Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science

Administrative Staff

Name office hours Role
Erin Blazick
HR/AP Analyst and Curriculum Coordinator
305 McCone
(510) 643-4068

Erin handles academic personnel (merits, promotions, leaves, recruiting, faculty policies, lecturer hires, etc.) for the department. Academic Personnel/HR/ASE email:

She also manages the Academic Student Employee appointments for each semester.

Erin is the department Curriculum Coordinator (course scheduling, course textbook and desk copy orders, enrollment management, course and curriculum proposals) for both our Undergraduate and Graduate programs. Scheduling/Enrollment email:

Roland Bürgmann
Garniss H. Curtis Endowed Department Chair, Professor
389 McCone Hall
(510) 375-6405
By appointment via e-mail & Zoom

Crustal deformation and active tectonics, volcano deformation, fault geometry and structure, frictional properties of faults, and active deformation from non-tectonic processes.

David Elvins
Research Administrator
Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm (remote until 01/31/2022)

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

Mellia Kanani
Front Office Coordinator
307 McCone Hall
In-person Office Hours: Tues/Wed 11:00AM-2:PM Thursdays 1:00PM-5:00PM

Mellia coordinates workstudy coverage of the front office. Her duties include keys, shipping/receiving, office supplies, rental vehicles and fuel cards.  She also helps with purchasing needs, reimbursements, accounts payable, and guest travel.

Rachel Kowalik
Community Engagement Facilitator
475 McCone
(510) 643-5063
Monday-Thursday, in person

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.

Raúl Luevano
Research Administrator
(510) 642-9299
Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm (remote until 01/31/2022)

Raúl administers and tracks current research funds for Collins, DePaolo, Dreger, Ermakov, Ingram, Jeanloz, Kirchner, Lau, Militzer, Nadeau, Renne, Richards, Rogers, and Swanson-Hysell.  He also manages a portfolio of Diversity funds from the MPS Dean’s office for Hellman and Patt.

Emily Martinez
HR Business Partner
398 McCone
(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
(510) 664-9750

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

Heather Murthy
Research Administrator
(510) 427-6318
Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm (remote until 01/31/2022)

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

Carrol O'Connell
Research Administrator (Pre-Award)
(510) 418-0395
Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm (remote until 01/31/2022)

Pre-Award Research Administrator

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
Mon/Tue/Thur (Wed/Fri Remote)

Ellie manages research fund administration for the Berkeley Seismology Lab.

Nadine Spingola-Hutton
Undergraduate Student Services Manager

Nadine handles undergraduate student services for EPS, including advising current and prospective undergraduate majors and minors. Nadine assists students by providing program information, and university policy and procedure information. She also coordinates the Ramsden Scholarship Fund. You can make a virtual advising appointment with her 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
Thursdays 8am-1pm

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.

Margie WINN
Student Affairs Officer
Tuesdays and Thursdays

EPS graduate advising matters, monitors EPS graduate email account and responds to students or directs them to faculty advisors as necessary. Helps with graduate admissions and forwarding announcements to our listserv, etc.

For enrollment or scheduling issues please contact

For undergrad issues please contact 
For grad issues please contact


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.

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.