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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!

SPRING 2022 Office Hours




Meet our Earth Systems Student Advisors

Ilina Popescu Student Advisor

Ilinca Popescu (She/Her)

B.S. Earth Systems- Land Systems

Ilinca is a senior studying Land Systems in the Earth Systems Program. Her interests include freshwater systems, water management policy, and strategies supporting land and water sovereignty. While at Stanford, she has researched riparian zones using hydrogeologic, economic, and socio-political frameworks at the Henry’s Fork Foundation and the Kansas Geological Survey. Currently, she is working on her honors thesis that focuses on modeling intermittent streams and future implications of current water use. In addition to being an Earth Systems advisor, Ilinca loves spending time at the O’Donohue Educational Farm, cooking with her housemates in Columbae, and DJ’ing after hours at the local radio station.

Patrick Monreal Student Advisor

Patrick Monreal

B.S. Earth Systems- Oceans, Climate and Atmosphere

Patrick is a senior in the Oceans, Climate and Atmosphere track and chemistry minor from a small town outside Fresno, CA. He is interested in chemical oceanography and marine biogeochemical cycling and has a lot of undergraduate research experience in that field. He has worked on mercury uptake in terrestrial soils, nitrous oxide cycling in oxygen-deficient zones, and, most recently, iron stabilization at hydrothermal vents. Patrick is currently interning with NOAA and spending fall quarter on a research cruise in the South Pacific. In addition to being an Earth Systems advisor, he is also a DJ at KZSU, satire writer at the Daily, and docent at Jasper Ridge. In line with that, he loves music, thinks he is funnier than he actually is, and enjoys hiking.

Patrick will be away on his cruise for fall quarter but can be reached via email. He is excited to see all of you in the Earth Systems office in the winter, though!

Lindsay Filgas

BS, Earth Systems Program- Biosphere

Lindsay is a senior in the Biosphere track and an M.A. candidate in Environmental Communication. Her interests include agroecology, soil science, natural history, and environmental art and journalism. She grew up on the Southern California coast in Newbury Park and has always had a love for California. At Stanford she has fostered her interests through her classes, leading Stanford Roots, and interning at an urban farm. In addition to being an Earth System Advisor, Lindsay works as a Communication Assistant for the Woods Institute for the Environment. Outside of school, you can find her hiking, nature journaling, or roller skating.

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Kavya Varkey

Kavya Varkey (she/her)

B.S. Earth Systems-  Human Environmental Systems

Kavya is a junior studying Human Environmental Systems in the Earth Systems Program from Seattle, Washington. She is interested in the intersection of environmental and racial justice issues, climate resilient communities, environmental policy, agricultural management, and environmental education. She's taken the past few quarters off to work on environmental justice research at NOAA as well as work on sustainability for a company in St. Louis. Currently, she's a research assistant for a study on solar development at the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Outside work and classes, you'll find her faking vegetarianism at Wilbur dining, tutoring at HSSI, and hopefully exploring the Bay Area!

Erin Cole Student Advisor

Erin Cole

BS, Earth Systems- Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate

Erin is a senior in the Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate track and education minor. She is interested in environmental education and communication and the role those fields play in environmental stewardship. During her time at Stanford, she has pursued her love for the ocean through classes and doing marine ecology research through Hopkins Marine Station, along with spending a summer working at a marine science education camp. In addition to being a student advisor, Erin leads trips with the Stanford outdoor center (including SPOT!) and has worked with education service programs including Science in Service and Preschool Counts. She also loves exploring tidepools, making crafts, and going for walks around campus. 

Natalie Cross- Student Advisor

Natalie Cross (she/her)

BS, Earth Systems- Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate

Natalie is a senior on the Oceans, Atmosphere and Climate track of Earth Systems from Ames, Iowa. She is really passionate about marine conservation and specifically really interested in the behavior patterns and adaptations of marine mammals. She spent this past spring sailing aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a part of the SEA Semester program and is planning to conduct research on blue whales in Monterey Bay for her honors thesis this year. In addition to her slight obsession with marine mammals, Natalie is also really passionate about environmental justice and environmental communication specifically when it comes to making natural areas and information accessible for people of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Outside of being an Earth Systems advisor, Natalie also works as a farm hand at the O’Donohue Educational Farm and spent this summer interning with Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions. She is beyond excited to come back to campus and go on beach trips to Half Moon Bay, feast on the food trucks outside of Y2E2 and take lots of naps in her hammock! 

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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