Earth Systems Science

Holly Moeller

Holly is a theoretical ecologist who uses mathematical and empirical approaches to understand acquired metabolism. When organisms acquire metabolism (i.e., gain access to metabolic pathways that aren’t hard-wired into their own DNA), they fundamentally change their ability to interact with the living and non-living components of their environment. Examples of acquired metabolism surround us: bacteria gain antibiotic resistance by incorporating DNA from their environment; corals gain the capacity to turn sunlight into energy by incorporating algal endosymbionts.

Timbo Stillinger

Timbo is a Researcher and PI at UCSB where he works on improving real time forecasts and climatological understanding of surface water supplies stored as ice and seasonal snow. His research is on both the physical science of measuring water from space and the linkages between land surface hydrology and how humans manage their demand for water with a focused curiosity on where improved hydrologic knowledge can lead to different decisions in water management.

Louis Graup

My research aims to understand the feedbacks between hydrology, drought and vegetation under changing climate regimes. I use this knowledge to explore forest management techniques that will enhance water resource availability for downstream communities.

Andrea Adams

Dr. Adams is an ecologist conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary research to explore how novel, mixed-methods approaches can achieve measurable conservation success for threatened wildlife. She has worked in the government, nonprofit, academic, and private sectors, specializing in endangered species policy and management, disease ecology, amphibian biology, and southern California natural history.

Amy Moser

Amy Moser is a PhD student in the Earth Science department working with Brad Hacker.

She holds a BA in Geosciences from Franklin and Marshall College (2014) and an MS in Geology from Utah State University (2017).

Her current research combines geochronology, structural geology, and metamorphic petrology to understand the deformation, modification, and formation of Earth's deep crust.


Peter Alagona

Peter Alagona's research focuses on the histories of land use, natural resource management, environmental politics, and ecological science in the North American West and beyond. He has particular interests in endangered species and biological diversity, and he is developing a new research and teaching initiative on the history of ideas about environmental change.

Noah Molotch

My research and teaching interests are focused on the processes controlling hydrologic fluxes in semi-arid regions. My research projects utilize ground-based observations, remote sensing, and computational modeling to obtain comprehensive understanding of hydrological processes; in particular the distribution of snowmelt, soil moisture and streamflow. Additional projects aim at developing techniques for scaling hydrological processes and for designing ground-based observation networks tailored for integration with remote sensing and modeling.


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