Our very own Prof. Fogel is one of the pioneers of research into what stable isotopes can tell us about how food webs are structured and the impacts of climate change in both modern and fossil ecosystems. Her research using stable isotopes has also involved working with NASA to identify the extraterrestrial organic material in meteorites and asteroids. Her work has taken her across the world and has covered all manner of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Her list of awards and honors is long and impressive. To name a few, she is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which recognizes extraordinary inter-disciplinary contributions to science), holds an Alfred Treibs Medal from the Geochemical Society (an award that recognizes major lifetime achievements in organic chemistry) and is the chair of the Life and Environmental Science Unit here at UC Merced. Prof. Fogel received her degree in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1973, a PhD from The University of Texas Austin in 1977 and came to UC Merced from the Geophysical Laboratory at The Carnegie Institute in 2013. Since she came to UC Merced her on campus contributions are too many to name, but include building a state of the art stable isotope laboratory on campus. We are honored that
Prof. Fogel will share with us her W-STEM story as our Inaugural W-STEM Invited Speaker.