Rachel Carson College Faculty Fellows

Sikina Jinnah

Sikina Jinnah is Rachel Carson College's new faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Jinnah is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department, an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department, and a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research focuses on the shifting locations of power and influence in global environmental governance, and in particular the role of transnational actors in environmental decision-making. Her most recent projects examine how key norms in global climate politics shape power relations, the role of U.S. preferential trade agreements in shaping environmental policy in trading partner nations, and the politics of climate engineering governance. 

David Chih-Yuen Koo
  • Title
    • Professor Emeritus/Astronomer
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Astronomy & Astrophysics Department
    • UC Observatories
  • Phone
  • Email
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  • Website
  • Office Location
    • 263 Interdisciplinary Sci Bldg
  • Mail Stop UCO / Lick Observatory
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Astronomy, Astrophysics

Summary of Expertise


Research Interests

Faint surveys of galaxies and active galactic nuclei (AGN) continue to be the primary focus of my research in observational cosmology. Besides using the Keck Telescopes to obtain deep spectroscopic surveys (e.g., DEEP2 & DEEP3) of the distant universe, my research also exploits the exquisite optical and near-infrared images from the Hubble Space Telescope (e.g. CANDELS) as well as complementary panchromatic (multiwavelength) imaging ranging from the X-ray using Chandra in space to the radio using the VLA from the ground (see AEGIS program). The science goals are to answer the basic questions of 1) how did galaxies acquire their stars, gas properties, dust, and morphologies? 2) what has been and explains their evolution in star formation, supermassive black hole growth, infall and outflow of gas, chemical abundances, and development and assembly of galactic structures such as bulges, disks, bars, clumps, and dark matter halos? and 3) can we explain what we observe with the most advanced theoretical simulations?

Biography, Education and Training

PhD UC Berkeley 1981
Carnegie Fellowship and Associate Research Position, Carnegie institution of Washington-DTM, 1981-1986
Space Telescope Science Institute Fellowship, STScI, 1986-1987
Assistant Astronomer and WFPC2 Instrument Scientist, STScI, 1987
Astronomer/Professor UCO/Lick Observatory UCSC, 1988-2014 

Emeritus: Professor/Astronomer UCSC 2014-present


Honors, Awards and Grants


Selected Publications

Here is a link to my most recent 100 publications using ADS.  For the 200+ refereed publications ordered from highest citations first (citation ordered).


Selected Presentations


Selected Exhibitions


Selected Recordings


Selected Performances


Teaching Interests