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1932782_10155307726690217_6362185852079584301_oChris Heckman
PhD Student

The Sierra snowpack, California’s largest reservoir of surface water, plays an integral role in the partitioning of water between stream flow and evaporation. My current research is in determining how climate change will shift the primary drivers of this partitioning, and in turn, what this could mean for predicting future vegetation health and water supplies in California.

My life outside of the lab revolves around playing in the outdoors! Things that put a smile on my face are carrying a backpack while wandering through the woods, climbing rocks, playing in thermals on my paraglider, and photographing the endless beautiful ways that light paints landscapes.

Office: Bren Hall, Laboratory 1001
Email: checkman@bren.ucsb.edu


 

BrandtTyTy Brandt
PhD Student

I am broadly interested in the remote sensing of snow, and am currently studying the use of snow remote sensing as a way of improving our understanding of precipitation patterns in mountain environments.

The hope is that through an improved understanding of the water inputs into a basin, we might be able to better model and therefore forecast water availability for both human and ecosystem uses.

The research will directly benefit water resource management in regions of the world that rely on snowmelt for water supply. I am an energetic individual who is interested in multidisciplinary problem-solving. I enjoy the outdoors in all seasons and love to run, hike, bike, ski, telemark, kite surf, and stand up paddle.

Office: Bren Hall, Laboratory 1001
Email: wbrandt@bren.ucsb.edu


 

Screen shot 2015-10-23 at 3.41.41 PMXaioli Chen
PhD Student

My research interest is in the subsurface flow-generating mechanism in Semi-arid areas during storm events. I’m using RHESSys to test the ‘Fill & Spill’ conceptual model in Rattlesnake Creek Watershed.

I got my B.S in Mechanical Engineering at Peking University. I like math and computer science, and enjoy applying them in environmental modeling. Also, I have a band and I’m the singer.

Example of Published Work: Arturo A. Keller, Xiaoli Chen, Jessica Fox, Matt Fulda, Rebecca Dorsey, Briana Seapy, Julia Glenday, and Erin Bray. Attenuation Coefficients for Water Quality Trading. Environmental Science & Technology 2014 48 (12), 6788-6794. DOI: 10.1021/es500202x

 

Office: Bren Hall, Laboratory 1001
Email: xiaoli_chen@umail.ucsb.edu
Other Websites: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/xiaoli-chen/25/b99/41a
http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/research/xioali_chen.htm