Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • 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)
  • Co-Director Earth Systems Program, Stanford University (2012 - 2014)
  • 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


  • Leadership Academy Participant, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Women's Voice and Influence Program, Inaugural Class Participant, Stanford University (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, Highest Honors, UC Davis (1986)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Chair, Gardner Post-Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee, Haas Center, Stanford (2014 - Present)
  • Member, University Committee for the Review of Undergraduate Majors (2014 - Present)
  • Team Leader, Paris Campus Review, BOSP, Stanford (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Beagle II Grant Selection Committee, Stanford (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Bing Overseas Studies Program Executive Board (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Advisory Council, Stanford (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Student Mental Health and Well-Being Advisory Board, Stanford (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Educational Farm Advisory Board, Stanford (2011 - Present)
  • Co-Chair, Facutlty Steering Committee, Haas Center for Public Service (2010 - Present)
  • Faculty Co-Director, National Advisory Board, Haas Center for Public Service (2010 - Present)
  • Mentor, Stanford-In-Government Fellowships (2004 - Present)
  • Member, Earth Systems Advisory Committee of the Whole, Stanford (1998 - Present)
  • Member, Geological Society of America (1992 - Present)
  • Co-leader and Panel Moderator, Panel on Board Service, New York City, Stanford Alumni Association and Haas Center (2014 - 2014)
  • Member, Site Visit Review Team, Madrid Campus, BOSP, Stanford (2014 - 2014)
  • Panel Moderator, Science and Policy of Climate Change, Reunion Homecoming Weekend, Stanford (2014 - 2014)
  • Member, ELISS Fellows Selection Committee (2013 - 2014)
  • External Review Committee Member, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University (2013 - 2013)
  • Mentor, Leland Scholars Program, Stanford (2013 - 2013)
  • Participant, Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (2012 - 2012)
  • Search Committee Member, Stanford Dean of Students/Director of Undergraduate Advising & Research (2012 - 2012)
  • Member, Writing and Rhetoric Governance Board, Stanford (2011 - 2014)
  • Presenter, 14th Annual Continuums of Service, National Conference (2011 - 2011)
  • Advisory Board Member, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, Stanford (2010 - 2014)
  • Committee Member, Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (2010 - 2012)
  • Lecturer Search Committee Member, Earth Systems Program, Stanford (2010 - 2011)
  • Senate Review Committee, Earth Systems Program, Stanford (2010 - 2011)
  • 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)
  • Committee Member, FSI-Haas International Public Service Advisory Committee, Stanford (2009 - 2012)
  • Curriculum Committee Member, Race and the Environment: Race Forward, Stanford (2009 - 2011)
  • Member, Goldman Honors Steering Committee, Stanford (2009 - 2011)
  • Steering Committee Member, McCoy Family Ethics Center, Stanford (2008 - 2013)
  • Member, Student Mental Health and Well-Being Oversight Committee, Stanford (2008 - 2012)
  • Participant, Stanford Sustainability Working Group (2008 - 2011)
  • Panelist, Stanford Judicial Affairs (2008 - 2010)
  • Member, Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building Leadership Team, Stanford (2008 - 2009)
  • Invited Participant, Stanford Faculty (Summer) | Service-Learning Institute, Stanford (2008 - 2008)
  • Participant, Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, Stanford WASC Accreditation Steering Committee (2007 - 2013)
  • Participant, 2nd Environmental Studies Summit at Syracuse University (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, University Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP), Stanford (2006 - 2008)
  • Member, University Sub-committee on Exceptions to Academic Policy (S-EAP), Stanford (2006 - 2008)
  • Particiipant, Santa Barbara Summit on Environmental Studies (2006 - 2006)
  • Member, University Ethical Reasoning Advisory Board, Stanford (2005 - 2014)
  • Member, I-Earth Steering Committee, Stanford (2005 - 2014)
  • Chair, School of Earth Sciences Diversity Committee, Stanford (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Stanford Institute for the Environment ad hoc Marine Committee (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, School of Education Teachers for a New Era Assessment Team, Stanford (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Stanford Institute for the Environment ad hoc Building Committee (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Stanford Walker Proposal Advisory Group (2005 - 2005)
  • Co-Chair, Stanford Institute for the Environment Academic Programs Committee (2004 - 2006)
  • Faculty Fellow, Potter College, Stanford (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, School of Earth Sciences Strategic Plan Sub-Committee on Academic Programs, Stanford (2004 - 2005)
  • 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)
  • Member, Institute for International Studies, Goldman Honors Committee, Stanford (2003 - 2007)
  • Member, Map-Ming Visiting Professor Committee, Stanford (2003 - 2007)
  • Member, Stanford School of Education/Carnegie Corporation - Teachers For A New Era Initiative (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, University Writing and Rhetoric Governance Board, Stanford (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, School of Earth Sciences Sub-Committee on Web Design, Stanford (2003 - 2005)
  • Member, Earth Systems Executive Committee, Stanford (2002 - 2014)
  • Member, University Committee for the Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM), Stanford (2002 - 2003)
  • Member, University Sub-Committee on General Education Requirements (S-GER), Stanford (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)
  • Member, University Committee on Undergraduate Student Diversity (Provost's Diversity Action Council) (2001 - 2005)
  • Member, University Subcommittee on Residential Education and Advising (S-REA), Stanford (2000 - 2001)
  • Member, University Committee on Undergraduate Studies (C-US), Stanford (1999 - 2002)
  • Panel member, USGS, INCLUDE Conference: Defining Science Synthesizers-The Natural Philosophers for the 21st Century (1999 - 1999)
  • Member, USGS/GSA Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Training (1998 - 1998)
  • Freshman/Sophomore Adviser, Stanford University (1997 - 2014)
  • Member, Branner Library Committee, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford (1997 - 2007)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (1992 - 2005)
  • Member, Stanford-USGS Fellowship Steering Committee (1992 - 2003)

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 21 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 critical reading and review of environmental literature. 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 decades on Stanford committees that examine standards and policies, the review of general education requirements, undergraduate advising programs, student mental health, and student diversity.

2014-15 Courses