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Seminar Committee

Meet the Environmental Systems Seminar Committee for 2020 - 2021

Roger Bales 

 

Dr. Roger Bales is Distinguished Professor of Engineering and a founding faculty member at UC Merced, and has been active in water- and climate-related research for over 30 years. His scholarship includes over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and more presentations, book chapters, and reports. Currently, his work focuses on California’s efforts to build the knowledge base and implement policies that adapt our water supplies, critical ecosystems and economy to the impacts of climate warming. He works with leaders in state agencies, elected officials, federal land managers, water leaders, non-governmental organizations, and other key decision makers on developing climate solutions for California. He is a fellow in the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a professor at UC Merced since 2003, an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UC Berkeley since 2013. Previously, he was a Professor of hydrology at the University of Arizona from 1984 to 2003. He is Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, Director of the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory,  and Director of the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative. 

Research interests include climate impacts and water resources, mountain hydrology and biogeochemistry, climate applications

Website

Email: rbales@ucmerced.edu

 

 

Xuan Zhang

 

Dr. Xuan Zhang research aims to gain a predictive and mechanistic understanding of the sources, chemistry, and lifetimes of air pollutants, with a particular focus on the physical and chemical processes associated with the formation and evolution of particulate matters, the essential component of haze in the air. She uses process-based lab experiments, advanced mass spectrometry techniques, and site/region/global-scale models to tackle problems associated with air pollution and climate change.

Website

Email: xzhang87@ucmerced.edu

 

Touyee Thao

Touyee Thao is a 3rd year PhD student in the Soil and Environmental Physics Lab at UC, Merced. His research focus on investigating the effect of waste derived material e.g. biochar and compost on soil hydraulic and physicochemical properties.

Website

Email: tthao8@ucmerced.edu

 

 

Stefano Casirati

Stefano Casirati is a 3rd year PhD student in the Forest Ecohydrology & Watershed Systems (FEWS) Lab at UC, Merced. His research focuses on studying the effect of climate stressors on mountain hydrologic processes and forest ecosystems.

Website

Email: scasirati@ucmerced.edu