School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences


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  • Miles Traer

    Miles Traer

    Lecturer, Earth Systems Program

    BioMiles Traer received his B.A. in Geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. After working at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, he moved to Stanford University and joined the Tectonic Geomorphology Group as a research assistant. Building on his research in the Tectonic Geomorphology Group, Miles received his Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2014. While completing his Ph.D., he also co-created the Generation Anthropcene podcast with fellow Ph.D. student Michael Osborne, a project that told audio stories about the science of Earth's changing surface geology. Miles continues his research on the evolution of the ocean floor and currently works as a science communicator and multimedia producer for the School of Earth Sciences.

  • Richard Nevle

    Richard Nevle

    Lecturer, Earth Systems Program
    Deputy Director, Earth Systems Program, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences - Earth Systems Program

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI study drivers of past climate change on millennial to million-year timescales using natural archives that preserve records of climate-related information. My most recent work has focused on the impacts of prehistoric human activities on the Earth's carbon cycle and the impacts of these activities on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.

  • Thomas Hayden

    Thomas Hayden

    Professor of the Practice, Earth Systems Program

    BioThomas Hayden is Director of the Master of Arts in Earth Systems, Environmental Communication Program at Stanford University. He teaches science and environmental communication and journalism in Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Graduate Program in Journalism. He came to Stanford in 2008, following a career of reporting and writing about science and environmental issues for national and international publications.

    Hayden’s journalism career began at Newsweek magazine in New York, where he was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media fellow in 1997. In 2000, he moved to US News & World Report in Washington, DC, where he covered science, the environment, medicine, culture and breaking news as a senior writer. Since 2005, Hayden has been a freelance journalist. His cover stories have appeared in publications including Wired, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Washington Post Book World and many others. He has reported from South America, Europe, and Asia; and North America from New Orleans to the Canadian Arctic.

    Hayden is coauthor of two books. He wrote the 2007 national bestseller On Call in Hell, about battlefield medicine in Iraq, with Navy doctor Richard Jadick. In 2008 he collaborated on the critically acclaimed Sex and War, about the biological evolution and cultural development of warfare through human history, with Malcolm Potts of the University of California, Berkeley. He was the lead writer on the 2010 9th revision of the iconic National Geographic Atlas of the World. And he was coeditor of and a contributor to The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age, published in 2013.

    In 2005, Hayden taught science writing in The Writing Workshops at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with his wife and fellow science journalist, Erika Check Hayden. He was a founding faculty member in the annual Banff Centre Science Communications workshop, where he taught from 2006 until 2010, and was involved as a speaker and trainer with the Leopold Leadership Program for environmental scientists from 2000 to 2013.

    Hayden graduated from his hometown school, the University of Saskatchewan, with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (honours) degree in applied microbiology and food science, and received an MS degree in marine biology from the University of Southern California. He completed five years of doctoral study in biological oceanography at USC, before leaving science for journalism with A.B.D. status. He spent more than nine months at sea cumulatively over five years, conducting oceanographic research from Southern California to San Francisco Bay, and from Antarctica to Easter Island.

    In 2015, Hayden helped launch a new graduate degree program in Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. The Master of Arts in Earth Systems, Environmental Communication degree is focussed on the study and practice of effective, engaging, accurate communication of complex environmental and Earth systems information to nonspecialist audiences.