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Faculty Partners

iWEST is focused on advancing the sustainability of our environment, as well as water, energy, and food systems, by leveraging the current body of knowledge with the innovative ideas and applied research undertaken by Sacramento State's faculty, staff, and students.

We currently have more than 90 Sacramento State faculty and staff who have courses, interests, research, and projects related to the sustainability of our water, energy, and food systems. These faculty and staff have expertise in a wide range of disciplines – from environmental and social sciences to science and engineering to humanities. By integrating the expertise of these faculty, we are viewing sustainability through a holistic lens with a goal of making a significant contribution the sustainability of our way of life.  

iWEST is proud to present some of our valuable faculty members. You may access their personal pages by clicking on the faculty names. This list is ever-growing, and we are currently working to expand our database.  

Please pardon our dust – and if you have any questions or would like any additional information regarding our faculty, please email us at: iwest@csus.edu


Ronald Coleman
Dr. Coleman is a professor in the Biological Sciences Department. His research interests include evolutionary ecology, behavior, fish and fisheries, amphibians, reptiles, and conservation. His recent work includes studies on the Costa Rican ecosystems; Chinook salmon in the Lower American River in California; and California steelhead trout populations. rcoleman@csus.edu
Kevin Cornwell
Dr. Cornwell is a professor in the Geology Department. His research interests include hydrology and sediment transport in the Sierra Nevada, and drainage, sediment transport, and denudation in the Himalayan uplift. His current research is focused on the impact that high mountain meadows hydrology has on flood flow attenuation, groundwater storage, and basin stream water chemistry. cornwell@csus.edu
Dr. Timothy Davidson
Tim Davidson
Dr. Davidson is an assistant professor in the Biological Sciences Department. His research interests include marine ecology, invasion biology, and conservation. Currently, he investigates how marine species impact habitat structure, community ecology, and coastal infrastructure (e.g., docks, seawalls). His research spans ecosystems from saltmarshes in California and Oregon to mangroves and coral reefs in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. davidson@csus.edu
Jeffery Foran
Dr. Foran is the chair of the Environmental Studies Department. He is a broadly trained environmental scientist with expertise in toxicology, risk assessment, and science policy. His research addresses the effects of persistent environmental pollutants on human health and the environment, and the development and implementation of risk-based policy and other management tools at the local, regional, national, and international levels. jeffery.foran@csus.edu
michele foss-snowden
Dr. Foss-Snowden is an associate professor in the Communication Studies Department and faculty coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program. Her scholarly interests include film and television, representations of race and ethnicity, women in education, and education technology. Her recent research includes the impact of the evolving social media platforms on effective communications. msf43@csus.edu
Julian Fulton
Dr. Julian Fulton is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department. His research interests lie in the relationships between water use and economic development, focusing on modeling and governance. His recent work has concentrated on California's water footprint, food systems, the water-energy nexus, and conservation strategies in the urban sector.  julian.fulton@csus.edu
Dr. Lynn Hanna
Lynn Hanna
Dr. Lynn Hanna is an associate professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Her research interests include lifespan nuturition, food systems, food access, student food insecurity, and maternal and infant health. Her recent research includes the impacts of food insecurity on college student performance, and she is participating in the CSU-wide task force evaluating food insecurity across the system's campuses.  lhanna@csus.edu
Tim Horner
Dr. Horner is the chair of the Geology Department. His research interests include salmon spawning habitat, hyporheic flow, groundwater/surface water interaction, groundwater and surface water sampling and instrumentation, streambed restoration, and sedimentology (Cenozoic history of the Central Valley). Dr. Horner's recent research includes the evaluation of spawning gravel in the low-flow channel of the Feather River. hornertc@csus.edu
Jonathan Kaplan
Dr. Kaplan is a professor in the Economics Department. His research interests include water resource management and policy, economic-environmental testing, and environmental regulation and enforcement. His recent research includes water trading in alternative market structures and organizations as well as testing financial and environmental governance institutions in the funding of water convergence infrastructure and alternative water market structures and organizations. kaplanj@csus.edu
Dr. Jamie Kneitel
Jamie Kneitel
Dr. Kneitel is a professor in the Biological Sciences Department. His research interests are focused on how environmental variation affects the biodiversity and functioning of communities, including food webs, the ecology of California, spatial ecology habitat restoration, endangered species, water quality, eutrophication, species invasions, and disturbance ecology. His current research is focused on seasonal environments, including vernal pools and rock pools. kneitel@csus.edu
Ramzi Mahmood
Dr. Mahmood is a professor in the Civil Engineering Department and the director of the Office of Water Programs. His research interests include California water policy; watershed planning; storm-water quality and management; and data analytics. His current research is focused on characterizing water quality, including developing and testing methods to improve water quality. mahmood@csus.edu
Tim Marbach
Dr. Marbach is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research interests include food and brewery process technology and packaging, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, and heat and fluid flow. His current research is focused on appliance energy-efficiency testing and computational analysis of sprinter aerodynamics. marbach@csus.edu
Saad Merayyan
Dr. Merayyan is a professor in the Civil Engineering Department. His research interests include hydraulics, hydrologic studies, and numerical methods. His recent efforts include evaluating the Middle Creek watershed floodplains, Central Sacramento County Basin groundwater recharge, a Modesto simulation model, and hydrologic modeling of the American River Watershed.  merayyan@csus.edu
Justin Miller Schulze
Dr. Miller-Schulze is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department. His research interests are in the development and adaptation of analytical methodology to quantify chemical tracers in environmental or biological matrices. He is currently developing methodology to quantify small-molecule organic chemicals, such as caffeine, in environmental samples as tracers for water quality issues. j.miller-schulze@csus.edu
Brook Murphy
Dr. Murphy is a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Department. His research interests include academic, regulatory, and commercial agricultural pest management and horticulture production systems. His current research is focused around the aquaponic urban agriculture method, where he is establishing detailed measurement and operational parameters for optimal system performance. brook.murphy@csus.edu
Amelia Paukert
Dr. Paukert is an assistant professor in the Geology Department. She is a hydrogeologist/geochemist who specializes in groundwater quality using field, laboratory, and computer modeling studies to evaluate changes in groundwater flow and chemistry. Her recent research includes the impacts of energy production on groundwater and climate change, particularly those from fracking and carbon dioxide storage. paukert@csus.edu
Cristina Poindexter
Dr. Poindexter is an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department. Her research interests include wetland restoration and accretion; air-water and land-atmosphere gas fluxes, and water flow measurement technology. Her recent research is focused on gas exchange in wetlands with emergent vegetation. cristina.poindexter@csus.edu
Mr. Marcus Romani
marcus romani
Mr. Romani is a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research interests include passive solar design for buildings and night sky radiative cooling. His current research is focused on HVAC analysis and design, and solar thermal systems. romanim@csus.edu
David Shimabukuro
Dr. Shimabukuro is an assistant professor in the Geology Department. His research interests include field-based tectonics and water resources. His current research is focused on understanding the evolution of ocean crust from its formation at mid-ocean ridges to its emplacement as ophiolites in orogenic belts in Italy, the Alps, and Northern California; and the interaction between oil and gas wastewater injection and groundwater resources in California. dhs@csus.edu
Lorenzo Smith
Dr. Smith is the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. His past research interests have included the experimental mechanics of sheet-metal forming. His emerging research interests include experimental mechanics of air exchange events in building envelopes. lsmith@csus.edu
Michelle Stevens
Dr. Stevens is an associate professor in the Environmental Studies Department. Her research interests include wetlands and restoration ecology, and ethnoecology. Her current research includes historic ecology; California state wetland policy; carbon sequestration in soils and riparian vegetation; restoration of mountain meadows and Busy Lake on the American River; and conservation of biocultural refugia in the Middle East and California.  stevensm@csus.edu
Kelly Thompson
Dr. Thompson is an assistant professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Her research interests are in food production and sustainability. Her current research is centered on integrating sustainability and hands-on experience into the curriculum as part of a Campus as a Living Lab initiative. kelly.thompson@csus.edu
Amy Wagner
Dr. Wagner is an assistant professor in the Geology Department. Her research interests are in isotope geochemistry, and paleo-oceanography and climatology with a focus on climate variability during the Holocene. Her field areas include Monterey Bay, California; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Dr. Wagner's current research involvess using isotopes to determine the water source in California's High Sierra meadows.  amy.wagner@csus.edu
Michael Walker
Dr. Walker is an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department. His ethnographic research interests are in water use and access, land tenure, natural resource management, rural livelihoods, and development using qualitative research design, methods, and analysis. He has conducted field work in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. His current research is focused on the access to drinking water by disadvantaged communities in California. michael.walker@csus.edu