics at Purdue University.  He is working on Spatial Extremes and Spatio-Temporal Statistics under Prof. Hao Zhang. He received his Bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering from  National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan and his Master degree in Statistics from University of Akron, Ohio.

Jeremy Klavans

MSESP Candidate, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Jeremy Klavans is a first year M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy candidate at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. His research interests include climate, energy and environmental policy. Jeremy holds a B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy and Political Science from the University of Miami.