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Graham Diedrich, MPP

M.S. Data Science Candidate,

Michigan State University

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Graham Diedrich is a graduate student at Michigan State University, pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) in Data Science with focus on environmental policy and climate change. His research centers on sustainable resource governance, environmental justice, and clean energy systems.

Graham holds a B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Public Policy from MSU. He is a 2024 U.S. Fulbright recipient and has research appointments with the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Department of Energy, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. With a commitment to advancing environmental policy through community-centered approaches, Graham strives to contribute meaningfully to creating a more sustainable and equitable future.

Interests

  • Resource governance

  • Environmental justice 

  • Clean energy systems

  • Local-global policy

Education

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M.S., Data Science, 2025
Michigan State University

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Master of Public Policy, 2023
Michigan State University

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B.A., International Relations, 2019
Michigan State University

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Certificate in College Teaching, 2023
Michigan State University

Recent Experience

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DOE Scholars Fellow

Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

U.S. Department of Energy

The DOE Scholars Program is designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified talent in disciplinary fields that support mission critical areas of the DOE.

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Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellow

Office for Coastal Management

U.S. Department of Commerce

Fellows address reserve management needs to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy strategies.

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Environmental Justice Fellow

Center for Environmental Justice

Smithsonian Institution

With this prestigious award, fellows conduct independent research into advanced environmental justice and community engaged topics.

For cumulative research experiences, please click here.


Publications

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Diedrich, G. (2023). Embodied Carbon Policies. MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

Diedrich, G. (2023). State Forest Certification. MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

Diedrich, G. (2023). State Cap-and-Trade Programs. MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

Diedrich, G. (2023). State-Level Forest BMPs. MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

Kreye, M., Clay, K., Chizmar, S., Cooper, L., Diedrich, G., Gadoth-Goodman, D., Parajuli, R., Sutton, A. (2023). Forest Carbon Market Structures and Mechanism. Forest Owner Carbon and Climate Education Program. East State College, PA.

 

Diedrich, G. (2023). Who’s Paying the Price? The Legacy of the Part 201 Program in Michigan. East Lansing, MI.

 

Halle, B., Diedrich, G., Lee, S. (2022). Willingness to Pay for Renewable Energy in East Lansing. East Lansing, MI. 

Diedrich, G. (2022). An Impact Evaluation Proposal: Oregon’s ‘Cap-and-Trade’ Climate Protection Program. MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

 

Diedrich, G. (2022). How will the Inflation Reduction Act impact forest and carbon management? MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

Diedrich, G. (2022). How will the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act impact forests and climate? MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

Diedrich, G. (2022). Carbon Pricing: Carbon Markets and Carbon Taxes. MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program. East Lansing, MI.

Projects

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A Comprehensive Study of Michigan's New Clean Energy Legislation 

Utilizing the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) to conduct scenario modeling for an in-depth analysis of energy demand and greenhouse gas impacts associated with Michigan's new clean energy laws.

Partner: Michigan State University Environmental Science and Policy Program

Status: Ongoing

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Shining Insights: Exploring the Socio-Demographics and Environmental Footprint of Photovoltaics in Virginia

This research aims to explore the intricate relationship between photovoltaic (PV) expansion, its effects on land use and biodiversity, and potential economic benefits to underserved farming communities.

Partner: Center for Environmental Justice, Smithsonian Institution

Status: Ongoing

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State-Level Forest and Forest Product Carbon Modeling

Developed a variety of target goals and management scenarios incorporating forest sector activities and climate simulations to explore the role forests and their associated harvest wood products have in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.

Partners: American Forests, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, Canadian Forest Service, U.S. Climate Alliance
Status: Ongoing

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Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Region: Assessing State Alignment with the SDGs

Analyzing state climate plan alignment with the SDGs, investigating impacts on key environmental and socio-economic indicators through comprehensive research to foster informed policy decisions.

Status: Ongoing

Forests as a Climate Solution: State Policy Tracking Initiative

Collecting, categorizing, analyzing, and tracking a range of state-level programs and policies that could contribute or detract from forests as a climate solution.

Partner: Environmental Defense Fund
Status: Ongoing

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Optimizing Brownfield Solar Redevelopment in Michigan

Creating an interactive dashboard allowing developers to weight key variables influencing solar siting on brownfields, including zoning ordinances, distance to energy infrastructure, and site characteristics.

Partner: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Status: Complete

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Forest Property Tax Programs 

and Carbon Project Compatibility

Assessing the compatibility between state forest preferential tax programs and enrollment in voluntary carbon markets. Focusing on timber harvest requirements.

Status: Complete

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Harnessing the Power of Greenhouse Gas Inventories for Local Climate Action

Developing inventories with the local governments of Grand Haven, MI and Rockford, MI to aid the creation of future sustainability plans.

Partner: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Status: Complete

Conferences

2022 Michigan State University Environmental Science and Policy Program Fall Research Symposium | October 16, 2022

The annual ESPP Fall Research Symposium aims to connect ideas and researchers from multiple disciplines to identify and solve challenges at the interface of environmental science and policy. Learn more here.

Presentation: Forests as a Climate Solution: State Policy Tracking Initiative

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2023 Michigan Environmental Justice Conference | June 21, 2023

The goal of this two-day, in-person conference was to convene conversations, explore actions, present research and continue progress toward achieving environmental justice in Michigan. Learn more here.

Presentation: Advancing Environmental Justice in Local Government: A Path Towards Justice and Effective Policymaking

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2023 Engagement Scholarship Consortium International Conference | October 4-5, 2023

The focus of this conference was to engage in conversations about the many ways to work collaboratively toward meaningful change, within university and societal contexts. Learn more here.

Presentation: Building Resilient Communities: The Intersection of Climate Change, Local Governance, and Environmental Justice

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2023 Michigan Political Science Association Conference | October 20, 2023

The annual MIPSA conference engages with topics of interest in all areas of political science, as well as public administration and public policy. Learn more here.

Presentation: Who’s Paying the Price? The Legacy of the Part 201 Program in Michigan

2023 Michigan State University Environmental Science and Policy Program Fall Research Symposium | October 27, 2023

The annual ESPP Fall Research Symposium aims to connect ideas and researchers from multiple disciplines to identify and solve challenges at the interface of environmental science and policy. Learn more here.

Presentation: Assessing the Interplay between State Climate Plans and the SDGs: A Case Study in the Great Lakes Region

Teaching

Co-Facilitated Courses:

  • ANR 210: Foundations in Connected Learning

  • ANR 310: Integrated Learning Seminar I

TA Courses:

  • PLS 422: Seminar in Political Science

  • PLS 494 Field Experience in Political Science

Certificate in College Teaching:

The University Graduate Certification in College Teaching (CCT), an initiative of the Michigan State University Graduate School in partnership with MSU colleges, helps graduate students and postdocs organize, develop, and document their teaching experiences. Through professional development activities—workshops or seminars, coursework in disciplinary teaching methods, a mentored teaching project—participants will build and consolidate their preparation for college and university teaching. 

Click here to view the e-portfolio.

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