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Seminar Committee

Meet the Environmental Systems Seminar Committee for 2021 - 2022

Dr. Martha Conklin

 

Dr. Martha Conklin, Professor of Engineering and member of the Environmental Systems Graduate Group, joined UC Merced in 2003 as part of the Founding Faculty. For most of her career, Dr. Conklin, has focused on groundwater-surface water interactions, determining timescales of reactions that occur at this interface as well as groundwater contributions to stream flow using natural tracers. Dr. Conklin is Co-PI of the National Science Foundation's Sierra Nevada Critical Zone Observatory located at the Kings River Experimental Watershed. She is lead on both a science project to understand water and nutrient budgets in montane meadows and the education and outreach efforts. As a member of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) Dr. Conklin studies water quality, water movement and the interaction of surface water and groundwater in natural settings. Dr. Conklin has conducted extensive research in the field of organic chemical distribution in soil and groundwater and chemical processes in snow. She has published numerous papers, as well as served on a National Research Council committee and as an associate editor of Water Resources Research (WRR).

Website

Email: mconklin@ucmerced.edu

 

 

Dr. John Abatzoglou

 

Dr. Abatzoglou is an Associate Professor in Management of Complex Systems at the University of California, Merced. John received his bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science from UC Davis, doctorate in Earth Systems Science from UC Irvine. John's academic interests are primarily focused around climate science and impacts in the American West. His Climatology Lab works on a diverse set of research questions spanning climate science and meteorology as well as their impacts on systems including water resources, wildfire, and agriculture. His research group also develops web-based climate services to help scientists and practitioners improve climate readiness. 

Website

Email: jabatzoglou@ucmerced.edu

 

 

Dr. Sylvain Masclin

 

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Email: smasclin@ucmerced.edu

 

 

Jose M. Rodriguez-Flores

 

 

José Rodriguez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Systems program at University of California, Merced. José obtained his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in agricultural economics at Universidad Autónoma Chapingo and Colegio de Postgraduados, México. José uses optimization and statistics tools to study human-water system dynamics particuarly in agriculture and how these change under water management policies and climate change. His research interests include hydro-economic models, agricultural economics, uncertainty analysis and water management.

Website

Email: jrodriguezflores3@ucmerced.edu

 

 

Gabriele Larocca Conte

 

Gabriele Larocca Conte received a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences and a Master's Degree in Geosciences, focusing on biodiversity and palaeoecology of ancient shark communities from Italian Fossil Lagerstätte. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental System program at UC Merced. His research interests include stable isotope applications on shark teeth to explore how climate change affected sharks over geological time.

Website

Email: glaroccaconte@ucmerced.edu