Claire Hirashiki conducts research in Dr. Peter Kareiva’s lab at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Her study interests include conservation biology, social justice, and environmental education. She specializes in data analytics, with an emphasis on geospatial information systems. Previously, Claire worked at the California Center for Sustainable Communities to help manage the UCLA Energy Atlas, a “big data” relational database of building energy consumption and sociodemographic characteristics in Southern California. She contributed to the development of the Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan, and she created the Water Hub, a platform of interactive geospatial visualizations depicting urban water management in Los Angeles.
Outside of UCLA, she took on the role of aquatic biotechnician at the Mountains Restoration Trust to monitor water quality and restore disturbed stream habitats. At the City of Los Angeles, she worked as a project assistant to facilitate the implementation of an urban tree planting program. She also freelances as a web designer and qualitative analyst.
Claire graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a double minor in Environmental Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and Technologies.