Cesar Lopez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. His dissertation research combines social network theory and analysis, development economics, agricultural and natural resource economics, remote sensing, and machine learning to study the effectiveness of agricultural development interventions in low- and middle-income countries, primarily focusing on the adoption and diffusion of irrigation in Latin America. Prior to joining Stanford, Lopez was a research fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C., where he helped design and evaluate agricultural programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.