By Dateline Staff
Vice Chancellor for Research Prasant Mohapatra announced the appointment of Susan Ustin as interim director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment effective August 1.
Ustin, a distinguished professor emeritus of environmental and resource sciences and the director of the UC Davis Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS), has been associate director of research at the Muir Institute since 2017.
Ustin, who retired from her faculty appointment last year, steps in to replace Benjamin Houlton, a professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Houlton directed the Muir Institute for the last four years. Under his guidance, the program has become a leader in environmental sustainability and a hub for large multidisciplinary and out-of-the-box environmental programs.Houlton is joining the faculty at Cornell University as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His new appointment begins October 1, 2020.