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.