School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences


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  • Susannah Barsom

    Susannah Barsom

    Lecturer, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
    Associate Director, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences - Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

    BioSusannah Barsom joined the E-IPER staff in spring of 2016, and is the chief academic staff officer of E-IPER, with responsibility for overall program management. She works on program and curriculum development, student advising, and strategic planning, and collaborates with E-IPER and School colleagues to ensure effective management of the program.

    Before coming to Stanford, Sue was a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, where she served in the Sustainability Institute as Director of Academic Programs and, prior to that, in the Department of Biobehavioral Health. A biological anthropologist with degrees in anthropology from Wellesley College (BA), the University of Arizona (MA) and Penn State University (PhD), Sue has focused her research on human reproductive ecology and women’s reproductive health in North American and Venezuelan populations. More recently she has been engaged in research on sustainability education.

    Having spent her formative years in Laramie, Wyoming, Sue is glad to be back in the West after a long absence. When she's not working on E-IPER projects, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and appreciating the outdoors—bicycling, hiking, gardening, and most other activities on offer.

  • Robyn Wright Dunbar

    Robyn Wright Dunbar

    Lecturer, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
    Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences - Administration/Finance

    BioRobyn leads the Educational Initiatives team in the Office of the Dean, with a particular focus on supporting school-wide efforts and department/program educational partnerships. After joining Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in 1999 as Assistant Director for Science and Engineering, Robyn went on to become Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and CTL's Director in 2013, a position that she held prior to joining the new Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) in 2014. During her time at VPTL, Robyn led teams in faculty and graduate student teaching development, as well as evaluation and research.

    Robyn received a B.A. in geology from Trinity University followed by an M.A. in Antarctic marine geology and Ph.D. in geology from Rice University. During the course of her graduate work, Robyn participated in five Antarctic research cruises and holds the distinction of being one of the first two women to conduct Antarctic marine research aboard a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker. By the time she received her Ph.D., Robyn’s research, her career, and her soul had shifted to the ancient rock record and the spectacular geology of the Four Corners area. Robyn was a faculty member in geology at the University of New Mexico and at Rice University before coming to Stanford.

    On the personal side of things, Robyn enjoys time with her husband (and Stanford professor) Rob Dunbar, her two wonderful sons, and way too many long-haired dogs and cats. Along with Rob, she has participated in numerous Stanford Travel Study trips to exotic destinations and enjoys the mesa country, gardening, and turning over rocks.

  • Audrey M. Yau

    Audrey M. Yau

    Lecturer, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
    Educational Initiatives Program Director, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences - Administration/Finance

    BioAs the Educational Initiatives Program Director in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Audrey supports the development of educational programming for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholars.

    Audrey completed a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Science (Geology) and B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology at UC Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Geosciences at Princeton University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Desert Research Institute. Her graduate and postdoctoral work focused on geochemical records of climate from ice cores. A large focus of her research concentrated on extending our current ice core records beyond 800ka, for which she spent time in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica to date and analyze ancient ice.