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, communicates with State agencies, built and maintains project website

Raiven Greenberg

Project Coordinator- UC Irvine

Mahnoor Khan

Mahnoor Khan

Project Specialist- UC Irvine

Background in GIS and Engineering; Developing GIS Data Layers for a Shared Project Database

Mahnoor Khan

Project Specialist- 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

Postdoctoral Researchers

Jon Wang

Jon Wang

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Jon Wang

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Kyle Hemes

Kyle Hemes

Postdoctoral Researcher - Stanford University

Biogeochemical and biophysical impacts of fire and fuels management

Kyle Hemes

Postdoctoral Researcher - Stanford University

Cesar Hinojo Hinojo

Cesar Hinojo Hinojo

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Remote sensing of vegetation processes

Cesar Hinojo Hinojo

Postdoctoral Researcher - UC Irvine

Graduate Students

Shane Coffield

Shane Coffield

PhD Student - UC Irvine

Data analysis of relationships between climate, biomass, and wildfire

Shane Coffield

PhD Student - 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 Student - UC Irvine

Forest Vulnerability to Drought

Carl Norlen

PhD Student - UC Irvine

Clarke Knight

Clarke Knight

PhD candidate - UC Berkeley

Gathering data and integrating various management data layers maintained by the State of California

Clarke Knight

PhD candidate - UC Berkeley