2012-2013 NEXUS Cohort

2012-2013 NEXUS Cohort
2012-2013 NEXUS Cohort

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program is a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations engaged in a year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, seminar meetings, and a Fulbright exchange experience, in one of three areas: Science, Technology and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; and Sustainable Energy.



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Meet the 2012-2013 NEXUS Scholars

2012-13 Fulbright NEXUS Distinguished Lead Scholar

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen
University of California, Berkeley
Professor of Energy


Daniel M. Kammen is Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group, Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).



Katherine Arkema Katherine Arkema
United States
Project Title: Climate Adaptation and
Green Infrastructure Investment in
the Magdalena River Basin, Colombia
Fernando Borraz Fernando Borraz
Project Title: Information and
Communications Technology and
Climate Change Adaptation in
Developing Countries



Eleonora Campos Eleonora Campos
Project Title: Characterization of
Cellulolytic Enzymes from Soil
Bacteria for Bioethanol Production
from Cellulosic Biomass
Megan Cox Megan Cox
Project Title: The Assessment of Karst
Sinkholes and Drainage Wells on
Groundwater Quality in Barbados



Mathias Craig Mathias Craig
United States
Project Title: Bridging Global and
Local Perspectives and Goals to
Ensure Meaningful Energy Access for
the Most Isolated Poor in Nicaragua
Hallie Eakin Hallie Eakin
United States
Project Title: Sustainable Adaptation
to Urban Flood Risk: Enhancing
Public Participation in the Rio
Magdalena Watershed, Mexico City



Eduardo Fuentes Eduardo Fuentes
Project Title: Global Change
Impacts on Temperate Fruit Pest
Management: Models to Predict
Changes in Phenology and Voltinism
Vladimir Gil Vladimir Gil
Project Title: Mapping Andean
Community Vulnerability for
Adaptation to Climate Change in Peru



Mauricio Giraldo Mauricio Giraldo
Project Title: Numerical and
Experimental Analysis of Porous Flow
in Manglar
Claudia Gonzalez Brambila Claudia Gonzalez Brambila
Project Title: The Determinants of
Entrepreneurship in Mexico and the



Sharon Gourdji Sharon Gourdji
United States
Project Title: An Assessment of
Climate Change Adaptation Strategies
for Maize-bean Smallholder Farmers
in Central America
Andreas Hamann Andreas Hamann
Project Title: Matching the Adaptive
Portfolio of Tree Populations to
Planting Environments under
Changing Climates



Tracy Ann Hyman Tracy Ann Hyman
Project Title: Community
Empowerment Approach to
Governance of Climatic and Natural
Disaster Events in Caribbean Coastal
David Hsu David Hsu
United States
Data Infrastructure for Energy
Efficiency in Buildings in Brazil and
the U.S.



Andre Frossard Pereira de Lucena Andre Frossard Pereira de Lucena
Project Title: Interactions Between
Climate Change Mitigation and
Adaptation in Sustainable Energy
Scenarios for Brazil
Mauricio Lopez Mauricio Lopez
Project Title: Developing a
Sustainable Structural Lightweight
Concrete for Massive Disposal of Fly



Rene Mariaca Rene Mariaca
Project Title: Vulnerability
and Adaptation Strategies for
Tourism Products/Destinations:
Communitarian Projects and
Guidelines for Policymakers
Javier Naupari Javier Naupari
Project Title: Puna Herders:
Vulnerability and Adaptation to
Climate Change



Carlos Pacas Carlos Pacas
El Salvador
Project Title: Efficient and Sustainable
Burning of Biomass and Cool
Refrigeration Through Efficient Ovenstove
Pedro Wightman Pedro Wightman
Project Title: Mobile, Low Cost
Infrastructure to Monitor Carbon
Footprint of Traffic and Mobility

2012-2013 Group Projects

A Map of Stories: Closing the Climate Communication Gap between Science and Stories

Group Members: Katie Arkema (United States),
Andreas Hamann (Canada), Javier Naupari (Peru) and
Rene Mariaca (Bolivia) Assistant: Jessica Reilly,
University of California, Berkeley

This group designed a website that combines scientific data with testimonials from news sources to connect communities-at-risk with policy-makers, journalists, and scientists.  Two graduate students, one from  UC Berkeley and the other from the University of Alberta, have committed to do continuing work on the project through their thesis and dissertation research.  The group has also prepared an article about the project, but has yet to see it published.  

Group Members: Mathias Craig (United States), Eleonora Campos (Argentina), Sharon Gourdji (United States), Mauricio Giraldo (Chile), Andre Lucena (Brazil) and Mauricio Lopez (Colombia)
Assistant: Rebekah Shirley, University of California, Berkeley

Sustainable Development Opportunities at the Climate, Land, Energy and Water Nexus in Nicaragua


This group explored three case studies at the national, regional and community levels in Nicaragua: breadfruit and food insecurity; rainwater harvesting on the Pacific coast; and, bio-energy production from agricultural waste.  One of the scholars from this group has convened an informal working group of stakeholders with an interest in breadfruit in the Caribbean basin and partnered with the Engineering Design for Extreme Affordability class at Stanford to conduct a breadfruit processing pilot in spring of 2014.  Another scholar from the group recently shared her research experience during a radio interview with Ecoshock.

Group Members: David Hsu (United States), Hallie Eakin (United States), Eduardo Fuentes (Chile), Vladimir Gil (Peru), Pedro Wightman (Colombia), Claudia Gonzalez (Mexico), Megan Cox (Barbados), Tracy-Ann Hyman (Jamaica), Fernando Borraz (Uruguay) and Carlos Pacas (El Salvador)
Assistant: Diego Ponce de Leon, University of California, Berkeley

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Climate Change Adaptation


This group developed a rubric to evaluate ICTs and their use for climate change adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The rubric was designed to help policy-makers accomplish the following:  decide whether to implement an ICT; improve project implementation; and, evaluate the factors that result in a project’s success or failure. The group is currently preparing an article about the project for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and is making plans to participate in the next AAAS conference.

Lead Scholar for 2012-2013 Daniel M. Kammen

The Distinguished Lead Scholar will provide the overall leadership and facilitation of the Fulbright NEXUS Program.


Daniel M. KammenDaniel M. Kammen is Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and is Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).

Kammen received his undergraduate degree in physics from Cornell University (1984), and his masters and doctorate in physics from Harvard (1986 & 1988) for work on theoretical solid state physics and computational biophysics. He was then the Wezmann & Bantrell Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Divisions of Engineering, Biology, and the Humanities (1988 - 1991). First at Caltech and then as a Lecturer in Physics and in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Kammen developed a number of projects focused on renewable energy technologies and environmental resource management. At Harvard he also worked on risk analysis as applied to global warming and methodological studies of forecasting and hazard assessment. Kammen received the 1993 21st Century Earth Award, recognizing contributions to rural development and environmental conservation from the Global Industrial and Policy Research Institute and Nihon Keizai Shimbun in Japan.

From 1993 to 1998 Kammen was an Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Kammen played a key role in developing the interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program at Princeton, that awards undergraduate and masters certificates and a doctoral degree. He was STEP Chair from 1997 to 1999 and co-chair before that. In July of 1998, Kammen joined the interdisciplinary Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley as an Associate Professor of Energy and Society. Kammen is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Kammen's research interests include: the science, engineering, management, and dissemination of renewable energy systems; health and environmental impacts of energy generation and use; rural resource management, including issues of gender and ethnicity; international R&D policy, climate change; and energy forecasting and risk analysis. He is the author of over 90 journal publications, a book on environmental, technological and health risks (Should We Risk It?, Princeton University Press) and numerous reports on renewable energy and development. He has been featured on radio, network and public broadcasting television and in print as an analyst of energy, environmental and risk policy issues and current events. His recent work on energy R&D policy appeared in Science, and Environment, and has been featured on PBS, KQED, CNN, as well as in many newspapers via the Reuters news service.


Kammen advises the U. S. and Swedish Agencies for International Development, the World Bank, and the President’s Committee on Science and Technology (PCAST), and is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group III and the Special Report on Technology Transfer). Dr. Kammen serves on the technical review board for the GEF (the STAP), is a lead author for the Special Report on Technology Transfer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and advises the World Bank and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the African Academy of Sciences. Download CV for Dr. Kammen (.pdf)

2012-2013 Timeline

December 2011 | Fulbright NEXUS Scholar Program Launch
Deadline Extended to July 1, 2012 | U.S. Scholar Application Deadline
(For application deadline, Visiting Scholars should consult the participating Fulbright Commission or Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in their home country)
July 2012 | Finalists notified of select or non-select decisions
November 8-12, 2012 | First group meeting and orientation hosted by Fulbright Canada
April 22-24, 2013 | Mid-year group meeting hosted by Fulbright Colombia
September 18-20, 2013 | Final Group Meeting (Washington, DC)