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  • Jane Kathryn Willenbring

    Jane Kathryn Willenbring

    Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

    BioJane Willenbring joined Stanford as an Associate Professor in the summer of 2020. Jane is a geologist who solves problems related to the Earth surface. Her research is primarily done to understand the evolution of the Earth’s surface - especially how landscapes are affected by tectonics, climate change, and life. She and her research group use geochemical techniques, high-resolution topographic data, field observations, and, when possible, couple these data to landscape evolution numerical models and ice sheet models. The geochemical tools she uses and develops often include cosmogenic nuclide systems, which provide powerful, novel methods to constrain rates of erosion and mineral weathering. Jane has also started to organize citizen science campaigns and apply basic science principles to problems of human health with an ultimate broader impact goal of cleaning up urban areas and environments impacted by agriculture. She received her B.Sc. with honors from the North Dakota State University where she was a McNair Scholar and in the NDSU scholar program. She holds a Masters degree from Boston University. Her Ph.D. is in Earth Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada where she was a Killam Scholar. She was a Synthesis Postdoctoral Fellow through the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics at the Saint Anthony Falls Lab at the University of Minnesota, and an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow and then subsequently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Helmholz GFZ Potsdam, Germany. Jane was previously an Associate Professor in the Geosciences Research Division and Thomas and Evelyn Page Chancellor's Endowed Faculty Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego where she was the director of the Scripps Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory (SCI-Lab). She was also a tenure-track professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She will be a Stanford University Gabilan Faculty Fellow in 2021-2023.

  • Meghan Nicole Wilson

    Meghan Nicole Wilson

    Masters Student in Earth Systems

    BioMeghan Wilson is a senior in the Land Systems track of Earth Systems focusing on environmental education and community development. Growing up in Westerville, Ohio, her relationship to the environment was contextualized through its connections to family meals, land history, and the impromptu science lab of her backyard. A gap year before college led her to Morocco and Guam, where she studied Arabic, volunteered with a citizen science project on coral reef monitoring, and solidified her passion for environmental science. Since coming to Stanford, her interest in growing food has become the connection point for how she hopes to engage the public in better stewardship of the environment. She spent her first college summer at Stanford Sierra Camp, where she led preschoolers on adventures around Fallen Leaf Lake and spent weekends hiking & camping in the Sierras. She spent her sophomore summer at City Blossoms in Washington, D.C., where she worked with a youth entrepreneurship program on urban farming, and this year she is continuing to explore the role of youth programs in urban agriculture through her senior thesis. Meghan’s favorite quarter at Stanford was spent in Hawai‘i on the Wrigley Field Program, which she’ll probably never stop telling stories about. On campus she spends her free time nurturing new plants at the educational farm, planning the next AMENDS conference, or testing out new ingredients in bread recipes.

  • Philip Womble

    Philip Womble

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biology
    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
    Ph.D. Minor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPhilip studies legal and water supply planning strategies that use water markets to help communities and ecosystems adapt to drought and climate change.

  • Jeffrey Wong

    Jeffrey Wong

    Research Administrator 3, Department of Geological Sciences

    Current Role at StanfordJeff is responsible for supporting the Geological Sciences Department’s sponsored grants portfolio and faculty members' financial accounts. Jeff assists faculty members with budgeting and submitting sponsored research proposals, and managing the financial aspects of their sponsored awards. Additionally, Jeff serves as a department financial liaison with other university departments and schools, the Office of Sponsored Research and other academic institutions involved in collaborative research projects.

  • Gabrielle Wong-Parodi

    Gabrielle Wong-Parodi

    Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research uses a decision science approach for informing the development of behaviorally realistic policies and strategies for meeting the challenge of global environmental change. I am primarily interested in understanding and enhancing adaptive responses to this change given the rich context of people's lives in order to promote long-term resiliency and sustainability.

  • Hong Yang

    Hong Yang

    Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences

    BioHong Yang is currently a PhD student in Geological Science working with Wendy L. Mao. He joined Mao’s lab at Stanford University in 2018, after finishing his Master’s Degree at HPSTAR, Shanghai, where he was supervised by Jung-Fu Lin. His Master’s thesis focused on the experimental determination of iron isotopic fractionation behavior of lower mantle phases using the Synchrotron X-ray technique NRIXS. Before that, he was an undergraduate majoring in Geochemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China. There he performed the quality assessment of bottled drinking water and water from Lake Chao under Fang Huang’s supervision.

    Hong’s research interests include the chemical (especially isotopic) evolution of the Earth and other planetary bodies; structure and sound velocities of iron-alloys at high pressure; pressure-induced electronic, magnetic, elastic and structural transitions in materials; as well as high pressure photon science. His recent research was published on Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 506, 113-122 (2019), entitled “Iron isotopic fractionation in mineral phases from Earth’s lower mantle: Did terrestrial magma ocean crystallization fractionate iron isotopes?”.

  • Liang Yang

    Liang Yang

    Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsGeostatistics; Computer graphics/vision; Machine Learning

  • Zutao Yang

    Zutao Yang

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 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.

  • Audrey Yau

    Audrey Yau

    Lecturer
    Educational Affairs Program Director, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

    BioAs the Educational Affairs Program Director and a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Audrey develops educational programs and courses that connect academic learning with real world applications. In this role, Audrey serves undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in Stanford Earth.

    She is an instructor in the Earth 1 Know Your Planet series of courses designed to introduce students to the breadth of the Earth sciences. Additionally, Audrey oversees the School's undergraduate peer advisors, who advocate for student needs within the School as well as create educational programs and social events for the undergraduate community at large.

    In her role, Audrey has developed a series of Earth courses that support graduate students and postdocs in developing powerful portfolios that include academic excellence, professional skills, and personal development. In addition, she oversees the School's graduate student TA mentors, who serve as resources across the School in teaching assistance.

    Audrey also hosts a series of co-curricular educational programs that allow undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs the chance to gain practical experiences and knowledge. These include a peer-taught Skillshare series, a faculty-led Pro-Seminar series, and a variety of workshops throughout the year.

  • Timothy Yeo

    Timothy Yeo

    Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsNumerical simulation of the fully coupled fluid flow and geomechanical deformation in fractured reservoirs using the method of augmented Lagrangian and discrete fracture model

  • David Zhen Yin

    David Zhen Yin

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geological Sciences

    BioDavid Zhen Yin is the Postdoctoral Researcher working on Stanford-Chevron CoRE Project at SCERF (Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting). He develops Bayesian Evidential Learning for predictions and uncertainty quantification of oil/gas reservoirs.

    Prior to joining SCERF, David was a Research Associate at Edinburgh Time-Lapse Project at Heriot-Watt Institute of Petroleum Engineering in Scotland, leading a research project in collaboration with Statoil from 2016 to 2018. He developed the “WELL2SEIS” technique that efficiently integrate 4D seismic with reservoir engineering data to improve reservoir models. This technique has been applied to seven North Sea projects, and has become Statoil’s standard in-house technology. During this period, he was also a Reservoir Technology Consultant at Statoil Research Center in Bergen, Norway. David developed broad experience in working with complex projects involving the industry as well as broad knowledge about the fields.

    David obtained his PhD in Reservoir Geophysics from Heriot-Watt University, UK, in 2016, and B.Eng (Petroleum Engineering) from China University of Petroleum in 2011. His research interests include Bayesian Evidential Learning, reservoir modelling and updating, uncertainty quantification, time-lapse reservoir monitoring. David has authored more than 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. He was awarded the SEG Frans and Alice Hammons Award in 2014.

  • Leehi Yona

    Leehi Yona

    Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
    Juris Doctor Student, Law
    Student Employee, Center for Teaching and Learning

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsLeehi studies greenhouse gas inventories and how countries use (or misuse) scientific knowledge in developing national carbon inventories and climate policies. She is particularly interested in the global carbon cycle, and how ecosystem and forest carbon is understood by policymakers.