School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
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Professor of Earth System Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Woods Institute for the Environment
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsWe study the interactions between food production, food security, and the environment using a range of modern tools.
George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professor and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch
My research is in the area of human-environment interactions in land systems. I develop integrated approaches to study land use change by linking remote sensing, GIS and socio-economic data. I aim at better understanding causes and impacts of changes in tropical forests, drylands, and farming systems. I currently focus on three related themes: land use transitions – i.e., the shift from deforestation (or land degradation) to reforestation (or land sparing for nature), – the influence of globalization on land use decisions, and the interactions between public and private governance aimed at promoting sustainable land use. My research is mostly focused on tropical regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
I teach a course for graduate and undergraduate students on satellite remote sensing of land (Winter). In Spring, I co-teach a graduate-level course on Earth System Dynamics, including the human dimensions of global environmental changes.
I was Chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (IGBP/IHDP LUCC) from 1999 to 2005. I also contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. I am often consulted by international organizations on issues related to tropical deforestation, desertification and the potential role of tropical forests in mitigating climate change. I am Foreign associate at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In addition to my research at Stanford, I am involved in several European research projects.
Ph.D. Student in Environmental Earth System Science
Masters Student in Earth System Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am a PhD candidate in the Dunbar lab group. For my research I apply principles of isotope geochemistry to sediment cores collected from fjords, a large terminal lake, and a large open basin lake in Southern Patagonia. Specifically, I am interested in reconstructing the westerly wind, precipitation, and temperature variability throughout the Holocene. In addition to paleo-reconstruction, I am working to better understand modern circulation and carbon cycling in these Southern Patagonian fjords.