People

The Cannabis Research Center is composed of a group of researchers committed to using interdisciplinary techniques to understand the many ways cannabis affects communities and the environment.

Contact us at uccannabis@berkeley.edu 

Van Butsic

  • Center Co-director
  • Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
  • Land use science
  • Lab website

Van Butsic studies the geographic spread of cannabis agriculture using remote sensing techniques and econometric modeling.

Ted Grantham

  • Center Co-director
  • Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
  • Hydrology and watershed science
  • Lab website

Ted Grantham is a cooperative extension specialist who studies the hydrology of rivers and its role in structuring freshwater ecosystems and sustaining habitat for aquatic species.

Eric Biber

  • Center Co-director
  • Faculty, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Environmental Law

Eric Biber researches environmental law, natural resources law, land use law, administrative law and property.

Mary Power

  • Faculty, UC Berkeley Integrative Biology
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Lab website

Mary Power studies food webs in rivers and watersheds along the California North Coast, and factors that influence their structure during summer baseflow.

Nathan Sayre

  • Faculty, UC Berkeley Geography
  • Environmental and human geography

Nathan Sayre studies the political ecology of the western United States, in particular the relations among markets, government agencies, natural resources and rural communities.

Stephanie Carlson

  • Faculty, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
  • Fish ecology
  • Lab website

Stephanie Carlson is a freshwater ecologists who studies the population dynamics of salmon. Much of her work takes place in the cannabis producing regions of Northern California.

Michael Polson

  • Postdoctoral researcher, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
  • Anthropology
  • Personal website

Michael Polson is a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow who studies the changing political economies of northern California as marijuana production becomes formal, public, and represented broadly.

Hekia Bodwitch

  • Postdoctoral researcher, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
  • Political ecology and feminist science

Phoebe Parker-Shames

  • Graduate student, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation biology

Phoebe Parker Shames studies how land use change shapes wildlife communities across human-ecological landscapes.

Justin Brashares

  • Faculty, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation biology
  • Lab website

Justin Brashares is interested in the causes and consequences of biodiversity decline. His research attempts to understand how the conversion of natural habitats affects the dynamics of animal communities and the persistence of populations.

Josue Medellin-Azuara

  • Faculty, UC Merced Environmental Engineering
  • Agricultural and environmental economics

Jennifer Carah

  • Researcher, The Nature Conservancy
  • River restoration