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Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP)

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy (DESP) consists of 21 faculty members, 2 emeritus professors, one Specialist in Cooperative Extension, and over 90 academic staff, postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate student researchers. Our researchers are helping to improve environmental policies, protect biodiversity, understand ecological processes, and foster an interdisciplinary perspective on environmental and natural resource issues.

Project Participants

Susan Handy
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy; Director, Sustainable Transportation Center; Deputy Director, ULTRANS

Professor Handy is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, and the Director of the Sustainable Transportation Center (part of the Federal University Transportation Centers program). She is also the Deputy Director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center. Professor Handy's research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use. She is particularly interested in the impact of land use on travel behavior and creating strategies for reducing automobile dependence.

Robert Johnston
Faculty Emeritus

Professor Johnston is a senior adviser for the CalSIIM project, as well as an Emeritus Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Department.

Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy

Mark Lubell is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. His current research involves collective action problems, aimed at understanding the mechanics of collective action and assessing the effectiveness of collaborative institutions.

Director, Information Center for the Environment; Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Professor Quinn teaches in the Department of Environmental Science of Policy. He is also the director of the Information Center for the Environment, and is affiliated with the Center for Watershed Sciences, the National Biological Information Infrastructure, PRBO Conservation Science, UCDavis Geography Graduate Group (GGG), and the UCDavis Graduate Group in Ecology.

Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy; Director, Institute of Transportation Studies;

Dr. Sperling is a professor in the departments of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). He is also Acting Director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.