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Earth Systems Program

Investigate the complex interaction of humans and nature.

Student Advising

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 stop by office hours for help or set up an appointment by emailing the individual student advisor you'd like to meet with. Student Advisors hold weekly office hours in the Earth Systems office during the academic year. Our doors are always open!

We look forward to seeing you during our virtual office hours held via ZOOM! 

Spring 2021 Student Advising Office Hours

ZOOM Link:

Password: 618253


Meet our Earth Systems student advisors

Caroline Beckman - Student Advisor

Caroline Beckman

BS,  Earth Systems 

Caroline is a senior in the Human Environmental Systems track of Earth Systems. Her interests include environmental education, environmental behavior change, and sustainability. At Stanford, she has fostered these interests through research, studying abroad in Australia, and interning at The Trust for Public Land. She is currently writing her honors thesis on how land trusts engage with questions of equity, justice, and access. In addition to being an Earth Systems advisor, Caroline is a Student Ambassador for the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Outside of school, she can be found hiking, spending time with her family, baking cookies, or drinking tea.

Isabella Sullivan- Student Advisor

Isabella Sullivan

BS, Earth Systems

Bella is a senior in the Oceans, Climate and Atmosphere track. She was born and raised in Alaska, living between Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Yukon River, where her family is originally from. Bella’s major interests have revolved around climate change communication and implementing indigenous advocacy in environmental issues and research. During her time at Stanford, Bella has grown her passion for the oceans through her courses, doing Stanford @ SEA and the Australia BOSP program. She has also worked at Stanford Sierra Camp in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains for two summers. She spent last summer working as a research assistant for a Māori research team from New Zealand focused on bringing indigenous voices to Antarctic policy and doing her Earth Systems Honors Thesis—a climate change impact assessment on Alaska Native communities. Outside of her classes at Stanford, you can find her drinking all the coffee in the Earth Systems office, hiking and going to the beach.

Hannah Elizabeth Tracy Young

BS, Earth Systems Program

Hannah is an Earth Systems undergraduate with a focus on Land Systems and is primarily interested in the methods used to monitor land use change. In addition to being an advisor, she is a docent at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Hannah is originally from Spearfish, South Dakota in the beautiful Black Hills where she gained a love for the environment at an early age. Her passion has continued to grow  at Stanford with engaging courses on campus, studying abroad in Australia, and working as the naturalist at Stanford Sierra Camp. Outside of classes, she can be found hiking, mountain biking, climbing, doing crosswords, or enjoying a coffee.

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Rachel Portillo- Student Advisor

Rachel Portillo

BS, Earth Systems

Rachel is a senior in the Land Systems track of Earth Systems. She is originally from Truth or Consequences, NM (look it up!), and competed in Envirothon for four years before coming to Stanford. At Stanford, she has participated in environmental education programs like GeoKids and the High School Support Initiative while playing drums in LSJUMB and serving as Cap and Gown's president. You can often find Rachel shamelessly showing people pictures of her dogs, nature journaling (thanks EARTH 83!), or singing Selena songs just about whenever. On campus, she can be found on the couches of El Centro cuddling Galletta and missing Firulais (If you know you know). She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, especially in Earth Systems, and has been a part of the Leland Scholars Program and Stanford Summer Engineering Academy as a FLI student participant and program RA. 

Jayne Stevenson - Student Advisor

Jayne Stevenson

BS, Earth Systems

Jayne is a senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is concentrating in human environmental systems and is passionate about climate law and policy. During her time at Stanford, Jayne has explored climate and energy policy through her classes and internships at the Environmental Defense Fund and the California Energy Commission. She has also been involved with Students for a Sustainable Stanford, allowing her to work with students and faculty to advance campus sustainability initiatives. Outside of her academics, you can find Jayne running, cooking vegan food, drinking coffee, or listening to podcasts.

Zack Boyd- Student Advisor

Zack Boyd

BS, Earth Systems

Zack Boyd is a rising senior in the Land Systems track, and is also enrolled in the Environmental Communication MA program. He is passionate about folk music, writing, and dogs; usually, you can find him playing guitar or hiking with his two dogs. Throughout his time at Stanford, Zack has participated in the Wrigley Field Program in Hawai’i and Stanford@SEA, both during his sophomore year, and has enjoyed classes including Science of Soils, Natural Perspectives, and Biology and Global Change (among many others). Over the last few summers, he has worked for the Natural History Institute in Prescott, AZ, the Tech Interactive in San Jose, and the Henry’s Fork Foundation in Ashton, ID.


Meet our Earth Systems staff members

They can guide you on applications, policies, and department resources.
Anahid Babekian
Anahid Babekian

Do you have questions?

For information about programs, applications, deadlines? Contact Anahid Babekian, Assistant Director of Student Services, at or (650) 725-7427. 

Melissa Vallejo
Melissa Vallejo

We can help.

Contact Melissa Vallejo, Earth Systems program administration, for information about program resources at or (650) 723-8112.

Meet all Stanford Earth undergrad advisors

Stanford Earth has advisors in Geophysics, Geological Sciences, and Energy Resources Engineering too.

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