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Paige B

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Université Bordeaux I


Climate science, plant science, sustainability, agriculture, ecology


In rainy Bordeaux, France, I am currently working on a PhD with the aim to better understand grapevine downy mildew and reduce fungicide use. My previous research has included using the same land for wine grape production and solar energy generation (Geisenheim, Germany) and grapevine adaptation to heat and water stress (Davis, California). For my undergraduate research at Yale University, I used organic geochemistry and stable isotope analyses to reconstruct paleoclimates. Outside of my research interests, I love music, travel, and making ice cream. I once spent a whole year climbing bell towers, learning about the history and science of bells. Some of my favorite high school memories include building flutes and attempting to make the perfect pancake, all in the name of science!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Propose a Creative Technological Solution to Meet Multiple Sustainability Goals

In this project, the student will take into account multiple sustainability goals (such as green energy generation, food production, social equity, etc.) to propose an integrated technological solution. This project is great for students who are interested in tackling interdisciplinary challenges! The student will learn how to find and analyze publicly available data, to identify and address regulatory and financial obstacles, and to present their idea to potential stakeholders. To successfully create this proposal, the student will gain an understanding of the current state of the relevant technology, determine the most important areas for future technological research and development, and learn how to forecast the potential impact of their suggested solution.

Coding skills

R, Python

Languages I know

French (fluent); Italian (intermediate); German (conversational); Dutch (conversational)

Teaching experience

I have taught instrumental music lessons to students previously. I have also served as an alumni mentor for current students at my university and high school. In addition, I have extensive experience training clients on software and data analytics tools.


Work experience

University of California, Davis (2021 - 2022)
Researcher, Grapevine Ecophysiology and Climate
Element451 (2019 - 2020)
Data Analyst
National Youth Orchestra (2016 - 2019)
Founder, Operations


Yale University
BS Bachelor of Science (2016)
Geology & Geophysics
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie de Montpellier
MS Master of Science
Viticulture and Enology
Université Bordeaux I
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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