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Molly Meyer: Green Roofs

Molly Meyer (Earth Systems BS and MS ’05) started a company that designs, builds, and maintains vegetated green roofs. Three years ago while working as an apprentice carpenter in Seattle, she recognized that green roofs built in Germany are considerably less expensive than those built in the United States. To study their methods, she moved to Germany and worked in all aspects of the green roo...

Cliff Kalinowski: Energy Technology

Cliff Kalinowski (Earth Systems BS ’95, MS ’96) is the Director of Global Customer Operations at SunPower, a solar technology design and manufacturing company based in San Jose, California. Cliff leads SunPower’s customer support groups, managing hundreds of employees who are based in the Philippines and Poland.

An avid rock-climber and surfer, Cliff is passionate about enviro...

Kate Hayes: Landscape Architecture

After graduating, Kate (Earth Systems BS ’08) worked at several different organizations including a sustainable buildings company, an urban design and consulting firm, and National Geographic. Kate has now decided to attend the University of Virginia to pursue a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture. Kate hopes to combine her Earth Systems knowledge with landscape architecture and concentr...

David Conti: Epidemiology and Public Health

Following his time at Stanford, David Conti (Earth Systems BS ’96, MS ’00) completed a PhD in genetic epidemiology at Case Western University. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. David’s broad interdisciplinary research grew out of his education in Earth Systems and his undergraduate honors in Environmental Sc...

Justin Holl: Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Justin manages the Sanctuary Visitor Center education programs, exhibits, and saltwater aquaria.  Since graduating from Stanford with a BS and MS in Earth Systems, Justin has worked as a Geologist studying coastal erosion for the USGS, as the Publications Coordinator for the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and as the Co-Coordinator of Outreach for Estacion Costera de Investigaciones Mari...

Lauren Faber: Environmental Defense Fund, West Coast Political Director

Lauren joined EDF from the California Environmental Protection Agency.  At the California EPA, Lauren focused on the design and implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) that EDF cosponsored in 2006.  Prior to her work at the EPA, Lauren served as Senior Director for Lighthouse Consulting Group, where she advised on comprehensive climate change and ...

Bryan Pate - ElliptiGO, Co-President and Co-Founder

Bryan conceived of the ElliptiGO, an outdoor elliptical bicycle, due to a sports injury that prevented him from running.  Bryan teamed up with his friend Brent Teal, an engineer, to design and develop the ElliptiGO.  They designed the bike with the idea that it could be an alternative to the conventional bicycle, both for transportation and for low-impact running.  Bryan and his ...

Mike Jackson - The Westly Group, Principal

Mike Jackson is a principal at The Westly Group, a cleantech venture capital firm. He focuses primarily on investments in biofuels and building energy efficiency. He has helped lead the firm's investments in Amyris, Enerkem, SCIenergy, and CalStar Products. Prior to the Westly Group, Mike was co-founder and CEO of Village Green Energy, a retailer of renewable electricity production to household...

Nicole Wires - Collective Roots, Food System Change Coordinator

Nicole is the Food System Change Coordinator at Collective Roots, a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate and engage youth and communities in food system change.  Nicole is a recent graduate from Stanford.  As an ES student, she studied sustainable agriculture and food justice. Nicole previously worked on issues of international food security, spending time abroad in Ecuador, T...

Becky Chaplin-Kramer: Ecosystem Services to and from Agricultural Systems

Becky is leading efforts to improve user experience and the way InVEST is applied in decision-making. She is also the lead modeler for ecosystem services from and to agricultural systems. Her past work has combined conducting field experiments, modeling, and coordinating between researchers and practitioners at regional and local scales, through agricultural extension programs and the Californi...