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In short: if you are interested in joining the group, please don't hesitate to email Alex with an explanation of your background and your interests. We particularly encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply.

Undergraduate and Masters students

If you are a current Stanford undergraduate or MS student interested in gaining research experience at the intersection of remote sensing and earth system science, send me an e-mail at We can talk about several project options to find one that would interest you. If you are not currently at Stanford, please note that the Earth System Science MS program is very small and I do not accept students to this program.

Prospective PhD students

Prospective students wishing to pursue a PhD in our group are encouraged to e-mail Alex at Please include a CV. Students should apply to the PhD program in Earth System Science. Outstanding applicants interested in developing leadership skills can also apply to the Knight-Hennessey Scholars program alongside their departmental application. The deadline for the Earth System Science program is in early December, and for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program in early October. Application fee waivers are available for the departmental application, see here for more information. Note that the deadline to apply for this waiver is usually 10-15 days before the departmental deadline.

Please note that I do not accept terminal MS students in my group.

Either before or during their tenure at Stanford, students are encouraged to apply for national fellowships. Students with strong quantitative backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral fellows

We are not currently looking to hire a postdoc. Since there are currently no open positions, only postdocs with a fellowship could potentially join the group. If you are interested in joining the group as a postdoctoral fellow, please email Alex with an explanation of what aspects of the group's research you are most interested in and why, and which fellowships you think you might be able to apply for. Several opportunities that are relevant. Stanford has a university-wide competitive postdoctoral fellowship program, the Stanford Science Fellows. The deadline is around November. Additionally, the Stanford EARTH postdoctoral fellowship program is a competitive fellowship for postdocs committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due in early December.

We can also help you apply for competitive national fellowships, including but not limited to: