Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science

Administrative Staff

Name Role
David Elvins
Research Administrator

David handles pre and post award, administers and tracks current research funds for Allen, Alvarez, Bishop, Fung, Gilbert, Manga, Pride, Rademacher, Romps, Self, Shuster, Sloan, Taira

Amy Gonsalves
Academic HR Analyst [Temporary]

AP/HR Analyst from the Mathematics Department is temporarily helping us cover vacancy.  Contact: attending to emails after 4pm, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays).


The Human Resources Team provides comprehensive personnel administrative services for staff, academic appointments, postdocs, visiting scholars, student researchers, volunteers, student assistants, GSR and ASE appointments, independent contractors and honoraria.  With extensive UC experience, ERSO's professional staff will help you accurately interpret and implement University policy, guide, and advise you on all employment matters, and facilitate all human resource actions: ERSO HR inidividual contacts and further information.

Mellia Kanani
Student Services Advisor (she/her)
319 McCone Hall

Mellia attends to a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities for the Department of Earth and Planetary Science. Using professional student services skills, she provides advice and assistance to the Department Chair, faculty, Student Services Director and students (primarily undergraduate) in all aspects of academic advising, course scheduling, and curriculum coordination into both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. She also helps administer the Ramsden Scholarship Fund Program. 

Office Hours: TBD

Scheduling and Enrollment matters:

Advising matters:


Rachel Kowalik
Community Engagement Facilitator
475 McCone
(510) 643-5063

Rachel helps foster community by coordinating department events and seminars, facilitating outreach and recruitment efforts, as well as creating and curating content for print and web across department media platforms; She also manages the Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research (CIDER), a multidisciplinary research platform for scientists in planetary science disciplines from around the world.

Dora Mairena
Front Office Coordinator
307 McCone Hall
Michael MANGA
Professor and department chair
381 McCone Hall
(510) 643-8532

Geological processes involving fluids, including problems in physical volcanology, geodynamics, hydrogeology, and geomorphology.

Heather Murthy
Research Administrator
(510) 427-6318

Heather handles pre and post award, administers and tracks current research funds for Banfield, Boering, Boos, Brimhall, Buffett, Bürgmann, Dietrich, Edwards, Finkel, Frost, Kong, Romanowicz, Stolper, Wang, and Wenk.

Veronica PADILLA
Administrative Manager
311 McCone
(510) 642-4540

Veronica oversees management of the department, including hiring, training, supervising staff; management of the accounting unit, shops, space, and equipment resources.


Ellie Paterson
BSL Program Coordinator
299 McCone
(510) 642-2961

Ellie manages research fund administration for the Berkeley Seismology Lab.

Nadine Spingola-Hutton
Director of Student Services

As the Director of Student Services, Nadine has full functional responsibility for planning, directing, controlling, and evaluating all aspects of the student services programs in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science. She is responsible for the administrative needs of the unit and for the management of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and the integration of these programs into the educational and scholarly activities and relationships of the Department (including but not limited to recruitment, admissions, events and orientation). To contact the Student Services Team, please click here.

Drew Vaeth
Budget Officer
277 McCone Hall
(510) 642-2727

Drew assists in the overall financial management of EPS and BSL.  Works to ensure that EPS and BSL meet budgetary guidelines and controls determined by the Division and University. Also Assistant Director for Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center.

Anthony Vitan
Director of Facilities, MPS Dean's Office
307 McCone

Anthony manages facilities and building access oversight for the MPS buildings. Some of Anthony's responsibilities include advising and informing the MPS Dean on building issues such as construction oversight, facility development, space planning, and general maintenance related to the MPS buildings. Anthony works directly with faculty, staff, and students in each Department on building and facilities-related issues.

Technical Staff

Name Title Office / Phone Affiliation Role
John Staff Research Associate III 445 McCone EPS

John oversees and maintains EPS labs, specialized equipment (SEM, XRF, XRD, etc.) and machine shops.

Charley Computer & Network Sysadmin 295 McCone
(510) 642-5333

Charley is the linux systems administrator for the Seismological Lab and the Geophysics Computer Lab and helps EPS with networking, printers, web server support,  and user support for research computing, including Windows and Mac systems.

John Lab Assistant 122S McCone
(510) 642-3996

Research Staff

Name Title Office / Phone Affiliation Role
Jordan Banfield Lab Manager Energy Biosciences Building #412
Heezin Applications Programmer 497 McCone
(510) 642-3991
William Dietrich
Shufei Applications Programmer, Bioinformatics Banfield Lab
Rohan Bioinformatics & Biology
Banfield Lab

Berkeley Seismological Laboratory Staff contact information can be found on the BSL Directory web page.

To update your directory information, please send email to Crysthel Catambay.