This website is designed as a living document to highlight the research of Stanford Earth’s 2020 SESUR cohort! The Stanford Earth Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SESUR) is a 10-week summer research program designed for Stanford undergraduates from any field to learn more about environmental science through an intensive, hands-on research experience.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been working in their homes across the world to conduct this research virtually as we moved our program entirely online. Several students had to change their projects since they were not able to work in the laboratories or travel for field work.

Each student’s work can be found in the pages of this website – we invite you to explore the various blog posts and learn more about our student’s work! We welcome and encourage you to ask questions and provide feedback to these novice researchers. For many this is their first intensive research experience.

Congratulations to the 2020 SESUR students! Your intelligence, resilience and creativity shines through in your presentations!


  1. Using machine learning to predict mixed fluid properties by Lara Arikan
  2. Pinpointing Inequitable Water Distribution in Pune, India by Shridhar Athinarayanan
  3. Subglacial lake-floor characteriterization in radar data: from archival to modern by Annabel Conger
  4. Assessing the impact of National Geographic’s imagery by Natalie Cross
  5. Theoretical study of mixing and fluid miscibility in microchannels by Timothy Dai
  6. Comparative study of drought indices in the Bhima Basin, India by Abraham Elmer
  7. Investigating the information and communications technology (ICT) sector supply chain sustainability initiatives and its policy by Lina Fowler
  9. Effects of Varying Operational Decisions and Reservoir Characteristics on EGR using Field Scale Simulations by Marshall Hartung
  10. An Automated Approach to Processing and Detection of Artifacts in Phase-Sensitive Ice Penetrating Radar Data by Akua McLeod
  11. Fine-scale spatial variation in N2O cycling in the Eastern Tropical Northern Pacific by Patrick Monreal
  12. The correlation between paleopterian wing vein density and body size by Christopher Noll
  13. Camp Host perspectives of park experience by Maya Passmore
  14. Investigating nitrite in the upper ocean using stable isotopes by Isabelle Pilson
  15. Understanding and measuring environmental literacy at the community scale by Naomi Ray
  16. Understanding changes in the North American monsoon precipitation in CMIp6 climate models by Terachet (Drive) Rojrachsombat
  17. Toward Global-Scale Field Boundary Delineation Using Deep Learning by Erfan Rostami
  18. Changing timber harvest on private land in California (1997-2019) by Gillian Roy
  19. Assessing the phylogenetic diversity of nifH-containing organisims at deep-sea methane seeps and non-seep sediments by Mikaela Salvador
  20. Researching how hope and concern motivate pro-environmental behavior in the context of youth activists and social media posts by Fenella Scutt
  21. Understanding the “temperature” and “amount” effects of water isotopes at different latitudes by Jason Swanepoel
  22. Using perceptions of fisheries management to understand marine governance through a case study in the Republic of Mauritius by Nuzhah Tarsoo
  23. Investigating correlations between urban tree cover and the disadvantage community index by Mireille Vargas
  24. Investigating the information and communications technology (ICT) sector’s sustainabilty initiatives through global supply chains by Camellia Ye
  25. Manganese-carbon relationship inconsistent across vegetation types in Upper East River Watershed soil by Mitchell Zimmerman

Some students of the 2020 SESUR cohort