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Research Team

Principal Investigators

Michael Goulden

Michael Goulden

Director; Professor of Earth System Science- UC Irvine

Developing improved science and technology solutions to manage California’s wildlands for climate change

Michael Goulden

Director; Professor of Earth System Science- UC Irvine

Roger Bales

Roger Bales

Co-Director; Distinguished Professor of Engineering - UC Merced

Collaboratively testing, improving and disseminating strategies to manage California’s wildlands for climate change

Roger Bales

Co-Director; Distinguished Professor of Engineering - UC Merced

Yufang Jin

Yufang Jin

Co-PI; Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change - UC Davis

Remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems

Yufang Jin

Co-PI; Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change - UC Davis

Toby O'Geen

Toby O'Geen

Co-PI; Professor & Soil Resource Specialist in Cooperative Extension; Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Community outreach and stakeholder engagement

Toby O'Geen

Co-PI; Professor & Soil Resource Specialist in Cooperative Extension; Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

John Battles

John Battles

Co-PI; Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management- UC Berkeley

Forest Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics

John Battles

Co-PI; Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management- UC Berkeley

Benis Egoh

Benis Egoh

Co-PI; Assistant Professor of Earth System Science - UC Irvine

Ecosystem service valuation, conservation planning

Benis Egoh

Co-PI; Assistant Professor of Earth System Science - UC Irvine

Catherine Keske

Catherine Keske

Co-PI; Associate Professor of Management - UC Merced

Environmental and rural economics

Catherine Keske

Co-PI; Associate Professor of Management - UC Merced

Chris Field

Chris Field

Co-PI; Director, Woods Institute for the Environment - Stanford University

Terrestrial ecosystems and global change

Chris Field

Co-PI; Director, Woods Institute for the Environment - Stanford University

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou

Co-PI; Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering - UC Irvine

Machine learning

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou

Co-PI; Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering - UC Irvine

James Randerson

James Randerson

Co-PI; Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Professor of Earth System Science - UC Irvine

Wildfires, remote sensing, and carbon

James Randerson

Co-PI; Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Professor of Earth System Science - UC Irvine

Anthony LeRoy Westerling

Anthony LeRoy Westerling

Co-PI; Professor of Management of Complex Systems - UC Merced

Climate-ecosystem-wildfire interactions, Resource management and policy

Anthony LeRoy Westerling

Co-PI; Professor of Management of Complex Systems - UC Merced

Martha Conklin

Martha Conklin

Co-PI; Professor of Engineering - UC Merced

Metal cycling; surface water/shallow groundwater interactions; organic chemical distribution in soil and groundwater

Martha Conklin

Co-PI; Professor of Engineering - UC Merced

Padhraic Smyth

Padhraic Smyth

Co-PI; Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science - UC Irvine

Machine learning

Padhraic Smyth

Co-PI; Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science - UC Irvine

Safeeq Khan

Safeeq Khan

Co-PI; Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Water and Watershed Sciences - UC ANR

Climate, vegetation, soil, and geology control on critical zone processes related to water

Safeeq Khan

Co-PI; Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Water and Watershed Sciences - UC ANR

Stephen Hart

Stephen Hart

Co-PI; Professor of Environmental Science - UC Merced

Controls on biogeochemical processes and productivity in managed and wildland terrestrial ecosystems

Stephen Hart

Co-PI; Professor of Environmental Science - UC Merced

Tapan Pathak

Tapan Pathak

Co-PI; Specialist in Climate Adaptation in Agriculture - UC ANR

Climate adaptation in agriculture

Tapan Pathak

Co-PI; Specialist in Climate Adaptation in Agriculture - UC ANR

Walter Oechel

Walter Oechel

Co-PI; Distinguished Professor of Biology - San Diego State University

Terrestrial ecosystems, climate change and greenhouse gases

Walter Oechel

Co-PI; Distinguished Professor of Biology - San Diego State University

Joseph Wagenbrenner

Joseph Wagenbrenner

Advisor; Research Hydrologist - United States Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

Hydrology, ecosystem function and health

Joseph Wagenbrenner

Advisor; Research Hydrologist - United States Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

Project and Research Staff

Raiven Greenberg

Raiven Greenberg

Project Coordinator- UC Irvine

Coordinates research, handles reporting, and communicates with State agencies and project partners

Raiven Greenberg

Project Coordinator- UC Irvine

Aurora Gutierrez

Aurora Gutierrez

Project Specialist - UC Irvine

Aurora Gutierrez

Project Specialist - UC Irvine

Max Eriksson

Max Eriksson

Project Scientist - UC Merced

Facilitating and analyzing stakeholder engagement

Max Eriksson

Project Scientist - UC Merced

Meghan Cook

Meghan Cook

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist- UC Merced

Coordinates stakeholder engagement and project communications

Meghan Cook

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist- UC Merced

Postdoctoral Researchers

Jon Wang

Jon Wang

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Jon Wang

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Jian Lin

Jian Lin

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Merced

Integrating multiple geospatial layers to support decision-making

Jian Lin

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Merced

Min Gon Chung

Min Gon Chung

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Merced

Estimating the supply and value of ecosystem services

Min Gon Chung

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Merced

Charity Nyelele

Charity Nyelele

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Economic valuation and mapping of different beneficiaries for various ecosystem services

Charity Nyelele

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Carmen Tubbesing

Carmen Tubbesing

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Berkeley

Vegetation responses to fire management and severe wildfire

Carmen Tubbesing

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Berkeley

Graduate Students

Shane Coffield

Shane Coffield

PhD Candidate - UC Irvine

Data analysis of relationships between climate, biomass, and wildfire

Shane Coffield

PhD Candidate - UC Irvine

Nicole Hemming-Schroeder

Nicole Hemming-Schroeder

PhD Student - UC Irvine

Modeling dead wood decay

Nicole Hemming-Schroeder

PhD Student - UC Irvine

Carl Norlen

Carl Norlen

PhD Candidate - UC Irvine

Forest Vulnerability to Drought

Carl Norlen

PhD Candidate - UC Irvine

Yuhan Huang

Yuhan Huang

PhD Candidate - UC Davis

Modeling and analysis of wildfire and carbon dynamics with remote sensing and machine learning

Yuhan Huang

PhD Candidate - UC Davis

Kyle Lunneberg

Kyle Lunneberg

PhD Student - San Diego State University and UC Davis

Carbon flux modeling of large chaparral systems

Kyle Lunneberg

PhD Student - San Diego State University and UC Davis

Ved Bhoot

Ved Bhoot

PhD Student - UC Irvine

Californian ecosystem recovery responses to wildfire disturbances

Ved Bhoot

PhD Student - UC Irvine

Han Guo

Han Guo

PhD Student - UC Merced

Valuation of hydropower and water supply as ecosystem services, and the assessment of the impact of forest res

Han Guo

PhD Student - UC Merced

Previous CECS Researchers and Staff

Clarke Knight

Clarke Knight

Previous PhD Researcher at UC Berkeley

Clarke Knight

Previous PhD Researcher at UC Berkeley

Jaquelyn Lugg

Jaquelyn Lugg

Previous Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator at UC Merced

Jaquelyn Lugg

Previous Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator at UC Merced

Bin Chen

Bin Chen

Previous Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Davis

Bin Chen

Previous Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Davis

Mahnoor Khan

Mahnoor Khan

Previous Data Specialist at UC Irvine

Mahnoor Khan

Previous Data Specialist at UC Irvine

Cesar Hinojo Hinojo

Cesar Hinojo Hinojo

Previous Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Irvine

Cesar Hinojo Hinojo

Previous Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Irvine

Kyle Hemes

Kyle Hemes

Previous Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University

Kyle Hemes

Previous Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University