Alexis Pascaris is a M.S. student at Michigan Technological University in the Department of Social Sciences


Autobiography[edit | edit source]

Hello! My name is Alexis Pascaris and I recently earned my Master of Science degree in Environmental & Energy Policy from Michigan Technological University (MTU). I hold a B.S. in Environmental Studies & Sustainability from Michigan State University with a concentration in Environmental Economics. During my graduate experience at MTU, I served as a Research Assistant for Michigan Tech's Open Source Sustainability Technology Lab under the guidance of Dr. Joshua Pearce in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Our team applied both quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate the technical, economic, environmental, and social feasibility of a new agrivoltaic concept: Dual-Use Photovoltaic and Pasture-Raised Rabbit Farms. I was also fortunate enough to be among the first MTU Huskies to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in fall of 2019. Prior to graduate school, I held an internship at the Michigan Environmental Council in Lansing, Michigan, working to drive the environmental agenda through innovative policy solutions. Beyond graduate school, I intend to use my research skillset, knowledge about low-impact solar development, and passion for environmental stewardship to support communities in realizing their renewable energy goals. It is my vocation to be of service in solving our world's most pressing environmental challenges.

Research Interests[edit | edit source]

  • Agrivoltaics
  • Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics)
  • Land Use Policy and Regional Planning
  • Community Solar Development
  • Climate Law & Governance
  • Land Conservation
  • Natural Resource Management

Publications[edit | edit source]

Completed Courses at Michigan Technological University[edit | edit source]

  • Advanced Seminar in Energy & Climate Policy: SS6100
  • Environmental Policy Analysis: SS5350
  • Solar Photovoltaic Technology: MSE5490
  • Climate Science & Policy: UN5400
  • Environmental & Natural Resource Policy: SS5300
  • Social Statistics: SS5004
  • Sustainable Futures 1: ENG5510
  • Research Design: SS6002
  • Professional Development: SS5950