Earth Systems Science

Debra Perrone

Debra Perrone is an Assistant Professor of UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of California, Debra was a postdoctoral research scholar at Stanford University with a duel appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Woods Institute for the Environment. She received her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2014 and was awarded first honors as the Graduate School’s Founder’s Medalist.

Ashley Larsen

Ashley Larsen’s research interests center on the ecology of managed systems. Her research incorporates theory from ecology, economics, and public health to better understand how to produce the necessary food and fiber for a growing population while maintaining healthy ecological and human communities. She seeks to provide novel understanding of ecological processes using a combination of econometric and GIS tools. Her current projects focus on understanding the landscape drivers of agricultural pests, as well as the human health consequences of pesticide exposure.

Scott Jasechko

Scott Jasechko is an Assistant Professor of Water Resources at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Scott’s research focuses on fresh water resources and uses large datasets to understand how rain and snow transform into river water and groundwater resources. Scott is an active member of the American Geophysical Union.

Michelle O'Malley

The O'Malley Lab works at the interface of engineering and biology to engineer microbes and consortia with novel functions. We are especially interested in deciphering how “unwieldy” microbes in the environment perform extraordinary tasks - many of these microbes have no available genomic sequence and are exceptionally difficult to manipulate.

Ryoko Oono

Ryoko Oono is an evolutionary ecologist focusing on plant-microbe interactions. Dr. Oono earned her BA degree at Carleton College and her PhD in plant biology at the University of Minnesota where she studied the evolutionary stability of the legume-rhizobia symbiosis. As a postdoctoral fellow of NIH’s Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program at Duke University and NC State University, she studied foliar fungal endophytes and their relationship with pine hosts in southeastern U.S.

Jonathan Mitchell

I am interested in understanding planetary phenomena. My current research is focused on understanding surface-atmosphere interactions on Titan, superrotating atmospheres, tidal interactions of synchronous satellites, and Earth’s paleoclimate. I am an associate professor in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA.

Samantha Stevenson

My research goals relate to understanding how large-scale climate variability responds to changes in climate, how we can improve our inferences of those changes using paleoclimate archives, and using that information to improve the representation of climate variability in climate models.

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