Institute Names Environmental Fellows

Three researchers, kneeling beside a stream running through a rocky outcropping in a forest, collccting stream water samples,
Jasquelin Pena, left, UC Davis associate professor and newly named Environmental Faculty Fellow, with Kyounglim Kang, center, UC Davis postdoctoral researcher, and Vince Pacific, hydrologist, Eldorado National Forest, collecting stream water samples in the forest, for research on the impacts of wildfire to mountain watersheds. (Marilyn Sargent/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

The UC Davis Institute of the Environment has named four Environmental Faculty Fellows for 2023: Michele Barbato and Jasquelin Pena of the College of Engineering, and Jamie Hansen-Lewis and Emily Schlickman of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


The fellowship program, for early and mid-career faculty members, provides $10,000 in unrestricted funding to each fellow to advance their research and/or to use for professional development.

Fellows are encouraged to build teams with graduate Earth Scholars and/or undergraduate Sustainability Scholars to provide immersive, hands-on experiences in cutting-edge sustainability and environmental justice issues while developing leadership, team-building and communication skills. 

Institute of the Environment faculty fellows Michele Barbato, Jamie Hansen-Lewis, Jasquelin Pena and Emily Schlickman, headshots, UC Davis faculty
From left: Michele Barbato, Jamie Hansen-Lewis, Jasquelin Pena and Emily Schlickman.


Here are the new Environmental Faculty Fellows and their fellowship projects:

  • Michele Barbato, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering — The House of the Future: Affordable and Sustainable Technologies for Wildfire-Resilient Housing. Institute pillars: Building Resilience and Sequestering Carbon.
  • Jamie Hansen-Lewis, assistant professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Fighting Fire With Fire: Does Clean Air Policy Abate Prescribed Fires? Institute pillar: Building Resilience.
  • Jasquelin Pena, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering — A Community-Engaged, Rapid-Response Study on the Impacts of the Caldor Fire on Water and Soil Resources in the Cosumnes River Watershed. Institute pillars: Managing Water and Building Resilience.
  • Emily Schlickman, assistant professor, Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design, Department of Human Ecology — Two projects on the theme of Communicating Climate Change: Design by Fire and the California Climate Art Trail. Institute pillars: Building Resilience and Taking Action. 

Read more about their projects here.

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