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. 

Michael E Loik
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5785
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-4015
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 473
    • 473 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB)
  • Office Hours Fall Office Hours: T 13:30-15:00 h, Th 10:00-11:00 h.
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Climate Change, Climatology, Water, Plant Sciences, Plant Biology, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Hydrology
  • Courses Ecological Forecast for Global Warming, Plant Physiological Ecology, Climate Change Ecology

Summary of Expertise

Plant Physiological Ecology, Ecohydrology, Climatology, Meteorology, Climate change impacts, mitigation & adaptation

Research Interests

Climate Change, Plant Stress Tolerance, Desert Ecology, Alpine Ecology, Sensor Design, Sustainable Technology, Elevated CO2, Altered Precipitation, Atmospheric Warming, Nitrogen Deposition, Aerosols in Ecosystems

Teaching Interests

The study of ecological processes in a physical framework. Photosynthesis, water relations, energy budgets of plants and ecosystems. Climate change. Water resources. Renewable and sustainable technologies.