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Julie Kennedy, Professor (Teaching), EESS; Victoria and Roger Sant Co-Director, Earth Systems Program, Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director, Haas Center for Public Service; Landreth Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute

I have specific interest in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and in the effective communication of complex interdisciplinary problem descriptions, analysis methods, and solutions to expert and non-expert audiences. I advise and work on research projects with undergraduate and master's level students whose interests include ecology, energy, land systems management, ocean science and policy, sustainability, environmental education, and science communication.


Eric  Lambin

Eric Lambin, George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professor; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

My research is in the area of human-environment interactions in land systems. I develop integrated approaches to study land use change by linking remote sensing, GIS and socio-economic data. I aim at better understanding causes and impacts of changes in tropical forests, drylands, and farming systems. I currently focus on three related themes: land use transitions – i.e., the shift from deforestation (or land degradation) to reforestation (or land sparing for nature), – the influence of globalization on land use decisions, and the interactions between public and private governance aimed at promoting sustainable land use.


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David Lobell, Associate Professor

Food Security, Climate Change, Land use, Remote Sensing, Ecosystem Modeling, Statistics, Geographic Information Systems


Rosamond Naylor, Professor; William Wrigley Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Woods Institute for the Environment

I am the Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment and a Professor in EESS. I am an economist by training and work on a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects. 


Leif  Thomas

Leif Thomas, Assistant Professor

Physical oceanography; theory and numerical modeling of the ocean circulation; dynamics of ocean fronts and vortices; upper ocean processes; air-sea interaction.


Paula V. Welander, Assistant Professor

Biosynthesis of lipid biomarkers in modern microbes; molecular geomicrobiology; microbial physiology