Climate Research Fellow
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Gillian Lui is a Climate Research Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, a position through which she works as a Program Analyst in climate, energy, and land-use issues at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She began her fellowship in Summer 2015. Prior to her current role, Gillian earned her M.Phil degree in Plant Sciences with a focus on Remote Sensing for Forest Ecology and Conservation from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Keasbey Memorial Foundation Fellow. Her dissertation research involved using contemporary remote sensing technologies to link spatial patterns of deforestation around a pan-tropical forest reserve network with ecosystem health. Gillian also holds a joint B.A. degree in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology, with a minor in Mathematics, from Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT), where she measured carbon storage in a short-rotation woody crop biomass plantation for her senior honors thesis.
True to her multi- and interdisciplinary interests, Gillian has previously completed research projects ranging from analyzing barriers to renewable energy development in China and elucidating determinants of environmental values among Chinese youth, to genetically engineering microbes for enhanced geologic carbon sequestration at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry, and optimizing hybrid thin-films in high-performance flip-chip microelectronics at Stanford University through the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.