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Lab Members

KatieKatie Bisson is currently an undergraduate at the University of Rochester studying Economics.  As a research assistant she provides support on various projects incorporating data analysis and environmental health.

BoslettAndy Boslett completed his PhD in environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Rhode Island in 2016. He is now a research associate at the University of Rochester in Elaine Hill's lab and an economist/data scientist at the Rochester Data Science Consortium. His fields of interest are applied microeconomics, energy economics, environmental economics, and health economics.

DenhamAlina Denham is a PhD candidate in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Alina earned her MS in International Management with a focus on Health Systems from the University of Liverpool in 2013. Her dissertation research investigates the economic relationship between primary care and emergency department (ED) care in the Medicaid population and examines the effect of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act on ED utilization for primary care treatable conditions. Her work as a member of Dr. Hill’s team lies in analyzing changes in healthcare utilization patterns associated with shale gas development, as well as examining trends, patterns, and data issues in the current opioid crisis. Learn more about Alina's work.

LiuLinxi Liu joined the Epidemiology PhD program at University of Rochester in 2016. Prior to entering the department, she received her BS in Preventive Medicine from Sichuan University, China, in 2013. She also received an MS in Epidemiology from University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Her current research is focusing on cardiovascular health issues in Unconventional Natural Gas Development (UNGD) industry.

HernandezVictor Hernandez Martinez is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Rochester. Victor earned her MS in Economics and Public Policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in 2015. Victor’s work has focused on understanding the reasons driving the heterogeneity in earning losses following a displacement event, specifically related to the concept of human capital specificity. Additionally, Victor studied the complementarity of different types of labor inputs exploiting the exogenous variation generated in the labor markets by the fracking boom in the US. For Dr. Hill’s team Victor’s role has been to provide support with data analysis and the econometrics of empirical strategies commonly used in experimental environments, specifically regarding the fracking boom of the last decade, the use of consumption data from Nielsen and the use of spatial data to understand the distribution of water supplies in different regions.

PappasJordan Pappas is currently an undergraduate at the University of Rochester. He is a pre-medical student pursuing a major in Business Analytics. His work mainly explores the health impacts of the natural gas industry. He is currently researching the environmental impacts of ethane crackers in the US, specifically the effects of a large-scale petrochemical plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Moreover, he is improving his skills in data analysis through programs such as R, Python, and STATA.

VasuTarsha Vasu is currently an undergraduate at the University of Rochester and studies Economics and Business Analytics. As a part of the team, she has worked on different projects helping with writing literature reviews, data cleaning and analysis. She has primarily worked on projects relating to the environmental and health impacts of natural gas production and environmental inequities and injustices.

ZavezAlexis Zavez is a statistics PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She received her BA in Economics and Statistics from Swarthmore College. Alexis currently studies drinking water quality and patterns in drinking water contamination. Her research interests also include quantifying the adverse economic and health outcomes that result from contaminated drinking water.

External Lab Members

DiSalvoRichard W DiSalvo is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. DiSalvo studies applied microeconomics with a focus on public policy. His current policy interests are in drinking water policy, oil and gas development, and K-12 education. As part of Dr. Hill's team, he is working on the environmental economics of domestic drilling and the link between drinking water contamination and health. He also supports the team by instructing undergraduate research assistants in data analysis. Dr. DiSalvo received his Ph.D in Economics from University of Rochester in 2019. Learn more about Richard's work.

FarahNaima Farah is a Post-Doctoral Research Economist at Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Research Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. Dr. Farah’s primary research fields are energy, natural resource, and environmental economics. She has published work on endangered species, open access renewable resource extraction, and on water quality control. Her current work focuses on externalities related to unconventional oil and gas production (hydraulic fracturing) and food-energy-water nexus. She has been working with Dr. Hill and her research team on the effects of power plants on local housing market in the age of decreased coal use and increased natural gas use by the power plants. Dr. Farah received her Ph.D in Economics from University of Calgary in 2017. Learn more about Naima's work.

Lala MaLala Ma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ma’s primary research field is environmental economics with a focus on non-market valuation. Her work deals with estimating the values placed on improving environmental quality using a combination of reduced-form and structural methods. Specifically, she has worked on projects to recover the value of brownfield remediation, of flood risk changes, and, more recently in collaboration with Dr. Hill, of mitigating the health and environmental costs of shale gas development. Dr. Ma received her Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 2014.​

WillisMary Willis is a PhD candidate in Environmental and Occupation Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Mary earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Rochester in 2016, where Dr. Hill supervised her thesis on shale gas development and pediatric asthma. Mary’s dissertation research examines the perinatal health impacts of in utero exposure to emissions from the energy sector (e.g. shale gas development, power plants, vehicle traffic) using spatial exposure assessment and causal inference methods. She was recently awarded an F31 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to pursue this work. Learn more about Mary’s work.

ZhangLujia Zhang is currently an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, she is pursuing a double major in Economics and Environmental Health. Her research focuses primarily on the environmental and health impacts of natural gas production. She is currently looking at emissions levels and the health effects of natural gas compressor stations.