Nicolas Choquette-Levy

(Post-doctoral Fellow)


Nic Choquette-Levy (he/him) is currently completing his PhD in Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University, and an incoming post-doc with Andrew Bell’s lab in the Earth & Environment Department at Boston University. Nic’s PhD research integrates agent-based modelling, game theory, and survey methods to assess the impacts of potential policy interventions, including weather-based crop insurance and cash transfers, on farmer climate adaptation outcomes in South Asia. As part of the Bell Lab, Nic is excited to further develop participatory modelling techniques in the context of environmental change in Senegal, and to build frameworks for robust decision-making in the agricultural sector under climate uncertainty. Nic is originally from Montreal, Canada, and obtained undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and international relations at the University of Southern California, and a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Systems at the University of Calgary.

Sasha Gilmore

(PhD student)


Sasha A. Gilmore (she/her) received a B.A. (2021) in Environmental Studies and Geography from Dartmouth College. She was a member of Ross A. Virginia’s arctic lab for four years studying Greenlandic plants and soils, specifically nutrient cycling. She is now a first-year Ph.D. student in the Earth & Environment Department at Boston University. She is a member of Andrew Bell’s lab where her interests fall under climate change and anthropogenic impacts, both environmentally and socially. Her dissertation is planned to focus on climate extremes and community mitigation/adaptation techniques. She is also a part of the BU Urban program, whose mission is to “prepare Ph.D. students to tackle urban environmental challenges using interdisciplinary methods and a co-production approach centered on partnerships with governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector”. Growing up in Los Angeles, she has always been interested in issues regarding large cities and their effects on human health.

Adham Badawy

(PhD Student)


Adham is a PhD student at the department of Earth & Environment at Boston University. His research interests lie in developing decision support systems and tools for policy makers to ensure equitable and sustainable water use and allocation. Before that, he was a researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) working on water productivity and water governance. Prior to IWMI Adham worked at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt, as an assistant teacher of hydrology and supervised several undergraduate students. He also completed an internship on the Water Conflict Chronology at the Pacific Institute, USA. Adham has a background in Water and Environmental Engineering from Cairo University. He also completed a master’s degree on water management and governance at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands.

Bright Olunusi

(PhD Student)


Bright Olunusi is a graduate of the premier University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Ecotourism Management. As an undergraduate research fellow, she worked on a couple of academic works that critically examined the market structure of the bushmeat trade in Oyo State, Nigeria. She is currently a newly admitted Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University and part of Andrew Reid Bell’s lab.  Based on her previous experience as an intern at Kainji and Okomu National parks in Nigeria and part of NGOs like Unibadan Environmental Conservation Group, Brighthas developed interests in biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods and human well-being. She has a strong interest in how humans and biodiversity (wildlife) interact, the importance of such interactions and most especially the conflicts that arise due to some human stressors such as land-use change and habitat fragmentation, climate change, poaching and wildlife trade. Asides from studying, she loves to meet new people, bake, participate in outreaches and have fun.

Naeemullah Salarzai

(PhD Student)

Naeemullah Salarzai received his B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Agricultural University Faisalabad, Pakistan in 2010 with special focus on water resources management. He also received a master degree in business administration from Kardan University in Kabul. Naeem is a P.H.D student and wants to persuade his P.H.D degree in Earth and Environment with special focus on trans-boundary water management. He has worked in Afghanistan’s water sector for more than 10 years with his latest job as “Director General Water Management Affairs” with the government of Afghanistan. He is well aware of Afghanistan water sector and its main challenges and wants to find ways how to contribute towards resolving the existing water resources management issues.

He is interested to fulfill his dream to come up with findings of how to negotiate on Kabul River basin one of the four Trans-boundary river basin in Afghanistan