Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

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  • Claudia Baroni

    Claudia Baroni

    Director of Finance and Operations, Earth & Planetary Sciences

    Current Role at StanfordDirector of Finance and Operations, Department of Geological Sciences, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences.

  • Dennis Bird

    Dennis Bird

    Professor of Geological Sciences, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsTheoretical geochemistry of reactions among aqueous solutions and minerals in magma-hydrothermal systems; environmental geochemistry of toxic metals in the Mother Lode Gold region, CA, and the emergence of life in the aftermath of the Moon-forming impact, ca. 4.4Ga.

  • Peter Blisniuk

    Peter Blisniuk

    Research and Development Scientist and Engineer, Earth & Planetary Sciences

    Current Role at StanfordI manage the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory in the Mitchell Building, part of the Environmental Measurements Facility 2 (EMF2) at Stanford's School of Earth Sciences. The lab houses 8 analyzer systems interfaced with 5 mass spectrometers which are used for high-precision stable isotope measurements of a wide variety of materials from terrestrial as well as marine environments. My role there is to ensure smooth operation of the instrumentation, to closely monitor the quality of the generated data, and to work with students and researchers to optimize existing or develop new methods for both sample preparation and analysis.

  • Kevin Boyce

    Kevin Boyce

    Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and, by courtesy, of Earth System Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPaleontology/Geobiology; Fossil record of plant physiology and development; Evolution of terrestrial ecosystems including fungi, animals, and environmental feedbacks with the biota

  • Gordon Brown

    Gordon Brown

    Dorrell William Kirby Professor of Geology in the School of Earth Sciences, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSurface and interface geochemistry; environmental fate of heavy metals; nanotechnology, applications of synchrotron radiation in geochemistry and mineralogy

  • Alan Burnham

    Alan Burnham

    Affiliate, Basin & Petroleum System Modeling Group

    BioAlan Burnham has a BS from Iowa State University Chemistry and PhD from the University of Illinois in Physical Chemistry. He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 31 years on oil shale retorting, petroleum geochemistry, laser fusion material science, and energetic materials. He was CTO for American Shale Oil for 7 years prior to becoming an Consulting/Adjunct Professor at Stanford. During this time he was also an independent consultant on various energy projects. He is currently an affiliate in the Basin and Petroleum Systems Modeling (BPSM) Group and a consultant for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  • Dale Burns

    Dale Burns

    Phys Sci Res Assoc, Earth & Planetary Sciences

    BioI manage the Stanford Mineral and Microchemical Analysis Facility. My primary responsibilities include developing and testing procedures for measuring major and trace element concentrations in a variety of solid materials, working with Stanford researchers (and external users) to design experiments and collect, interpret, and publish data, and overseeing the long-term development and trajectory of the Mineral and Microchemical Analysis Facility both within the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences and in the greater Stanford community.

  • Zachary Florentino Murguía Burton

    Zachary Florentino Murguía Burton

    Adjunct Lecturer, Earth & Planetary Sciences

    BioMy research spans the impacts of climate change on ocean and sedimentary basin depositional systems, formation and destruction of marine methane hydrate systems, and Earth analogs for aqueous alteration and volcanism on Mars and the Moon. I apply diverse analytical methods in the field, in the lab, via computational modeling, via remote sensing, and via rigorous syntheses and meta-analyses of published data and literature.

    I fund my research with support from NASA, NSF, USDOE, USNPS, AAPG, CMS, GRC, GSA, Stanford, and industry.

    I've published 11 peer-reviewed papers (9 as first author) since 2018, plus 19 trade pubs and op-eds. My research—published in Science Advances, Nature’s Scientific Reports, GRL, and others—has been featured by ABC, CNN, NBC, Daily Mail, Nature, Popular Science, New Scientist,,,, GSA Today, Elements, IODP, NASA, USGS, universities (incl. Stanford, Cornell, U. Hawaiʻi, Umeå U., U. Wien), and media outlets in 40+ countries (incl. Asian News Internat'l, Austria Press Agency, Europa Press, Telecinco). I’ve been invited to speak and share my research by TEDx, the U.S. State Dept., Vail Global Energy Forum, Cleantech Open at PG&E, JOGMEC (Japan), SSERD (India), CSUF, Harvard, Stanford, U. Houston, U. Rhode Isl., Wash. State U., AAPG, AGU, GSA, GRC, LPSC, EUROCLAY (Paris), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 2021 Nat’l Conv., SACNAS 2023 Nat’l Diversity in STEM Conf., and others.


    I’m an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford and NASA-funded Postdoc Fellow at the U. of Idaho. I’m Assoc Editor of AIPG’s TPG and past Publications Board Member to NES-American Chemical Society. After earning my PhD at Stanford in 2021, I spent a year as an environmental scientist at Exponent. During my PhD, I conducted research as a USDOE Fellow, and with GNS Science (New Zealand), Precourt Inst. for Energy, and SETI/NASA Astrobiology Inst. I completed research internships with two major E&P firms and Stanford GSB in India. I love teaching and mentoring, and I’ve taught for Stanford, Bowdoin, USDOD in Germany, and others, and lecture and speak widely as well as volunteer as mentor via platforms for student advancement and professional development. I’ve mentored research projects by students from Stanford, Bowdoin, Williams, and (via NSF REU) RPI and UCLA.

    Diversity enhances scientific innovation (Hofstra et al., 2020, PNAS)—what’s more, promoting belonging and access is simply the right thing to do (and geoscience has lots of catching up to do, e.g., Bernard & Cooperdock, 2018, Nature Geosci). I am passionate about advancing diversity and inclusion in Earth science, academia, and our broader society. I volunteer for orgs including SACNAS, GeoLatinas, and SSERD-India, and previously as Exponent HBCU recruiting co-lead, Women of Aeronautics & Astronautics advisor, and Stanford Medicine BLM Project team lead. My efforts advancing DEI have been recognized by Stanford Earth DEI Office’s 2019–2021 Service Award, Exponent’s 2021 DEI Spotlight, NASPA’s 2022 Excellence Awards, and more. I’m also highly involved in promoting inclusion around mental health. I created and lead The Manic Monologues (award-winning mental health stories performed across 4 continents and 11 U.S. states), and I’m co-chair to Yale's Latino Recovery Colectivo and board member to batyr-Australia, CAPMH-Kenya, Columbia-WHO Center for Global MH, Harvard Business Review, and others.


    Recent publications:

    Burton, Bishop, et al. (2023) A shallow salt pond analog for aqueous alteration on ancient Mars […]. American Mineralogist 108.

    Burton & Dafov (2023) Salt diapir-driven recycling of gas hydrate. Geochem Geophys Geosystems 24.

    Burton, McHargue, et al. (2023) Peak Cenozoic warmth enabled deep-sea sand deposition. Scientific Reports 13.

    Burton & Cao (2022) Navigating mental health challenges in graduate school. Nature Reviews Materials 7.