My research examines the impact of restoration and management actions on hydrological systems in aquatic ecosystems. My dissertation explicitly examines these impacts across multiple scales, from predicting the fate of sediment particles within patches of water bodies, to modeling changes within a reach after the installation of small modular hydropower (SMH) facilities, to synthesizing previous restoration literature to analyze changes to residence time across different watersheds.
Prior to starting my PhD program, I worked as a lecturer and in several student services positions at San Francisco State University, and I remain committed to supporting students in higher education. I’m especially interested in improving accessibility for all students (both inside and outside of the classroom), and advancing pedagogical approaches in the earth sciences.
2016, M.A., Geography (concentration in Resource Management and Environmental Planning), San Francisco State University
2013, B.S., Environmental Science (minor in Photography), University of Nevada, Reno
Selected Publications and Presentations
Stein, S., Wingenroth, J., & Larsen, L. (2021). A functional form for fine sediment interception in vegetated environments. Geosciences, 11(4). doi: 10.3390/geosciences11040157
Stein, S., Larsen, L., & Wingenroth, J. (2020). Developing a functional form of particle interception in vegetated environments. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
Oliphant, A.J., Stein, S., & Bradford, G. (2018). Micrometeorology of an ephemeral desert city, the Burning Man experiment. Urban Climate, 23, 53-70. doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2017.03.001
Stein, S., Nanus, L., and Wilkinson, N. (2016). Water Quality in Estuarine Wetland Restoration: An Examination of Dissolved Oxygen and Nutrients in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
Universal Design for Learning Working Group, UC Berkeley (Summer/Fall 2022)
GEOG 40: Introduction to Earth Systems Science, UC Berkeley (Spring 2021, Fall 2022)
GEOG 690: Senior Seminar in Geography and Environmental Science, San Francisco State University (Spring 2018)
GEOG 160: Introduction to Environmental Science, San Francisco State University (Spring 2017- Fall 2017)
GEOG 160: Introduction to Environmental Science [Lab Coordinator and Graduate Teaching Associate], San Francisco State University (Spring 2015-Fall 2016)