CCRM Faculty

CCRM Faculty & Researchers



Karlene Roberts, PhD, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Roberts is the Director of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management.  She has conducted twenty years of research on the design and management of high reliability organizations (HROs). HROs are organizations in which errors can have catastrophic consequences, but which are managed so well that errors infrequently occur. Among her recent publications are “Designing for High Reliability: The Birth and Evolution of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit” Organization Science (2006) 17, 239-248 (with Peter Madsen, Vinit Desai and Daniel Wong) (Winner of the 2006 Emerald Management Citation of Excellence), and “Reinventing Flood Control” Tulane Law Review (2007) 81 (with Daniel Farber, Robert Bea, Edward Wenk, and Kofi Inkabi).


John Radke, PhD, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Radke led an effort to bring geographic information system (GIS) technologies to the campus and to promote their use. His work is distinguished by contributions to pattern recognition, specifically the development of metrics and methods for characterizing spatial structure, association and relationships between objects embedded in the landscape. His metrics, embedded in graph theory, attempt to eliminate scale and density constraints common to many spatial metrics and produce a more sophisticated definition. The applied results of this research seek to solve real world problems common in planning and design. Radke’s spatial decomposition metrics delineate boundaries and transition zones (or ecotones) in complex heterogeneous distributions and aid in the classification of spatial data by generalizing notions of neighborly and provide tools for defining entire spectrums of neighborhoods where spatial relationships between objects are complex.


Howard Foster, PhD, Analyst, Geographic Information Science Center, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Foster has developed architectures for describing, searching, manipulating, and visualizing geographic information. He developed geographic information systems for UC Berkeley's Geographic Information Science Center (GISC) and the UC Berkeley Computer Science Division's Digital Library Project, including the Calmap software for Web users to create and edit spatial data.  At the Digital Library Project he collaborated with Microsoft Research in their development of the Terraserver, and developed software for the NOW [paralled-processing] Cluster for geodata processing.  He developed ground water pollution potential models and databases for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.


Robert Bea, PhD, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Bea served as an engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Shell Oil, Shell Development, and Royal Dutch Shell around the world. He helped found the Ocean Services Division of Woodward-Clyde Consultants and the Ocean Engineering Division of PMB – Bechtel, subsequently serving as Chief Engineer, Senior International Consultant and Vice President of these organizations. His experience includes design of structures and foundations (fixed and floating platforms, pipelines), construction, operations (drilling, production, exploration), maintenance, and management in more than 60 locations around the world. His research and teaching have focused on risk assessment and management of engineered systems with specialization on human and organizational factors, criteria and guidelines for design and requalification, and margins of quality (factors of safety).


Michael Hanemann, PhD, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Hanemann is Chancellor’s Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. His fields of interest are environmental economics and policy, water economics and policy, and climate change economics and policy. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on nonmarket valuation (the valuation in monetary terms of items such as environmental protection, health, cultural monuments etc) and on water economics. He has directed the California Climate Change Center at UC Berkeley.


James Hunt, PhD, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Hunt’s teaching and research focus on contaminant transport process and water resources engineering.  Current research efforts include an analysis of contaminant transport pathways using a combination of conceptual modeling, analytical measurements, and the synthesis of field data.  He is evaluating the ability of models based on laboratory experiments to describe contaminant migration at larger spatial scales encountered at hazardous waste sites using extensive monitoring data recorded at these sites.  He is applying new environmental data management tools to assess ecosystem change within complex hydrologic systems.  Dr. Hunt is co-director of the Berkeley Water Center, a multi-school center dedicated to supporting the research of faculty with off-campus sponsors in the private and public sectors.


Dan Farber, JD, UC Berkeley.

Mr. Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the Boalt School of Law, and the Chair of the Energy and Resources Group (ERG).  Professor Farber conducted an international workshop on administrative law in Spring 2010.  His books include Desperately Seeking Certainty (2002).