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Student Advisors

Active and engaged advising is a hallmark of the Earth Systems Program. We offer a tiered advising network that starts with an annual cohort of student advisors and includes committed staff & faculty. We pride ourselves on offering advising and guidance on a "one human being at a time" basis. Please feel free to set up an appointment or just stop by for help. Student Advisors hold weekly office hours in the Earth Systems office during the academic year. Our doors are always open!

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Natasha Batista
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Natasha is a senior majoring in the Earth Systems Ocean and Climate track. She loves to be in and around water, and is interested in marine ecosystems, conservation, and oceanography. Coming from Palo Alto, she has taken advantage of as many abroad opportunities as she can. She has spent a few quarters soaking up the salt water at the Hopkins Marine Station, lived the city life in Berlin, sailed the high seas with Stanford at SEA, and explored coral reef ecosystems and conservation in Palau. Natasha has spent the past few summers in the field scientific diving, studying kelp forest ecology and fish behavior in Monterey, and hydrodynamics around corals and seagrass beds in Palau. On campus, Natasha is both a Hopkins Marine Station and SEA representative, is currently the Kitchen Manager in Synergy, and is the co-president of the newest sea-lovers club, Stanford Ocean Society. In her spare time, she can be found swimming, hiking, cooking, and practicing on her new ukulele.

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Michael Burnett
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Mike is a senior from San Diego completing the Land Systems track of Earth Systems. His interests include land management, ecology, remote sensing, and climate science. His research experiences at Stanford have taken him to exotic locations such as the ancient fields of Hawai'i, the isolated sands of Palmyra Atoll, the vast expanse of the South Pacific, and the cold basement of Y2E2. As a junior, Mike participated in the Wrigley Field Program in Hawai'i, interned at the Bureau of Land Management through Stanford in Washington, and sailed aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans on Stanford@SEA 2017. He enjoys backpacking, playing the piano, leading riveting tours through Jasper Ridge, and working with student theater groups like the Stanford Shakespeare Company.

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Riya Mehta
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Riya is an Earth Systems senior in the Human Environmental Systems track. She is passionate about global food security, and she plans to pursue a career in sustainable development. She has spent her summers working at the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy, and at the Landesa Rural Development Institute in Seattle, Washington. One of her favorite quarters at Stanford was spent studying the biology, ecology, and anthropology of the Hawaiian Islands in the Wrigley Field Program. On campus, she serves on the Stanford Earth Undergraduate Council, and she has been a member of Stanford in Government since her freshman year. These days, she’s also writing a senior thesis on smallholder irrigation as a strategy for sustainable development in Benin, West Africa. Outside of academics, Riya enjoys volunteering at the Stanford Farm and practicing and teaching yoga.

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Alexandra Nguyen-Phuc
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Alex is a senior majoring in Earth Systems in the Sustainable Food and Agriculture track and minoring in Spanish. She is interested in how communication and education can help build stronger, more inclusive food systems. She recently studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and spent last summer working in the urban agriculture sector of the Environmental Protection Agency of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Around campus, Alex has researched social dynamics in immersive environmental education through the GSE and cooked elaborate multi-course dinners with a student-run pop-up restaurant on campus. In her free time, she is an officer in Delta Delta Delta sorority, loves rock-climbing and using her friends as taste-testers in new cooking adventures.

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Carolyn Rice
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Carolyn is a senior in the Biosphere track of Earth Systems. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which rooted in her a love for the environment and for snow. She is passionate about wildlife conservation and environmental justice and is interested in how products of human activity, such as noise pollution and fertilizer runoff, affect ecosystems. She learned hands-on marine biology at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey and through Stanford’s study abroad program in Australia, and she spent another quarter abroad studying the humanities in Paris. During her freshman summer, she researched the community ecology of microbes found in floral nectar, which introduced her to both field and lab work. She took a break from research sophomore summer to spend time at home with her parents and Labrador in Portland, OR, and worked at a restaurant on the weekends. To gain more experience in field ecology, she spent her junior summer quantifying plant-pollinator interactions in natural and agricultural areas surrounding Monterey Bay. In addition to playing with dogs and cooking, she loves doing crosswords, playing the flute, and hiking.

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Diego Sancho
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Diego is a senior majoring in Earth Systems in the Oceans and Climate track. He was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, and spent most of his time before college exploring the natural beauty in and out of the Costa Rican oceans and jungles. At Stanford he has explored the myriad opportunities for learning in the field and his academic interests lie in the complex ocean processes that drive seawater chemistry, marine biology and weather phenomena. He has spent his last summers doing different kinds of ocean research with Stanford-affiliated faculty, and most recently at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California. Diego also enjoys spending time surfing at home and at different breaks up and down the California coast, skateboarding the parks near campus, and playing soccer for the Stanford Mens Club Soccer team.