Hernandez, Rebecca

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Associate Professor of Ecology and Earth System Science and Associate Earth System Scientist in the AES
Email: rrhernandez@ucdavis.edu
Office: 3142 Plant and Environmental Sciences Building
Phone: 530-752-5471
Fax: 530-752-1552 Personal Professional Website: http://GESlab.org
Wild Energy: http://wildenergy.org

Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez is Associate Professor of Ecology and Earth System Science in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, Director of the Global Ecology Lab (http://GESLab.org) and Director of the Wild Energy Initiative (http://WildEnergy.org) at the University of California - Davis. Dr. Hernandez’s research focuses on three related themes: 1) energy and the environment, 2) global environmental change in aridlands, and 3) sustainability science. Specifically, she leads research on ecological aspects of energy systems, identifying their impacts and development options to support a sustainable, just transition from fossil fuels to mitigate climate change. She is a first-generation college graduate, proud graduate of the California community college system, and a first-generation Mexican-American.


  • 2020 AGU Global Environmental Change Early Career Award
  • 2018 E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation
  • 2014 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
  • 2013 Environmental Protection Agency, EPA STARS Fellowship
  • 2012 Ford Foundation Fellow

A.S. Biology, Geography - Saddleback Valley Community College
B.A. Geography, Emphasis: Geographic Technologies, - University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. Biological Science - California State University, Fullerton
Ph.D. Environmental Earth System Science - Stanford University

Graduate Group Membership:
Energy Graduate Group
Geography Graduate Group
Graduate Group in Ecology
Soils and Biogeochemistry Graduate Group