Stanford University
2020 Peer Advisors

Your Stanford Earth Peer Advisors

Photo by Audrey Yau

Stanford Earth Peer Advisors build undergraduate community within the school, creating educational programs and social events for students. Additionally, they help advise current and prospective students about opportunities within Stanford Earth.

If you have general questions, email earthadvising@stanford.edu.

To setup a 1 on 1 appointment, email the advisors directly.

 

Hussam Algallaf

Hussam Algallaf

Energy Resources Engineering

hussamig@stanford.edu

Brian Amaro

Brian Amaro

Geophysics

bamaro@stanford.edu

Brian is a sophomore studying geophysics with minors in computer science and political science. Hailing from the rolling piedmont of Johns Creek, Georgia, he first became interested in the earth sciences through high school competitions such as Science Olympiad. His current academic interests revolve around applying data science techniques to other fields in the world around him. During his time at Stanford, he has done research with the Stanford Radio Glaciology lab as a part of the SESUR program and has been involved with Stanford’s Data and Mapping for Society organization. In his free time, he likes to play games of all sorts from Super Smash to cards to spikeball.

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Erin Cole

Earth Systems – Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate

ecole00@stanford.edu

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. 

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Briar Conger

Geophysics

abconger@stanford.edu

Briar is a senior studying geophysics with minors in archeology and biology. They grew up in northwestern Montana near Glacier National Park, and spent most of their childhood hiking, camping, reading around campfires and dreaming about space. They were originally a biology major and were slowly converted to geophysics by sophomore year as they realized their passion in environmentalism and the future of this planet. Growing up watching the glaciers around them shrink, they are now working as a radioglaciologist in the hopes of understanding how the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are being affected by climate change. They are also passionate about textiles, especially ancient textile techniques, and spend their free time weaving, spinning, sewing, and doing other textile work.

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Natalie Cross (she/her)

Earth Systems – Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate

ncross@stanford.edu

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! 

Kelly Dunn

Kelly Dunn

Geological Sciences

Meet with Kelly!

Kelly is a junior/senior double majoring in Earth Systems and Geological Sciences. Understanding that the environmental challenges we face today are, at their core, both ecological and social issues, Kelly is striving to better understand both. In her time at Stanford, she has taught environmental education curriculum at the Haas Center for Public Service, worked as a farmhand at the O’Donahue Educational Farm, and been commissioned as a scientific illustrator for E-IPER. This past summer, she spent two months backpacking in the Sierra to collect data for the JMT Wilderness Conservancy (points if you can guess what peak her picture was taken on!); prior to that, she was scuba diving in Sicily to excavate a late Byzantine shipwreck. Whether it's talking about field work, asking about courses, or just to chat, she can’t wait to meet you! 

 

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Linday Filgas

Earth Systems –Biosphere

ljfilgas@stanford.edu

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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Patrick Monreal

Earth Systems – Oceans, Climate and Atmosphere 

pmonreal@stanford.edu

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!

Sebastian Perez-Lopez

Sebastian Perez-Lopez

Geological Sciences

sebpl01@stanford.edu

Sebastian is a senior majoring in Geological Sciences. As the son of two Chilean immigrants, he quickly fell in love with all things Earth Science while exploring the Andes, the Atacama, and everything else that Chile had to offer. Since being at Stanford he has fallen in love with planetary geology,  participating in the Planetary Surface Processes group and conducting exoplanet research with scientists at NASA Ames. Outside of class he enjoys spending time with friends, cooking for his family, and chasing fun wherever it leads him. Feel free to reach out about Stanford Earth, research experiences, or exciting courses!

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Ilinca Popescu (She/Her)

Earth Systems – Land Systems

ipopescu@stanford.edu

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.

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Kavya Varkey (she/her)

Earth Systems – Human Environmental Systems

kavarkey@stanford.edu

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!

Asia Zhang

Asia Zhang

Energy Resources Engineering

asiaz@stanford.edu

Asia is a senior studying Energy Resources Engineering and Data Science from Great Neck, NY (go long island!). She is super excited about our evolving energy systems and the massive changes that it will undergo in the next decade. While at Stanford, she has become enamored with the integration of electric vehicles, batteries, and renewable energy technologies into our daily lives and would love to share her excitement! On campus, she has participated in Stanford Spokes (a cross-country biking STEM workshop), Stanford Energy Club, and Cardinal Calypso (Stanford's steel pan ensemble). In her free time, she loves baking and inhaling bread, being lactose tolerant, and exploring the Bay Area through biking and running!

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