Skip to content Skip to navigation

Faculty: Department

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Roger Bales

Roger Bales

Professor

rbales@ucmerced.edu

SE1 202

  • Hydrology
  • Snow and ice hydrochemistry
  • Climate impacts on water resources
  • Climate changes over polar ice sheets

Marc Beutel

Marc Beutel

Associate Professor

mbeutel@ucmerced.edu

SE1 210

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

Raymond Chiao

Raymond Chiao

Professor Emeritus

rchiao@ucmerced.edu

Castle Suite 880 South

Raymond Chiao is a professor jointly in the UC Merced schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering. Previously, he was a professor for 38 years at UC Berkeley, where he earned international acclaim (including the Willis E. Lamb Medal and the Einstein Prize for Laser Science) studying nonlinear and quantum optics. At UC Merced, is pursuing a new line of groundbreaking research on gravitational radiation.

Martha Conklin

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Metal cycling
  • Surface water/shallow groundwater interactions
  • Organic chemical distribution in soil and groundwater
  • Chemical processes in snow K-12 environmental education

Marie-Odile Fortier

Assistant Professor

mfortier2@ucmerced.edu

SE2-386

  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology development
  • Energy systems modeling Increasing geographic specificity in LCA
  • Climate change mitigation strategies
  • Renewable energy systems

  • risk-based decision-making
  • renewable energy (solar, wind and geothermal)
  • bio-based fuels and water desalination
  • carbon management and sequestration
  • energy efficiency 
  • and pollution prevention, multiphase flow and process control

Thomas C. Harmon

Thomas Harmon

Professor

tharmon@ucmerced.edu

SE2 120G

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

Female portrait-blonde

Erin Hestir

Assistant Professor

ehestir@ucmerced.edu

SE1 212

Aquatic ecosystems under threat from competing pressures to meet societal needs for water and food security while sustaining biodiversity and other ecosystem services; expertise in geospatial analytics, hyperspectral and satellite remote sensing, and sensor networks in inland and coastal waters and wetlands

Mark Matsumoto

Mark Matsumoto

Dean, School of Engineering

mmatsumoto@ucmerced.edu

SE2 315

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

Male portrait-brunette

Josué Medellín-Azuara

Acting Associate Professor

jmedellin-azuara@ucmerced.edu

SE1 214

  • 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

Assistant Professor

  • Food security
  • Global water, sanitation and hygiene

Thomas W. Peterson

Thomas Peterson

Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor | Professor

twpeterson@ucmerced.edu

Atmospheric aerosols

Robert Rice

Robert Rice

LPSOE | Project Scientist

COB 365

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

Wolfgang Rogge

Wolfgang Rogge

Associate Professor

wrogge@ucmerced.edu

SE1 260

  • Air pollution engineering and science
  • Release, transport, transformation, and fate of environmental air pollutants
  • Impact of air pollutants in urban, rural and remote areas
  • Chemistry and dynamics of organic and inorganic pollutants
  • Stationary and mobile emission characterization and source marker determination
  • Indoor air quality
  • Air pollution dispersion modeling
  • Global pollution and climate change

 

Mohammad Safeeq

Assistant Adjunct Professor

msafeeq@ucmerced.edu

  • 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

Samuel J. Traina

Samuel Traina

Vice Chancellor for Research

straina@ucmerced.edu

KL 330A

Using a wide range of analytical methods (infra-red spectroscopy, electron microsocpy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy), Professor Traina's group studies:

  • Chemical transformations of pollutants in soils, surface and ground water
  • Linkages between chemical form or speciation of particular pollutants and their relative toxicities in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Roles of geoparticle surfaces and bacteria in pollutant fate

Current projects include the study of:

  • Contaminants at Department of Energy waste sites (Cr, Pu and U)
  • Role of Fe(II) and HSe- in transformations of nitroaromatic pesticides in wetlands
  • Fate of pharmaceuticals in the surface waters of National Parks

Professor Viers is a watershed scientist with expertise in resource management and environmental decision making. His areas of watershed science research include:

  • 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

Distinguished Professor | Director, UC Solar

rwinston@ucmerced.edu

Castle Bldg. 1200, RM 96

Director, UC Solar 

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