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Dr. Baldwin helping a student analyze a sample

GEP faculty have active research programs within our fields of expertise. Our scholarship is evident in many different outlets including peer-reviewed publications, research reports, and participation in conferences, and citations in public media outlets.

We also embrace the teacher-scholar model, recruiting students to participate in our research as research assistants and interns. These collaborations provide an opportunity for students to explore career options, gain valuable research skills, and prepare for jobs or graduate school.

Recent Scholarly Activities by GEP Faculty

Map of Hurricane pathways in the Atlantic
Dr. Hernandez Ayala quoted (again) in Washington Post

Professor Hernandez Ayala explains why the Atlantic hurricane season may be extremely active this year. Read the article here:

Beaver sitting up in pond
Dr. Baldwin quoted in BBC story about beaver

Dr. Baldwin provides expertise on Oregon's historical policies towards beaver, and how those policies are changing. Read the story here

Asilomar Beach
Dr. Goman Organizes Climate Conference

Over 70 climate scientists and policy professionals from across the country attended and presented their research at the Pacific Climate Workshop (PACLIM2023). GEP's Professor Goman helped bring the important group together and presented her own research.

Dr. Hernandez Ayala interviewed for article in Yale Climate Connections

Prof. Hernandez Ayala provided expertise on the likelihood and impact of hurricanes on Puerto Rico. Read the article here: 

Dr. Clark and colleagues in South Africa
Professor Clark conducts biodiveristy research in South Africa

Professor Matthew Clark is working on a new research project, funded by a NASA grant, in the Cape region of South Africa. This project, called BioSoundSCapes, uses bioacoustics to assess biodiversity.

burned trees
Professor Clark receives CAL FIRE funding for Wildfire Severity Modeling Research

Professor Matthew Clark has received new funding from CAL FIRE that will seek to assess where high severity wildfires will occur in California using satellite and other spatial data, such as winds.

Dr. Hernandez Ayala
Dr. Hernandez Ayala quoted in the Washington Post

Prof. Hernandez helped make the case that climate change fueled the historic 2020 hurricane season’s rainfall. Read the full article

Michelle Goman
Dr. Goman receives NSF Research Grant

Dr. Michelle Goman received funding for a large, 5-year interdisciplinary research project in Oaxaca, Mexico. The research encompasses looking at environmental change, human impacts on the environment and linkages to past and societal collapse. Dr.

Kale Bunch
GEP's Caitlin Hachmeyer receives Farm Advocate of the Year Award

GEP's Caitlyn Hachmyer received the Advocate of the Year award from the CA Small Farms Conference for work with a team at Celebrating Women’s Leadership in Food.

Jose Javier Hernandez Ayala
Professor Hernandez Ayala's Summer Work w/ NASA & Climatology

Dr. Hernandez Ayala was a mentor for NASA’s Neurodiversity Network Internship Program, helping a high school student produce a research project that focused on examining the extreme rainfall climatology of the western United States.

Beaver in the Grass
Dr. Baldwin and the Calif. Beaver Summit

GEP Prof. Baldwin and the School of Social Sciences hosted the first California Beaver Summit. The webinar was attended by 980 registrants representing 25 States and 4 countries.

wood canoe
Dr. Fuller publishes article on an indigenous fishing community

GEP's Dr Fuller recently published an article that explores how consciousness, indigenous knowledge, and cultural practices allow Gulla Geechee fishers of South Carolina to access resources.

Dr. Kevin Fang on KQED

Dr. Fang provided expert comment on the radio program Marketplace about changing urban transportation space

Sunrise on ocean
UC-CSU Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Summit

Dr. Daniel Soto represented SSU at a summit focusing on best practices for preparing current and future teachers to educate 500,000 students per year in California on environmental and climate change problems and solutions. 

Dr. Goman and Dr. Baldwin
Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Goman Recieve SSU Awards

Congrats to Dr. Goman & Dr. Baldwin: Professor Goman received SSU's Excellence in Research Award, and Professor Baldwin received the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019!

Women in Sustainability Panel
Women in Sustainability Panel

Sonoma State hosted a Women in Sustainability Panel acknowledging and learning about women in the environmental industry. GEP faculty, Dr. Laura Watt and Dr. Sharon Fuller were on the panel sharing details about their career paths. GEP faculty, Wendy St.

Hurricane Maria
Professor Hernández Ayala's recently published paper makes an impression in global media

Professor Hernández Ayala's paper Extreme Rainfall Associated With Hurricane Maria Over Puerto Rico and Its Connections to Climate Variability and Change has recently been cited in the media.