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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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Isabella Badia-Bellinger
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Isa is a senior majoring in the Earth Systems Biosphere track. Her main focus is wildlife and marine conservation. She wants to better understand how socio-economic systems are tied to ocean health and how some coastal communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation. She has taken advantage of many of Stanford's overseas opportunities, participating in the Wrigley Field Program in Hawai'i and Stanford at SEA during her sophomore year and the BOSP Cape Town program junior year. Studying abroad has expanded her understanding of what environmental conservation means for different communities and she hopes to apply this to create equitable and sustainable solutions in the future. She spent one summer working at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and last summer at the Center for Ocean Solutions in Monterey. She is in love with the ocean and will be happy as long as there is water nearby, especially if she can swim in it, attempt to surf it, or see some cool fish!

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Michaela Elias
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Michaela is a senior in Earth Systems in the Food and Agriculture track. She proudly hails from New Jersey but has also loved living on the West Coast. She is very interested in urban farms and the role they play in the food system. She spent the summer after freshman year working with an organization which supports community gardens in New York City and this summer she will be researching the economic, environmental, and social potential of urban farms in the Bay Area and New York. She studied abroad at Oxford, doing a tutorial in creative writing, and writes for The Grind, the Daily’s lifestyle blog. She also participated in an overseas seminar in Cambodia studying arsenic poisoning in the groundwater. She is a founding member of the Stanford Riffraffs, Stanford’s first harmonica club. When she is not farming or playing the harmonica she enjoys running, tennis, skiing, baking, and exploring New Jersey.

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Joe Hack
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Joe is an Earth Systems senior in the Biosphere track. His main academic interests are conservation biology and ecosystem services. He spent the summer before his junior year studying hummingbirds in the Peruvian Amazon and spent the past summer doing his thesis on bird pest management services on organic, diversified farms around Monterey, CA. He also spent the fall of his junior year studying abroad in Oxford. When he’s not in the ES office, Joe enjoys singing with Talisman a cappella, working as an oral communications tutor at the Hume Center, birdwatching, dancing poorly, and baking challah.

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Claire Miles
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Claire is a senior in the Biosphere track of Earth Systems. A native east-coaster, she has used her time at Stanford to explore new places and learn as much as possible. Recently, she spent a quarter in Australia studying coral reef bleaching and another quarter living the city life in Paris. At Stanford she has worked for Stanford Geological Sciences as a research assistant, culminating her work as a presenter at the 35th International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. She has also been involved in various mentorship and education programs with the Phoenix Scholars, the Ernest Houston Johnson Scholars Program, and the GeoKids early education program. Outside of academics, Claire writes as a member of the Spoken Word Collective, and enjoys visual art, live music, and SCUBA diving.

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Jackie Mogensen
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Jackie is a senior in Earth Systems on the Biosphere track and a coterminal master’s student in Earth Systems, Environmental Communication. She is passionate about conservation and storytelling and plans to pursue a career in science journalism. She decided on Earth Systems after spending her sophomore fall with the Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii, a field course that introduces students to earth science and research. During her junior year at Stanford, Jackie helped promote environmental education for 4th and 5th grade girls as the Communication Coordinator for a program called Girls Learning Environment and Energy (GLEE). In the summer following her junior year, she conducted research on drought-stressed redwoods in Northern California. Outside of academics, Jackie is a counselor for the Sexual Heath Peer Resource Center (SHPRC) on campus. She loves listening to podcasts, Netflix binging, Chipotle (always with guac), and beach volleyball.

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Kate Roberts
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Kate is an Earth Systems senior in the Biosphere track. Born and raised just outside of Seattle, WA, she fell in love with nature at an early age, and has been exploring it ever since. She is passionate about ecosystems, climate change, sustainable development, and human-environmental interactions. One of her favorite quarters at Stanford was studying in Hawaii her sophomore fall. Her summers have been spent teaching kids about nature at Stanford Sierra Camp, researching carbon and arsenic cycling in Cambodia, and studying resilient landscapes in San Francisco. Around campus, she has worked as Community Manager of the Outdoors House, is currently Community Manager for La Maison Francaise, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and a member of Fossil Free Stanford.

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Nic Romano
Earth Systems Student Advisor
Y2E2, 131

Nic is a senior, currently completing his Earth Systems major in the Biosphere track. Nic is interested in all aspects of ecology, from the deepest oceans to the darkest forests. His current research focuses upon the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, in which plants exchange nutrients with fungal associates beneath the earth. In the long term, Nic hopes to do work in conservation biology and promote a greater awareness for our reliance upon natural systems. Nic enjoys writing and reading poetry, hiking, practicing yoga, and cooking for his friends. Nic manages the garden for Synergy cooperative house, providing plenty of fresh produce for the residents- and edible mushrooms, too!