Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Co-Director Earth Systems Program, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Professor (Teaching) Environmental Earth System Science Department, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Senior Lecturer Environmental Earth System Science Department, Stanford University (2007 - 2011)
  • Senior Lecturer Woods, Institute for the Environment, Stanford University (2005 - 2011)
  • Associate Director Earth Systems Program, Stanford University (2001 - 2012)
  • Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator Earth Systems Program, Stanford University (1998 - 2001)
  • Lecturer and Academic Coordinator Earth Systems Program, Stanford University (1994 - 1998)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biogeochemical Laboratories, Indiana University (1992 - 1995)
  • Visiting Scholar Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University (1992 - 1994)

Honors & Awards


  • Participant, Stanford Leadership Academy (2012 - Present)
  • Participant, Women's Voice and Influence Program (2011 - 2012)
  • Landreth Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Excellence in Teaching, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (2006)
  • Partnership Award, Mentoring Hoefer Prize Winner, Writing-In-The-Major Program, Stanford University (2005)
  • Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive and Exceptional Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Stanford University (2002)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Team for Freshman Advising, Undergraduate Advising Center, Stanford University (1999)
  • Excellence in Teaching, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1998)
  • Partnership Award, Mentoring Hoefer Prize Winner, Writing-In-The-Major Program, Stanford University (1996 and1997)
  • Fellow, Stanford-USGS Fellowship (1988)
  • Fellow, Chevron Fellowship (1987)
  • Fellow, NAGT Fellowship (1986)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, UC Davis (1986)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Geological Society of America (1992 - Present)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (1992 - 2005)
  • Stanford-USGS Fellowship Steering Committee, Stanford University (1992 - 2003)
  • Freshman/Sophomore Adviser, Stanford University (1997 - Present)
  • Branner Library Committee, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1997 - 2007)
  • Earth Systems Advisory Committee of the Whole, Stanford University (1998 - Present)
  • USGS/GSA Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Training, Stanford University (1998 - 1998)
  • Panel member, USGS, INCLUDE Conference: Defining Science Synthesizers-The Natural Philosophers for the 21st Century (1999 - 1999)
  • University Committee on Undergraduate Studies (C-US), Stanford University (1999 - 2002)
  • University Subcommittee on Residential Education and Advising (S-REA), Stanford University (2000 - 2001)
  • Univeristy Sub-Committee on General Education Requirements (S-GER), Stanford University (2001 - 2008)
  • Program Oversight Committee, Approved Subject Matter of Teacher Education in Physics/General Science for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Stanford's STEP Program (2001 - 2006)
  • University Committee on Undergraduate Student Diversity (Provost's Diversity Action Council), Stanford University (2001 - 2005)
  • University Committee for the Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM), Stanford University (2002 - 2003)
  • Earth Systems Executive Committee, Stanford University (2002 - Present)
  • School of Earth Sciences Sub-Committee on Web Design, Stanford University (2003 - 2005)
  • Map-Ming Visiting Professor Committee, Stanford University (2003 - 2007)
  • Institute for International Studies, Goldman Honors Committee, Stanford University (2003 - 2007)
  • University Writing and Rhetoric Governance Board, Stanford University (2003 - 2006)
  • Stanford School of Education/Carnegie Corporation - Teachers For A New Era Initiative, Stanford University (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, Association of American Colleges & Universities: Conference on Campus Leadership for Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Achievement (2004 - 2004)
  • Particiipant, Academy for Educational Development: Teachers for a New Era Conference (2004 - 2004)
  • Potter College Faculty Fellow, Stanford University (2004 - 2005)
  • School of Earth Sciences Strategic Plan Sub-Committee on Academic Programs, Stanford University (2004 - 2005)
  • Stanford-In-Government Fellowship Adviser, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Co-Chair, Stanford Institute for the Environment Academic Programs Committee, Stanford University (2004 - 2006)
  • University Ethical Reasoning Advisory Board, Stanford University (2005 - Present)
  • Chair, School of Earth Sciences Diversity Committee, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Stanford Institute for the Environment ad hoc Marine Committee, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Stanford Walker Proposal Advisory Group, Stanford University (2005 - 2005)
  • School of Education Teachers for a New Era Assessment Team, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Stanford Institute for the Environment ad hoc Building Committee, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • I-Earth Steering Committee, Stanford University (2005 - Present)
  • Particiipant, Santa Barbara Summit on Environmental Studies (2006 - 2006)
  • University Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP), Stanford University (2006 - 2008)
  • University Sub-committee on Exceptions to Academic Policy (S-EAP), Stanford University (2006 - 2008)
  • Participant, 2nd Environmental Studies Summit at Syracuse (2007 - 2007)
  • Stanford WASC Accreditation Steering Committee, Stanford University (2007 - 2013)
  • Participant, Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (2008 - 2008)
  • Stanford Faculty (Summer) | Service-Learning Institute, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Stanford Sustainability Working Group, Stanford University (2008 - 2011)
  • Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building Leadership Team, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • McCoy Family Ethics Center Steering Committee, Stanford Unversity (2008 - Present)
  • Student Mental Health and Well-Being Oversight Committee, Stanford University (2008 - 2012)
  • Stanford Judicial Affairs Panel, Stanford University (2008 - 2010)
  • Race and the Environment: Race Forward Curriculum Committee, Stanford University (2009 - 2011)
  • Goldman Honors Steering Committee, Stanford University (2009 - 2011)
  • Member, FSI-Haas International Public Service Advisory Committee, Stanford University (2009 - 2012)
  • Earth Systems Senate Review Committee, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Earth Systems Lecturer Search Committee, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford Committee, Stanford University (2010 - 2012)
  • Board of Advisors, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Participant, Conference on Environmental Science and Studies, Portland Oregon (2010 - 2010)
  • Participant, American Association of Colleges & Universities: Institute on General Education and Assessment (2010 - 2010)
  • Presenter,, 14th Annual Continuums of Service Conference (2011 - 2011)
  • Writing and Rhetoric Governance Board, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Stanford Educational Farm Advisory Board, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Search Committee, Stanford Dean of Students/Director of Undergraduate Advising & Research, Stanford University (2012 - 2012)
  • Student Mental Health and Well-Being Advisory Board, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Stanford Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Advisory Council, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Participant, Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (2012 - 2012)
  • External Review Committee, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University (2013 - 2013)
  • Beagle II Grant Selection Committee, Stanford University (2013 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Geology (1992)
  • B.S., University of California, Davis, Geology (1986)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Research
For the past eighteen years I have been active in designing and running the school's interdisciplinary environmental science and policy undergraduate major, the Earth Systems Program. I have specific interest in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and in the effective communication of complex interdisciplinary problem descriptions, analysis methods, and solutions to expert and non-expert audiences. I advise and work on research projects with undergraduate and master's level students whose interests include ecology, energy, land systems management, ocean science and policy, sustainability, environmental education, and science communication.

Teaching
I teach classes in interdisciplinary problem analysis and in written and oral communication of environmental topics. My classes include the Earth Systems capstone course and an advanced graduate group directed reading course. I also am one of a number of faculty who co-teach the Earth Systems gateway course, Introduction to Earth Systems.

Professional Activities
My professional activities center on undergraduate education. I have been active for many years on Stanford committees that examine standards and policies, the review of general education requirements, undergraduate advising programs, and student diversity.

2014-15 Courses