Stanford University
2020 Peer Advisors

Your Stanford Earth Peer Advisors

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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.

Questions? Email earthadvising@stanford.edu.

Normal weekly peer advisor office hours are on hiatus until Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

In-Jae (John) Cho
 

In-Jae (John) Cho

Energy Resources Engineering

John is a 5th year majoring in Energy Resource Engineering (Renewable & Clean Energy Track). He is an immigrant from South Korea and was exposed to the idea of clean energy late into his college career. Previously, he showed passion towards medicine and computer science but found joy in expending his horizon towards the field of energy. He has numerous experiences in coding programs for projects in radiology as well as laboratory experience in the field of ophthalmology. With his newly found interest in energy, he hopes to bring his past experience to the table with a fresh perspective. In his free time, John likes to enjoy music with his background in percussion as well as just taking a nap outside in the sun. He is always looking forward to meeting new people and being exposed to many different cultures and backgrounds.

Laura Davey
 

Laura Davey

Geophysics

Laura is a junior studying geophysics. Her dream career would be helping to predict, prepare for or respond to natural disasters. While she lives in Texas now she has lived in many different places while she was growing up, including the Pacific Northwest and Greece, both of which are at high risk for natural disasters, and she hopes as a scientist to be able to help communities prepare for these hazards. She is also visually impaired, and thus understands that being prepared for the unexpected is extremely important. Over the summer she worked at the Southern California Earthquake Center working with physics-based earthquake simulators and making forecasts for possible earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault. In her spare time, if her nose isn’t buried in a book, she tries to get outside as much as possible, especially to go to as many geologically interesting places as she can. She is training to be a backpacking guide and lead incoming freshmen on an orientation backpacking trip (SPOT). She also plays the bagpipes, and is learning Chinese.

Kelly Dunn
 

Kelly Dunn

Geological Sciences

Kelly is a sophomore double majoring in Earth Systems and Geological Sciences. Raised in Santa Monica, she spent the majority of her days sunrise hiking, swimming in the ocean, and devising new and delicious vegan recipes (amidst, yknow, school). Realizing how the environmental issues seen today are, at their core, both ecological and social issues, Kelly is striving to better understand both—hence, her studies as both an Earth Systems and GS major. Outside of her work here, she also is a lifeguard, underwater archaeologist, volunteer STEM teacher, and staff at the O’Donahue Educational Farm!

 

Leif Alesaundro Gonzales-Kramer
 

Leif Alesaundro Gonzales-Kramer

Earth Systems – Sustainable Food and Agriculture

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.

Maxwell Meyer
 

Maxwell Meyer

Geophysics

Maxwell is a sophomore from Iowa City, Iowa, studying Geophysics. Growing up in the middle of the world's finest farmland, Max fell in love with cooking and it is his favorite thing, bar none. He came to Stanford not really knowing what he wanted to study but with a few lucky coincidences found his way into Stanford EARTH and Geophysics! He hopes you will too. He also loves foreign languages and history. Outside of school, Max has worked at a kids' summer camp for 3 years and loves working with kids and acting like one! He also loves to travel, ski, watercolor, and everything in between!

Sebastian Perez-Lopez
 

Sebastian Perez-Lopez

Geological Sciences

Sebastian is a sophomore majoring in Geological Sciences. He was born in New York City and later moved to the suburbs of Philly. Growing up as the child of two Chilean life-scientists, he was always surrounded by dinner table conversations regarding the newest developments of organisms and life-functions, which caused him to question what was happening with the Earth and the natural world — with the things that weren't necessarily "alive". Quickly he fell in love with all things Earth Science, and has been fortunate enough to take part in various opportunities ranging from researching the environmental impacts of fracking, to theorizing a Lunar utility site, and conducting field work with Elizabeth Miller (Stanford Professor!) to map sections of nearby geological formations. Outside of school he enjoys spending time with friends, cooking for his family, and chasing fun wherever it leads him.

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Lilla Agnes Petruska

Earth Systems – Human Environmental 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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Ricardo Ramon Sanchez Romero

Sustainability Science and Practice
Earth Systems – Biosphere

Ricardo is a senior in the Biosphere track of Earth Systems focusing on Conservation Biology. Throughout his experience at Stanford, Ricardo loved to pursue the practicum classes offered such as Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge, Science of Soils, and Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture. His junior year, Ricardo went to Australia and explored the Coral Reef and Coastal Forest Ecosystems. For the past summers, Ricardo worked in conservation research, NPS for Yosemite, CleanTech start up, and a team project funded by the D.School. This June 2020, Ricardo will be finishing his Undergrad and Master’s degree in Sustainability.

Andea Scott
 

Andea Scott

Energy Resources Engineering

Andea is a senior majoring in Energy Resources Engineering (Renewable & Clean Energy Track). She grew up on a farm in rural Oregon and always loved spending time in nature. This gave her a passion for all things related to sustainability. As she learned more about sustainability and earth’s resources she became particularly interested in the energy crisis and the movement towards renewable energy. This interest is what led her to study ERE at Stanford. During the summer between her sophomore and junior year, she also spent time researching carbon and nutrient cycling at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. Her summer research experience gave her the opportunity to delve more into the earth sciences, and she spent a lot of time learning about plants and their processes. Outside of Stanford she enjoys spending her time traveling and meeting new people. She is also a self-described foodie and vegetarian. She loves to experiment with new flavors and redefine what people envision when they think of vegetarian food. As a result, she is often found in the kitchen cooking a meal with friends during her study breaks.

Juan Pablo Spaventa
 

Juan Pablo (JP) Spaventa

Geophysics

JP, also known as Juan Pablo, is a Junior double majoring in Geophysics and an Individually Designed Engineering Major. He grew up in North Carolina, yet his family comes from Cordoba, Argentina. Having taken a gap year before starting his undergraduate degree, he loves traveling and exploring new cultures and environments. A love of the outdoors and a passion for protecting the environment combined with his enthusiasm for physics and engineering motivate his academic pursuits. Currently preparing for a 35-week expedition to investigate the communities surrounding sustainable coral reefs using emerging tech like VR and drones, JP loves designing his own projects outside of class in conjunction with faculty and is a great resource for learning about how to create your own project and taking advantage of the many grants, world-class faculty, and other resources on campus available to support all types of projects. Academically, JP's biggest interests involve oceanography, planetary science, and the applications of new technologies towards environmental research. He also enjoys introducing others to his favorite activities such as rock climbing, surfing, and bike touring. He loves meeting new people, so don't hesitate to reach out whether you want help designing your own project or want to learn how to surf!

Sarah Avery Claire Taylor
 

Sarah Avery Claire Taylor

Earth Systems – Human Environmental 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.

Jacqui Vogel
 

Jacqueline Marie Vogel

Earth Systems – Oceans, Atmosphere, & Climate

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. In her junior year, she spent time in Washington D.C. through the Stanford in Washington program, where she was able to explore 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, where her enthusiasm for all things ocean was allowed to thrive. This past summer, Jacqui worked on ocean policy with the California Ocean Protection Council in Sacramento, and hopes to continue her studies of climate change and marine conservation in her senior year. Outside of her academic interests, Jacqui enjoys hiking, yoga, listening to podcasts, vegan food, and any activities that involve the ocean.

Hannah Young
 

Hannah Elizabeth Tracy Young

Earth Systems – Land Systems

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

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