Alumni

Kristen Podolak
Former Graduate Student | Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
Kristen works as an ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in the Sierra Nevada and Cascades. She focuses on watershed/conservation planning and monitoring the impacts of restoration projects. She uses spatially-explicit models, stakeholder-input, and cost-effectiveness in conservation planning to quantify ecosystem services and trade-offs associated with different land management and restoration Read More
Julie Beagle
Former Graduate Student | Environmental Scientist, SFEI
Julie works as an environmental scientist in the Resilient Landscapes Program at SFEI with a focus on fluvial and tidal geomorphic processes in Bay Area streams, and wetlands, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. She leads the Delta Landscapes project which has created spatially explicit landscape metrics to provide a basis Read More
Rich Walkling
Former Graduate Student | Restoration Planner, Restoration Design Group
Rich Walkling currently serves as an appointed member of the East Bay Regional Park District Park Advisory Committee, board chair of Urban Tilth in Richmond, vice president of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, and board member of Citizens for East Shore Parks. He graduated with a focus on watershed planning Read More
Ricardo da Cruz e Sousa
Former Graduate Student | Professor, Universisdad Piloto
Ricardo is a professor in the Architecture Department of the Universidad Piloto in Bogotá, Colombia. Ricardo’s research interest lie in reducing natural disasters and improving environmental quality in Latin American cities by involving communities in restoring their ecosystems. He is a landscape architect originally from Lisbon, Portugal. Ricardo started his Read More
Alex Westhoff
Former Graduate Student | Planner, Marin County Community Development Agency
Alex Westhoff, AICP, is a planner with the Marin County Community Development Agency focused on adaptation planning for communities vulnerable to sea level rise. With over thirteen years of experience in planning, monitoring and management activities for San Francisco Bay-Delta communities, his professional interests include placemaking, preservation, public participation, and Read More
Fernando Magdaleno
Former Postdoc/Visiting Scholar
Fernando coordinates the Environmental Restoration Dep. in the Spanish Centre for Studies and Experimentation of Public Works (CEDEX), and also serves as an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering College of Madrid´s Technical University. He visited Berkeley as a Fulbright post-doc scholar, focusing on the following topics: “Hydromorphology of degraded Read More
Arielle “Ari” Simmons-Steffen
Former Graduate Student | GIS Data Engineer, Tableau Software
Ari currently works as a GIS Data Engineer at Tableau Software in Seattle, WA.  Her day-to-day work builds from the GIS and visualization skills that she honed while a student in LAEP. Her interest in furthering the technology that supports sound environmental decision making was highlighted in her master’s thesis work Read More
Shannon Fiala
Former Graduate Student | Coastal Planner, California Coastal Commission
Shannon is currently a coastal planner with the California Coastal Commission, where she assists local governments in updating their land use plans and zoning codes to require coastal development to avoid, minimize and mitigate the risks from sea level rise while protecting coastal resources, including ecosystems, public recreation, and agriculture. Read More
Yinjun Zhao
Former Postdoc/Visiting Scholar | Research Analyst, China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute
Yinjun is interested in interdisciplinary research among river system, spatial modeling, GIS and RS to understand the differences of river types. Currently, he proposed a new decision classifier (DCF) to classify rivers for Chinese river management based on existing classification systems. Aimed at river function management, the DCF with the Read More
Bianca Rios Touma
Former Postdoc/Visiting Scholar | Professor, Professor in Ecuador at Universidad de las Américas
Bianca’s research has focused on the effects of natural and human disturbance on benthic communities. She studied biology in Ecuador and started her journey studying rivers with Dr. Dean Jacobsen studying macroinvertebrates from Andean streams, especially aquatic snails. She attended Universitat de Barcelona for her graduate studies, where she was Read More
Giyoung Ock
Former Postdoc/Visiting Scholar | Senior Researcher, National Institute of Ecology
Giyoung is a River Ecological Engineer with extensive experiences from Korea, Japan, Italy and United States in the area of ‘River / Dam Environment Management and Restoration’, specializing in (i) Assessment of Dam and Reservoir Impacts on River Channel Geomorphology and Ecological Functions, (ii) Process-based River Ecological Restoration through Integrated Read More
Tami Church
Former Graduate Student | Water Resources Planner, Zone 7 Water Agency
Tami works for the Zone 7 Water Agency which covers water supply, flood control, and groundwater management for eastern Alameda County. As Water Resources Planner in the Integrated Planning section she is able to apply her professional and educational experiences to on-the-ground projects at the multiple planning scales— site-, watershed-, Read More
Kelly Janes
Former Graduate Student | Environmental Resource Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kelly Janes is a water resource planner who specializes in collaborative watershed planning, including: flood risk management, coastal storm damage reduction, navigation, recreation, and river, wetland and coastal ecosystem restoration. Kelly is currently an Environmental Resource Specialist for the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working on Read More
Pedro Pinto
Former Graduate Student | Urban Planner & Post-Doc Researcher, University of Lisbon
Pedro completed his Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley. He now works as an urban planner and post-doc researcher at the University of Lisbon. He has studied the relationship between cities and rivers, including studies over the evolution of urban river fronts and issues of connectivity, Read More
Clare Waldmann
Former Graduate Student | Consultant, s.Pro-Sustainable Projects GmbH
Clare Waldmann currently works as a Consultant for s.Pro – sustainable projects GmbH, a sustainable development and project management consultancy based in Berlin, Germany. She is responsible for sharing knowledge and experiences relevant for implementation of the EU Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (2014/89/EU) with EU Member States. Additionally, she Read More
Erin Bray
Former Postdoc/Visiting Scholar | Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Barbara
Erin Bray is a postdoctoral fellow in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology currently at the University of California, Santa Barbara and recently at the University of California, Berkeley. She conducts field and theoretical studies in river systems, subsurface hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, and in their application to river and floodplain restoration Read More
Zhong He
Former Postdoc/Visiting Scholar | Associate Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zhong He is associate professor in the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He focuses on water and soil conservation measures in the Chinese Loess Plateau and their effects on runoff-sediment variation, riparian and estuary geomorphology of the Yellow River, as well as soil erosion environment Read More
Ted Grantham
Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist of Climate and Water, U.C. Berkeley
Ted is a cooperative extension specialist and adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at U.C. Berkeley. His research integrates freshwater ecology, hydrology, and water resources engineering to inform sustainable, cost-effective practices and policies for managing water in California. Core research and extension interests include Read More
Ingrid Morken
Landscape Architect, WRA
Ingrid is a landscape architect specializing in the design of habitat restoration, park and open space, and sustainable development projects at WRA, an environmental consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She brings a diverse background in landscape architecture, environmental planning and ecology to her work. Ingrid has Read More
Josh Pollack
Environmental Planner, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Josh Pollak, AICP, is currently an environmental planner at the Bay Area Air District, where he works on long-term air quality and greenhouse gas planning, environmental compliance, and environmental review guidelines for local jurisdictions. Prior to the Air District, he worked in private consulting evaluating the impact of large-scale and Read More
Daniela Pina Corvillon
John Northmore Roberts & Associates
Daniela focuses on Design and Restoration of Natural Ecological Functions at the interface of human and wild space. Daniela works at John Northmore Roberts & Associates in Berkeley, CA, where they plan, design, & manage various-scale projects that integrate human uses into natural areas, and restore natural functions on urban Read More
Zan Rubin
Senior Geomorphologist/Hydrologist, Balance Hydrologics
Zan Rubin works as Senior Geomorphologist/Hydrologist at Balance Hydrologics in Berkeley where he conducts studies of sediment transport, water quality, channel evolution, and riparian ecosystems, performs watershed assessments, and designs stream and wetland restoration projects. He received his PhD with Professor Kondolf and continues to work in the lab on Read More
Scott Walls
Owner, Walls land+water
Scott founded walls land+water shortly after completing his graduate degree at UC Berkeley. He provides a broad array of services related to watershed science, planning, and design. His specialties range from hydro/geomorphological data collection and analysis, multi-benefit restoration design, advance remote sensing and GIS, to using drones to collect high-resolution Read More
Mia van Docto
Conservation Hydrologist, Trout Unlimited
Mia works as a Conservation Hydrologist for Trout Unlimited. Her work focuses on coastal hydrology, ecological flow thresholds, conservation planning, coho salmon and steelhead trout recovery and translating findings into recovery prioritization actions and regional polices. She specializes in using a combination of field-based data, numerical modeling and geospatial tools Read More
Ari Frink
Ari has years of experience working for environmental non-profits, water and wastewater utilities. He worked on Lake Merced outreach and research with the SFPUC before moving to engaging the public and soliciting their feedback for green infrastructure and flood management with the wastewater department of the SFPUC. During his time Read More
Stephen Pye
Former Master's Student
Steve Pye recently graduated from the MLAEP program at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley’s Environmental Planning MLA program, Steve received a BA in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University, and began working for Dragonfly Stream Enhancement, a small firm specializing in salmonid habitat restoration, including large woody Read More