Master of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning May 2015

University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, California

Thesis: Land Use Change in Lepcha indigenous villages in the Himalayas: A Historical Ethno-Ecology Approach

Documented traditional food plants that are disappearing in the Himalayas, and studied land use change using both quantitative and qualitative methods: GIS and ethnography, analyzed the process of diversified agricultural practice changed to monocultural practice.

Academic project: a) Design green infrastructure as climate change adaptation strategy on campus to mitigate flood and increase biodiversity and esthetic experiences. b) Planned and designed Hunter’s Point in SF to be resilient for sea level rise.

Master of Science in Ecological Leadership and Education May 2010

Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Traveled across the U.S. through a completely field-based program and studied on water issues, energy issues, and urban and rural sustainability.

Led a workshop on Education for Ecological Democracy in the Bioneers Conference in CA.

Bachelor of Arts. in Political Studies March 2007

Gakushuin University – Tokyo, Japan

Led a Model United Nations conference on “Poverty Reduction for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”


Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) –India. Mar 2011-Mar 2012

Performed initial research in the Lepcha villages in the Eastern Himalayas as a Visiting Scholar.

Conducted a study on Agricultural History of the villages through participatory research.

Given understanding of traditional knowledge in the culture that has close interactions with natural environment.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) –India. Jan-Apr 2010

Took initiative to visit Bhutan and studied the Education for Gross National Happiness concept, the Government of Bhutan’s development philosophy to achieve environmental preservation, cultural promotion, good governance and sustainable and equitable development.

Wrote a report on the status of implementation and suggested further implementation strategies for Bhutan’s education systems by interviewing Minister of Education, school principals, and visiting 16 schools in 6 districts.


Topic: Sustainable Environmental Design

Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate capstone project at UC Berkeley –Berkeley, USA Jan-May 2015

Topic: Livelihood changes over the past hundred years in the Lepcha villages in Sikkim Himalayas.

Lecture for undergraduate students at Gakushuin University –Tokyo, Japan July 2014

Lecture for graduate students at Hanshin University –Seoul, South Korea October 2012

Lecture for alumni of Department of Economics at University of Tokyo –Tokyo, Japan June 2012

Topic: Creating understanding of sustainability issues through experiential education

Public presentation at Clarendon Hill Church – Somerville, Massachusetts October 2009


Chris Marnay, Hirohisa Aki, Keiichi Hirose, Alexis Kwasinski, Saori Ogura, Takao Shinji. 2015. “Japan’s Pivot to Resilience: How the Microgrids Fared After the 2011 Earthquake.” IEEE Power & Energy Magazine.

Art work published on the front cover and in the “Gallery” (pp.2-8). 2014. HIMALAYA, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: Vol. 33: No. 1, Article 5.


PECS 2015. “Land Use Change of Lepcha Indigenous Villages in the Sikkim Himalayas – Historical Ethno-ecology Approach.” Stellenbosch, South Africa November 2015


Rotary Global Grant Scholarship 2016

Received USD $30,000 fellowship

Scott Travel Fellowship from Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning,

UC Berkeley 2015

Received USD $6500 fellowship

Fellowship from College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley 2013

Received USD $7500 fellowship

Merit Scholarship from Lesley University 2008

Received USD $2500 scholarship for the M.S. program


Oraccha’ Satoyama Satoumi project – Noto, Japan Aug 2010-Feb 2011

Presented research findings on socio-ecological interrelations in Noto, Japan at the closing event of the COP10 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Black Mesa Water Coalition – Flagstaff, Arizona March 2009

Helped conduct research on energy issues of Native American people and green jobs promotion.

International Society for Ecology and Culture – Berkeley, California October 2008

Organized data on sustainable and local economy movements in the United States.


Action for Peace, Capability and Sustainability–Miyagi, Tsunami-affected area in north Japan May 2012

Ai no tomo kyokai (House for mentally disabled people)–Chiba, Japan October 2012, October 2007, April 2004

SKILLS Digital: ArcGIS, ENVI, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel

Language: Fluent in Japanese and English; proficient in Nepali and Norwegian; introductory level in French, German, and Lepcha.