Hey there!

My name’s Marisa, but you’ve probably figured that out already.

Merging knowledge in environmental engineering, applied statistics, and behavioral economics, I take an empirical approach to designing and evaluating programs and technologies intended to improve sustainability outcomes through behavior change. 

I am particularly interested in the use of experimental and quasi-experimental methods for causal inference related to social and environmental outcomes.

Click here to see my CV, or scroll down to read my blog.


My first Shiny app: an app for power analysis simulations using user-uploaded data

Estimated Read Time: 4 min TL;DR: I finally got around to making my first Shiny app! In this post, I’ll (1) describe what Shiny is; (2) link some resources on power and the replication crisis; and (3) describe how to use my app. I’ve had “learn Shiny” on my to-do list for months, but it …

Communicating Climate Change with Compassion

Estimated Read Time: 4-5 min TL;DR How we communicate climate change matters a lot for unified climate action, and the track record hasn’t been great. Views on climate change (in the U.S.) have continued to diverge, and conversations around climate change have become increasingly argumentative. Based on a presentation by George Marshall, I advocate for …


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