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Chris Francis, Associate Professor

Microbial cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and metals in the environment; molecular geomicrobiology; marine microbiology; microbial diversity


Steven Gorelick, Cyrus F. Tolman Professor

Hydrogeology and Water Resources: Steven Gorelick is the Cyrus F. Tolman Professor in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford, and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment


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, 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.


David Lobell, Associate Professor

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


Anna Michalak, Associate Professor (by Courtesy), EESS; Carnegie Institution, Global Ecology

Our research interests focus on characterizing complexity and quantifying uncertainty in environmental systems with the goal of improving our understanding of these systems and our ability to forecast their variability. Our current research interests focus on atmospheric greenhouse gas emission and sequestration estimation, water quality monitoring and contaminant source identification, and use of remote sensing data for earth system characterization.


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.