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Noah Diffenbaugh, Associate Professor; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

Climate Dynamics; High-Resolution Climate Modeling; Earth System Modeling; Socioclimatic Analysis, Modeling and Prediction


Rodolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, Biology

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My research interests include tropical forest ecology and conservation, species interactions, and evolutionary ecology of herbivore defense.


Robert Dunbar, W.M. Keck Professor; J. Frederick and Elisabeth Brewer Weintz University Fellow in Undergraduate Education; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

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


William Durham, Bing Professor in Human Biology, Anthropology

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I study indigenous resource management, human health, and conservation issues in the tropics. My current research focuses on environmental causes of emerging infectious diseases in tropical areas, conservation tradeoffs in the Galapagos Islands, and ecotourism as a means to poverty alleviation and self-determination among indigenous and local peoples.


W.G. (Gary) Ernst, Professor Emeritus

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Petrology/geochemistry and plate tectonics of Circumpacific and Alpine mobile belts; ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism in Eurasia; geology of the California Coast Ranges, the cental Klamath Mountains, and White-Inyo Range; geobotany and remote sensing of the Southwest; mineralogy and human health.


Walter Falcon, Helen C. Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I specialize in agricultural policy in developing countries. My current research focuses on agricultural decision-making in Indonesia and Mexico, as well as biotechnology. I also have considerable research experience as an analyst and consultant in international economic and environmental policy.


Scott Fendorf, Terry Huffington Professor; Department Chair; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

Soil and environmental biogeochemistry


Chris Francis, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

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


Zephyr Frank, Associate Professor, History

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My research interests include wealth and inequality, Brazilian social history, Latin American economic history, and spatial history. I am current working with E-IPER students and faculty on a project to study the impact of the salmon aquaculture industry on communities in Chile.