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Rebecca Hernandez

Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Rebecca Hernandez’s research exam­ines processes where human and nat­ural sys­tems inter­act and those that elu­cidate the func­tion­ing of the Earth sys­tem. She sup­ports her analy­ses with three approaches: (1) com­pu­ta­tional program­ming and mod­el­ing, (2) exper­i­men­tal field and lab­o­ra­tory meth­ods, and (3) advanced geo­graphic tech­nolo­gies. Her research quan­ti­fies and informs energy and envi­ron­men­tal sys­tems, with par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on renew­able energy devel­op­ment, soil micro­bial ecol­ogy, and biogeochemistry.

Rebecca received a Ph.D. in Envi­ron­men­tal Earth Sys­tem Sci­ence from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity after study­ing at Cal­i­for­nia State University, Fullerton and Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les. She has been awarded the EPA STAR Fel­low­ship, DARE Doc­toral Fel­low­ship, the Ford Foun­da­tion Fel­low­ship as well as the William W. Orcutt Memo­r­ial Fel­low­ship. She has been pub­lished in jour­nals such as Bio­di­ver­sity and Con­ser­va­tion, Bio­Science, Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, New Phy­tol­o­gist, Plant Ecol­ogy, Renew­able and Sus­tain­able Energy Reviews, and Soil Biol­ogy and Biochemistry.

At the Energy and Resources Group, Rebecca works with core ERG fac­ulty, Pro­fes­sors Dan Kam­men and Mar­garet Torn. She spends part of her time in the Cli­mate and Car­bon Sci­ences Pro­gram at the Lawrence Berke­ley National Laboratory.


  • –present
    Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley