School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


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  • 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

    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
    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.

  • Hannah Elizabeth Tracy Young

    Hannah Elizabeth Tracy Young

    Student Employee, Earth Systems Program
    Undergraduate, Earth Systems Program

    BioHannah is an undergraduate in the Earth Systems Program with a focus on Land Systems and is primarily interested in land use and the methods used to monitor land use change. She is a student advisor for the Earth Systems program as well as a docent at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Hannah is originally from Spearfish, South Dakota located in the beautiful Black Hills where she gained a love for the environment at an early age. Her passion has continued to grow throughout her time at Stanford with engaging courses on campus, studying abroad in Australia, and working as the naturalist at Stanford Sierra Camp. Outside of her academics, she can be found hiking, mountain biking, climbing, doing crosswords, or enjoying a nice cup of coffee.

  • Howard Zebker

    Howard Zebker

    Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Geophysics

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch
    My students and I study the surfaces of Earth and planets using radar remote sensing methods. Our specialization is interferometric radar, or InSAR. InSAR is a technique to measure mm-scale surface deformation at fine resolution over wide areas, and much of our work follows from applying this technique to the study of earthquakes, volcanoes, and human-induced subsidence. We also address global environmental problems by tracking the movement of ice in the polar regions. whose ice mass balance affects sea level rise and global climate. We participate in NASA space missions such as Cassini, in which we now are examining the largest moon of Saturn, Titan, to try and deduce its composition and evolution. Our work includes experimental observation and modeling the measurements to best understand processes affecting the Earth and solar system. We use data acquired by spaceborne satellites and by large, ground-based radar telescopes to support our research.

    Teaching
    I teach courses related to remote sensing methods and applications, and how these methods can be used to study the world around us. At the undergraduate level, these include introductory remote sensing uses of the full electromagnetic spectrum to characterize Earth and planetary surfaces and atmospheres, and methods of digital image processing. I also teach a freshman and sophomore seminar course on natural hazards. At the graduate level, the courses are more specialized, including the math and physics of two-dimensional imaging systems, plus detailed ourses on imaging radar systems for geophysical applications.

    Professional Activities
    InSAR Review Board, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2006-present); editorial board, IEEE Proceedings (2005-present); NRC Earth Science and Applications from Space Panel on Solid Earth Hazards, Resources, and Dynamics (2005-present); Chair, Western North America InSAR (WInSAR) Consortium (2004-06); organizing committee, NASA/NSF/USGS InSAR working group; International Union of Radioscience (URSI) Board of Experts for Medal Evaluations (2004-05); National Astronomy and Ionospheric Center, Arecibo Observatory, Visiting Committee, (2002-04; chair, 2003-04); NASA Alaska SAR Facility users working group (2000-present); associate editor, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (1998-present); fellow, IEEE (1998)