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Staff Scientists

Madison K. Hoffacker 

Madison K. Hoffacker | is a Renewable Energy System Scientist at the University of California, Davis in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources under Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez. She graduated from Chapman University in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Science and Policy. As a researcher at Stanford University and in partnership with the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology, Madison was the co-developer of the Carnegie Energy and Environmentally Compatibility Model, which provides energy developers, agencies, and stakeholders guidance on siting energy infrastructure in a manner that reduces environmental impacts. Madison is currently applying for graduate school and is eager to return to school to earn a MS in energy management. Madison’s recent work on the use of degraded land for renewable energy development has been featured on NPR. Madison has been published in PNAS, Nature Climate Change, Environmental Science and Technology, and Restoration Ecology and was featured in Chapman Magazine for her research impact on sustainability.  

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Jason Whitney

Jason Whitney | assists with the Aridlab’s field research team to further the understanding of the ecological impacts of utility-scale solar energy projects and helps manage several interns in the lab.  He transferred to UC Davis in 2014 with an AS in Mathematics and an AS in Biological Sciences from Mendocino College.  During his studies at UC Davis, Jason focused on strategies for environmental and economic sustainability, earning a BS in Environmental Science and Management with a minor in Geographic Information Systems in 2016.  Since joining the Aridlab, Jason has been utilizing his ecological and programming knowledge to design and implement an economical, cloud-ready, high resolution, data logging system to monitor abiotic changes in soils, particularly for disturbances associated with big solar.  He is enjoying the opportunity of contributing to the research goals of the Aridlab, and is looking forward to continuing his education in the field.