Initiative Leadership

Pernille Sporon Boving Pernille Sporon Boving is a behavioral ecologist with interests focused on the intricate relationships between animals, plants and their environments. She currently spearheads the Polar Forum Initiative at the Muir Institute as well as APPLES (Arctic Plant Phenology Learning throught Engaged Science), which aims to prepare middle school, high school, and undergraduate educators in polar research […]

Dr. Steven Grodsky Dr. Steven Grodsky is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California – Davis and, with Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, currently spearheads the Muir Institute’s Wild Energy Initiative. Steve’s research centers on the interface between renewable energy development and wildlife conservation. He currently is co-editor of a book […]

Dr. Rebecca Hernandez Dr. Rebecca Hernandez is an assistant professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Her research focuses on sustainability and aridland ecology, such as California’s deserts. Hernandez is developing the new Wild Energy Initiative at the Muir Institute, which seeks to guide the world toward sustainable paths of energy development that give […]

Dr. Thomas Maiorana Dr. Thomas Maiorana is an assistant professor in the Department of Design. He uses prototyping to develop digital experiences. He is also working alongside Benjamin Houlton in spearheading the Muir Institute’s OneClimate Initiative. For a recent project in the UC Davis OneClimate initiative, he led a team that developed a sculpture showcasing the many […]

Dr. Eric Post Dr. Eric Post is a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. He is one of the world’s leading experts on environmental climate change at high latitudes. He is launching the UC Davis Polar Forum in the Muir Institute to communicate the importance of high latitude environments in the global system.