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Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Department Chair

  • Associate Professor

    Chris is a political ecologist and an agroecologist. His research focuses on agriculture, food security, and how food systems relate to climate change, environmental justice, and sustainability transitions.

Academic Department Manager


  • Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

  • Associate Professor

    C.J. is an urban planner. His research focuses on the connections between land use regulations, housing affordability, and climate change mitigation.

  • Professor

    Leslie's research and teaching examine global environments, development and population change. She has worked in Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Sudan examining issues of agrarian change, land use patterns, and gendered access to resources. Her local work in Santa Clara County examines the socio-environmental nature of urban agriculture.

  • Lecturer

    Ted's research involves environmental history, science & technology studies, philosophy, and religious studies. He focuses on how cosmologies of nature have been conceived and reproduced in American society.

  • Senior Lecturer

    I am a registered Chemical Engineer with more than 20 years of broad technical experience in air and water quality, including pollutant source characterization, chemical fate and transport, water and wastewater treatment, and regulatory permit compliance.

  • Professor

    Lisa's research in environmental anthropology addresses issues related to ancient landscapes, political economy, and land use. Her research areas include Turkey, and the ancient regions of Sunda and Sahul. Lisa holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology.

  • Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

    Andy is an educator and insect ecologist interested in how plant-insect interactions are affected by fragmentation and habitat restoration. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses focusing on ecology, environmental science, and scientific writing.

  • Professor

    Michelle is a conservation scientist. Her research examines ecosystem recovery following major perturbation and the environmental pros and cons of genetically modified crops.

  • Professor

    Virginia is a restoration ecologist whose work links ecological restoration to ecosystem services that benefit humans. She is also interested in how land managers and policymakers use science and public opinion to set priorities for restoration.

  • Professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

    Daniel Press is an environmental policy expert whose research concerns California land use, water quality regulation, sustainable agriculture, and the "greening" of industry. His most recent book is a comprehensive look at the failures of compliance, abatement, and mitigation in American environmental policy.

  • Assistant Professor

    Paleoclimate reconstructions, geochemistry, climate modeling, atmospheric rivers, and hydroclimate extremes.

  • Professor

    Iris is a hydrogeologist with expertise in hydroclimatology and GIS. Her research explores the effects of global change on water resources in western North America and Central America, and forges connections to questions about equal access to safe water, sustainable water use, ecosystem protection, and the just distribution of environmental benefits and burdens.

  • Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Emeritus Faculty
  • Senior Lecturer Emeritus

    John specializes in environmental writing and literature, especially in terms of literary natural history and Anglo/American nature writing. His current research focuses on long-term ecological projects, especially in terms of how these projects engage community.