Kasparas Spokas

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
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Ph.D., Princeton University, 2019

Kasparas was a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and a Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) Fellow in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs

Kasparas’ research work at Princeton can be divided into main categories. In the Civil & Engineering Department, Kasparas investigates geochemical and geomechanical risks associated with geologic carbon capture and sequestration, a greenhouse gas mitigation technology that is heavily deployed in global scenarios that meet climate targets. In the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Kasparas’ work focuses on analyzing techno-economic and policy solutions to develop low-carbon energy systems. Specifically, he is collaborating with researchers at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to investigate how biomass supply constraints limit the techno-economic estimation of negative emission and bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration deployment in the future.

In addition to research, Kasparas is a member of the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars (PECS). Along with several PECS colleagues, he consulted the campus energy managers at Princeton about institutional emission accounting and emission offsetting. He is the co-author of several magazine articles on energy and climate change subjects on HighWire Earth and Slate Magazine. Ultimately, he is interested in integrating techno-economic solutions with practical public policy to promote the development of low-carbon energy systems and reduce energy-sector greenhouse gas emissions.

Before arriving at Princeton, Kasparas studied the implications of glacier recession on groundwater availability in Peru while an undergraduate student at McGill University.