New Faculty

2016-17

ACOSTA-ALVEAR, Diego

Mollecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., New York University

Research Interests: Protein homeostasis network regulation in normal cells and how those networks are rewired in disease such as viral infection and cancer.

 

ARIAS GONZALEZ, Carolina

Mollecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., New York University

Research Interests: Cellular responses to oncogenic Karposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) infection.

 

CAYLOR, Kelly

Geography & Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Professor

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Research Interests: The interactions between surface hydrological dynamics and ecosystem processes. 

 

CHRASTIL, Elizabeth

Geography, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Brown University

Research Interests: Human path integration, spatial memory, and large-scale navigation in complex environments.

 

CHU, Vena

Geography, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UCLA

Research Interests: Remote sensing, Greenland ice sheet meltwater dynamics.

 

CONROY-BEAM, Daniel

Psychological and Brain Sciences, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests:  How mate preferences are integrated with one another computationally in order to make mating decisions.

 

CRAIG, Kathleen

Mathematics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Rutgers University

Research Interests: PDE, optimal transport, calculus of variations, and numerical analysis.

 

DETERING, Nils-Christian

Statistics and Applied Probability, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

Research Interests: Mathematical finance, with emphasis in the areas of energy markets, hedging with market impact, and systemic risk. 

 

DING, Qinghua

Geography, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Hawaii

Research Interests: Atmospheric sciences, climate variability, and change on broad spatiotemporal scales. 

 

EILON, Zachary

Earth Science, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Columbia University

Research Interests: Shallow tectonic processes, specifically how and why continents break apart. 

 

GARFIELD, Peter

Mathematics, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment

Ph.D., University of Washington

 

HEILMAYR, Robert

Environmental Studies, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests: How to promote sustainable natural research extraction and the roles of governments, corporations, and NGOs.

 

HENNAWI, Joseph

Physics, Associate Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Interests: Extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology. 

 

JAYICH, Andrew

Physics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Yale University

Research Interests: Atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics.

 

LIBERMAN, Zoe

Psychological and Brain Sciences, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research Interests:  The origins of human social cognition from an evolutionary perspective, particularly infants’ earliest understanding of human social structure.

 

LOUIS, Matthieu

Mollecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Research Interests: Structure-function relationships between neural circuits, sensory coding and adaptive behaviors, specifically odor tracking.

 

MOELLER, Holly

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Florida

Research Interests: Effects of acquired metabolism on community structure and function and on the evolution of species interactions, with an emphasis on metabolic mutualisms and acquired phototrophy.

 

NIDZIEKO, Nicholas

Geography, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests: Observational oceanography, studying environmental fluid mechanical processes in coastal and estuarine ecosystems. 

 

PETERSEN, Alexander

Statistics and Applied Probability, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UC Davis

Research Interests: Functional data analysis, object-oriented data analysis, functional and structural brain connectivity, and signal and image processing. 

 

SANTORO, Alyson

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests: Microbes involved in nutrient cycling in the ocean, especially of the element nitrogen.

 

STIER, Adrian

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Florida

Research Interests: The assembly and restoration of ecological communities in the face of human impacts and the implications for coastal management.

 

WILBANKS, Elizabeth

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UC Davis

Research Interests: Collective metabolism of microbial communities and their interactions with biogeochemical processes. 

 

WOODS, Vanessa

Psychological and Brain Sciences, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment

Ph.D., UCSB

 

ZHOU, Xin

Mathematics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests: Differential geometry, geometric analysis, and general relativity, with an emphasis on minimal surfaces.

 

2015-16

ABU-OMAR, Mahdi

Chemistry and Biochemistry, Professor

Ph.D, Iowa State University

Research Interests:  Inorganic & organometallic; energy, catalysis & green chemistry; molecular design & synthesis; biology-inspired chemistry & physics.

 

BURKEPILE, Deron

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Associate Professor

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Community ecology, focusing primarily on coral reef systems but also on terrestrial ecosystems.

 

ELIASON, Erika

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Research Interests:  Examination of how fish are physiologically locally adapted to their marine environments. 

 

GARDNER, Helene

Environmental Studies, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment

Ph.D., University of Rochester

 

GOARD, Michael

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Psychological and Brain Sciences, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Research Interests: Examination of neural circuits and pathways in order to uncover the neural basis of short term memory.

 

JACOBS, Emily

Psychological and Brain Sciences, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Research Interests:  Hormonal regulation of memory circuitry, impact of reproductive aging on memory circuitry, neural and chromosomal aging, fetal origins of neural and cellular aging.

 

MATOZA, Robin

Earth Science, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UC San Diego

Research Interests:  Volcano seismology, volcano acoustics, seismology.

 

MENARD, Gabriel

Chemistry and Biochemistry, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Research Interests:  Design and synthesis of catalysts for sustainable chemistry and energy applications.  

 

OH, Sang-Yun

Statistics and Applied Probability, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests:  Robust graphical model selection, Markov random fields and high dimensional statistical inference.

 

PELLOW, David

Environmental Studies, Professor and Dehlsen Chair

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Research Interests:  Environmental justice studies, racial and ethnic studies, social movements, qualitative research methods, labor studies, immigration.

 

PRUITT, Jonathan

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Research Interests:  Behavioral ecology, individual variation, social evolution, species interactions, eco-evolutionary dynamics, rapid extinction and recolonization.

 

RUDNICK, Roberta

Earth Science, Professor

Ph.D., Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University

Research Interests:  The origin and evolution of the continents, particularly the lower continental crust and the underlying mantle lithosphere.

 

SIMPSON, Julie

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Research Interests:  Drosophila neurogenetics, using Drosophilia melanogaster to dissect the neural circuits underlying behavioral sequence generation.

 

ZHANG, Yitang

Mathematics, Professor

Ph.D., Purdue University

Research Interests:  prime numbers, analytic number theory.

 

2014-2015

CASSELS, Susan

Geography, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University (Demography)

Research Interests: Epidemiology & Mathematical modeling; social network analysis; infectious disease epidemiology.

 

CRAIG, Nathaniel

Physics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University (Physics)

Research Interests: Theoretical Particle Physics.   

 

DEVRIES, Timothy

Geography, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (Earth System Science)

Research Interests:   Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

 

MURRAY-CLAY, Ruth

Physics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Astrophysics)

Research Interests: Astrophysics, extrasolar planets, solar system dynamics.  

 

RATNER, Kyle

Psychological & Brain Sciences, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., New York University (Social Psychology)

Research Interests:  Experimental social psychology, social neuroscience.

 

YOUNG, Andrea

Physics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Columbia University (Physics)

Research Interests:  Condensed matter experimental, using electrical measurements to probe the properties of low dimensional systems.

 

2013-2014

BARTLETT, Padraic

Mathematics & College of Creative Studies, Lecturer

Ph.D., Caltech (Mathematics)

Research Interests:  Mathematics instruction, completions of partial latin squares, graph decompositions, and quasirandom colorings of graphs.

 

FREEDMAN, Michael

Mathematics, Professor & Microsoft Station Q, Director

Ph.D., Princeton University (Mathematics)

Research Interests: Low dimensional topology, quantum computation, quantum topology.

 

JACKSON, Matthew

Earth Science, Associate Professor

Ph.D., MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program (Geology and Geophysics)

Research Interests:  Geochemistry and Igneous Petrology.

 

JONES, Charles

Geography, Associate Professor

Ph.D., UC Davis (Atmospheric Sciences)

Research Interests:  Precipitation variability, extreme events, weather forecasts, predictability studies, regional modeling, monsoon systems, and climate change.

 

KUHN, Werner

Geography, Professor

Ph.D., Vienna University of Technology (Geographic Information Science)

Research Interests:  How to communicate the intended meaning of geospatial information across contexts (relevant contexts are human activities, professional disciplines, natural languages, and information communities).

 

MCCAULEY, Douglas

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University (Biology)

Research Interests:  Community and ecosystem ecology, focused upon understanding how human alteration of wildlife communities (particularly large wildlife) affects the ecology of whole ecosystems.

 

OONO, Ryoko

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Plant Biology)

Research Interests:  Ecology and evolution of plant-microbial interactions, nitrogen fixation, evolution of mutualism, phylogenetics, population & community genetics of symbiotic networks, legume-rhizobia, fungal endophytes, lichens, mycorrhizae. 

 

YOUNG, Hillary

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford (Biology)

Research Interests:  Disease ecology, ecology, population and community ecology, zoology.

 

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