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Name Title Current Research Contact
Kevin Arrigo Donald and Donald M. Steel Professor in Earth Sciences

Investigates role of ocean biology in gobal carbon and nutrient cycles.

Dr. Gregory Asner University Faculty other teaching Environmental Earth System Science Professor (by Courtesy)

My research centers on how human activities alter the composition and functioning of ecosystems at regional scales. I combine field work, airborne and satellite mapping, and computer simulation modeling to understand the response of ecosystems to land use and climate change.

Atilla Aydin Professor (Research) of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Emeritus

Formation, geometric patterns and fluid flow properties of fractures and faults in a broad range of scales.

Sally Benson Director, Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

My research is focused on reducing the risks of climate change by developing energy supplies with low carbon emissions. Students and post-doctoral fellows in my research group work on carbon dioxide storage, energy systems analysis, and pathways for transitioning to a low-carbon energy system.

Gregory Beroza Wayne Loel Professor

Earthquake seismology

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Biondo Biondi Professor of Geophysics
Dennis Bird Professor of Geological Sciences

Theoretical geochemistry of reactions among aqueous solutions and minerals in magma-hydrothermal systems; environmental geochemistry of toxic metals in the Mother Lode Gold region, CA, and the emergence of life in the aftermath of the Moon-forming impact, ca. 4.4Ga.

Kevin Boyce Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

Paleontology; Evolution of plant physiology & development; Geochemistry of fossil preservation; Evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and environments

Adam Brandt Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and Center Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Greenhouse gas emissions, energy systems optimization, mathematical modeling of resource depletion, life cycle analysis

Gordon Brown Dorrell William Kirby Professor of Geology in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Professor of Photon Science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Surface and interface geochemistry; environmental fate of heavy metals; nanotechnology, applications of synchrotron radiation in geochemistry and mineralogy

Marshall Burke Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Jef Caers Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

My research interest are varied, but a constant is the practical application of statistical and probabilistic methods to modeling and engineering the Earth. My recent focus involves including physics into stochastic modeling and assessing uncertainty for decision making in geo-engineering applications.

Ken Caldeira University Faculty other teaching Environmental Earth System Science Professor By Courtesy

My research strives to improve the science base needed to allow human civilization to develop while protecting our environmental endowment.

Karen Casciotti Assistant Professor of Environmental Earth System Science

Assistant Professor in EESS, focus on marine chemistry and biogeochemistry.

Page Chamberlain Professor of Earth System Science

I use stable and radiogenic isotopes to understand Earth system history. These studies examine the link between climate, tectonics, biological, and surface processes.

Noah Diffenbaugh Associate Professor of Earth System Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

He studies the dynamics and impacts of climate variability and change. Much of his work has focused on the role of fine-scale processes in shaping climate change impacts, including studies of extreme weather, water resources, agriculture, human health, and poverty vulnerability. 

Rob Dunbar W.M. Keck Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Ocean processes, biogeochemistry, climatology/paleoclimatology, isotopic chemistry, ocean policy

Eric Dunham Assistant Professor of Geophysics

Physics of natural hazards, specifically earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Computational geophysics.

Louis Durlofsky Otto N. Miller Professor in Earth Sciences

General reservoir simulation, optimization, reduced-order modeling, upscaling, flow in fractured systems, history matching, CO2 sequestration, energy systems optimization

Rodney Ewing Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Scott Fendorf Huffington Family Professor in Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Soil and environmental biogeochemistry

Chris Field Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and at the Woods Institute for the Environment Global ecology, climate change impacts, global carbon cycle, ecosystem ecology
Christopher Francis Associate Professor of Earth System Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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

Margot Gerritsen Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Director of the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering, with courtesy appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering

I specialize in renewable and fossil energy production. I am also active in coastal ocean dynamics and yacht design, as well as several areas in computational mathematics including search algorithm design and matrix computations.

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Steven Gorelick Cyrus Fisher Tolman Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

As a hydrogeologist, my research involves the study of water resources with emphasis on groundwater. Using lab and field data, our aim is to develop an understanding of fundamental aspects of the transport of fluids and contaminants, and to investigate regional water resources systems

Stephan Graham Welton Joseph and Maud L'Anphere Crook Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Geophysics and of Energy Resource Engineering

Sedimentary basin analysis; petroleum geology

Martin Grove Professor (Research) of Geological Sciences
Jerry Harris The Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor in Geophysics
George Hilley Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

Active tectonics, quantitative structural geology and geomorphology; Geographic Information Systems;unsaturated zone gas transport; landscape development;active deformation and mountain belt growth in central Asia, central Andes, and along the San Andreas Fault; integrated investigation of earthquake hazards.

Roland Horne Thomas Davies Barrow Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Well Testing, Optimisation and Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

Rob Jackson Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy

The Jackson lab examines the different ways that people affect the Earth. We seek to produce the building blocks of basic scientific knowledge and to use that knowledge to guide policy solutions for global warming, energy extraction, and other environmental issues.

Julie Kennedy Professor (Teaching) of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute and the Landreth Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

 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.

Simon Klemperer Professor of Geophysics and, by courtesy, of Geological Sciences

I study the growth, tectonic evolution, and deformation of the continents. My research group undertakes field experiments in exemplary areas such as, currently, the Tibet plateau (formed by collision between Indian and Asia); the actively extending Basin-&-Range province of western North America (the Ruby Range Metamorphic Core Complex, NV, and the leaky transform beneath the Salton Trough, CA). We use active and passive seismic methods, electromagnetic recording, and all other available data!

Rosemary Knight The George L. Harrington Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Environmental geophysics

Anthony Kovscek Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

I am interested in the recovery of unconventional hydrocarbon resources and mitigating carbon emissions from fossil fuels via geological sequestration of greenhouse gases. My research group and I examine the physics of flow through porous media at length scales that vary from the pore to the laboratory to the reservoir.

Eric Lambin George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professor and Senior Fellow at the 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.

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Jesse Lawrence Assistant Professor of Geophysics
Keith Loague Professor of Geological Sciences

Hydrology

David Lobell Associate Professor of Earth System Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Woods Institute for the Environment

We study the interactions between food production, food security, and the environment using a range of modern tools.

Donald Lowe Max Steineke Professor in Earth Sciences

Classic sedimentology, deep-water sedimentation mechanics and facies; Archean depositional systems and crustal development

Katharine (Kate) Maher Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences Reactive transport modeling and environmental and/or isotope geochemistry
Gail Mahood Professor of Geological Sciences

Igneous petrogenesis and magmatic evolution of silicic magmas and physical evolution of related volcanic centers and subjacent plutons, volcanic hazards in eastern California and western Saudi Arabia, geochronology, extension-related magmatism, geoarchaeology

Wendy Mao Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and of Photon Science and, by courtesy, of Geophysics
Pamela Matson Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute

Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; and global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles. With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers, and decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while improving livelihoods and human wellbeing. 

Gerald Mavko Professor (Research) of Geophysics
Anna Marta Michalak Environmental Earth System Science Associate Professor (by Courtesy)

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.

Elizabeth Miller Professor of Geological Sciences

Structural geology and tectonics. Evolution and deformation of continental crust and its sedimentary cover, plate tectonics and continental deformation, geochronology and thermochronology. Current interests in the Cordillera, northern circum-Pacific, Russia and Arctic regions.

Tapan Mukerji Associate Professor (Research) of Energy Resources Engineering and of Geophysics

My students and I use theoretical, computational, and statistical models, to discover and understand fundamental relations between geophysical data and subsurface properties, to quantify uncertainty in our geomodels, and to address value of information for decision making under uncertainty.

Rosamond Naylor William Wrigley Professor and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Freeman Spogli Institute and Professor, by courtesy, of Economics

My research focuses on the environmental and equity dimensions of intensive food production systems, and the food security dimensions of low-input systems.

Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr. Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Energy Resources Engineering, Emeritus
Jonathan Payne Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and, by courtesy, of Biology

My goal in research is to understand the interaction between environmental change and biological evolution using fossils and the sedimentary rock record. How does environmental change influence evolutionary and ecological processes? And conversely, how do evolutionary and ecological changes affect the physical environment? I work primarily on the marine fossil record over the past 550 million years.

David Pollard The Barney and Estelle Morris Professor of Earth Sciences and Professor, by courtesy, of Geophysics and of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Bala Rajaratnam Assistant Professor of Statistics and of Earth System Science
Paul Segall Professor of Geophysics
Norman Sleep Professor of Geophysics

Physics of large-scale processes in the Earth

Jonathan Stebbins Professor of Geological Sciences and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering
Jenny Suckale Assistant Professor of Geophysics
Hamdi Tchelepi Professor of Energy Resources Engineering
Leif Thomas Associate Professor of Earth System Science

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

Tiziana Vanorio Assistant Professor of Geophysics

Rock Physics, Fossil Energy Exploration, Volcanic and Geothermal Environments and Microseismicity

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Peter Vitousek Clifford G. Morrison Professor in Population and Resource Studies, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor, by courtesy, of Earth System Science

Vitousek's research interests include: evaluating the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Hawaiian (and other Pacific) agriculture and society before European contact; and working to make fertilizer applications more efficient and less environmentally damaging (especially in rapidly growing economies)

Jessica Warren Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
Paula Welander Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and by courtesy, of Biology

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

Jennifer Wilcox Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Modeling and measurement of trace metal speciation, i.e., mercury, arsenic, and selenium, released from coal combustion or gasification processes; sorbent design for high-temperature mercury capture; catalytic membrane design for CO2/H2 separation; CO2 sequestration; coal-to-liquid catalyst design.

Howard Zebker Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Geophysics
Mark Zoback Benjamin M. Page Professor in Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

I conduct research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production, the feasibility of long-term geologic storage of CO2 and the occurrence of induced and triggered earthquakes.