Our People and Networks

UC-CSU NXTerra brings together the expertise and experience of educators from across the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) systems.

At our core is the NXTerra Knowledge Action Network (KAN)—formed in 2018 for the purpose of creating the NXTerra digital platform for climate crisis, critical sustainability, and climate justice educational resources.

The NXTerra KAN is comprised of the NXTerra Team and a growing number of expert educators from the UC and CSU systems.

The NXTerra Team: John Foran (UCSB), Sarah Jaquette Ray (HSU), and Richard Widick (UCSB).

Scroll down and meet the NXTerra KAN, and follow the links to see each member’s contribution.

NXTerra is an independent project of the Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC) of the University of California, with additional guidance provided by the GCLC’s Faculty Education Engagement Committee (FEE) and the UC-CSU NXTerra Advisory Board.

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The NXTerra Team

Co-Directors & Project Lead

John Foran
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Affiliated Professor of Environmental Studies
foran@soc.ucsb.edu

Sarah Jaquette Ray
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Humboldt State University
sr1487@humboldt.edu

Richard Widick
Sociologist, Visiting Scholar
Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
rwidick@ucsb.edu

The NXTerra KAN

Knowledge Action Network

Ryan Alaniz
Associate Professor
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
dr.ryan.alaniz@gmail.com


Amanda Baugh
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
CSU Northridge
amanda.baugh@csun.edu


Tori Derr
Assistant Professor of Sustainability Education and Environmental Studies
CSU Monterey Bay
vderr@csumb.edu


Daniel Fernandez
Professor of Science and Environmental Policy
CSU Monterey Bay
dfernandez@csumb.edu


Summer Gray
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies/PhD in Sociology
UC Santa Barbara
summer.m.gray@gmail.com


Ken Hiltner
Professor of English
Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative
UC Santa Barbara
hiltner@english.ucsb.edu


Beth Rose Middleton
Associate Professor and Chair of Native American Studies
UC Davis
rmiddleton@ucdavis.edu


David Pellow
Professor, Chair, and Dehlsen Endowed Chair of Environmental Studies
Affiliated Professor of Sociology
UC Santa Barbara
pellow@es.ucsb.edu


V. Ramanathan
Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
Victor C. Alderson Chair for Applied Ocean Sciences
UC San Diego
vramanathan@ucsd.edu


Katherine Davis Reich
Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Communications
Center for Climate Science
UC Los Angeles
kreich@g.ucla.edu


Nicole Seymour
Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics
Affiliated Faculty in Environmental Studies and Queer Studies
CSU Fullerton
nseymour@fullerton.edu


Mark Stemen
Professor of Geography and Planning
CSU Chico
MStemen@csuchico.edu

The NXTerra Advisory Board

Cully Nordby
Associate Director
UCLA Institute of the Environment


Stephen Wheeler
Professor, Landscape Architecture Program of the Department of Human Ecology
UC Davis


Abby Reyes, Director of Community Resilience Projects
Office of Sustainability
UC Irvine


Bill Tomlinson
Professor of Informatics
UC Irvine


Mark Stemen
Professor of Geography and Planning
CSU Chico


Ken Hiltner, Professor of English and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative
UC Santa Barbara

The Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group of the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative

Cindy Larive (Chair)
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
UC Riverside


David Ackerly
Professor of Integrative Biology
UC Berkeley


Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager, Sustainability Office
UC Santa Cruz


Todd Dawson
Professor, Integrative Biology
Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
UC Natural Reserve System
UC Berkeley

John Foran
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies
UC Santa Barbara


Teamrat A. Ghezzehei
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences
UC Merced


Travis Huxman
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Director, Center for Environmental Biology
Chair, Executive Committee of UCI Sustainability Initiative;
Co-chair, Faculty Task Force on Sustainability Education
UC Irvine


Lorraine Lopez
CNI Student Engagement Fellow
Undergraduate Student, Political Science
UC San Diego


Claudia Martinez
Project Lead; Executive Director, Educator Programs, Diversity and Engagement
UC Office of the President


Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Academic Senate Sustainability Work Group
Department of Geography
UC Santa Barbara


Sarah McKinstry
Sustainability Manager
UC San Diego


Adam Millard-Ball
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
UC Santa Cruz


Cully Nordby
Academic Director, Institute of Environment and Sustainability
UC Los Angeles


Tapan Pathak
ANR Specialist, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
UC Merced


Robert (Skip) Pomeroy
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
UC San Diego


Jade Sasser
Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies
UC Riverside


Brian Siana
Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Department of Physics
UC Riverside


Matthew St. Clair
Director of Sustainability
UC Office of the President


Arianne Teherani
Associate Professor, School of Medicine
UC San Francisco


Jane Teranes
Lecturer/SOE, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego


Stephen Wheeler
Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design
Department of Human Ecology