ESI Visiting Scholar

Deborah Cramer November 13, 2014

Deborah Cramer, author,
at Wingersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA.
© 2014 Shawn G. Henry

Deborah Cramer lives with her family at the edge of a salt marsh in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where each year she awaits the arrival of horseshoe crabs and alewives in tidal creeks, and the passage of migrating sandpipers and herons.  She writes about science, nature, and the environment, and is a visiting scholar at MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative.

Cramer has written three books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage, Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World, and The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey.   She has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, environmental and teachers’ organizations, and undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism. Her writing has most recently appeared in Audubon, BBC Wildlife, the Boston Globe and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.

The Narrow Edge has received the Best Book Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Reed Award in Environmental Writing from the Southern Environmental Law Center.

ESI Research Affiliate

Gabriel Lanfranchi is the founder of The Metro Lab at MIT, and is working with ESI and Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A. (AySA) to develop a program in Argentina. This program for collaborative research and action is focused on engaging with our Argentine Collaborators to assist in reaching goals for development, sustainability, environmental justice, and social improvements with special focus in the Matanza – Riachuelo Basin (MRB) of the Buenos Aires metropolitan region.

Gabriel was a 2014-15 SPURS Fellow at MIT. He holds a Masters degree in Urban Economics from Torcuato Di Tella University, and a Bachelors degree in architecture from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires.

ESI Research Affiliate

Nick Obradovich is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab in the Scalable Cooperation group, an interdisciplinary lab of social, natural, and computer scientists focused on addressing large-scale cooperation challenges.


He holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego and completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. He is also the Human-Environmental Systems Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In his work, he combines his interests in climate change and human behavior with his affinity for data science and computational methods.

ESI Research Affiliate

Marius is a research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the MIT Photovoltaics Research Laboratory. His research interests include design of renewably powered systems, high-efficiency solar cells, techno-economic analysis and computer simulation. A national of Germany, Marius did his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Freiburg in the Black Forest of Germany. Here, he also worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). In 2011, he went to Singapore where he established and headed the PV simulation and modelling group at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). In 2014, he joined MIT in the group of Prof. Tonio Buonassisi. At MIT, Marius is active in the solar test bed committee, the MIT Energy Initiative and the Environmental Solution Initiative. In the past, he was a part of the course 2.678 team.

Marius has authored some 200 scientific articles, several book chapters and patents. He is an active member of the IEEE and MRS, and a reviewer and chair for the IEEE PVSC, as well as the MRS spring and fall meeting.

Marius enjoys music, he plays the guitar and the piano and has recorded two studio albums with two bands. He also likes, sailing, hiking, climbing, scuba diving, skiing and badminton.

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