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Sustainability Research and Training Program Directory (in progress)

This directory exists to promote cross-disciplinary and international collaborations around sustainability research. It contains the contact information of graduate students, faculty members, and staff researching sustainability at UC Davis. If you would like to be added to the directory, please e mail BCBCB@ucdavis.edu and request a contact form.

Alexandra Navrotsky, PhD

  • Edward Roessler Chair in Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Professor of Ceramic, Earth and Environmental Materials Chemistry
  • Director, NEAT ORU (Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology Organized Research Unit)
  • Research interests: Renewable Energy, Thermodynamics of new materials for energy applications

Andrew Hargadon, PhD

  • Professor and Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • Director, Child Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Founding Director, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center
  • Graduate School of Management
  • Research interests: Sustainable Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Agriculture

Ayako Yasuda, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management
  • Research interest: Impact investments (social and environmental)

Bassam A. Younis, PhD, DIC

  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research interests: Integrated water treatment and solar energy systems, efficient reactors for disinfection of water runoff

Cynthia Pickett, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Research interest: Social sustainability

Daniel Sperling, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineerings
  • Professor, Department of Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Director, Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Research interests: Transportation, energy, climate policy

David Kyle, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Research interests: Social sustainability, social enterprises, and global health

Davin Rosenberg, PhD Student

  • Department of Music – Ethnomusicology
  • Research interest: Socio-musical sustainability

Edward Spang

  • Associate Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE)
  • Research interests: Water-energy-food nexus, industrial ecology, urban metabolism, lifecycle analysis, water conservation, energy efficiency

Frank E. Osterloh, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Research interests: Renewable energy, solar energy conversion, inorganic nanoscience, electrochemistry, photocatalysis

Frances E. Dolan, PhD

  • Distinguished Professor, Department of English
  • Research interest: Sustainable Food

Harold Leverenz, PE, PhD

  • Assistant Project Engineer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research interests: Nutrient recovery from waste streams, water recycling, water reuse, natural water treatment systems, energy recovery from waste

Henry Spiller, PhD

  • Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Music
  • Performance Studies Graduate Group
  • Research interests: Social sustainability – ecomusicology

Jocelyn Sharlet, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
  • Research interest: Social Sustainability

Juan Camilo Cajigas-Rotundo, PhD student

  • Cultural Studies Graduate Group
  • Research interests: Ethical practices in the Anthropocene; Social Sustainability; Environmental Subjects; Environmental Humanities; Environmental Philosophy; Political Ecology

Kirill Kovnir, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Research interest: Renewable energy

May Ee Wong, PhD Candidate

  • Cultural Studies Graduate Group
  • Research interests: Sustainability in Global Cities, Urban Sustainable Design, Aesthetics and Culture

Michael Ziser, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Research interests: Environmental humanities, with a special focus on sustainability topics in agriculture, energy, and climate change

Paul A. Griffin, PhD

  • Graduate School of Management
  • Research interests: Corporate sustainability - disclosure and valuation

Sophie Sapp Moore, PhD Candidate

  • Cultural Studies Graduate Group
  • Research interests: Social Sustainability, Rural Development, Food Sovereignty

Simon Sadler, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Design
  • Art History Graduate Program
  • Environmental Humanities Cluster
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Sustainabilities Multicampus Research Group
  • Research interests: History and theory of ecological and sustainable design

Stephen M. Wheeler, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design Program
  • Research interests: Sustainable urban development; sustainable environmental design; climate change planning

Thomas Tomich, PhD

  • Professor of Community Development, Department of Environmental Science & Policy
  • W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
  • Founding Director, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI)
  • Director, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)
  • Host, Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS)
  • Co-Editor, Annual Review of Environment and Resources
  • Member, CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council
  • Research interests: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Sustainability Science, Integrated Assessment

Vai Ramanathan, PhD

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics
  • Research interest: Sustainable languages and identities in the era of globalization (when minority languages and identities are being threatened)
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