Staff

Michael Bales

System Administrator

1713 Ellison Hall
System Administrator

Michael Colee

Director of Computing

6703 Ellison Hall
Directs computing services for both Geography and the Earth Research Institute.

Sarah Dahl

Personnel Analyst

1832 Ellison Hall
Manages departmental personnel administration for Student, Staff, Researcher (non-faculty), and Affiliate appointments, including hiring, payroll, timecard procedures, job description facilitation, and benefits questions.

Alex Feldwinn

Help Desk Manager
Windows Systems Administrator

1709 Ellison Hall
Helps administer department Windows servers and manages all the instructional spaces. Also manages the desktop support for the staff, faculty, and graduate students in the department.

Kathryn Ficke

Student Programs Manager
Graduate Program Advisor

1831 Ellison Hall
Responsible for student affairs management, management of graduate programs, graduate admissions, and graduate student employment.

John Huber

Contracts & Grants Manager

Working Remotely
Manages Geography contract/grant administration and supervises staff in personnel, finances, purchasing/travel, and space.

Alycia Lewis

Geography Business Officer

1841 Ellison Hall
Oversees all departmental operations: Academic Personnel, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Budget & Finance, C&G, Computing, Procurement, Reimbursements, Facilities & EH&S.

Danica Marter

Purchasing, Travel & Student Programs Assistant

1837 Ellison Hall
Oversees the following items: miscellaneous reimbursements, travel reimbursements, purchasing, textbooks, newsletters, spatial minor advising, student workshops, social media.

Katie Maynard

Acting Director for the Campus Sustainability Program

1712 Ellison Hall
Manages the Sustainability Internship Program. Serves as the Executive Director for the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) and staffs the UC Healthy Campus Network.

Patty Murray

Undergraduate Advisor

1834 Ellison Hall
Serves as Undergraduate Advisor, working with students and faculty in areas of undergraduate education.

Cat Oreglia

Academic Personnel & Space Analyst

1836 Ellison Hall
Responsible for all faculty appointments (including affiliated, adjunct, and emeriti), research merit cases, Department safety representative (DSR), and office and lab space coordinator.

Jewel Persad

TGIF Grant Manager/Campus Sustainability Manager

4128 Cheadle Hall
Manages The Green Initiative Fund, UCSB’s sustainability reporting, the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Planning, outreach and communication for UCSB Sustainability, and the planning the Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit.

Pete Peterson

Scientific Programmer

4718 Ellison Hall
Pete Peterson is the CHIRPS curator with the CHC, of which he has been involved for ten years.

Consuelo Rivera

Financial Manager

1842 Ellison Hall
Responsible for financial administration for departmental, gift, and extramural awards; monthly reconciliation and statement production; interdepartmental and intercampus recharges; transfer of funds, subcontracts and PSA payments.

Austin Sonnier

Staff Research Associate

I work to improve drought early warning forecasting tools and data sets for famine-susceptible countries.

Juliet Way-Henthorne

Writer & Editor
Outreach Coordinator

4713 Ellison Hall
Edits and coauthors Climate Hazards Center manuscripts, articles, & grant proposals; content manager of CHC's website; maintains outreach activities & social media.