TharaUthara Srinivisan

Current Positions

-Scientist, Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab (PEaCE Lab). Berkeley, CA.
-Post-Doctoral Researcher, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Address:
1471 Catherine Dr.
Berkeley, CA 94702

email: utharas@gmail.com
phone: (510) 524-5467

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Research Interests

For the past four years, I have been engaged in post-doctoral research in ecology and environmental policy, affiliated with both the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab. Previously, I earned my PhD in Chemical Engineering and conducted interdisciplinary research at the academic and industry levels in microfluidics and microsensors, solving problems using biomimetic techniques inspired by nature. I have since shifted my research interests from the microscale to the scale of the earth, but I continue to be fascinated by patterns that are hidden. I led colleagues at U. C. Berkeley in developing an income-based framework to analyze humanity’s consumption of nature’s services. Our work shows how the world’s citizens may bear differing levels of responsibility for ecological degradation. Our results for six major forms of ecological harm— climate change, ozone layer depletion, damages from agricultural intensification and expansion, deforestation, overfishing, and mangrove loss— indicate serious geographic mismatches between bearers of harm and consumers of related goods (i.e., those vulnerable to climate change impacts, and users of fossil fuels). I have also studied spatial patterns of species richness using nestedness metrics and Prof. John Harte’s macroecological HEAP theory, focusing in the former on how species’ diets within their food webs relate to their success across landscapes. Currently, I am very interested in communicating ecology in education, and exploring means of conveying the meaning and beauty of food webs against the backdrop of the ongoing destruction of nature.

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Education, Honors, Experience

2001 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Chemical Engineering

1995 B.S. Princeton University
Chemical Engineering, Certificates in Materials Science and Creative Writing

Honors

National Science Foundation, Graduate Student Fellowship (1995-1998)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of CA, Berkeley (1996)
Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude, Chemical Engineering (1995)
Phi Beta Kappa (1995)
Tau Beta Pi (1995)
Sigma Xi (1995)
Princeton University, Most Creative Research in a Senior Thesis Project (1995)
Princeton University, Chemical Engineering, Outstanding Achievement Award (1993)

Experience

Scientist. 2007-present.
Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab. Berkeley, CA. Postdoctoral Researcher.

2004-present.
Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA.

Postdoctoral Researcher. 2003-2004.
Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA.

Visiting Lecturer. 2003-2004.
Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA.

Consultant. 2002.
Predicant, Inc. South San Francisco, CA.

Senior Research Engineer. 2001-2002.
Microfabrication and Microfluidics Group. Aclara Biosciences. Mountain View, CA.

Consultant. 1996-2005.
IME Labs at A-Star. Singapore (2005).
Lightconnect. Newark, CA (2004).
Avery Research. Pasadena, CA (2004).
Hughes Research Laboratories. Malibu, CA (2004).
Onix Microsystems. Berkeley, CA (1999-2000).
Sandia National Laboratories. Albuquerque, NM (1996-1998).

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Publications

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2008

Srinivasan, U.T., S.P.Carey, E. Hallstein, P.A.T. Higgins, A.C. Kerr, L.E. Koteen, A.B. Smith, R. Watson, J. Harte, and R.B. Norgaard.  2008.
The debt of nations and the distribution of ecological impacts from human activities.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105:1768-1773.

2007

Srinivasan, U.T., J.A. Dunne, J. Harte, and N.D. Martinez.  2007.
Response of complex food webs to realistic extinction sequences.
Ecology 88:671-682.


2002

Srinivasan, U., M.A. Helmbrecht, R.S. Muller, and R.T. Howe.  2002.

MEMS: Some self-assembly required.

Optics and Photonic News 56:20-24 (invited).

Srinivasan, U., M.A. Helmbrecht, C. Rembe, R.S. Muller, and R.T. Howe. 2002.
Fluidic self-assembly of micromirrors onto microactuators using capillary forces.
IEEE Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics8:4-11 (invited).

2001

Srinivasan, U., R.T. Howe, and D. Liepmann. 2001.

Microstructure to substrate self-assembly using capillary forces.

Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 10:17-24.

2000

Srinivasan, U., M. Helmbrecht, C. Rembe, R.S. Muller, and R.T. Howe. 2000.

Fluidic self-assembly of micromirrors onto surface micromachined actuators.

IEEE/LEOS Int. Conf. on Optical MEMS: 59-60.

1999

Srinivasan, U., D. Liepmann, and R.T. Howe. 1999.

Fluidic microassembly using patterned self-assembled monolayers and shape matching.

Transducers ’99, Int. Conf. on Solid StateSensors and Actuators: 1170-1173.

1998

Srinivasan, U., M.R. Houston, R.T. Howe, and R. Maboudian. 1998.
Alkyltrichlorosilane-based self-assembled monolayer films for stiction reduction in silicon micromachines.

Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 7:252-60.

Srinivasan, U., J.D. Foster, U. Habib, R.T. Howe, R. Maboudian, D.C. Senft, and M.T. Dugger. 1998.

Lubrication of polysilicon micromechanisms with self-assembled monolayers.

Solid State Sensor and Actuator Workshop:156-61.

1997

Srinivasan, U., M.R. Houston, R.T. Howe, and R. Maboudian. 1997.

Self-assembled fluorocarbon films for enhanced stiction reduction

Transducers ’97, Int. Conf. on Solid StateSensors and Actuators1399-402.

Patents

Co-inventor onU. S. Patent #6,114,044, Method of Drying Passivated Micromachines by Dewetting from a Liquid-Based Process.

Co-inventor on patent application filed by Predicant Inc., April 24, 2003.

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