Earth Sciences Division Staff: Cristina Castanha
Assistant Research Scientist
Cristina Castanha is an assistant research scientist at the University of California, Berkeley and a senior research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is an ecologist and biogeochemist who studies the effects of climate change and other anthropogenic influences on vegetative land cover and the terrestrial carbon cycle. For the past three years she has been studying conifer seedling demographics in Colorado's Front Range. And over the past fifteen years she has worked in a variety of locations and on a series of collaborations investigating the controls on carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. Her work uses natural environmental gradients, field experiments, isotope analyses, and laboratory analyses. Cristina holds a B.S. in Fermentation Science from UC Davis (1985), an M.S. in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University (1992), and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley (2004). At UC Berkeley she served as lecturer in Environmental Sciences and as teaching assistant for a variety of classes including Environmental Problems, Development and Classification of Soils, and Renewable Resources for Electrical Generation.
- Ph.D. - University of California Berkeley. Energy and Resources, 2004.
- Mineral and Climate Controls on Soil Organic Matter Storage and Cycling.
- John Harte (chair), Ronald Amundson, Susan Trumbore, and Richard Norgaard
- M.S. - Humboldt State University. Environmental Systems, 1994.
- The USA/Brazilian Rural Electrification Pilot Program; a technical and economic analysis. Robert Gearhart
- C.S. - Sonoma State University. Energy Management and Design, 1992.
- B.S. - University of California Davis. Fermentation Science, Honors, 1985.
- Assistant Research Scientist, University of California, Berkeley 2008-present
- Senior Research Associate, Earth Sciences Division, LBNL. 2005-present.
- UC Berkeley Lecturer, Environmental Science Senior Research Seminar - 2004-5
- UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor - 2001
- Graduate Student Instructor Appointments:
- Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems (Harte) - 2004
- Summer Soil Field Course (Amundson/Singer/Dahlgren) - 2000
- Development and Classification of Soils (Amundson) - 1998
- Field Study of Soil Development (Amundson) - 1998
- Renewable Resources for Electrical Generation (Morris) - 1994
Mentoring and Supervisory Experience
- 2009-2010. Mentor to Bettina Weibel, MS. University of Zurich, Switzerland. 2010. Conifer seedling demographics across a forest to tundra gradient in the Rocky Mountains. M. Schmidt (faculty representative), C. Castanha and M. S. Torn (co-advisors).
- 2008-2010. Supervise crew of three to seven concurrent field technicians at the Mountain Research Station, Niwot Ridge Colorado.
- 2005-2010 Oversee numerous graduate and baccalaureate students, summer interns, volunteers, and up to five concurrent part time lab assistants in Margaret Torn’s lab, LBNL.
- National Science Foundation California Pre-Doctoral Program Honorable Mention - 1993
- National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship - 1993-7
- Winslow Foundation - 1997-8
- Compton Foundation - 1998-9
- Luso-American Development Foundation - 1998-9
- Kearney Foundation of Soil Science - 2001-3
- American Geophysical Union
- California Botanical Society
- California Native Plant Society
- Ecological Society of America
- Portuguese-American Postgraduate Society
English & Portuguese (fluent). Spanish & French (minimal working knowledge)