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Class Notes - Spring 2014

From New Zealand to Sweden, and from BS to MS to PhD, Earth Sciences alumni are moving, shaking and even retiring.  Scan our alphabetical listing for updates on your fellow alums about their post-Stanford lives.  We’d love to hear from you too -- about work, life, honors or awards -- so please send updates for the Earth Matters newsletter and posting on the SES website.

Noel Bartlow, ‘13, PhD (Geophysics) is a postdoctoral scholar in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. At Stanford her advisor was Paul Segall.

Austin Becker, '13, PhD (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), is assistant professor of coastal planning, policy and design at the University of Rhode Island with a joint appointment in marine affairs and landscape architecture.

Kate Brauman, ‘10, PhD (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota and accepted an appointment at the university as lead scientist for global water assessment at the Institute on the Environment. In the new job, she will develop water projects, work on evaluating global water productivity and will also do some teaching.

Marilyn Cornelius, '13, PhD (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), is co-founder of d.cipher, which offers integrated change management services for individuals and organizations in the climate change, education and wellness fields. 

Marine Denolle, ‘13, PhD (Geophysics), is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California - San Diego. She and her Stanford advisor Greg Beroza recently reported research findings in the journal Science in which they used ambient seismic waves -- weak vibrations generated by the Earth’s oceans -- to produce “virtual earthquakes” that can be used to predict the ground movement and shaking hazard to buildings from real quakes. A video featuring Beroza and Denolle discussing the research has received more than 23,000 views on YouTube.

Bill Ellsworth, ‘71, BS (Physics) and MS (Geophysics), was the first student at Stanford to receive joint degrees in physics and geophysics. While on The Farm, Ellsworth remembers the excitement of Prof. Jon Claerbout’s pioneering research in which he used computers in the processing and filtering of seismic exploration data. As a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, Ellsworth has enjoyed continuing to work with Claerbout. Also, for the past two years, he has been collaborating with professors Greg Beroza and Mark Zoback on induced seismicity. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Ellsworth said he is excited to see new Stanford faculty “lead us into the future.”

Christoph Freshee, '12, MBA/MS (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), founded Amour Vert, an eco-fashion line, with his wife Linda Balti. Featured in Treehugger a few months ago, the couple promises to plant a tree for every t-shirt sold.

Rachael Garrett, '13, PhD (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), was named a Giorgio Ruffalo post-doctoral research fellow in sustainability science at Harvard University.

Jessica Hinojosa, ’10, MS’ 11 (Earth Systems) is currently on a Fulbright New Zealand award, pursuing her PhD at University of Otago. She is studying paleoclimatology, working with Chris Moy PhD ’10 (Geophysics). Jessica took part in Semester@Sea with Prof. Rob Dunbar which she remembers as one of her best Stanford experiences.

Kristen Honey, '12, PhD (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), received a science and technology policy fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2013-14.  She is based in Washington DC.

Kristina Keating, ‘09, PhD (Geophysics) is assistant professor in the department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. A favorite activity in grad school at Stanford was the new student camping trip.

Jeremy Kozden, ‘13, Postdoc (Geophysics) is assistant professor of applied mathematics at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  He was a postdoc for Prof. Eric Dunham, and continues to collaborate with him to determine whether ocean sound waves generated by subduction zone earthquakes can provide an early warning of tsunamis.

Nathan Meehan, '89, PhD (Petroleum Engineering) will serve as president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2016. He is senior executive advisor to Baker Hughes, where he advises executive management on reservoir and geoscience issues 

Megan Miller, ‘87, PhD (Geology) is president of UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium that facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy -- the study of Earth’s shape, gravity field and rotation. UNAVCO is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and NASA. She is based in Boulder, CO. Her advisor was Elizabeth Miller

Brenden Millstein, '10, MBA/MS (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), co-founder and CEO of Carbon Lighthouse, continues to expand the company's efforts to cut the cost of energy efficiency in large commercial buildings and is on track to eliminate the emissions from a power plant this year.

Kim Nicholas, ‘99, BS (Earth Systems) PhD ‘09 (E-IPER), is assistant professor of sustainability science at the University of Lund in Sweden. Now that she’s teaching in an interdisciplinary program, she says she appreciates how well-designed Earth Systems and E-IPER are. Kim was last on campus in 2013 when she stopped by her old lab to find a birthday party in process. She was delighted to to join in the festivities and catch up with friends and colleagues. Her Stanford memories include studying for finals as an undergraduate at Jasper Ridge, where she was a docent, and working at Stanford Sierra Camp.

Xyoli Perez-Campos, ‘02, PhD (Geophysics) and '01, MS (Statistics) is professor of geophysics at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In addition to her faculty position, she was recently appointed as head of the Servicio Sismológico Nacional de México, the country's national seismic network.  When she was a student, one of her favorite activities was Ballet Folklorico de Stanford.

Geeta Persand, ‘10, BS, (Geophysics) is pursuing a PhD in ocean sciences at Princeton. At Stanford she was part of the Shakespeare club and remembers giving a performance in one of the campus fountains.

German Prieto, ‘08, Postdoc (Geophysics), is an assistant professor at MIT working on seismic tomography and earthquake source physics. Last year he and Stanford Prof. Greg Beroza, published intermediate depth studies. While at Stanford he enjoyed the research forum at which grad students and postdocs from across the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences presented their research. “They were great sessions that allowed me to go beyond my own research area and see a broader picture of the school,” he said.

Bud Wobus, ‘66 PhD (Geology) is professor of geology at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. As a student at Stanford, he particularly enjoyed field trips. “We always had a car loaded ready to go somewhere,” he said.

Megan Young, ‘06, PhD (Geological & Environmental Sciences) is working for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA. One of her best grad school memories was fieldwork she conducted in Mexico.

Xuehua Zhang, '08, PhD (Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources), is now professor of environment and climate policy and senior fellow at the Institute of New Energy and Low-Carbon Technology at Sichuan University.