School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
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Sarah Dawn Saltzer
Managing Director of SCCS, Department of Energy Resources Engineering - Energy Resources Engineering
Current Role at StanfordManaging Director Stanford Center for Carbon Storage
Managing Director Stanford Carbon Initiative
Director of Outreach Education, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
Current Role at StanfordJennifer directs the educational outreach programs in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. These programs include Geokids, an early elementary school field trip to campus, the Earth Sciences High School Internships and teacher professional development opportunities. Jennifer serves as a pre-major advisor as well as provides mentoring to students who are interested in science education careers.
Ricardo Ramon Sanchez Romero
Masters Student in Sustainability Science and Practice
BioRicardo is a senior in the Biosphere track of Earth Systems focusing on Conservation Biology. Throughout his experience at Stanford, Ricardo loved to pursue the practicum classes offered such as Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge, Science of Soils, and Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture. His junior year, Ricardo went to Australia and explored the Coral Reef and Coastal Forest Ecosystems. For the past summers, Ricardo worked in conservation research, NPS for Yosemite, CleanTech start up, and a team project funded by the D.School. This June 2020, Ricardo will be finishing his Undergrad and Master’s degree in Sustainability.
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsFrancisca studies social ecological systems of coastal regions, with a focus on current and historical trends in conservation, governance and resource use in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
Course Assistant, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
BioI am a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, where I am interested in developing innovative science-based solutions to mitigate human activities and conserve protected marine species. My current research focuses around threats facing sea turtle populations and applies interdisciplinary methods from the fields of marine science, ocean governance and policy, and environmental decision-making. In addition to my research, I am passionate about science communication and outreach.
Prior to Stanford, I served as a 2018 National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in NOAA Research’s Office of International Activities and as a fisheries policy intern with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.
Academic Staff - Hourly - CSL, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Research Associate, Research Staff - Other
BioNik Sawe grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, receiving his BS in Biology at Stanford. Nik's two great loves have always been biology and writing, and in high school he published a fiction novel, Wolf Trails, about the trials of a wolf pack reintroduced into the wild. As an undergrad, he worked in the Sapolsky and Zhao labs as a neuroscience researcher, examining intracellular cell signaling pathways that protected against stroke. This paved the way for a career in medical writing, crafting journal papers on new research for doctors and biotech companies. But Nik wanted to return to ecology, and eventually struck upon a potential crossroads between neuroscience and environmental science in the budding field of neuroeconomics.
Through functional MRI, neuroeconomics analyzes the financial decision-making process at the level of discrete brain structures, allowing insights into the way we think about and route information. Nik's research adapts neuroeconomics techniques to assess decision-making in environmental questions.
Mobilizing successful conservation efforts to preserve both local and global resources and ecosystems requires a new way of thinking. Our brains' innate wiring favors short-term rewards over long-term planning, familial and individual concerns over global ones, and hinders our ability to perceive gradual change in our environment. These tendencies confound our ability to evaluate trade-offs between our own personal convenience and the sustainable future of the Earth. Obtaining a clear picture of how we evaluate long-term environmental risks on a neural level is an important step in characterizing how and why we make unsustainable environmental decisions, and can help inform new approaches in environmental economics, policymaking, and education.
At the heart of Nik's research is environmental risk perception and its impact on philanthropy and behavioral changes, and upstream of that, how framing effects, education, and semantics impact our environmental risk perception. This will hopefully yield a clearer view of how media & language influences perception, and ultimately, proactive environmental behavior.