Photo Jennifer King
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Earth System Science
B.A. Rice University, Biology

Photo Yang Lin
Geography Ph.D. Candidate (anticipated 2015)
M.Sc. University of Alberta, Canada, Soil Science
B.Sc. Zhejiang University, China, Biological Sciences

Yang is a Ph.D. candidate, originally from China. He is broadly interested in biogeochemistry and climate change.

Yang's Ph.D. research is focused on photodegradation and litter decomposition. He is investigating the mechanistic controls on these processes through experiments in the laboratory and field at the UC Sedgwick Reserve.

Photo Michelle Oyewole
Geography M.A./Ph.D. Student
B.A. University of California Los Angeles,
Communications, Minor in Geography/Environmental Studies

Michelle is interested in conducting research in terrestrial biogeochemistry that will improve environmental policy and management decisions.

Her master's work involves using field and laboratory experiments to study the effect of compost application rate on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils.

Photo Frank Wang
Geography M.A./Ph.D. Student
B.S.Sc. The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Geography and Resource Management

Frank's interests include terrestrial biogeochemistry, especially nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas fluxes from wetland ecosystems.

He is currently seeking the opportunity to integrate field studies with the art and science of remote sensing in order to better understand the physical component of our environment.

Photo Rachel Scarlett
McNair Scholar
Undergraduate Researcher
B.S Environmental Studies, Minor in Chemistry
(anticipated 2015)

Rachel is an undergraduate student at UCSB conducting an independent research project concerning the use of reclaimed water on soils.

Her interests include environmental sustainability in urban settings.

Photo Keri Opalk
Junior Specialist
B.S. Physical Geography 2012

Keri received a Bachelor's degree in Geography from UCSB in 2012 and is currently working in Dr. Kings Biogeochemistry lab as a manager and technician.

She is looking to pursue a graduate degree in Earth Science focusing on natural hazards and hydrology.

Photo Tom Tran
Junior Specialist
B.S. Environmental Studies and Geography 2014

Tom is currently assisting in two research projects, direct and indirect effects of photodegradation on plant litter as well as soil carbon and nitrogen variability in a Mediterranean grassland environment.

He is widely interested in Earth's formative processes and spatial scale for modeling and representing the environment.

Photo Scott Yehl
Undergraduate Research Assistant
B.S. Physical Geography, Minor Earth Science
(anticipated 2015)

Scott presently assists graduate student Michelle Oyewole in measuring trace gas emissions from agricultural ecosystems.

He is interested in pursuing graduate level education in the fields of hydrology, geomaterials, mining, agriculture, remote sensing and GIS.

Past Members

Graduate Students:

Sara Baguskas, Ph.D. 2014 (USDA Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz)

Harriet Van Vleck, Ph.D. 2011 (now Research Associate, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota)

Leslie Brandt, Ph.D. 2009 (now Climate Change Specialist, USDA Forest Service)

Laura Van Riper, Ph.D. 2005 (now at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Diego Riveros, M.S. 2004 (now Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Postdoctoral Scholars:

Carol Adair, postdoctoral fellow (now Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources)

Brent Dalzell, postdoctoral fellow (now Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate)

Cinzia Fissore, postdoctoral fellow (now Assistant Professor at Whittier College, Department of Biology)

Peter Weishampel, postdoctoral fellow (now Visiting Assistant Professor at Northland College)

Research Specialists:

Dad Roux-Michollet, Daniel Keck, Keith Crooker, Jordan Okie, Chris Buyarski

Undergraduate Research Assistants:
(bold indicates student conducted independent research project)

University of California: Tom Tran, Kana Yamamoto, Keri Opalk, Sachi Kagaya, Alexis Buchwald

University of Minnesota: Cassandra Bohnet, Elizabeth Brodeen, Brandy Elf, Brian Gallagher, Sarah Graves, Kyle Heimerl, Katrina Hill, Mary Kemp, Peter Koenig, Alexis Koester, Tanner Kraft, Anthony Locatelli, Sarah McKee, Davis Moravec, Tyler Pavlowich, Paula Schumann, Yana Sorokin, Andrea Thone, Frank Walosin