School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


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  • Kenneth Czapla

    Kenneth Czapla

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioMy research combines biogeochemical and molecular techniques to answer questions about how microbes transform nitrogen and carbon in the environment, and how site-specific factors and human impacts may alter these transformation processes. My research at Stanford is focused on how the microbial communities in San Francisco Bay’s benthic sediments process high levels of nitrogen primarily from wastewater sources. Findings from this work will be used to calibrate a nitrogen removal model that may inform management decisions about nitrogen inputs to the bay. Shortly before arriving at Stanford in August 2020, I completed my Ph.D. at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (William & Mary) with a dissertation on the impacts of fertilization on salt marsh carbon accumulation, nitrogen removal, and resilience to sea level rise.

  • Paul Furumo

    Paul Furumo

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioPaul R. Furumo is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist focused on sustainable land use in the tropics. His current research seeks to scale up zero-deforestation commodity production through improved governance solutions at the interface between public and private sectors. His research integrates remotely sensed data, policy analysis, and expert interviews to understand how policymaking influences land use decisions. A major goal is to enhance the temporal and spatial targeting of instruments to unlock policy synergies that advance climate and development targets.

    His past and current research experiences have focused on coupled human-natural systems in Latin America, with a specialization in the Colombian palm oil sector. In Colombia, Paul has pursued his research as a Fulbright fellow and a National Geographic Explorer. His work engages a broad coalition of stakeholders including governments, businesses, civil society, and underrepresented communities. He has brought his science to these stakeholder groups through fieldwork, education and outreach in industry fora, co-development of research, and mentoring of Latin American students.

  • Irene Garousi-Nejad

    Irene Garousi-Nejad

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioI am a hydrologist. My research is in the field of hydrology and water resources management at the interface of process-oriented hydrology science and large-scale geospatial data science. I study physical processes involved in the hydrologic cycle, incorporate the understanding of the relationship among its components into parameterizations of the critical processes, and conduct simulations and analyses of hydrologic models to answer critical questions related to the drivers, patterns, and consequences of environmental natural and human-induced changes in hydrologic response through space and time. I am currently a postdoc in Earth System Science at Stanford University, where I am involved in developing hydrological models to identify strategies for the management of both floods and droughts in heavily developed watersheds in India. I received my doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University in 2021, where my research was centered on advancing hydrological modeling to improve flood and water supply forecasting in the western United States basins. I obtained my bachelor's and master's degrees in Agricultural Engineering – Water Resources Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. Outside of my office, I enjoy hiking, reading, and painting.

  • Carlos Gould

    Carlos Gould

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioCarlos F. Gould is a 2021-2023 Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellow. Carlos is working to understand the drivers of unequal health risks and under what circumstances environmental health interventions and policies can improve health and well-being. His research has combined epidemiology, exposure science, and survey data collection to enhance our understanding of how to reduce household air pollution by promoting the use of clean cooking technologies. Carlos holds a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Yale University.

  • Brian Green

    Brian Green

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy current research is on the dynamics and circulation of the stratosphere, focusing on quantifying the sources and effects of gravity waves. More broadly, I'm interested in and curious about a large range of topics relating to tropical climate, clouds, and the general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean.

  • Natalie Herbert

    Natalie Herbert

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioNATALIE HERBERT is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioral Science in the Department of Earth Systems Science and at the Woods Institute for the Environment. Her research investigates decision-making in the face of environmental risk. She completed her Ph.D. in 2020 at the Annenberg School for Communication, where she researched health and science communication with a focus on communicating scientific uncertainty. In 2020, Natalie was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; she was the Rosenblith Fellow in Policy and Global Affairs and the InterAcademy Partnership.

  • Juan Sebastian Hernandez-Suarez

    Juan Sebastian Hernandez-Suarez

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioJ. Sebastian Hernandez-Suarez is a recent PhD graduate in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University. He is now a postdoctoral scholar working with Dr. Steven Gorelick in water rights markets modeling in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he showed an early interest in humans' relationship with natural resources, especially water. This interest motivated him to obtain a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and then a master's in Water Resources Engineering. Before pursuing his PhD, Sebastian worked for the Colombian government in environmental policy-making related to ecological flows and watershed management. His research interests include numerical modeling, artificial intelligence, and multi-objective optimization to support multicriteria decision-making.

  • Laura Mansfield

    Laura Mansfield

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioI am interested in how machine learning and Bayesian statistics can assist our understanding of the climate and weather. While at Stanford, I will explore how these tools can improve gravity wave parameterisations in atmospheric models. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Reading, which focused on emulating climate models to estimate the surface temperature response to changes in anthropogenic forcings, including both long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived aerosol pollutants. This research took a Bayesian perspective to learn relationships between climate change patterns and forcings. Prior to this, I studied dynamical systems and fluid dynamics in my MRes, after coming from an undergraduate degree in Physics at Imperial College London. Outside of work, my interests include dancing, running and cycling.

  • Nicolette Meyer

    Nicolette Meyer

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioThe deep-sea is the Earth’s last frontier of exploration; thus, my research interests are examining the activity and ecology of archaea and bacteria that colonize marine sediments. Deep-sea microbial communities play an important role in the biogeochemical cycling of major elements (such as carbon, nitrogen and sulphur). By investigating the activity and diversity of deep-sea microbes, and the variables that affect community structure, we can begin to predict how these ecosystems may shift in the face of climate change, and whether they will act in positive or negative feedbacks to rising ocean temperatures. Furthermore, examining the ecology and metabolic activity of modern deep-sea ecosystems, we can begin to untangle the complex interactions between marine microbes and their environments, and extrapolate these relationships into the geological past to understand the co-evolution of life and Earth’s surficial environment.

  • Minghao Qiu

    Minghao Qiu

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioI am a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, working with Marshall Burke as a part of the ECHO (Environmental Change and Human Outcomes) Lab. My research interest is in environmental and energy policies with a global focus on issues involving air pollution, climate change and energy systems. I use causal inference, machine learning, and atmospheric chemistry modeling to study the sustainability challenges at the intersection of energy, pollution and climate using real-world data.

    I received my PhD degree from MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society on September 2021, advised by Noelle Selin. I also worked closely with my committee members: Valerie Karplus, Cory Zigler and Colette Heald. I received bachelor degrees in environmental sciences and economics from Peking University in Beijing.

  • Chenghao Wang

    Chenghao Wang

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioChenghao is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Jackson Lab in the Department of Earth System Science. As a part of the New Map of Life Initiative, he is also a fellow in the domain of Environment at the Stanford Center on Longevity. He is currently studying the relationship between multi-scale energy consumption and human well-being metrics to reduce the need for global energy infrastructure and increase global equality. Chenghao received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University where he focused on the impacts of green infrastructure (especially urban trees) on urban meteorology and climatology using numerical simulations and remote sensing techniques.

  • Philip Womble

    Philip Womble

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioPhilip Womble is an attorney and a hydrologist specializing in water policy and water markets. He is a legal/postdoctoral fellow with the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Philip received his Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where his research evaluated optimal environmental water rights marketing in the Upper Colorado River Basin, barriers to water marketing in the state of Colorado, and Native American groundwater claims across the western United States. His work has been published in journals such as Science, Water Resources Research, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. During graduate school, Philip worked for the Special Master in the U.S. Supreme Court interstate water dispute Montana v. Wyoming, The Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program, and a water law firm. Before graduate school, he worked for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, where he analyzed the most established market for freshwater ecosystem services in the United States – wetland and stream compensatory mitigation under the Clean Water Act. Philip grew up in North Carolina, where he received his B.S. in Environmental Sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • Zutao Yang

    Zutao Yang

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioI am an ecosystem ecologist using data-driven approaches to study global environmental changes, including climate change, land use land cover change, and coupled natural and human (CNH) systems. My data comes from both remote sensing observation and field measurements. My current project is studying methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells and from home appliances in California.

  • Xueying Yu

    Xueying Yu

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioI study atmospheric chemistry, greenhouse gas emissions, and satellite remote sensing retrievals, using inverse modeling and other data-driven approaches. I am also interested in carbon mitigation. My current project is quantifying methane emissions from point source level to the global budget.

  • Meng Zhao

    Meng Zhao

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science

    BioMeng Zhao is a postdoctoral scholar in Konings' lab. Meng studies the intersection between hydrology and ecology, and their broader implications on climate, society, and policy making. He employs a variety of approaches including satellite remote sensing, GIS, Earth system modeling, and machine learning. Meng holds a Ph.D. in Earth system science from the University of California Irvine.