of student courses
aligned with the Deep
Examines the role of nanotechnology in addressing
the scientific and engineering challenges for new
Politics of Energy Policy
Major theoretical perspectives show how societies
design and implement
policies related to energy.
A comparison of energy
use across sectors and
countries with emphasis
on efficiency and control
BIO: Our Energy
Provides an overview
of energy production
and utilization and the
Professor Stephen Mayfield (left) leads Food & Fuel
for the 21st Century, a research unit engaging students
in groundbreaking work on biofuel production.
Six incoming Scripps faculty hold
joint appointments across UC San
Diego departments, making for
serious interdisciplinary waves:
Nanoengineer Ying Shirley Meng and
physicist Oleg Shpyrko work together
in the Sustainable Power and Energy
Center to solve key technical challenges
in creating novel means of generating
and storing energy. Their energy-storage
research has implications for many
areas, including electric vehicles, wind
turbines and wearable power devices.
Kate Ricke uses economic and
behavioral models to understand the
relation between climate change and
Andrew Barton investigates how climate
changes—natural and man-made—alter
plankton distribution and composition.
Tarik Benmarhnia studies the impact of
extreme weather events on human health
and evaluates the health impact of
Isabel Rivera-Collazo specializes in
geoarchaeology, studying the effect of
humans on island ecosystems and past
responses to environmental change.
Andrew Lucas studies how physical
dynamics in the sea influence the
character and productivity at the base of
the oceanic food web.
Jennifer Vanos connects weather and
climate to human health—particularly the
effects of air pollution and ultraviolet
radiation on children and other
Nanoengineer Ying Shirley Meng (center) and
physics professor Oleg Shpyrko (second from
left) lead a team including (from left) Hyung Man
Cho, Andrew Ulvestad and Andrej Singer in order
to solve key energy challenges.