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Seminar Committee

Meet the Environmental Systems Seminar Committee for 2022-23

Dr. Claire Lukens

Professor Claire Lukens

Dr. Claire Lukens is an Assistant Professor of Surface Processes in the department of Life and Environmental Sciences at UC Merced. She earned her PhD at the University of Wyoming, and spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand prior to joining the faculty at UC Merced. Her research uses geochemical tools to explore feedbacks between geomorphology, climate, tectonics, and life in mountain landscapes.





Dr. Samuel Markolf

Professor Sam Markolf

Dr. Samuel Markolf is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Merced. Prior to joining UC Merced, Dr. Markolf was a Research Fellow within the NSF sponsored Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) at Arizona State University. His research broadly focuses on applying systems-level analysis to sustainability and resilience challenges facing cities and infrastructure systems. His work spans urban GHG estimation and mitigation, adaptation to climate change and other disruptions, interconnected infrastructure systems, and complex social-ecological-technological systems. Current projects include modeling the impacts of, and responses to, various disruption scenarios for inter-city transportation systems, as well as analyzing the extent to which interconnected social-ecological-technological systems (SETS) can enhance (or hinder) the resilience of cities and infrastructure systems.