Matthew Clark, Professor of Geography and Global Studies, Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Analysis (CIGA), SSU

Contact: (707) 664-2558:; websites: CIGA; Clark

Area of Water Expertise: Remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), biogeography

Water-Related Courses Taught: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 387), Advanced GIS (GEOG 487), Remote Sensing and Image Processing (GEOG 380), Environmental GIS (GEOG 483)

Water-Related Research: I am interested in the conservation of earth's biological diversity in a time of increasing economic activity and global climate change. I apply GIS to applications in terrestrial ecology, conservation science, and land-use change. My recent research focuses on regional- to continental-scale mapping and analysis of land change in Latin America and the Caribbean. For this project, I developed a mapping methodology that estimates land change at municipality scales over the last decade. We use these land-cover maps to investigate the underlying drivers of change, such as economic globalization, human migration and interactions with climate and landform. My other research interest involves using hyperspectral and lidar (laser scanning) sensors to map properties of natural vegetation, such as species composition and biomass, over broad spatial scales.

Water-Related Community Connections: CIGA undertakes a variety of projects, generally on a contract basis, with local agencies and organizations.

Farid Farahmand, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science, SSU

Contact: (707) 664-3491;; website

Area of Water Expertise: sensor development, data networking, remote water and power monitoring

Water-Related Courses Taught Engineering Science Senior Design Project (ES 491 and ES 492)

Water-Related Research: In my lab, Advanced Internet Technology for the Interest of Society, we develop remote-monitoring technology solutions for environmental and health care problems. My research includes study and implementation of vehicular delay tolerant networks (VDTN) and their applications in areas where no communications infrastructure exists. In particular, we focus on utilizing VDTN technology to interconnect diverse sensor platforms to monitor water related needs such as water quality, and meteorology, in remote areas. 

 Water-Related Community Connections: I work with the Center for Environmental Inquiry and SSU Faculty to create specialized sensors (solar power, hydrology, meterology, plant physiology) and environmental sensors networks needed to automate data collection and distribution. I have also worked with UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory to develop a mobile climate pod for tracking local climatic conditions.

ben fordBen Ford, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, SSU

Contact: Phone: (707) 664-2472;; website 

Area of Water Expertise: mathematical and statistical applications to water-related issues

Water-Related Courses Taught: Mathematical Modeling (MATH 470); Mathematics Colloquium (MATH 175/375) Mathematics Colloquium

Water-Related Research: I am interested in applications of Mathematics in a diversity of fields, and have given expository talks on the Mathematics of protein folding, traffic jams, and language.

Water-Related Community Connections: Many of my community activities have direct or indirect connections to water issues. These include my activities as a member steering group for the Sonoma County Time Bank; Treasurer for the Northern California Earth Institute; member Cotati Planning Commission. In the past, I have also served as Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, member and president of the Board of Pathways Charter School, and member of the steering group for Transition Cotati and the City of Cotati’s Design Review Committee.

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Heidi LaMoreaux, Associate Professor, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, SSU

Contact: (707) 664-3184,; website

Area of Water Expertise: Science teacher education

Water-Related Courses Taught: Exploring the Unknown (LIBS 201); Challenge and Response in the Modern World (LIBS 202); Individual and the Material World (LIBS 320B) which includes topics on Terrain; Science Certification in Projects WET, WILD and Learning Tree; Caves; Gaia; Lakes and Inland Seas; and Connecting with the Natural Community.
Water-Related Research: In the past, I have done research on peat bogs and caves in the Southeastern United States, that included pollen counting, charcoal analysis and sediment diagramming. I am particularly interested in the intersections of art, science, creative writing, and mapping.

Water-Related Community Connections: I teach Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) for science teacher education in LIBS 320B “Science Certification in Projects WET, WILD and Learning Tree” and am a founding member of the Sonoma County Environmental Discovery Center.

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Martha Shott, Assistant Professor, Department of Math and Statistics, SSU

Contact: (707) 664-2909;

Area of Expertise: Applied Mathematics

Water-Related Courses Taught: MATH 470 Mathematical and Statistical Modeling; SCI 120 A Watershed Year First Year Experience

Water-Related Community Connections: I work with staff and data from the Center for Environmental Inquiry to engage my students in predicting extreme rainfall events in the Copeland Creek watershed

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Bulent Sokmen, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, SSU

Contact: (707) 664-2789;; website

Area of Water Expertise: exercise physiology

Water-Related Courses Taught: Physiology of Exercise (KIN 360)

Water-Related Research:  I developed KIN 360 to explore the value of wershed restoration for enhancing physiological processes.

Water-Related Community Connections: As part of KIN 360, I am working with the City of Rohnert Park, Center for Environmental Inquiry, and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

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Daniel Soto, Assitant Professor, Environmental Studies and Planning

Contact: (707) 664-4202;; website

Area of Water Expertise: energy efficiency and generation

Water-Related Courses Taught: Energy, Technology, and Society (ENSP 330)

Water-Related Research: My teaching interests are in energy efficiency and energy generation. The potential for energy efficient technologies and approaches to improve human wellbeing motivates my research. I enjoy teaching both large-scale issues involving energy and analysis of small-scale energy systems. My interests are applicable to local watershed initiatives that use remote sensor deployment to gather and transmit data.

Water-Related Community Connections: I am currently working on Center for Environmental Inqury's' Osborn sensor network to supply data from the headwaters of Copeland Creek to downstream areas in need of information on flooding conditions.

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Lynn Stauffer, Dean, School of Science & Technology. SSU

Contact: (707) 664-2171;; website

Area of Water Expertise: education; engaging students in water-related service learning projects

Water-Related Responsibilities:  I am Lead PI on the NSF-funded Science 120/121 course. Starting in Fall 2012, SSU began its pioneer STEM-oriented freshman year experience: Science 120 "Sustainability in My World". This twelve-credit, year-long course (Science 121 in the Spring) for first-time freshmen immerses students in real world issues of water-related issues and management challenges through hands-on work. These include outdoor field experiences in the Copeland Creek Watershed on campus, at the Center for Environmental Inquiry preserves, and at sites with community partner projects. By design, it is an integrated course for students exploring their interest in the environment and considering a science major . Through real-world problem solving done in collaboration with faculty, peer mentors, and community partners, students will learn biological principles, mathematical reasoning, and critical thinking skills. These skills will be directly utilized to help understand and address global issues in the context of our local environment and Sonoma County's watersheds.

Water-Related Community Connections: We are engaging our students in water-related community partner projects. Community partners include the Sonoma County Water Agency, Sotoyome, Goldridge and Southern Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts, and the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation.