Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Geophysics

Administrative Staff

Name Affiliation Role
Mohabbat Ahmadi
Administrative Officer
475 McCone
(510) 643-5063

Mohabbat manages the Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research (CIDER). CIDER is a multidisciplinary research platform for scientists in planetary science disciplines from all around the world. In addition, he is the point of contact for Center of Isotope and Geochemistry at UC Berkeley.

Erin Blazick
HR/AP Analyst
307 McCone
(510) 642-3994

Erin handles Academic Personnel, mostly faculty senate cases.

Joan Crook
Research Administrator (Pre-Award)
Space Sciences Lab _______________ 210 7 Gauss Way, MC#7450
(510) 643-6124

Pre-Award Research Administrator (Interim)

Mellia Kanani
Student Assistant
307 McCone
Siti Keo
Financial Services Analyst
277 McCone
(510) 642-2727

Siti 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.  Graduate students will most likely interact with her when a pizza purchase order is needed.

Rachel Kowalik
Front Office Coordinator
307 McCone
(510) 642-3993

Rachel distributes keys, stocks office supplies, maintains office equipment, requests facilities work orders, helps navigate purchasing procedures (BearBuy expert), reimbursements, pays invoices, shipping/receiving, signs out projectors, helps schedule office hours for GSIs (+ Margie) and summer instructors, coordinates use of department vehicles/Enterprise rentals/fuel cards (+ John), books lodging/flights for visitors (+ Siti), distributes daily use parking passes for visitors.  Rachel is also an artist, see her online portfolio here.

Raúl Luevano
Research Administrator
309 McCone
(510) 642-9299

Raúl administers and tracks current research funds for Alvarez, Bishop, Collins, DePaolo, Dreger, Fung, Jeanloz, Militzer, Nadeau, Renne, Richards, Romanowicz, Self, Shuster, and Swanson-Hysell.  He also manages a portfolio of Diversity funds from the MPS Dean’s office for Hellman and Patt.

Michael Manga
Garniss H. Curtis Endowed Department Chair, Professor
381 McCone Hall
(510) 643-8532

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

Emily Martinez
HR Business Partner
398 McCone: 9am-6pm on Monday and Tuesdays or by appointment
(510) 664-9617

Emily manages all HR requests for staff titles, non-senate (i.e., researcher, postdoc) appointments and reviews, and all other titles not managed by Germán Moran.

Germán Moran
Human Resources Generalist
398 McCone (Tuesdays)
(510) 664-9750

Germán oversees visiting scholars, visiting student researchers, Academic Student Employees (ASE's) and student assistant hiring requests.

Heather Murthy
Research Administrator
309 McCone
(510) 643-4162

Heather administers and tracks current research funds for Allen, Banfield, Boering, Boos, Brimhall, Buffett, Bürgmann, Dietrich, Edwards, Finkel, Manga, Pride, Romps, Stolper, Taira, 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.


Undergraduate Student Services
(position vacant)
305 McCone
(510) 643-4068

manages undergraduate student services for EPS, including advising for current and prospective majors and minors, is UG Curriculum Coordinator (course scheduling, course textbook and desk copy orders, enrollment management, course and curriculum proposals), handles career and alumni services, outreach and recruitment (including Cal Day, EPS Dept Commencement Co-Coordinator), Administers the Ramsden Endowment Scholarship Fund, manages work study students

Julie Wang
Student Assistant
307 McCone
Margie Winn
Student Affairs Officer -- Graduates
319 McCone
(510) 642-5574

Margie assists graduates by providing program information, university policy and procedure information.  She maintains files of student academic work, manages fellowships and block grants, and acts as liaison with Graduate Division for faculty and students.  In addition, Margie handles admissions procedures, schedules graduate courses, and administers GSR and GSI appointments.

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.

Charles L. 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.

Tim Staff Research Associate IV 445 / 425 McCone EPS
John Lab Assistant 122S McCone
(510) 642-3996

Research Staff

Name Title Office / Phone Affiliation Role
David Lab Manager, Carbon-Climate Interactions Group 395 McCone
(510) 643-8336
Lily Staff Research Associate Energy Biosciences Building #412 EPS, IGI, ESPM

Banfield Lab Manager

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.