Senior Research Scientist
Senior Research Scientist


Jennie Rice is a senior research scientist with a background in decision sciences, economics, and systems engineering. She is the principal investigator for the Integrated Multisector, Multiscale Modeling (IM3) Science Focus Area for the Department of Energy Office of Science. The goal of IM3 is to develop flexible, open-source, and integrated modeling capabilities that capture the structure, dynamic behavior, and emergent properties of the multiscale interactions within and between human and natural systems. IM3 prioritizes coupling process-based models to explore multisector dynamics, vulnerability, and resilience from local to continental scales.

She previously worked for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2009 to 2015 leading model integration and demonstration for the Platform for Regional Integrated Modeling and Analysis, a large 5-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development project. In addition to her basic science research background, she has extensive experience providing applied risk and uncertainty analyses in consulting and contract research. Her domain experience includes climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, electricity capacity expansion planning, water resource management, weather risk management, and urban and land use planning.

Research Interest

  • Multisector Dynamics
  • Uncertainty Characterization
  • Decision Analysis
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Resilience Modeling


  • Master of Science, Engineering from Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Science & Technology from Stanford University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Society for Risk Analysis
  • American Geophysical Union



  • Burleyson C.D., A. Rahman, J.S. Rice, A.D. Smith, and N. Voisin. 2021. "Multiscale Effects Masked the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Electricity Demand in the United States." Applied Energy 304. PNNL-SA-162206. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117711
  • Cohen S., G.C. Iyer, M. Brown, J. Macknick, M.A. Wise, M.T. Binsted, and N. Voisin, et al. 2021. "How structural differences influence cross-model consistency: An electric sector case study." Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 144. PNNL-SA-149703. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2021.111009
  • Oikonomou K., K. Mongird, J.S. Rice, and J.S. Homer. 2021. "Resilience of Interdependent Water and Power Systems: A Literature Review and Conceptual Modeling Framework." Water 13, no. 20:Art. No. 2846. PNNL-SA-165703. doi:10.3390/w13202846
  • Turner S., J.S. Rice, K.D. Nelson, C.R. Vernon, R. Mcmanamay, K. Dickson, and L. Marston. 2021. "Comparison of potential drinking water source contamination across one hundred U.S. cities." Nature Communications 12. PNNL-SA-160268. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27509-9


  • Burleyson C.D., G.C. Iyer, M.I. Hejazi, S.H. Kim, P. Kyle, J.S. Rice, and A.D. Smith, et al. 2020. "Future western U.S. building electricity consumption in response to climate and population drivers: A comparative study of the impact of model structure." Energy 208. PNNL-SA-151017. doi:10.1016/


  • Vernon C.R., J.S. Rice, N. Zuljevic, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, C. Jin, and J. Olson, et al. 2018. "CERF - A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software. PNNL-SA-125186. doi:10.5334/jors.227
  • Vernon C.R., N. Zuljevic, J.S. Rice, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, N. Voisin, and I.P. Kraucunas, et al. 2018. "CERF - A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software 6, no. 1:20. PNNL-SA-133523. doi:10.5334/jors.227


  • Ke X., D. Wu, J.S. Rice, M.C. Kintner-Meyer, and N. Lu. 2016. "Quantifying impacts of heat waves on power grid operation." Applied Energy 183. PNNL-SA-116806. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.08.188


  • Dirks J.A., W.J. Gorrissen, J.E. Hathaway, D.C. Skorski, M.J. Scott, T.C. Pulsipher, and M. Huang, et al. 2015. "Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Consumption and Peak Demand in Buildings: A Detailed Regional Approach." Energy 79. PNNL-SA-94630. doi:10.1016/
  • Hejazi M.I., N. Voisin, L. Liu, L.M. Bramer, D.C. Fortin, J.E. Hathaway, and M. Huang, et al. 2015. "21st Century United States Emissions Mitigation Could Increase Water Stress more than the Climate Change it is Mitigating." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112, no. 34:10635-10640. PNNL-SA-105956. doi:10.1073/pnas.1421675112
  • Scott M.J., D.S. Daly, J.E. Hathaway, C.S. Lansing, Y. Liu, H.C. McJeon, and R.H. Moss, et al. 2015. "Calculating Impacts of Energy Standards on Energy Demand in U.S. Buildings with Uncertainty in an Integrated Assessment Model." Energy 90, no. Part 2:1682-1694. PNNL-SA-102017. doi:10.1016/