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Esther Parish

Environmental and Climate Sciences


Supervising Faculty: Virginia Dale

Esther Parish is a Bredesen Center PhD student and a part-time permanent Researcher for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division. Esther investigates ways to define and measure progress toward ‘sustainable’ bioenergy systems. For her dissertation research, Esther is using her background in geography and quantitative landscape ecology to assess the potential effects of increased EU wood pellet demand (as a replacement for coal) on SE US forest systems.


Master of Science in Geography – University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Bachelor of Science in Geology & Geophysics – Yale University

Awards and Recognitions

  • CODiE Award for “Best Science or Health Curriculum” from the Software and Information Industry Association for the National Geographic JASON Project middle school curriculum, “Operation: Tectonic Fury” (May 2011)
  • ORNL Significant Event Award for Novel Computational Analysis (October 2010)
  • ORNL Significant Event Award for Climate War Gaming Support (March 2009)
  • My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) Top Ten Project, as selected by the United Nations Environmental Programmes, World Bank, National Geographic Society and Association of American Geographers (September 2002)
  • Professional Accomplishment Award, UT Geography Department (April 2002)
  • National DOE Pollution Prevention (P2) Award for Information Sharing (April 1999)
  • Best Engineers of Schlumberger Technologies (BEST) Award (1995)
  • Schlumberger Technologies Client Service Award (April 1995)
  • Yale University Department of Geology & Geophysics Hammer Award (May 1994)


Google Scholar profile: Esther Parish

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