Our Faculty


Adeyemi Abediyi

Prof. Adebiyi's research group focuses on understanding the impacts of atmospheric particles, like mineral dust and smoke aerosols, on our environment and the climate. Studying these atmospheric particles is important because they directly impact the air quality around us and contribute to the uncertainties in our understanding of how the climate will change.

Email: aaadebiyi@ucmerced.edu

roger bales

Critical-zone science; water resources; climate applications

Email: rbales@ucmerced.edu

asmeret asefaw berhe

Terrestrial biogeochemistry; soil science; soil organic matter dynamics

Email: aaberhe@ucmerced.edu

j. michael beman

Microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of aquatic ecosystems

Email: mbeman@ucmerced.edu

marc beutel

Surface water quality; mercury and nitrogen cycling; treatment wetlands

Email: mbeutel@ucmerced.edu

jessica blois

Terrestrial paleoecology; niche modeling; phylogeography and phylochronology

Email: jblois@ucmerced.edu

Elliott Campbell

Sustainable bioenergy assessment, ecological design and atmospheric sciences and engineering

Email: ecampbell3@ucmerced.edu

Abel Chuang

Thermal management and electrochemistry; loop heat pipes and fuel cells

Email: abel.chuang@ucmerced.edu

martha conklin

Biogeochemistry; surface water/ground water interactions; chemical processes in snow

Email: mconklin@ucmerced.edu

michael dawson

Ecological genetics and evolution; stasis and change in marine and terrestrial systems

Email: mdawson@ucmerced.edu

gerardo diaz

Energy conversion systems; dynamic simulation and control of thermal systems

Email: gdiaz@ucmerced.edu

reza ehsani

Automation, robotics, and intelligent machines for agriculture; developing sensors and systems with applications in agriculture, food industry; precision agriculture and horticulture, mechanization and mechanical harvesting systems

Email: rehsani@ucmerced.edu

marie-odile fortier

Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology development; Energy systems modeling Increasing geographic specificity in LCA; Climate change mitigation strategies; Renewable energy systems

Email: mfortier2@ucmerced.edu

carolin frank

Microbial genome evolution; community ecology of endophytes

Email: cfrank3@ucmerced.edu

teamrat ghezzehei

Soil physics,agroecology, soil systems modeling, sustainability

Email: taghezzehei@ucmerced.edu

thomas harmon

Fluid flows and mass fluxes in natural and engineered environments

Email: tharmon@ucmerced.edu

stephen hart

Terrestrial microbial and ecosystem ecology; climate change in forest ecosystems

Email: shart4@ucmerced.edu

erin hestir

Aquatic ecosystems under threat from competing pressures to meet societal needs for water and food security while sustaining biodiversity and other ecosystem services; expertise in geospatial analytics, hyperspectral and satellite remote sensing, and sensor networks in inland and coastal waters and wetlands

Email: ehestir@ucmerced.edu

jeffrey jenkins

Natural resource management; public lands and protected areas

Email: jeff.jenkins@ucmerced.edu

catherine keske

Applied economics in mountainous and semi-arctic ecosystems; Coupled natural and human systems; Sustainable resource management

Email: ckeske@ucmerced.edu

sora kim

Paleoecology; climate change; environmental reconstruction; stable isotope biogeochemistry

Email: skim380@ucmerced.edu

Sarah kurtz

Studying the transition to our clean-energy future and how solar, wind, and storage will all fit together to deliver our energy at lower cost than we have today.

Email: skurtz@ucmerced.edu

valerie leppert

Air particulate matter; environmental nanophases; energy nanomaterials

Email: vleppert@ucmerced.edu

yanbao ma

Energy transport and thermal management in energy systems; water desalination

Email: yma5@ucmerced.edu

Mark Matsumoto

Water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste site remediation

Email: mmatsumoto@ucmerced.edu

JosUE Medellin-Azuara

Large scale hydro-economic modeling for water management and policy analysis

Email: jmedellin-azuara@ucmerced.edu

emily moran

Ecological and evolutionary responses of plants to environmental change

Email: emoran5@ucmerced.edu

colleen naughton

Global food and water security; life cycle assessment; geographic information systems

Email: cnaughton2@ucmerced.edu

peggy o'day

Environmental geochemistry; cycling and transport of inorganic contaminates

Email: poday@ucmerced.edu

Alexander Petersen

Data-oriented, focusing on the evolution of large multiscale socio-economic systems by applying concepts and methods from complex systems, statistical physics, management and innovation science to address broad problems calling on multi-disciplinary collaboration

Email: apetersen3@ucmerced.edu

wolfgang rogge

Air pollution engineering and science; fate and transport of air pollutants

Email: wrogge@ucmerced.edu

rebecca ryals

Agroecology; Climate Change; Soil Health; Ecological Sanitation; Carbon Sequestration; Greenhouse Gas Dynamics

Email: rryals@ucmerced.edu

jason sexton

Land adaption and species range limits; biological response to global change

Email: jsexton2@ucmerced.edu

samuel traina

Chemical transformations of pollutants; chemical speciation and toxicity

Email: straina@ucmerced.edu

joshua viers

Professor Viers is a watershed scientist with expertise in resource management and environmental decision making. His areas of watershed science research include: Agroecology and conservation agriculture planning and implementation, climatic and hydrological change vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies, ecosystem service and biodiversity inventory, assessment and restoration, geospatial technologies (geographic information systems/remote sensing); Informatics; database design and data mining, water and watershed management; water footprinting

Email: jviers@ucmerced.edu

a. leroy westerling

Applied climatology, climate-ecosystem-wildfire interactions, statistical modeling for seasonal forecasts, paleofire reconstructions, and climate change impact assessments, resource management and policy.

Email: lwesterling@ucmerced.edu

roland winston

Solar power and renewable energy; elementary particle physics

Email: rwinston@ucmerced.edu

Xuan Zhang

Research aims to gain a predictive and mechanistic understanding of the sources, chemistry, and environmental impact of gaseous and particulate pollutants in the air. Prof. Zhang's research provides a causative link of the chemical signature of air pollution with its climate interactions and adverse health impact in a rapidly changing global environment.

Email: xzhang87@ucmerced.edu


Marc Beutel

Environmental Systems Graduate Program Chair

Email: ESChair@ucmerced.edu

Website: es.ucmerced.edu