Muir Institute Fellows

Dr. Ian Faloona Dr. Ian Faloona is an associate professor at the University of California Davis. He studied physical chemistry at UC Santa Cruz, including summer research in computational chemistry at Los Alamos National Lab, and then earned a Ph.D. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. For four years in between he worked as an air […]

Dr. Susan Harrison Dr. Susan Harrison is a professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Department. Her teaching currently includes Principles of Ecology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research seeks to understand the large-scale (biogeographic, evolutionary) and small-scale (ecological) forces controlling the diversity of plant communities.   In recent years her interests have turned toward […]

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. Yufang Jin Dr. Yufang Jin is an associate professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources. Her research focuses on ecological and hydrological dynamics at a landscape scale. She has developed remote sensing tools for detecting wildfires, tree mortality, and quantifying ecosystem productivity and consumptive water use. Her studies on fire-climate-vegetation relationships have provided […]

Dr. Harris Lewin Dr. Harris Lewin is a distinguished professor in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the UC Davis Genome Center. His research focuses on mammalian genome evolution and the role of chromosome rearrangements in adaptation, speciation and the origins of cancer. Lewin is leading the Earth BioGenome Project that has the ambitious aim of […]

Dr. Albert Lin Dr. Albert Lin is a professor at the School of Law, where he specializes in environmental and natural resources law.  His research interests include toxic torts, public nuisance, and the governance of climate engineering and other emerging technologies.  Prior to joining the law faculty, Al was a trial attorney for the Environment and Natural […]

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. Helene Margolis Dr. Helene Margolis is an associate adjunct professor in the UC Davis School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. She is a leading expert on understanding human health and climate interactions and is working with the Muir Institute on the California Climate Assessment, building off her extensive experience with the National Climate Assessment and […]

Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Dr. Beth Rose’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools, and her broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, and Indigenous analyses of climate change. Beth Rose has written two books: Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation (University of Arizona Press 2011), on Native applications […]

Dr. Steven Ostoja Dr. Steven Ostoja is the director of the USDA California Climate Hub at the Agricultural Research Service and the John Muir Institute of the Environment. TheCalifornia Hub is 1 of 10 regional Climate Hubs nation-wide whose mission is to provide the nations farmers, ranchers and foresters information, resources and tools to respond to climate change and extreme events.  The California Hub works at […]