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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 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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Meet our Earth Systems student advisors

Jacqueline Marie Vogel

BS, MS Earth Systems

Jacqui is a senior in the Oceans and Climate track of Earth Systems, focusing on climate change, marine conservation, and environmental policy. Originally from Los Angeles, Jacqui has been passionate about ocean and environmental issues from a young age. Since coming to Stanford, she has explored both the science and policy aspects of environmentalism through research, internships, and several education and advocacy groups on campus. She did the Stanford in Washington program, where she explored the intersection of climate change and protected areas through an internship at the World Wildlife Fund. She also spent a quarter at the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, CA, and worked on ocean policy with the Ocean Protection Council in Sacramento. Jacqui enjoys hiking, yoga, podcasts, vegan food, and any activities related to the ocean.

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Ricardo Ramon Sanchez Romero

MS Sustainability Science and Practice

Ricardo is a senior in the Biosphere track of Earth Systems focusing on conservation biology. At Stanford, he has pursued practicum classes such as Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge, Science of Soils, and Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture. His junior year, he went to Australia to explore the coral reef and coastal ecosystems. In the summers, Ricardo worked in conservation for NPS for Yosemite, at a CleanTech start up, and in a team project funded by the Stanford dSchool.  

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Hannah Elizabeth Tracy Young

Student Employee, 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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Sarah Avery Claire Taylor

MS Earth Systems

Sarah is an undergraduate in the B.S. program in Earth Systems with a focus in human environmental systems. Specifically, her interests include climate change modeling, environmental policy and law, and sustainability. She is a student advisor for the Stanford Earth Systems program and in charge of maintaining alumni relations.


During her time at Stanford, Sarah has found a passion in educating her peers in sustainable food practices. Sarah is also a two-time kitchen manager on the Stanford row, and this year is entrusted with student staff training for all kitchen managers. Within her role as a kitchen manager she strives to optimize the intersection of student health, nutrition, and sustainability.


On the weekends you can find Sarah hiking nearby at Hidden Villa, brewing craft kombucha, and tending to her 15 chickens. She is from Dallas, Texas and a graduate of The Hockaday School.

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Leif Alesaundro Gonzales-Kramer

MS Earth Systems

Leif is currently a Stanford Earth Systems Coterminal Master's student and has a strong interest in the global food system and climate change solutions. With a focus on design thinking, he is interested in creating, sustaining, and scaling social enterprises with environmentally and socially based missions.

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Lilla Agnes Petruska

MS Earth Systems

Lilla is a senior from Santa Barbara, California. She is in the Human Environmental Systems track and will be completing the M.S. in Earth Systems next year with a focus in Urban Ecology. Post-Stanford, she plans to pursue landscape architecture and urban planning. Talk to her about environmental design, public space activation, and regenerative landscapes. Outside the Earth Systems office, you can find her running the dish, creating playlists for friends, practicing graphic design, or reading non-fiction.

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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 Sarkissian, assistant director of students 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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