School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

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  • Margot Gerritsen

    Margot Gerritsen

    Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, by courtesy, of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch
    My work is about understanding and simulating complicated fluid flow problems. My research focuses on the design of highly accurate and efficient parallel computational methods to predict the performance of enhanced oil recovery methods. I'm particularly interested in gas injection and in-situ combustion processes. These recovery methods are extremely challenging to simulate because of the very strong nonlinearities in the governing equations. Outside petroleum engineering, I'm active in coastal ocean simulation with colleagues from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, yacht research and pterosaur flight mechanics with colleagues from the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and the design of search algorithms in collaboration with the Library of Congress and colleagues from the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering.

    I teach courses in both energy related topics (reservoir simulation, energy, and the environment) in my department, and mathematics for engineers through the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME). I also initiated two courses in professional development in our department (presentation skills and teaching assistant training), and a consulting course for graduate students in ICME, which offers expertise in computational methods to the Stanford community and selected industries.

    Professional Activities
    Senior Associate Dean, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford (from 2015); Director, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford (from 2010); Stanford Fellow (2010-2012); Magne Espedal Professor II, Bergen University (2011-2014); Aldo Leopold Fellow (2009); Chair, SIAM Activity group in Geosciences (2007, present, reelected in 2009); Faculty Research Fellow, Clayman Institute (2008); Elected to Council of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) (2007); organizing committee, 2008 Gordon Conference on Flow in Porous Media; producer, Smart Energy podcast channel; Director, Stanford Yacht Research; Co-director and founder, Stanford Center of Excellence for Computational Algorithms in Digital Stewardship; Editor, Journal of Small Craft Technology; Associate editor, Transport in Porous Media; Reviewer for various journals and organizations including SPE, DoE, NSF, Journal of Computational Physics, Journal of Scientific Computing, Transport in Porous Media, Computational Geosciences; member, SIAM, SPE, KIVI, AGU, and APS

  • Meredith Goebel

    Meredith Goebel

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geophysics

    BioMeredith Goebel primary interests center on the application of geophysical methods for addressing problems surrounding the evaluation and management of groundwater resources. She currently serves as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University, developing methods for integrating new datasets into groundwater models to improve their accuracy and utility, specifically in California’s Central Valley. In addition to this work, she is also involved in number of projects investigating new tools for groundwater recharge site assessment in the Central Valley.

    Meredith completed her PhD in Geophysics at Stanford University, working with electrical and electromagnetic geophysical methods to map and monitor saltwater intrusion at both the lab and field scale. The field scale research for her PhD was conducted along the coast of the Monterey Bay, mapping the distribution of fresh and salt water in the subsurface both onshore and offshore along the bay. Prior to starting at Stanford she got her BA in Geophysics from UC Berkeley, and interned in the seismology group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  • Katerina Gonzales

    Katerina Gonzales

    Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science

    BioKaterina studies climate dynamics in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. She is interested in climate change in the atmosphere, extreme precipitation events, and climate impacts. Her dissertation analyzes the characteristics of West Coast atmospheric rivers in a warming climate. Learn more about her research at her website:

  • Leif Alesaundro Gonzales-Kramer

    Leif Alesaundro Gonzales-Kramer

    Masters Student in Earth Systems
    Student Employee, Earth Systems Program

    BioLeif is currently a Stanford Earth Systems Coterminal Master's student and has a strong interest in the global food system and climate change solutions. With a focus on design thinking, he is interested in creating, sustaining, and scaling social enterprises with environmentally and socially based missions.

  • David Gonzalez

    David Gonzalez

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDavid is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University in environmental health sciences. He studies how pollution from extractive industries affects reproductive health and contributes to health disparities.

  • Jared Gooley

    Jared Gooley

    Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am a fifth year Ph.D. student working with Steve Graham and a member of the Sedimentary Research Group. I am interested studying source-to-sink sediment transport patterns and basin development during the transition from convergent to transform margins. My current research focuses on the Cenozoic evolution of two systems: 1) the San Joaquin Basin and adjacent Salinian Block of Central California, USA; and 2) the Marlborough and Northern Canterbury Regions on the South Island of New Zealand.

    My work in California uses detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to characterize provenance changes in sedimentation due to the development of the San Andreas transform margin and consequential shutdown of the Cretaceous forearc system. These provenance signals can be used to re-evaluate key offsets points to better constrain the slip history of major strike-slip faults, and then applied to better understand the resulting interplay of local and regional sediment dispersal.

    In New Zealand, my research employs a variety of methods, including characterizing outcrop stratigraphic architecture, sandstone petrology, conglomerate clast composition, and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to address questions of deep-water sediment transport patterns in response to the onset of uplift, local basement exhumation, and subsequent development of the oblique-slip Marlborough Fault System.

    In addition, I have numerous ongoing collaborations with other research groups within and outside our department that include paleoclimate, paleoecology, thermochronology, and reservoir modeling studies.

  • Steven Gorelick

    Steven Gorelick

    Cyrus Fisher Tolman Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch
    As a hydrogeologist, my research involves the study of water resources and water security with emphasis on groundwater. Using lab and field data, our aim is to develop an understanding of fundamental aspects of the transport of water and contaminants, and to investigate regional water resources systems. We have developed simulation-based planning tools to aid in sustainable agricultural and urban water management in the US, Mexico, India, and Jordan. With my colleagues, we have initiated the Global Freshwater Initiative, which studies water resources vulnerability problems throughout the world. During the past 14 years, our field investigations have focused on the interactions between groundwater and patterns of vegetation in studies of both meadow and salt-marsh ecohydrology. Scales of physical processes of interest extend from the domain of small pores to vast regional subsurface flow environments. Although driven by observations and data, we develop conceptual and quantitative models to rigorously understand physical processes, make predictions, and explore the impacts of new water management policies, such as taxes, quota, and markets. Such models enhance our understanding of groundwater flow behavior and provide the means to better manage water resources.

    I teach courses for graduate and undergraduate students involving principles and methods used in physical and contaminant hydrogeology. In addition, I run a seminar series that exposes students to a variety of multidisciplinary topics involving hydrology.

    Professional Activities
    2016 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2014 Best Paper in Environmental Research Letters in 2014 (Padowski and Gorelick, (2014), 2013 Editor's Choice Award, Water Resources Research for paper Srinivasan et al., (2012), Member, US National Academy of Engineering (2012), International Fellow, Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR) (2011), New Zealand, Fulbright Senior Scholar (2008-09); Chester C. Keisel Memorial Lecturer, University of Arizona (2008); Best Paper Award in Computers and Geosciences, International Association for Mathematical Geology (2006); fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005); Stanford representative to the Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (2005-2008); M. King Hubbert Science Award, NGWA (2004); Ineson Distinguished Lecturer (1998); Fulbright Senior Scholar (1997); O.E. Meinzer Award, GSA (1994) James B. Macelwane medal, AGU (1990); Fellow, GSA (1988) and AGU (1990); Editorial Board, Optimization and Engineering Journal (1990-present); visiting professor, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Ecological Engineering Laboratory (2006); visiting professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, jointly at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (2005); visiting scholar, University of Cambridge, Zoology (2007); visiting scientist, CSIRO, Perth, Australia (2009); Member AGU Water and Society Technical Committee (2011-present) visiting professor, University of Western Australia Centre for Ecohydrology (2012); visiting professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich (2013, 2019), Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation, Australian-American Program (2019-2020).

  • Michael Goss

    Michael Goss

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMichael studies the large-scale extratropical circulation response to tropical convection, the tropospheric signal associated with sudden stratospheric warming events, and teleconnections more generally. Additionally, he has recently researched the role of anthropogenic global warming on increasing the risk of wildfires in California, such as the destructive and deadly wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018.

  • Oliver Gottfried

    Oliver Gottfried

    Affiliate, Department of Earth System Science
    Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth System Science

    BioOliver Gottfried is a Visiting Scholar with the Precourt Institute for Energy’s Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) at Stanford University. He is an expert on China-EU relations, with a deep understanding of Chinese politics and Chinese capital markets. His current research is centered on China’s energy sector policy with a specific focus on Green Finance and its implications for future US-China-EU relations.

    He holds a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University on EU-China economic and energy policy with an emphasis on impact investing in China. He also received a Master’s in international relations from Tsinghua University. He has worked in a variety of senior positions in governmental affairs and business development for Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds in China focusing on EU-China affairs, which included analyzing policy developments in China’s Green Finance sector.

    As a result of his work with SFI, he will publish a paper on China’s energy policies, emphasizing impact investing as a future investment tool for sustainable development in the People’s Republic of China.

  • Ian Gottschalk

    Ian Gottschalk

    Ph.D. Student in Geophysics

    BioIan is a 5th year Ph.D. Student in the Environmental Geophysics group lead by Rosemary Knight. He is researching ways to use geophysical methods to reduce the uncertainty in management decisions. His research focuses on finding effective ways to relate the geophysical properties we measure to the groundwater properties and processes that we care about. His thesis investigates a method to combine the geophysical method of airborne electromagnetics with numerical groundwater models to better understand seawater intrusion.

    Check out the "Research & Scholarship" tab and the Stanford GEM Center Website for more info!

  • Kristen Green

    Kristen Green

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsKristen's research interests are sustainable marine resource planning for Alaskan communities. She seeks to understand how communities that are highly dependent on coastal resources will adapt and maintain resiliency in the face of climate change.

  • Gus Greenstein

    Gus Greenstein

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPrimary interests: organization behavior, governance, and sustainable development. My research focuses on the relationship between organizational structure, management practice, and performance in (1) developing country government agencies tasked with addressing environmental issues and (2) international development organizations.

  • Jared Gregory

    Jared Gregory

    Administrative Associate, Department of Geophysics - Geophysics

    Current Role at StanfordAdministrative Associate for the Geophysics Department in support of the Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Research Group

  • Martin Grove

    Martin Grove

    Professor (Research) of Geological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch
    I study the evolution of the Earth's crust by undertaking petrologic and geochemically-based research that is grounded with fieldwork. I co-direct the Stanford-USGS ion probe laboratory and develop geochronologic methods to constrain crystallization, metamorphic, and metasomatic histories of the middle to deep crust. Similarly, because heat flow characteristically attends mass transfer during crustal deformation, I employ 40Ar/39Ar and (U-Th)/He thermochronology to extract thermal history information from minerals to constrain the timing and magnitude of fault slip as well as erosional and tectonic denudation. Finally, I am heavily involved in provenance studies to constrain aspects of crustal deformation and erosion that are only preserved in the sedimentary record.

  • Lucia Gualtieri

    Lucia Gualtieri

    Assistant Professor of Geophysics

    BioLucia Gualtieri is an Assistant Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Lucia earned her Ph.D. in Geophysics in 2014, as a dual degree from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France) and the University of Bologna (Italy). She obtained her M.Sc. in Geophysics in 2010 and her B.Sc. in Physics in 2008, both at the University of Bologna. Lucia is interested in a variety of research topics, and in tackling them under a theoretical, computational and observational point of view. Lucia’s main research interests are in solving problems related to emerging fields in seismology, like ambient seismic noise and seismic signals due to mass-wasting events. She is also interested in using seismic waves to scan the interior of our planet and in gaining insights on how the Earth's structure affects seismic records.

  • Halldora Gudmundsdottir

    Halldora Gudmundsdottir

    Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy PhD research focuses on developing predictive models for geothermal systems. I am interested in direct predictions of the future performance of geothermal reservoirs as well as characterization of the subsurface flow behavior that can aid in operational decision making. Currently, I am incorporating principles from statistics and artificial intelligence into workflows that can be used for production and injection optimization.