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Michael Brown
Class of 2006
BS Earth & Environmental Science

I am the Global Technology Lead for Predictive Analytics and head Sales and Technology for the Environmental Data Management and Analysis practice at Jacobs, a global consulting and engineering firm. In my role, I meld the worlds of innovative technologies, data science, data engineering, and environmental science to develop solutions for our clients' toughest environmental and business challenges such as characterizing climate hazard exposure for a global portfolio of assets, real-time environmental sensor integration and analytics, or spatial analysis to predict and model contamination to support rapid remediation. I could not have been better prepared by UCI and ESS for my career as I learned critical thinking and technical skills in geospatial science, environmental data, and systems integration which provided me a foundation that gave me both a technical advantage and bigger picture awareness that I continue to leverage into my career.

 

 

Yina Liu
Class of 2006
BS Earth & Environmental Science

During my time in ESS, I worked with Dr. Francois Primeau and, later, Dr. Susan Trumbore. While I worked in Sue’s lab, most of my laboratory work was in Dr. Ellen Druffel’s lab. As such, I enjoyed the mentorship of many ESS professors and graduate students. Thanks to ESS’ excellent training, I later obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University, and subsequently, postdoctoral appointments at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Oceanography and a Team Lead for Analytical Chemistry Research and Development at the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group at Texas A&M University.

 

 

Stephanie Ho
Class of 2009
BS Earth & Environmental Science

My time at UCI in the ESS department will probably be one of my fondest memories in academia. I am now a K-5 Science teacher and have tutored and mentored high school and college students. During my time in ESS, I had incredible teachers and mentors. Dr. Adam Martiny and Dr. Jay Famiglietti charged me with tasks in undergraduate research that I didn't ever think I was ready for. Besides imparting practical skills in ocean microbiology and hydrology, respectively, they challenged and nurtured my love of science, which inspires me to impart this on my students of all ages as well. ESS prepared me very well for my work.

 

 

Richie LeClair
Class of 2009
BS Earth & Environmental Science

Since graduating from UCI, I worked in marine toxicology for a bit and eventually found my way into the field of environmental compliance. Currently I work as an Environmental Compliance Coordinator with Cox Communications Inc. My degree and classes in Earth and Environmental Science prepared me quite a bit for my future career. I valued my time working as an undergrad in the Martiny lab.

 

 

Balmore Ruano
Class of 2013
BS Earth System Science

ESS taught me a lot more than ocean chemistry or atmospheric composition. The program taught me very valuable skills for problem solving. In my last year I discovered that I am very passionate about instrumentation. I currently work for Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. I use electrical, computer, physics and many more skills at my job every day. ESS gave me the knowledge to search through all these skills and pick the right ones to solve any problem. I use many of these skills in my personal projects too. ESS taught me how to think critically and apply knowledge with common sense. I'm very thankful for that experience!

 

 

Ashley Kang
Class of 2014
BS Earth & Environmental Science with Secondary Teaching Certification

I am a Chemistry/Earth Science teacher at Loara High School. This is my 7th year teaching since graduating from UC Irvine. I incorporate climate change as a unit in the curriculum and my students know the importance of rehabilitating the Earth.

 

 

Megan Crawford
Class of 2015
BS Earth System Science
Minor Global Sustainability

Since graduating from UCI, I’ve been working as a technical project manager within the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Team at ADEC Innovations. My role as a technical project manager consists of managing and leading various types of sustainability projects, including corporate governance and strategy development, GHG accounting, CSR and other ESG indices reporting, environmental KPIs and goal setting, and other ESG initiatives for clients across various regions and industries. During my time at ADEC, the amount of business and service offerings in this field has grown exponentially and evolved as our clients adapt to the latest ESG trends and best practice. ESG and sustainability is a quickly evolving field with opportunities for scientists and engineers that want to make a difference in the world. My career path has allowed me to tackle the issue of climate change (among other environmental issues) from the source and instill responsible business practices among the corporations that make up our global economy.

 

 

Javier Flores
Class of 2015
BS Earth System Science
BA Anthropology

I’m a Specification Consultant for ASSA ABLOY. I use a building information cloud software to author technical specifications to generate demand for manufacturing commercial door hardware beginning in the Architectural and Engineering Design of Whole Buildings. ESS prepared me most importantly with work ethic, essential science, engineering, mathematics, writing, research skills, computer software, and communication skills. Lastly, ESS prepared me to be curious, be open to learning, keep learning, and bring value to the community.

 

 

Marta Massoodia
Class of 2015
BS Earth System Science

Upon completion of my degree at UCI, I’ve been working as a Sr. Account Executive at an an enterprise software company. My role consists of managing, leading and being the linchpin for IT opportunities in the designated territory. We offer a vast array of solutions that meet our client’s objectives. It has been an enriching experience considering my role encompasses technology and business.

 

 

Julia Shates
Class of 2015
BS Earth System Science
BA Spanish

I am a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and have also earned my MS here. I use observations of snowfall from ground-based in-situ and remote sensing instruments to gain an understanding how snowfall is influenced by the local environment and meteorology. I have also participated in Arctic Field Schools including one in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, where I had the opportunity to take measurements of sea ice and snow. As an undergraduate student, I did research with Dr. Gudrun Magnusdottir exploring the Arctic atmosphere and atmospheric variability in the Southern Hemisphere mid-latitudes. Before starting my graduate program, I taught 5th-8th graders as an outdoor science instructor in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.

 

 

Madeleine Garibaldi
Class of 2016
BS Earth System Science

Upon graduating from UCI, I moved to Canada to pursue a Master's degree at the University of Lethbridge in Physical Geography modeling microscale ground surface and permafrost temperature variability in the Canadian High Arctic. Currently, I am working on my PhD at the University of Lethbridge in Earth, Space and Physical Science focusing on modeling permafrost and understanding the impact air temperature inversions will have on future air and permafrost temperatures in the high latitude, continental mountains of Yukon. My degree and ESS classes at UCI gave me a great foundational knowledge which helps me understand aspects of my specific area of research and relate my observations to global earth processes. Additionally, my time working in the Johnson lab gave me my first research experience, helping to develop my research and data management skills, as well as giving me the opportunity to discover my passion for scientific research.

 

 

David Huyhn
Class of 2016
BS Earth System Science

I am currently a Field Operations Specialist with Chino Basin Watermaster. In this role, I help collect and analyze groundwater level and quality data to help maintain and enhance the health of the Chino Basin. I was able to meet wonderful and renowned professors who were truly experts in the field of ESS. The education at UCI and ESS ultimately developed skillsets to view issues with a holistic lens and to address complex problems with integrated solutions. I apply the principles and lessons I learned from ESS on an daily basis in my professional career and graduate education at CSU Fullerton’s MS Environmental Engineering Program.

 

 

Luis Martinez
Class of 2016
BS Earth System Science
Minor Global Sustainability

Upon completion of my bachelors in ESS, I went on to earn my masters in Hydrogeology from Illinois State University. Currently, I work as a scientist for an environmental consulting firm in Long Beach, CA working on a diverse set of projects, helping protect Earth one data point at a time. The teachings and classes provided by the ESS program coupled with my research experience with Scot Parker in the Goulden Lab provided me the critical and technical skills essential to succeed in graduate school and in my professional career.

 

 

Sydney Zarate
Class of 2016
BS Earth System Science

I just graduated with a master’s in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Chicago with a focus in health delivery science. I am currently working at the University of Southern California as a Project Specialist in the Tobacco Center of Regulatory overseeing projects conducting research on the use and health effects of specific e-cigarette products across populations. For my undergraduate research at UCI, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Dr. Katherine Mackey which sparked my interest to study environmental effects on health

 

 

Dongqian Zhang
Class of 2016
BS Earth & Environmental Science

I am currently working as a science teacher at Silverado High School. The contents I am teaching include Earth Science, Chemistry of the Earth, and Conceptual Biology. All these subjects are part of the ESS main and elective contents. I appreciate ESS for providing solid background knowledge for my teaching career. I had experienced lots of field work such as guiding students to study the components of soil and analyze the quality of the ocean water at Laguna Bay while I was studying at UC Irvine. ESS enlightened and motivated me to pursue an educational service career with a concentration of secondary teaching. After graduating from UC Irvine, I pursued a master of Education at University of Southern California, and earned my teaching credentials. Everytime when I am introducing myself to my students in the new semester, I am proud of being an anteater of ESS at UC Irvine!

 

 

Danny Macias
Class of 2017
BS Earth System Science

My undergraduate experience as an ESS student and UCEAP participant allowed me to develop a wide breadth of knowledge and applicable science-based skills which I have used on a daily basis in professional settings since graduating. The general ESS curriculum, in combination with hands-on experience gathered through extra curricular activities, such as my internship with the UCI Center for Environmental Biology, prepared me to accept full-time employment as an Environmental Analyst at Lilburn Corporation immediately upon graduating. Currently, I work as an Environmental Planner at Jacobs.

 

 

Parrish Powell
Class of 2017
BS Earth System Science

ESS has helped give me experience in all aspects of science to be able to be able to work with Todd Holmes lab in the Physiology and Biophysics Department as a Senior Lab Technician for about 6 years since my freshman year at UCI starting as a lab assistant. After I graduated I worked 2 years as a quality control analyst at Veri-Tax and starting last September I am now I full time Insectary Technician for the UCI Malaria Initiative working with Anthony James in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department.

 

 

Araceli Serrano
Class of 2017
BS Earth System Science

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). My research goals are to improve water quality and supply in agricultural areas. In particular, I focus on understanding the biogeochemical processes of contaminants of concern, such as nutrients and trace metals, using a series of field and lab-scale experiments. In the Earth System Science Department at UCI, I had the opportunity to work with Katherine Mackey on my undergraduate thesis, which fostered my passion for research and gave me the experience and resources I needed to pursue graduate school.

 

 

Christopher Lee
Class of 2018
BS Earth System Science
BS Chemistry

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research focuses on remote sensing measurements of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols via optical absorption spectroscopy. In particular, I am interested in long-term trends and cycles of atmospheric halogens. My time as an undergraduate research assistant in the Saltzman / Aydin Research Group provided me with the skills and experience necessary for graduate-level research.

 

 

Erick Partida
Class of 2018
BA Environmental Science

Since graduating from UC Irvine, I've moved up north to Monterey to begin work on a master's degree in marine science at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Chemical Oceanography lab. My research interest has shifted somewhat since working on a phytoplankton focused project in Professor Mackey's lab and I have since begun working more in the field of analytical chemistry for marine science. I am currently working on the development of a Sequential Injection Analysis method for the detection of aluminum in the marine environment.

 

 

Nairi Sevajian
Class of 2018
BS Earth System Science

During my undergraduate career, I had two incredible opportunities with ESS faculty that enabled me to explore my passions within environmental science. I pursued my interests in STEM education with Dr. Elizabeth Crook as a program assistant for COSMOS UC Irvine and conducted research in the lab of Dr. Kate Mackey where I sought to uncover an influence that phytoplankton may hold on atmospheric chemistry. I am now pursuing graduate school in environmental science & policy after two years of teaching high school science. With ESS training, I am prepared to become an unstinting voice for the planet and its inhabitants.

 

 

Alice Shen
Class of 2018
BS Earth System Science

I am currently working as a data analyst for SunStreet Energy Group, a company dedicated to build solar communities and monitor the performance of solar panels. While studying at UC Irvine, I worked at professor Mike Pritchard’s lab, reading and analyzing data from Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) model. This experience helped me gain lots of knowledge in processing big data files, also received great mentorship from my lab advisor. That’s how I found the path I wanted to pursue, and enjoyed both my major when I was still an undergrad and my job now after I graduated.

 

 

Cherokee Turner
Class of 2018
BS Biological Sciences
Minor Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

After graduating from UCI, I began my journey into medicine. I am currently a medical student at Michigan State University, pursuing a career in pediatric emergency medicine. Completing a senior thesis in the Mackey lab gave me the excellent opportunity to explore different aspects of water quality, and it drove my interest in studying water quality as a social determinate of health in the medical field.

 

 

Lawrence Abbott
Class of 2019
BS Environmental Science

I graduated UC Irvine having a supportive network of peers that developed throughout my coursework and involvement with the Earth System Science department's Mackey research team. I now work as a specimen accessioner at LabCorp. I help keep track of shipments of clinical samples and do data entry to keep patient specimen info available as needed so that LabCorp can test samples and relay results effectively. Being a part of the Mackey research team by going on field expeditions, helping others with their research goals, and doing my own research for a senior thesis have contributed to my attention to details, problem-solving skills, and ability to communicate effectively throughout the clinical lab, which has made my work at LabCorp more fulfilling because I am able to bring who I am to work everyday, confidently and authentically.

 

McKenna Coffey
Class of 2019
BA in Environmental Science & Policy

After completing the UCDC Internship and graduating from the ENSP program, I began working with the Society of Environmental Journalists, where I facilitate conversations around equity, climate, and the future of environmental policy. This course of study gave me a strong interdisciplinary foundation, and UCDC provided me with opportunities to network and gain invaluable professional experience.

 

 

Noreen Garcia
Class of 2019
BS Earth System Science
BS Chemistrye

I am currently in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Ph.D. program at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The Earth System Science program allowed me to experience what it would be like if I were to pursue a path towards a research-focused career. I was able to execute my own research project within Dr. Ellen Druffel’s lab and also work alongside her to complete a grant proposal. I was also able to experience new opportunities as Dr. Druffel was my PI through CAMP’s summer programs, who support minority students in STEM at UCI. As an alumni minority student of the ESS program, I was able to thrive and discover what path I wanted to pursue.

 

 

Gianna Lum
Class of 2019
BS in Earth System Science
BA in Urban Studies

My four years as an undergraduate in the ESS department and my research experience with a supportive team in Professor Kathleen Johnson’s paleoclimate lab helped me cultivate a passion for climate science and a motivation to teach others about the intricacies of our changing world. I just completed my Master’s in Climate and Society at Columbia University, as well as a graduate research assistantship processing climate models at NASA-GISS. I’m now Executive Director of a climate communications and education nonprofit called Climatepedia, where I run an online climate science and climate justice program. My goal is to make climate education more accessible and empower people to become leaders in their communities.

 

 

Kaden Martin
Class of 2019
BS Earth System Science
BS Applied Physics

Since graduating from UCI, I have begun my Ph.D. in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Science at Oregon State University (OSU). My work at OSU focuses on reconstructing abrupt changes in past climate from Greenland ice cores. In particular, we utilize measurements of atmospheric methane and nitrogen alongside computer models to better quantify the impacts of North Atlantic freshwater discharge on Greenland climate. My experience as an undergraduate researcher in the Saltzman/Aydin Research Group provided me with laboratory experience, excellent mentorship, and the technical skills needed to succeed in my academic career.

 

 

Aaron Rojas
Class of 2019
BS Earth System Science

I’m a Tribal Air Technician for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians located in Southern California. I work in the Tribe’s Environmental Protection Department, and assigned to all air related activities. Primarily, I am the site operator for the Tribe’s Air Monitoring Station which contains meteorological and air pollution instruments (PM2.5 and 10). I manage, analyze, and interpret air monitoring data for informational purposes for the Tribe to assist in making policy decisions.

 

 

Tina Geller
Class of 2020
BS Earth System Science
BA Psychology & Social Behavior

I’m starting grad school this fall at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. I’ll be working on coastal ocean biogeochemistry and hydrodynamics in arctic regions. My research is expected to focus on better understanding nutrient transport and cycling in coastal regions, and how they impact the development of oxic and anoxic conditions in these environments.