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Featured Research from Stanford University

Project Living on the roof of the world: mechanisms underlying hypo tolerance in pikas, Stanford University (2012 - Present)

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This research investigates the mechanisms underlying species tolerance of extreme environments, focusing on pika (genus Ochotona). There are 30 pika species, each occupying a unique elevational range between 0 - 6400 m with the highest concentration of species diversity in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau region. Limited oxygen at high elevation critically stresses aerobic metabolism; however, little is known about how pikas are capable of tolerating the extreme hypoxia of their high-elevation habitat.

Project Strengthening the Research Ecosystem for Sustainability Research in India, Stanford University

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This interdisciplinary research project is prompted by the persistent neglect of environmental sustainability by nationally and regionally sponsored agricultural research programs designed to enhance food security in India. This project goes outside the usual sources of analysis and uses feminist philosophy of science to draw lessons and build capacities for the integration of climate policy with agriculture-food development policy in India. It analyses the environmental values and conceptualisations in science, development interventions and outcomes.

Project Research and Education partnership for Energy Resources, Stanford University, King Fuad University of Petroleum and Minerals (1/1/2006 - Present)

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This trilateral collaborative project involves Stanford University, King Fuad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and Saudi Aramco. The goal is to share best practices for research and education related to petroleum exploration and production. To date, several joint research projects have taken place as well as field trips involving Stanford and KFUPM students in both Saudi Arabia and the USA.


Dhahran Saudi Arabia

Project Capacity Building For Energy Geosciences and Engineering, Stanford University, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (3/1/2010 - 8/30/2016)

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The goal of this project, sponsored by Chevron Technology Company, was to help build local capacity in energy geosciences in Thailand. The project included Stanford professors and staff teaching short courses in Bangkok and Thai students participating in a summer research program at Stanford.


Bangkok Thailand


  • Visut Pisutha-Arnond, Geology Head, Chulalongkorn University