Aubrey Paris is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University. Her research involves the development and mechanistic evaluation of alloy catalysts active in electroreduction of carbon dioxide, particularly focusing on generation of multi-carbon products. An advocate for interdisciplinary research, she was selected as a Princeton Energy and Climate Scholar and consequently studied water stresses imposed by coal-fired power plants associated with the Belt and Road Initiative in southeast Asia. Aside from her publications and presentations on carbon dioxide electrochemistry, she has published several articles on sustainability and climate adaptation and has given invited talks and panel appearances on the politics, policy, and public perception of climate change.
Ms. Paris recently consulted on a Department of Defense climate change impact assessment project for which she analyzed the future of U.S. nuclear energy generation capacity based on middle-of-the-road climate scenarios. She serves as a Senior Fellow for the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP), an international science policy think-tank, as well as manager, founding co-host, and writer of ISGP’s “The Forum,” a podcast translating scientific topics for listeners in more than 100 countries. Through “The Forum,” Ms. Paris launched a series of half-day educational events that discuss scientific hot topics with subject matter experts using social media live-streams. Initial projects in this virtual workshop series attracted real-time audience engagement in more than 45 countries.
Prior to entering the Ph.D. program at Princeton, Ms. Paris graduated from Ursinus College in 2015 as co-salutatorian with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a minor in French. She was an inaugural Fellow of the Ursinus College Center for Science and the Common Good and a 2014 AMGEN Scholar at the University of California Berkeley. Believing strongly in the growing intersectionality of science and society, she enjoys returning to Ursinus College and her previous home of Delran High School to speak with students about STEM careers that exist beyond the lab. Following receipt of her Chemistry Ph.D., Ms. Paris plans to pursue a career in science policy.