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Roger Bales

Roger Bales


SRE 415, Labsite

  • Ecosystem climate solutions
  • Water resources
  • Hydrology

Marc Beutel

Professor and Department Chair (CEE)

SRE 443, Labsite

  • Surface Water Quality
  • Lake and Reservoir Management
  • Mercury Cycling in Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Natural Treatment Systems

Martha Conklin

  • Surface water/groundwater interactions
  • Watershed hydrology
  • Forest management/water interactions
  • Natural tracers for water movement
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • K-12 environmental education

 Abbas Ghassemi

Abbas Ghassemi

Teaching Professor

SRE 372, Labsite

  • Risk-based decision-making
  • Renewable energy (solar, wind and geothermal)
  • Bio-based fuels and water desalination
  • Carbon management and sequestration
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Pollution prevention, multiphase flow and process control

Rakesh Goel

Professor and Dean

SE2 315, Labsite

  • Seismic safety of marine structures 
  • Seismic analysis of bridges in fault-rupture zones 
  • Use of supplemental damping to improve seismic behavior of structures 
  • Performance-based seismic engineering of buildings 
  • Earthquake analysis and design of plan-wise asymmetric buildings and bridges 
  • Base isolation and energy dissipation devices 
  • Experimental methods in structural dynamics 
  • Studies on nonlinear behavior of structures 

Thomas C. Harmon

Thomas Harmon

Professor and Director of Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI)

SRE 435, Labsite

  • Contaminant transport in aquatic systems
  • Soil and groundwater remediation
  • Development and use of environmental sensors


Erin Hestir

Associate Professor

SRE 219, Labsite

  • Water and food security/biodiversity/ecosystem services
  • Geospatial analytics
  • Hyperspectral and satellite remote sensing
  • Sensor networks in inland and coastal waters and wetlands

Safeeq Khan

Safeeq Khan

Associate Professor

SRE 423, Labsite

  • Climate Change and Water Sustainability
  • Climate Change and Hydrologic Extremes
  • Watershed and Regional Scale Hydrologic Modeling
  • Water Resources Sensitivity and Scenario Analysis
  • Role of Vegetation Dynamics on Future Water Resources under Climate Change
  • Agriculture and Forest Management Options for Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability
  • Application of Remote Sensing and LiDAR in Hydrologic Modeling and Natural Resources Evaluation and Management

Sam Markolf

Assistant Professor

SRE 211, Labsite

  • Sustainability and Resilience of Urban and Infrastructure Systems
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Interconnected Social-Ecological-Technological Systems (SETS)
  • Systems Thinking and Risk Analysis under Uncertainty

Mark Matsumoto

Mark Matsumoto

Professor Emeritus and Past School of Engineering Dean

  • Water and wastewater treatment, especially land-based treatment systems
  • Hazardous waste site remediation

Josué Medellín-Azuara


SRE 229, Labsite

  • Large scale hydro-economic modeling for water management and policy analysis
  • Water management for agricultural, environmental and urban uses
  • Agricultural production adaptation to drought and climate change
  • Sustainable agroecosystems for water and food security
  • Water informatics, consumptive water use in agriculture using remote sensing
  • Impact analysis using partial and general equilibrium models

Colleen Naughton

Colleen Naughton

Assistant Professor

SRE 215, Labsite

  • Food-Energy-Water Systems (FEWS)
  • Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA)
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in developing communities
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Integration of Anthropology and Engineering
  • Science Policy

Tapan Pathak

Associate Professor of Extension

SRE 429, Labsite

  • Applied climate in agriculture

Thomas W. Peterson

  • Atmospheric aerosols

Robert Rice

Robert Rice

Associate Teaching Professor

COB 365, Labsite

  • Snow science
  • Mountain hydrology
  • Water resources
  • Sensor networks
  • Remote sensing
  • Climate change

Samuel J. Traina

Samuel Traina

Professor Emeritus

  • Chemical transformations of pollutants in soils, surface and ground water

Joshua Viers

Joshua Viers


SRE 225, Labsite

  • Agroecology and Conservation Agriculture Planning and Implementation
  • Climatic and Hydrological Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies
  • Ecosystem Service and Biodiversity Inventory, Assessment, and Restoration
  • Geospatial Technologies (Geographic Information Systems / Remote Sensing);
  • Informatics; Database Design and Data Mining
  • Water and Watershed Management; Water Footprinting

Roland Winston

Roland Winston

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Solar power and renewable energy
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Non-imaging optics

Siddaiah Yarra

Siddaiah Yarra

Assistant Teaching Professor

SE2 205, Labsite

  • Pedagogic research
  • Forensic engineering education and dissemination
  • Recruitment, Retention and graduation of first generation and economically disadvantaged students
  • Advanced materials to improve sustainability and resilience of civil engineering constructed facilities
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Computational and analytical models to predict mechanical behavior of adaptive and advanced materials
  • Structural component and system-level testing

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