Advising Appointments

Staff Advisors

Advising is a great way for current and prospective students to learn about different majors, navigating through the major, jobs and internships, and grad school opportunities. We have dedicated staff advisors, faculty master advisors, track advisors, and peer advisors available for both current and prospective students.

Which advisor should I see?

Staff advisors are your first stop for advising and can help you navigate the major and plan your classes, as well as offer general advice about the major. Not sure who to ask or what to ask? Start with your staff advisor.

Lead faculty advisors are a great resource for help with picking a track if you're not sure, they can help with questions about grad school or careers after graduation, and could even help you find the right alternate major if you're not sure your current major is right for you.

Track advisors can help with course selection, study abroad planning, internship, career, and graduate school advice targeted to the subject area of your track.

Peer advisors are current ESM students who can provide an inside perspective on the major and the classes that are part of the major.


The ESM major is jointly coordinated by the Department of Environmental Science & Policy (ESP) and the Department of Land, Air, & Water Resources (LAWR). Advising for the major is split by last name. ESP coordinates advising for students with last names starting with A-L and LAWR coordinates advising for students with last names starting with M-Z.

Advising in ESP (Last names A-L)

Melissa Whaley (she/her) is the staff advisor. She is your first stop for all major related questions. Melissa is located in 2134 Wickson Hall and is doing both in person and remote appointments. You can reach her by email at mmwhaley@ucdavis.edu, by phone at 530-752-7183, or you can book an appointment online using the Advising Appointment System. She is also available for drop-in advising on Tuesdays from 1-2 on zoom and prefers to be called Melissa. 

Elise Gustilo (she/her) is the ESM peer advisor in ESP. Elise is a junior in the ESM major, Ecology, Biodiversity, & Conservation track. Elise is located in 2136 Wickson Hall. Please contact Elise for her advising hours. You can reach her at esmadvising@ucdavis.edu.

Prof. Marissa Baskett (she/her) is the lead faculty advisor and is located in 2004 Wickson Hall. Her office hours are Mondays from 1:10-2pm. If you would like to make an appointment with Prof Baskett, please email Jennifer Carriere jacarriere@ucdavis.edu with "ESM Advising Appointment Needed" in the subject line. If you cannot make her standard office hours, you can email her at mlbaskett@ucdavis.edu with "ESM Advising Appointment Needed Outside of Standard Hours" in the subject line.

Advising in LAWR (Last names M-Z)

Lacole Brooks is the staff advisor. She is your first stop for all major related questions. Lacole is located in 1150 Plant & Environmental Sciences (PES) and is available by appointment only. You can make an appointment online. You can also reach her by email at lbrooks@ucdavis.edu or by phone at 530-752-1603.

Caden Williams (she/her) is one of the two ESM peer advisors in LAWR. Caden is a senior in the ESM major, Ecology, Biodiversity, & Conservation track. She is also double majoring in Geology. Caden is located in 1139 Plant & Environmental Sciences. Please contact Caden for her advising hours at cadwilliams@ucdavis.edu.

Mackenzie Moore (she/her) is one of the two ESM peer advisors in LAWR. Mackenzie is a senior in the ESM major, Ecology, Biodiversity, & Conservation track. Mackenzie is located in 1139 Plant & Environmental Sciences. Please contact Caden for her advising hours at mkemoore@ucdavis.edu.

Prof. Terry Nathan is the lead faculty advisor. He is available by appointment only. You can book an appointment by emailing him at trnathan@ucdavis.edu.

Track Advisors

Climate Change and Air Quality Prof Erwan Monier emonier@ucdavis.edu

Zoom office hours: Wednesday 10-11am

Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation Prof Steve Sadro ssadro@ucdavis.edu

Environmental Data Science/Geospatial Information Science Prof Yufang Jin yujin@ucdavis.edu

Natural Resource Management Prof Mike Springbron mspringborn@ucdavis.edu

Soils and Biogeochemistry Prof Rebecca Lybrand ralybrand@ucdavis.edu

Watershed Science Prof Greg Pasternack gpast@ucdavis.edu